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

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Major drivers in the new Hennepin County budget include $71 million for road, bridge and trail infrastructure.

Hennepin County administrator proposes 4.75% property tax levy increase for 2020

The overall budget will increase nearly $90 million from 2019.
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"We are very pleased with the results," Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said of the new opioid initiative. Hutchinson toured the jail in Janu

Hundreds now treated for opioid abuse in Hennepin jail

Though the Hennepin County program to treat inmates is less than a year old, officials already are making changes to increase the number of those getting treatment and keep them sober once they're released.
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September 17
Assistant park manager Nick Bartels pointed to an area of the main road leading into Fort Snelling State Park that had been temporarily repaired in Ma

Fort Snelling State Park reopens six months after extensive flood damage

Officials said repairs at the popular venue, closed since March, will continue through the fall.
Stage & Arts
September 16
September 13
Richard McLemore spoke to law students about serving time in prison for murder before turning his life around. He now runs his own leadership training

Minnesota's largest community foundation helps give former inmates a second chance

Over the past five years, the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations has awarded a growing amount of money to organizations focused on criminal justice reform.
September 13
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks after a bill signing ceremony in July. Ellison said that the former board was “asleep at the switch

Minn. nonprofit used nearly $1M to fund for-profit businesses, AG says

After a three-year investigation, Praying Pelican Missions was ordered to overhaul its polices and leadership.
September 12
Inquilinxs Unidxs (United Renters for Justice) organized a protest in June. The organization has been chosen to receive a grant from the OneMPLS Fund.

Minneapolis Foundation announces $500,000 in grants to boost resources for renters

The focus on housing is in direct response to last year's Minneapolis homeless camp, one of the largest settlements ever seen in the state.
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September 10
A Wyoming city employee rounded up a stray donkey on Monday, Sept. 9, from a hobby farm across the road from the police department.

Right to remain stubborn? Wyoming, Minn., police round up fugitive donkeys

For the third time in the past several weeks, Wyoming officers, staffers and investigators on Monday had to corral wayward donkeys from a hobby farm just across the road from the police department.
Stage & Arts
September 4
Heidi Fellner of Minneapolis, right, waved to passing cars as she stood with fellow protesters outside the theater organized by survivors of sexual as

Children's Theatre Company settles 7th sex-abuse lawsuit

"Still work to be done," victim's lawyer says; Children's still faces eight more cases.
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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.
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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.
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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…
August 24
The 10-ton sculpture called “Nimbus,” outside the Hennepin County Central Library in downtown Minneapolis has been fenced off for a second time th

Sculpture on Nicollet Mall barricaded to block homeless

The installation outside the Minneapolis Central Library includes a few rows of amphitheater seating for public performances and some were camping there at night.
August 21
Reenactors fired off their 1816 Harper’s Ferry muskets during an infantry demonstration Saturday at Historic Fort Snelling.

Minnesota Historical Society considers name change for Historic Fort Snelling site

The name of the fort itself won't change.
August 19
Attorney General Keith Ellison

Attorney General Keith Ellison backs releasing list of Boy Scout leaders accused of misconduct

Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a legal brief Monday supporting the release of a list of Boy Scout leaders accused of misconduct with children. Jeff…
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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…
August 17

Hennepin County attorney and Sheriff's Office get $550,000 grant for auto theft prosecution

The Attorney's Office is funding nearly three dedicated staff positions, and the Sheriff's Office is getting three automated license plate readers.
August 16
Anthony Desnick of Cycling Without Age picked up Sister Susan Smith and Sister Rosalind Gefre for a ride from their home Carondelet Village, through S

Minn. nursing homes embrace Danish cycling idea that puts older adults on wheels

Cycling Without Age gives older adults with limited mobility a thrilling change of scene on electric bikes.
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August 13
Minneapolis officials consulted adult entertainment workers to come up with their proposal to add protections from financial exploitation and unsafe w

Minneapolis ordinance to protect sex workers moves forward

The City Council will vote on rules for safer working conditions and wage protections for adult entertainment workers.
August 10
In June, Noor Construction owner Nawal Noor worked with her project superintendent Scott Eiden on the remodel of Hosmer Library in Minneapolis.

Historic Hosmer Library in Minneapolis reopens after yearlong renovation

The changes include larger children's and teen areas relocated to the front as well as preservation work on a large skylight and wood windows.
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August 9
The Hennepin County library in Brooklyn Park.

Hennepin County considering elimination of overdue library fees

Hennepin County officials are considering the elimination of overdue library fees and amnesty for patrons who already owe money.Under existing library policy, patrons who owe…
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August 4
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman poses for a portrait in Hennepin County Government Center after returning from a leave for alcohol treatment.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman back on the job

Job stress contributed to alcohol abuse. Now he says he's ready for work.
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July 31
Viburnum leaf beetle larvae and damage.

Invasive viburnum leaf beetle discovered in Minnesota

State has received several reports and confirmed a sighting in Eden Prairie.
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July 30
Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene

Hennepin County Board approves increase in wheelage tax

That will raise $10 million annually, still short of the $25 million that public works officials told the board it needs for long-term upkeep.
July 29
From left, Pastor Roosevelt Williams, Analyah Schlaeger dos Santos, Khloe Davis and Makayla Freeman stood among the solar panels on the roof of Shiloh

Minneapolis Foundation's new fund helps three nonprofits address climate change in low-income neighborhoods

Grants will fund energy audits, car-sharing promotion and other community efforts.