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

May 24
Chris Belland, the new program and outreach manager of veterans relations for the Minnesota Historical Society, chatted with interpreter Steven Nikode

Minnesota Historical Society boosts veterans outreach with free fort admission for military members

Historic Fort Snelling offers free admission for military members for the first time.
May 24
The welcome sign at Fort Snelling.

Fort Snelling signs open history debate among lawmakers, local officials

As legislators continue to work on state's spending, $4 million was restored to Minnesota Historical Society budget.
West Metro
May 20
Former Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin will be the executive director of LISC Twin Cities.

Former Hennepin commissioner Peter McLaughlin to work for community development organization

Peter McLaughlin will lead local development group after losing re-election bid.
April 19
Logan Webster 10, left, Amani Powel,l 10, and Zach Weiner, 14, worked out at the Youth & Families Determined To Succeed facility in Minneapolis.

Nonprofit opens new wellness facility in north Minneapolis to combat obesity

It is part of a growing effort to address health disparities in the neediest parts of the city.
April 16
A preliminary rendering of the new Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities in north Minneapolis.

Growing nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters is moving to its own building in north Minneapolis

The nonprofit known for its mentoring programs will move in fall 2020.
April 12
Patients and siblings of patients let loose at recess at Ronald McDonald House K-12 school in Minneapolis.

Rare one-room Minneapolis school keeps kids learning as they battle grave illnesses

Students travel from places as far as Saudi Arabia to live and learn at Minnesota's only one-room K-12 school.
April 6
Natasha Farhat celebrated her fifth year anniversary as a volunteer at People Serving People on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

More Minnesota companies are paying their employees to take time off to volunteer

With a tightening job market and low unemployment, adding such benefits can attract employees and boost retention.
West Metro
April 5
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Hennepin County attorney to give low-level offenders a break

Hennepin County attorney makes changes to help with bail and clearing offenders' records.
West Metro
April 2

Hennepin County's Navigator Program helps delinquent taxpayers keep their homes

More seniors are seeking services to keep their houses from forfeiture.
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.