Stage & Arts
January 9
At a May Day parade in 2013 near Lake St. and Bloomington Ave. in Minneapolis, a raptor enthralled some of the younger spectators.

In Heart of the Beast to end puppet parade, make significant cuts

The theater is being squeezed by drop in foundation grants, overall funding.
South Metro
January 9
Haimanot Gebremedhin

Police: Driver in fatal Inver Grove Heights hit-and-run says she thought she hit deer

The motorist drove her heavily damaged car home with DNA smears, hair and fiber on the front, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Minneapolis
January 9
Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins.

Mpls. City Council VP plans forum on race after barista confronted her in cafe

The barista was fired by Blackeye Roasting Co after the Dec. 18 incident with Andrea Jenkins.
Local
January 9
Gov. Tim Walz talked with Enbridge Line 3 protesters including Rose Whipple, right, of St. Paul after they interrupted his speech during a public rece

Health, gun violence, education top Minn. House DFL agenda

Some of the most high-profile proposals unveiled today are expected to face difficulty passing the Senate.
Local
January 9
Kristen Frey

Drunken driver with 0.41% BAC among 2,700 caught in recent Minnesota crackdown

Five-week enforcement effort in state began just before Thanksgiving.
East Metro
January 9
Larry Klimek was a Metro Transit bus operator.

White Bear Township man killed by brother as he arrived at New Year's party, court records show

Authorities say a potential motive in the murder-suicide remains unclear.
Local
January 9
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler.

U President Kaler seeks a nearly 7 percent hike in state funding

President Eric Kaler, in his final pitch, did not tie the increase to a tuition freeze.
East Metro
January 9
St. Paul police officers have elected a longtime union leader to serve as the organization’s president in the first contested race for the seat in n

Longtime second-in-command elected president of St. Paul Police Federation

Officer Paul Kuntz was elected president over challenger Sgt. Matt Koncar.
January 9

Stillwater prison on lockdown after inmate attacks officer

Officials have placed Stillwater state prison on lockdown after an inmate attacked a corrections officer.
January 9

Air Force confirms Wisconsin National Guard investigation

U.S. Air Force investigators have confirmed they're looking into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard security unit, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office said Wednesday.
Books
January 9

David Shove, poet and curator of Minneapolis reading series, dies at 81

The curator of the Midstream Reading Series died of a heart attack on Dec. 31, shortly after moving into a senior living community.
January 9

U of Minnesota president makes final pitch to lawmakers

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has made his final pitch for a funding hike to state lawmakers.
January 9

Air Force confirms Wisconsin National Guard investigation

U.S. Air Force officials have confirmed that they are investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard unit.
January 9

Evers says he will order change in 'stance' in lawsuit

Gov. Tony Evers appeared poised Wednesday to defy, or find a way around, a law enacted during the Republican lame-duck legislative session that prevented him from withdrawing Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the federal health care law.
Housing
January 9

Health, gun violence, education top House Democratic agenda

Leaders of the new Democratic Minnesota House majority unveiled their first 10 bills of the session Wednesday, including a plan to let all residents buy into the MinnnesotaCare health program for the working poor.
January 9

Evers, bipartisan task force both calling for funding hike

Gov. Tony Evers campaigned on the promise to increase funding for public schools by $1.4 billion, and now a bipartisan legislative task force that heard from parents, teachers and others across Wisconsin is also calling for significant increases in state spending and local property taxes.
West Metro
January 9

Minnetonka police warn of thieves targeting unlocked vehicles

Police will sent extra patrols to the area southeast of County Road 101 and Lake Street Extension
January 9

Democrat says lame-duck session violated open meetings

A disabled Wisconsin Democrat says an all-night lame-duck legislative session last month violated the open meetings law because he had to leave after spending too much time in his wheelchair.
January 9

Shopko supplier says retailer will soon file for bankruptcy

A pharmaceutical drug supplier to Shopko says the Wisconsin-based retail chain is expected to file for bankruptcy next week.
January 9

Wisconsin food banks prep for high demand amid shutdown

Food banks across Wisconsin are bracing for an increase in the number of people seeking help as thousands of federal employees in the state are left without pay with the partial government shutdown stretching through its third week.