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

September 25

University of Minnesota offers students a furry study break

A group of University of Minnesota students flocked to scout out Cooper at the recreation and fitness center on a rainy day last week. No,…
West Metro
September 22

New plans for Excelsior's Commons park close to completion

Changes will include a new boardwalk and band shell.
September 21

Renaming of Lake Calhoun now in the hands of Hennepin County Board

Controversy over change to Bde Maka Ska could be resolved next month.
West Metro
September 12

Hundreds of Minnesota children still have unsafe lead levels

Hennepin County and Minneapolis received $6M for prevention and cleanup of stubborn problem, and are using a prevention and outreach model in the hope of protecting children before they are poisoned.
West Metro
September 11

Court rejects two more people claiming to be heirs to Prince's estate

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday rejected two more people claiming to be heirs to Prince's estate.The court said District Judge Kevin Eide ruled…
September 7
Today Temperatures are expected to soar with the heat index approachin...

Hennepin County Board delays vote on Thrivent building purchase

Final vote on whether to buy the building will be held by the end of the month.
September 2
A "Sorry out of Service" sign is placed on one of the gas pumps at a g...

Hurricane Harvey, Labor Day demand create jump in gas prices

Twin Cities prices will climb another 10 cents a gallon this weekend, said Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs for AAA in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota.
West Metro
August 30
Today Temperatures are expected to soar with the heat index approachin...

Hennepin County mulls purchase of Thrivent building for $55 million

Hennepin County officials want to buy the landmark Thrivent Financial building in downtown Minneapolis for $55 million, an acquisition that would be one of the…
West Metro
August 26

Hennepin County continues its Zero Waste Challenge to reduce household trash

Last year, 35 select households decreased the amount of waste they produced by 20 percent.
August 24

Minneapolis art scenemaker is now making a run for City Council

Teqen Zéa-Aida, who once ran the Vision modeling agency, then an art gallery, is challenging incumbent Lisa Goodman.
August 20
A pay phone has been installed on the ground floor of the Government C...

Hennepin County's latest service offering is … a pay phone?

They've all but disappeared, but county finds demand.
August 19
“It’s a shame we have to fight like that, and bring all these old memories back,” said World War II veteran Mel Dahlberg, of Jordan, Minn.

Nazi resurgence alarms Minn. WWII vets, Holocaust survivors

In the aftermath of last weekend's deadly violence in Virginia, no one may be feeling more anger and fear than those who battled the Nazis and those nearly killed by them.
West Metro
August 18

Golden Valley library closed Friday due to water issue

Hennepin County Library in Golden Valley will be closed on Friday, Aug. 18, because of an interruption in the water supply. It will reopen Saturday.…
August 9

Public will be able to track race, other data on Mpls. police stops

The online tool shows the demographic characteristics of people detained in traffic and suspicious-persons stops across the city.
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August 8
A 46-year-old man was arrested during a sting in St. Peter, Minn. Southern Minnesota law enforcement agencies are ramping up sex trafficking stings.

Minnesota fights sex trafficking by cracking down on customers

As the Super Bowl gets closer, law enforcement officials and nonprofits across Minnesota are taking aggressive new action to crack down on customers of prostitution and boosting programs aimed at keeping teens out of the sex trade.
West Metro
August 7

Hennepin County focuses on infants to break child protection cycle

Pilot program with "Infant Court" aims to keep children from returning to foster care.
South Metro
August 2

Man charged with fatally shooting Minneapolis man in front of his children

James Woodard, also wanted in Scott County, is accused of killing Divittin Hoskins in front of his children.
West Metro
August 2
Hennepin County kicks off 100 day campaign to get 150 homeless youths...

Hennepin County rolls out ambitious 100-day plan to help homeless youths

Hennepin County coalition aims to find jobs, shelter for 150.
August 2

First-ever U study analyzes the patterns of sex buyers in Minnesota

They tend to be middle-class, married white men from all over the state.
July 28

Lengthy legal battle continues over five unreleased Prince songs

The songs were engineered by a Prince producer a decade ago.
West Metro
July 18

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to add some body cameras this year

Up to 40 devices could be rolled out by December.
West Metro
July 17

Hennepin County is first in Minnesota to fund new drug test

After clearing a backlog that held up court cases for months, it could go statewide this year.
West Metro
July 15
North Minneapolis' Webber Park library, which opened in May, is the newest branch in the Hennepin County Library system.

Hennepin County Library system scraps plan to renovate every 12 years

Renovating libraries based on the building's use, instead of an automatic revamp every 12 years, could be more efficient and possibly less expensive over time, Hennepin County Library leaders now say. It might also ensure that patrons get the same experience no matter which library they visit.
North Metro
July 14
A SWAT team left the scene of a fatal shooting at a home in Crystal on Wednesday night.

Crystal man charged with killing his wife

Dennis Sandland called his son about 6:30 p.m. that night to inform him that he had shot his mother, according to the charges.
West Metro
July 13

Hennepin County leaders say new approach needed to address gaps — from housing to income

Officials estimated that eliminating the racial and ethnic income and employment disparities would mean $4.6 billion in income growth