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

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.
Super Bowl LII
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
West Metro
July 12

X Games to mangle Minneapolis court schedule, as Super Bowl will

The reduced scheduling will be a test run for when the Super Bowl comes to town.
West Metro
July 8

Cities adapt to citizens' hunger for info, add communication jobs

Few metro cities had communications teams when Helen LaFave started her job in Plymouth 30 years ago. Now almost every suburb has staff members running…
July 6

Growing number of Minnesota attorneys face discipline

More than 1,200 complaints were filed with the state's lawyer professional responsibility board in 2016.
West Metro
July 5
"You have to take opportunities and have enough self-confidence to move forward, no matter what somebody else puts in your path," Hennepin County Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson said.

Number of female chief judges for district courts in Minnesota reaches historic levels

For the first time in Minnesota history, half the state’s 10 judicial districts are headed by women judges, the latest example of the state beating…
West Metro
July 3

Teen dies at Hennepin County workhouse

Authorities are investigating the Saturday morning death of a 19-year-old man at the Hennepin County workhouse in Plymouth.Staff members were waking people up for breakfast…
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July 1

Hunt to ID dead man ends with quiet funeral in Inver Grove Heights

Strangers ensure that a rare "John Doe" is buried with care, three years after his body was found in a Rosemount railroad shed.
June 28

Teen at center of police violence protest charged with assaulting Mpls. cop

19-year-old with autism injured by officer in 2015 now faces assault charges.
June 28

Beauty and the bees: Aveda heiress adds buzz to father's dream of saving world

From hair spray to honey, Nicole Rechelbacher continues the visionary legacy of her father.
June 23
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger at the news conference at his office in Min...

Three brothers sentenced in Twin Cities-based multimillion dollar cellphone crime ring

Three brothers who were high-level members of a multimillion dollar cellphone crime ring received lengthy federal prison sentences Friday. Kanan Mustafa, 40; Jamal Mustafa, 45;…
June 23

Hennepin County adds staff to confront soaring child protection reports

It's one of many reforms to help prevent child abuse.