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

West Metro
March 22
Drug Court graduate Lindsay Arf delivered keynote remarks to a crowd of graduates, supporters and court staffers Friday at Hennepin County Drug Court.

Hennepin County Drug Court graduates share stories of healing, triumph

For the 38 who graduated, sharing their stories of recovery from addiction is part of the healing process.
March 21
The homeless encampment near Hiawatha and Cedar avenues in Minneapolis in November.

State's homeless population reaches record high number

At least 10,233 people are homeless, the most since 1991.
West Metro
March 15

Hennepin County has awarded $23 million in youth sports grants in last decade

A sales tax surcharge has generated $23.8 million in aid to Hennepin County.
West Metro
March 15
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

Hennepin County prosecutor won't bring charges for small amounts of marijuana

Mike Freeman said he forged the new policy in response to a flaw in Minnesota's marijuana law.
West Metro
March 8
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson has endorse a bill that would allow people living in Minnesota illegally to get a driver’s license.

Hennepin County sheriff endorses bill for driver's licenses for immigrants here illegally

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson has become the first law enforcement official in Minnesota to publicly endorse a bill that would allow people living in…
West Metro
March 2
The pink marker is wrapped on an ash tree due to the indications of emerald ash borers. The Hennepin County Board has awarded more than $250,000 in gr

Hennepin County awards more than $250,000 in tree canopy grants

The grants will be used to establish new canopies as well as remove and replace diseased ash trees.
West Metro
February 21
If a Hennepin Healthcare-North Memorial merger takes place, it would bring together two large urban emergency departments, while adding an outer-ring

Hennepin County Board, Hennepin Healthcare meet to discuss hospital merger with North Memorial

County and hospital officials say the renewed discussion of merger is in the early stages.
West Metro
February 20
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips on the floor of the U.S. House on Jan. 3, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, Hennepin County leaders discuss priorities

Official calls the meeting with freshman Democrat a "breath of fresh air."
February 15
The current Minneapolis Central Library, designed by Cesar Pelli, opened in 2006.

Downtown Minneapolis is one step closer to new skyways at the Central Library

The Hennepin County Board is expected to take a final vote on an agreement with the developers next week.
February 12

Verna Rausch, pioneering medical lab science teacher and researcher

Verna Rausch was a pioneer in the medical laboratory science field during her 40-year career at the University of Minnesota. Starting in the 1950s, she…
St. Paul
February 7

Mufasa, Como Zoo's beloved African lion, has died

Health complications lead to euthanization of the 17-year-old animal.
West Metro
February 7
Dayton Mayor Timothy McNeil

Dayton, other Minn. cities trying to cope with court ruling limiting road improvement fees

The moratorium on new construction in one of Hennepin County's fastest-growing cities came after Supreme Court call.
West Metro
February 1
The Southdale Courthouse is now closed for good.

Hennepin County's district court in Edina has closed

It comes ahead of plans to demolish the 45-year-old building.
Stage & Arts
January 29
April Sellers' dance and choregraphy career was about to take off this year. Owner of the April Sellers Dance Collective, she was named City Pages Art

Minneapolis artist regains faith after defamation lawsuit win

A Minneapolis dancer hopes winning defamation suit helps get her career back on track.
West Metro
January 22
From left, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Tom Johnson and Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene as Johnson

Former Hennepin County Attorney Tom Johnson receives two honors

Former Hennepin County attorney also honored with "Tom Johnson Day."
West Metro
January 22

Hennepin County makes commitment to convert entire vehicle fleet to electric

Going all-electric depends on investment in charging stations, infrastructure.
West Metro
January 17
The Hennepin County Government Center. The County Board has put on hold its key mental health initiative to create secure psychiatric beds at the coun

New Hennepin County mental health facility on hold

County study says vacant building not an affordable option for secure facility.
West Metro
January 11
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s last day in office is Friday after 12 years serving the state’s largest county.

Defeated Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek hints at possible run at his old job

Hennepin lawman says he has no regrets about his loss in November.
West Metro
January 8
New Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson checked out the Hennepin County Jail with his director of communications Jeremy Zoss.

New Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson hits ground running on first full day

Wherever he stopped during the day, Dave Hutchinson repeated his campaign promise to be "a sheriff that truly represents all residents."
West Metro
January 7
Top, David Hutchinson was sworn in as Hennepin County Sheriff and then received his new pin from his father. Bottom left, Commissioner Angela Conley t

Ceremony marks a first for Hennepin County: 'This seat belongs to the people who look like me'

A new sheriff is in town for Hennepin County, while the first commissioners of color took office.
West Metro
December 21, 2018
Sheriff-elect Dave "Hutch" Hutchinson, right, with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in November.

Hennepin County Sheriff-Elect Dave Hutchinson announces leadership team

The new sheriff will take office Jan. 7
December 6, 2018
Outgoing Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

Hennepin County Board votes to cut Sheriff's Office budget by $1.3 million

County Attorney's Office and Community Corrections were also cut by $600,000.
December 5, 2018
Outgoing Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

Hennepin County Board vote delayed on proposed Sheriff's Office cuts

A proposal was offered that would decrease the amount of money cut from the sheriff's budget.
December 5, 2018
Outgoing Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

Sheriff Rich Stanek irked lame-duck county commissioner cutting budget

Nearly $2 million in reduced jail personnel spending on the table.
December 3, 2018

1952 Miss Universe contestant Jodell 'Jody' Rahr dies at 87

When people asked Jodell “Jody” Rahr about her adventures on stage, she giggled and said that it happened a long time ago. She performed opera,…