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Development collides with protected species in Anoka County

Development collides with protected species in Anoka County

A small plant delayed the project for a year, and raised questions about future growth vs. environmental protection in the north metro area.

Sheriff Stanek's son cited for accident, marijuana pipe

The son of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was cited early Friday morning after rear-ending a fire engine in Brooklyn Center, according to a police report. Police found marijuana pipes in the smashed-up truck driven by Ryan J. Stanek.
Step to It Challenge motivates suburbs

Step to It Challenge motivates suburbs

Hennepin County pits city against city in its annual competition. Brooklyn Park is the reigning champ.
Senate passes Met Council reform bill

Senate passes Met Council reform bill

The governor still would appoint all 17 members.
New program aims to help struggling families find Section 8 housing

New program aims to help struggling families find Section 8 housing

Met Council seeks rentals in areas with good schools.
What price solar? Flurry of applications raises questions in exurbs

What price solar? Flurry of applications raises questions in exurbs

Wright County has been swept up in the newest clean-energy movement — solar power — and some are uneasy about how that will alter the landscape.
In rare move, Coon Rapids condemns abandoned split-level

In rare move, Coon Rapids condemns abandoned split-level

The '70s-era home in Coon Rapids, abandoned nearly five years ago by its owner – and even the bank – is rotted beyond repair.
St. Anthony mobile home park to close and land will be redeveloped

St. Anthony mobile home park to close and land will be redeveloped

The sale and shutdown of the Lowry Grove mobile home park is the latest closure in the northern Twin Cities metro.
Two very different suburbs in running for coveted title

Two very different suburbs in running for coveted title

Opposites Columbia Heights, Woodbury hope they're All-America

Obituary: Wesley Cox, a Spring Lake Park founder, first police chief, helped city grow

Wesley Cox was one of Spring Lake Park's founding fathers and helped shepherd the young city for decades.He was elected one of its first constables…

Residents angry over St. Francis land deal

With City Council elections looming, questions are flying over 183 acres not being used for sewer plan.

Rude roper blamed for fracas at Lino Lakes horse stable

Some of those involved in the brawling could be charged with misdemeanors.

Twin Cities suburbs using less water – and paying more for it

Infrastructure upgrades have fueled higher bills.
Citizens League plan would bring more transparency to Met Council appointments

Citizens League plan would bring more transparency to Met Council appointments

Governor would still appoint council members, but counties and cities gain voice in nominating them.

Northtown library visitors down after remodel

The number of visitors to the Anoka County Library’s busiest branch continues to drop despite a $1 million makeover in 2014. Annual attendance at the…
Affordable housing a must along Southwest LRT, according to plan

Affordable housing a must along Southwest LRT, according to plan

Plan calls for affordable housing in the Southwest rail corridor.
Andover mayor says portable classrooms should be temporary

Andover mayor says portable classrooms should be temporary

They were used 10 years ago to combat a population surge at churches and the high school, but now some city leaders want to see long-term solutions implemented.

Andover weighs ordinance to curtail use of drones

A bill limiting drone use was also introduced in the Minnesota Legislature.
Postal Service to issue first-ever Halloween stamps in Anoka

Postal Service to issue first-ever Halloween stamps in Anoka

Anoka will host the First Day of Issue celebration for the jack-o'-lantern stamps.
Navigating the Swedish Barn Quilt Trail in Chisago County

Navigating the Swedish Barn Quilt Trail in Chisago County

North of the Twin Cities is a patchwork of Swedish heritage along Hwy. 8.

Critics of Met Council are split on how to fix it

This most recent of several attempts to change the Met Council shows that while cities and counties generally agree that some reform is needed, they're splintered over just what to do and how to do it.
National Sports Center, Blaine ask for $8.7M to get bigger

National Sports Center, Blaine ask for $8.7M to get bigger

The money, part of a state bonding request this legislative session. would go to add a dozen more playing fields, build a new maintenance building and rebuild a road leading to the sprawling 600-acre complex.
Chisago County family shifts from bees to vines — and wines

Chisago County family shifts from bees to vines — and wines

The Petersons dug into Minnesota's fledgling wine industry and started planting in the 1990s. Success has been sweet.
In search of racial equity, Met Council creates advisory committee

In search of racial equity, Met Council creates advisory committee

Met Council forms an advisory committee to help it confront worsening racial disparities.

Northern suburbs push back on taking in sex offenders

Brooklyn Center's City Council is weighing an ordinance that would prohibit new Level 3 offenders — those considered most likely to reoffend — from moving in.

St. Francis fears sewage plant costs could sink town

Project could cost 2,000 households $24 million to replace outdated facility.

Woman admits threatening to 'taste' neighbor kids in Champlin

A former Champlin woman who admitted penning an anonymous note threatening to “taste” her neighbors’ children will serve one year’s probation and pay a $200…
Brooklyn Park mayor defies conservative conventions, aims for state Senate

Brooklyn Park mayor defies conservative conventions, aims for state Senate

Jeff Lunde is unapologetic about his record, even as he seeks the Republican nomination to unseat DFL first-term state Sen. John Hoffman.
Coon Rapids dusts off its history with 20 new signs around city

Coon Rapids dusts off its history with 20 new signs around city

The Coon Rapids Historical Commission will install 20 new signs to spell out the city's past.
West Nile, not Zika, is biggest mosquito-borne threat in Minnesota

West Nile, not Zika, is biggest mosquito-borne threat in Minnesota

Metro area's mosquito district will remain focused on viruses typically identified in Minnesota.
'Be the help': Coon Rapids cop teaches CPR in Heart Safe campaign

'Be the help': Coon Rapids cop teaches CPR in Heart Safe campaign

In three years, Coon Rapids police officer Bryan Platz and volunteers have trained more than 13,000 people to perform hands-only CPR and use an AED, a medical device to shock a cardiac arrest victim back to life.
Met Council chairman calls for more collaboration with cities, counties

Met Council chairman calls for more collaboration with cities, counties

Adam Duininck's State of the Region address was a nod to tensions with some suburbs.

