Nicknamed "City of Lakes" and the "Mill City," it's the county seat of Hennepin County and the largest city in Minnesota.

South Metro
March 28

Minnesota wineries fight state law requiring homegrown grapes

Alexis Bailly in Hastings, the state's first vineyard, and Next Chapter Winery in New Prague claim the ban protects the state's grape industry from competition.
West Metro
March 25

Hennepin County readies for $13 million child protection overhaul

A year after stepping into the county's top human services role, Jennifer DeCubellis is leading the most dramatic reform of the child protection system in Minnesota.
West Metro
March 25

Hennepin County puts 1930s-era Century Plaza up for sale with no price

The county is moving out of the former vocational high school by May.
West Metro
March 23
Sheriff Rich Stanek spoke at a press conference in defense of Hennepin...

Hennepin County sheriff disputes inclusion on ICE inmate noncompliance list

Hennepin County wrongly included as not complying with law, Rich Stanek says.
East Metro
March 19

Minnesota is in 'very deep hole' when it comes to teachers of color

There are 629 Hispanic teachers across the state, making up just 1 percent of a total teaching workforce of 60,090.
West Metro
March 17
"We don't have quite as much room to spare," said Hennepin County Board Chairwoman Jan Callison. "It does constrain our options … especially in uncertain times."

Hennepin County fund dwindles to lowest level in recent history

Some leaders concerned about the amount in the rainy day fund; others see it as a positive.
West Metro
March 15

New Hennepin County pilot program boosts staff investigating, prosecuting youth sex trafficking

A new prosecutor and investigator are expected to start work in the spring.
West Metro
March 13

SWLRT critics say Minnehaha watershed had conflict of interest in permit approval

Minnehaha Creek agency is accused of conflict of interest over land sale.
West Metro
March 10

Hennepin County adds staff in effort to fight human trafficking

Hennepin County Board, sheriff's office negotiate a new plan of attack.
March 4
A St. Paul school residency program is helping Elizabeth Thao work to become a special-education teacher.

Twin Cities schools find creative ways to hire, keep teachers

A troublesome teacher shortage has Minnesota public schools fighting for hires and scrambling to hold on to newcomers.
West Metro
March 3

Hennepin County medical examiner's office pursues relocating from downtown Minneapolis to Minnetonka

A proposed $58 million facility, also serving Dakota and Scott counties, could be built east of the county's Home School.
February 28

Black Bride editor: Diversity still a challenge in bridal business

Black Bride editor Mary Chatman is coming to the Twin Cities to lead a discussion about inclusiveness.
West Metro
February 25

HCMC, Nice Ride partner on new program to help people with mental illness by providing free bikes

The innovative effort starts its second year on April 1.
West Metro
February 25

New Hennepin County pilot program uses small businesses to renovate tax-forfeited homes

The program, estimated to cost $1.2 million, aims to give small businesses experience on larger projects, and put women- and minority-owned companies to work.
February 18

One, two, three, four! What makes a protest song really soar?

Protest songs have a long history, but the forms and the culture may be changing their purpose.
West Metro
February 17

Hennepin County jury pool goes from basement to new 'penthouse'

Hennepin County wanted a more inviting, comfortable place for potential jurors to wait.
February 17

Think ice is hot? So do the frozen fingers behind a local ice sculpting business

Ice sculptor's frozen gift to her neighborhood falls prey to unseasonable warmth.
February 15
A cyclist and cars passed over the Midtown Greenway on the Portland Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. The bridge is one of two that will be demolished this spring and replaced.

Major Mpls. routes to be shut down for bridge work on Portland, Cedar Avs.

West metro commuters will have to endure yet another major disruption this year, when sections of two busy roads in south Minneapolis — Portland and Cedar avenues — close this spring to allow Hennepin County to replace aging bridges across the Midtown Greenway.
West Metro
February 10

Yearlong effort takes on human trafficking in Eden Prairie

Three-pronged approach to help victims and go after johns and pimps netted 27 arrests.
West Metro
February 9

Hennepin County Library posts messages that 'all are welcome here'

Hennepin director says libraries have a history of responding to events.
West Metro
February 7

Hennepin County looks to increase staff to prosecute, investigate sex trafficking

Funds sought to beef up county attorney's, sheriff's offices.
February 5
"People are walking into the office and giving money, which has never happened before," state ACLU director Chuck Samuelson said.

Trump's presidency has become cash cow for social activists

Trump's election spurred many to give time and money to social causes.
West Metro
February 4

Hennepin County sees drop in 'repeat users' of shelters after boosting services

Pilot program to break cycle of homelessness showing promise in Hennepin County.
February 3

Having trouble with Medicare forms? Minneapolis social worker is here to help

A Minneapolis social worker helps boomers learn their Medicare A, B, C and D's.
West Metro
January 31
Colleen Ronnei was the first speaker at the news conference. She told...

Hennepin County renews push to slow heroin overdoses

Hennepin County enlists range of allies to educate public on opioid deaths in a new yearlong initiative.