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

West Metro
January 19

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.
Stage & Arts
December 31, 2018
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
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,…
November 30, 2018

Neighbors contest Minneapolis' plans for public works site

City Council to vote next week on plans for former Roof Depot in East Phillips.
West Metro
November 29, 2018
The Hennepin County jail, downtown Minneapolis

Hennepin County seeks new ways to manage jail population

A study by two former judges was presented to the County Board, and several changes to reduce the time inmates are locked up are being considered.
November 28, 2018
A rendering of part of the RiverFirst redevelopment of Minneapolis’ riverfront parks.

Riverfront parks in Minneapolis aided by $16 million in fundraising

Parks and trails downtown and on the North Side will reconnect residents and visitors to the Mississippi River.
November 28, 2018
Minneapolis City Council wraps up changes to 2040 plan ahead of final vote

Minneapolis City Council wraps up changes to 2040 plan ahead of final vote

Council members now believe the measure is set to be passed next week.
November 23, 2018
The ride-share zone is part of an effort by the city to control the chaos unleashed at bar close.

Downtown Minneapolis to designate pickup zones for Uber, Lyft at bar close

Plan would aim to reduce downtown congestion.
November 22, 2018
Associate Justice David Lillihaug, pictured while hearing a case in November, wrote a Minnesota Supreme Court decision filed Wednesday that sent a cas

Minnesota Supreme Court reverses lower court decision in Blake School student crash

Justice G. Barry Anderson said the decision expands potential liability to Minnesota schools.
West Metro
November 21, 2018
Hennepin County Sheriff-Elect Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, right, pictured with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey during a victory news conference Nov. 7,

Hennepin County Sheriff-elect Dave Hutchinson names transition team

Outgoing Sheriff Rich Stanek decided against a recount this week.
West Metro
November 20, 2018
The race for Hennepin County sheriff pitted challenger Dave Hutchinson, left, against incumbent Rich Stanek.

Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek decides against a recount

Dave Hutchinson, who will take office Jan. 8, said he would announce his transition team Wednesday morning.
November 19, 2018
Former secretary of State of Minnesota and President and CEO-USA Expo Mark Ritchie delivers a speech at the 162nd General Assembly of BIE, in Paris, W

Mark Ritchie, former Minnesota Secretary of State, to lead nonprofit international education organization

Ex-Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will lead nonprofit Global Minnesota.
November 15, 2018
The Minneapolis Armory shortly after it was completed in 1936.

Hennepin County restores historic flagpole monument at downtown Armory

Group of veterans who work for the county helped with the new design.
November 15, 2018
There was a full crowd in the chambers and overflow rooms during a public hearing on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan at Minneapolis City Hall on Wednesday

Minneapolis neighbors gather for latest chance to weigh in on 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The public hearing held by the City Council, among the final steps in a contentious process, went on for nearly five hours.
West Metro
November 14, 2018
Dave Hutchinson, left, is Hennepin County sheriff-elect, but Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.

Hennepin County sheriff-elect retains law firm in case of recount

Outgoing Sheriff Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.
West Metro
November 7, 2018
Bassett Creek

Hennepin County Board approves $2.4 million in water quality levies

Hennepin County's Elm and Bassett creeks among those to be improved.
November 4, 2018
Minneapolis city crews already plow some sidewalks, but property owners do most of them. The city requires owners of single-family homes or duplexes t

Minneapolis gets tougher on sidewalk snow removal, may take it over

It steps up enforcement and weighs taking on the job.