Local
March 14
A year ago, hundreds of Twin Cities Liberians gathered on the steps of the State Capitol for a rally to support extending a federal deportation reprie

Liberians from Minnesota lobby in Washington for a chance to stay in U.S.

The program that has given them temporary legal status in the U.S. ends March 31.
West Metro
March 14

Excelsior Fire Chief Scott Gerber leaving for Eden Prairie

Gerber, who has been chief of the Excelsior Fire District for 12 ½ years, will begin in Eden Prairie on April 1.
West Metro
March 14
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail challenge reaches federal appeals court

Citizens group says the Metropolitan Council improperly committed to a route for the line.
Local
March 14
Joan Gabel, shown in December, was named University of Minnesota president about three months ago after a nearly $260,000 search, compared with the $2

Recent search for new president cost the U almost $260,000

The costs include $165,000 in fees for outside search consultants, more than $22,000 for search committee and regent travel, and about $15,000 to a local four-star hotel.
Books
March 14
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, left, spoke with journalist Michele Norris about her memoir “Becoming” on Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center.

Michelle Obama fans pack Xcel Energy Center for her book tour

Attendees jumped out of their seats in St. Paul when the former first lady took the stage to talk about her life and bestselling memoir "Becoming."
East Metro
March 13
The 2017 reopening of the Herberger's store in Roseville. Rosedale representatives are floating a concept that would transform the vacant store into h

Rosedale looks at remaking vacant store into housing, more

Representatives for the Roseville mall are shopping around a "village" concept that would transform the vacant Herberger's department store.
Local
March 13
Working from memory and armed with shovels and picks, Minneapolis park keepers Jennifer Dennis and Ryan Susag have been working to clear drains packed

Another day of sloppy weather lies ahead for Twin Cities metro

A flood watch remains in effect for much of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin until 7 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
Local
March 13
A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, would lock Minnesota on daylight saving time.

Brooks: Sleep-deprived Minn. lawmakers are tired of springing forward, falling back

Suddenly, Minnesota has an issue that doesn't break along party lines and doesn't spark a bitter debate: The time change affects everyone.
Minneapolis
March 13
Jeanne Ann “Jeanie” Childs was killed in her Minneapolis apartment in June 1993. ORG XMIT: MIN1902130948167083

Bail reduced for Isanti man charged in 1993 cold case murder in Minneapolis

Jerry Westrom's defense attorneys plans to investigate the victim's prostitution history.
St. Paul
March 13
A fallen chunk of concrete forced the closure of the RiverCentre parking ramp in May 2018.

St. Paul to pay $300,000 for consultants on RiverCentre parking ramp

City officials must decide whether to salvage the aging RiverCentre ramp or tear it down.
Minneapolis
March 13
The Cepro site, located at 2828 11th Av. S., is Minneapolis' newest official park. It is next to the Midtown Greenway and directly northeast of the Mi

Minneapolis adds new park off Midtown Greenway, and it needs a name

The Park Board is looking to officially name the lot known as the Cepro site.
St. Paul
March 13
Kaci Atherton measured the corpse flower as University of Minnesota horticulturist Angie Koebler watched. When it blooms, the plant smells like carrio

Hold your noses: U's stinky corpse flower about to bloom again

The flower stands tall as one of the stinkiest in its botanical family.
St. Paul
March 13
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter to give State of Our City address

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will deliver his second State of Our City address Thursday evening. The address is part of the State of Our…
Minneapolis
March 13
Minneapolis may see a long-awaited temperature spike this week, but residents will have to wait a few days to enjoy it out on the Stone Arch Bridge.

Stone Arch Bridge slated to be closed this week for electrical repairs

Maintenance and repairs on overhead power lines will close the downtown Minneapolis pedestrian and bike bridge Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
State + Local
March 13
Scott Stillman, former manager of state’s forensics lab, testified in May 2018 before the Senate House and Human Services Reform Committee to invest

Audit: State child care program fraud not $100M but still troubling

Legislative auditor found no evidence that child-care money was funneled to terrorists, as was alleged in a TV news report.
Minneapolis
March 13
Bruce D. Peck

State report: Breathing tube error killed Minneapolis nursing home resident

The nurse's mistake cut off the resident's air flow, and he was dead 30 minutes later, a state finding of neglect determined.
Minneapolis
March 13
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, flanked by his attorneys, Thomas Plunkett, left, and Peter Wold, right, leaves Hennepin County

Final court dates set leading to April 1 trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor

The defense and prosecution will vet the other's expert witnesses at a March hearing.
Local
March 13
Working from memory and armed with shovels and picks, Minneapolis park keepers Jennifer Dennis and Ryan Susag have been working to clear drains packed

Rain, snowmelt get Minnesota scrambling to fight flooding

A steady, two-day rain expected to drench the knee-deep snowpack across much of Minnesota is raising flood concerns and sending crews to work to find a place for all that water.
Minneapolis
March 13

Minneapolis School District sued over building projects

A group of nonunion contractors from Minnesota and North Dakota says hiring practices discriminate.
Local
March 13
Good vs. bad: Which reader question should we answer next?

Good vs. bad: Which reader question should we answer next?

We're talking about how Minnesota ranks among states: Help us pick the next Curious Minnesota question.