South Metro
August 31

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Sept. 1

ANDOVER AUG. 2 Theft. Landscaping plants were stolen from the backyard of a home in the 4100 block of 145th Lane NW. Theft.…
West Metro
August 30
Rachel Soukup was surprised to see very few people Friday at Lake Nokomis beach, one of the many in Minneapolis closed because of illness reports.

After summer of beach closings, illnesses, officials look at how to make next year better

Officials are talking about public education, more water testing and limits on boats as keys to curtailing outbreaks next summer.
West Metro
August 30
Eden Prairie police released this photo of an animal spotted Monday afternoon near Purgatory Creek. Minnesota DNR wildlife experts say it's likely a c

At ease, Eden Prairie: It wasn't a cougar

Wildlife experts who examined a photo of the animal say it's likely a coyote.
West Metro
August 30

Bloomington think tank parts ways with academic over racist e-mails

John Elliott used racial and anti-Semitic slurs and praised Adolf Hitler in "Morning Hate" e-mail group.
West Metro
August 30
Hennepin County Administrator David Hough, shown in 2015.

Hennepin County may seek a 4.75% property tax levy increase in 2020

County officials will present their proposed 2020 budget to the board on Sept. 17.
West Metro
August 30
Eden Prairie police released this photo of what appear to be a cougar, toward the left edge. It was spotted Monday afternoon near Purgatory Creek.

Eden Prairie police warn of a possible cougar on the prowl, share a photo

Authorities are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to positively identify the animal.
West Metro
August 28

EEOC suit alleges Eden Prairie company fired office worker because she needed crutches

Employer Solutions Group denies the allegations and says the woman can come back to the office.
West Metro
August 27
Heather Holm, right, a bee and pollinator expert from Minnetonka and member of Protect Our Minnetonka Parks, and Maureen Hackett, a local naturalist,

Minnetonka Council approves controversial mountain bike trail

The Minnetonka City Council approved a controversial mountain bike trail through Lone Lake Park on Monday night that some opponents fear will compromise habitat for…
West Metro
August 27

Carver County to open mental-health crisis facility

Renovated building will fill a gap between mobile help and a hospital ER.
West Metro
August 27

Quick guilty plea from man who fatally stabbed his wife in their Bloomington home

A sentence of at least 25 years is anticipated by prosecutors.
Music
August 26
Kia Clark, of Oakland, Calif., took photos Paisley Park during its Celebration in April. She was visiting for her second time with a group of friends

Prince's estate to assume management of Paisley Park this fall

Graceland Holdings — which operates Elvis Presley's Graceland mega-tourist attraction in Memphis — will no longer oversee Paisley as of Oct. 1.
West Metro
August 26

Drunk Minneapolis man rolled over onto infant son, killing him, charges say

His blood alcohol level was 0.32 three hours after 911 call, charges say.
West Metro
August 26

Man arrested for throwing screws on the road

An Elk River man was arrested Monday for throwing dozens of screws on Sherburne County roads over the past two months, according to the Sherburne…
West Metro
August 23

ID'd: Bicyclist hit by car from behind on Wright County highway

The bicyclist was riding in the left of two northbound lanes of the divided highway, the State Patrol said.
West Metro
August 23

Man charged with killing woman outside hair salon at Brooklyn Park mall

Two Mpls. suspects were arrested and charged.
West Metro
August 23
The closed part of Kenilworth Trail due to light-rail construction,. “We were hearing beeping trucks backing up early Saturday, and a lot of commoti

Southwest LRT construction has Mpls. residents, officials angry

Minneapolis neighbors irked by off-hour building noise. And the city may reconsider after consulting with Met Council.
West Metro
August 22
Isak Aden was killed during a standoff with police in Eagan on July 2. The response included officers from Bloomington.

Activist sues Bloomington police for social media blocking

Noah McCourt is suing because Sumaya Aden said she was blocked from the Bloomington police Twitter account after her brother was shot and killed.
West Metro
August 21
Police and federal authorities are investigating an early morning explosion Saturday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. No injuries w

Defendant in mosque bombing challenges hate-crime law

A federal magistrate judge managing the prosecution of a man suspected of firebombing a Bloomington mosque in 2017 is weighing a constitutional challenge to the laws under which the suspect was charged.
West Metro
August 20
ROAR organizer Jenna Cruz introduced Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison at Tuesday night's meeting in Chaska.

Parents push for answers in Eastern Carver district after racist incidents

About 30 people meet for discussion with state attorney general.
West Metro
August 19
St. John's in Collegeville The Johnnies-Tommies MIAC rivalry continued as St. Thomas traveled to Collegeville to face St. John's on Saturday, October

E. coli in water system at St. John's University in Collegeville

Students and staff at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., have been advised to boil drinking water because of E. coli contamination.An alert went out…