Minnesota gaming dollars, e-tabs are rising

Charitable gaming in Minnesota jumped by 10 percent in one year’s time, with north metro nonprofits — and cities that take a cut of the…
Anoka pushes back on new wave of homeless

Anoka pushes back on new wave of homeless

Outgrowth of rising suburban poverty is blamed for trashed campsites and aggressive panhandling in town.
Met Council makes sure sewer project doesn't sink East Bethel

Met Council makes sure sewer project doesn't sink East Bethel

Growth fizzled, so millions in debt for sewer forgiven.
Aug. 12, 2015: Blaine curling club named official U.S. Olympic training site

Aug. 12, 2015: Blaine curling club named official U.S. Olympic training site

It's the first time United States curling has received a national designation.
Obituary: As radio host 'Miss Flo,' military wife found starring role

Obituary: As radio host 'Miss Flo,' military wife found starring role

Floretta S. Welch, a devoted Navy wife, watched her husband go off to war over three decades spanning World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Lino Lakes Fire Division now open after Centennial split

Lino Lakes has joined a handful of cities that have cross-trained police officers as firefighters.
Suburbs temporarily ban some businesses, hold out for better mix

Suburbs temporarily ban some businesses, hold out for better mix

Columbia Heights residents can buy an oil filter on nearly every corner of Central Avenue. But there's no coffee shop where they can linger over a newspaper and sip a latte. That's a problem, city leaders say.
Blaine, set to become Anoka County's biggest city, steps out

Blaine, set to become Anoka County's biggest city, steps out

What's up: Population, incomes, graduates. What's down: Old perceptions.
Kids, parents learn Twin Cities regional spelling bee in jeopardy

Kids, parents learn Twin Cities regional spelling bee in jeopardy

Three-time all-school spelling bee champion Josie Spanier has been drilling for months with her eyes on the prize — a spot on stage at the…

City of Ramsey weighs new business park to attract jobs

Development would be just west of the COR site and on Hwy. 10. But hurdles await.

Anoka watershed district under fire for 44 percent levy increase

A north metro watershed district’s 44 percent levy hike is making waves in Anoka County. The Coon Creek Watershed District board, which rents office space…
Blaine man earns national volunteer honor

Blaine man earns national volunteer honor

Retired Allina VP used his industry expertise to help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Brooklyn Park mayor calls for unity in wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric

Brooklyn Park mayor calls for unity in wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric

Alarmed by rising hostility directed at Muslims, the mayor of one of Minnesota’s most diverse suburbs has called a meeting of its faith leaders and…

Coon Rapids weighs its parks naming policy

Draft rules would require a background check into all proposed names.

Columbia Heights police lift parking rules for holidays

Suburban street parking rules can be unforgiving. So to make room on the street for residential guests over the holiday season, the Columbia Heights Police…

Black businessman accuses Brooklyn Park of discrimination

Businessman claims bias in restaurant rejection.
Anoka County spends more to fight milfoil

Anoka County spends more to fight milfoil

It just didn’t add up to Anoka County Commissioner Julie Braastad. The state will give Anoka County $135,000 to combat Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic…
Met Council approves updated $1.5B plan for Bottineau Blue Line extension

Met Council approves updated $1.5B plan for Bottineau Blue Line extension

The Metropolitan Council on Wednesday formally approved a $1.5 billion cost estimate and updated plans for the light-rail line linking downtown Minneapolis to the northern…
Agencies defend their policies in not testing all rape kits

Agencies defend their policies in not testing all rape kits

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office and the Duluth and St. Cloud police departments say the statewide report doesn't show the full picture.

Anoka County lobbies for new interchange bridge

Crumbling bridge is scheduled to be fixed, but Anoka County wants a $25 million project.
After $150K campaign, Brooklyn Park's reputation improving

After $150K campaign, Brooklyn Park's reputation improving

Two years after the suburb launched an aggressive branding campaign to boost its reputation, survey shows most are proud to call it home.

Officers ID'd in fatal Columbia Heights shooting

One officer has worked for the Columbia Heights department for 13 years and the other officer has worked for Fridley for one year.
Some officers had body cameras at fatal police shooting in Columbia Heights

Some officers had body cameras at fatal police shooting in Columbia Heights

After 911 call, suspect refused to show his hands, authorities say.
Twin Cities suburbs struggle with 'fixer upper' city halls

Twin Cities suburbs struggle with 'fixer upper' city halls

New Hope, Fridley, others weigh extensive remodels or building anew.
Dayton to convene water quality summit

Dayton to convene water quality summit

Alarmed about the rising levels of contamination in Minnesota's lakes, rivers and wetlands, Gov. Mark Dayton said he'll convene a statewide water quality summit in…
Roseville explores softer form of street art – yarn-bombing

Roseville explores softer form of street art – yarn-bombing

The Roseville Visitors Association recently commissioned a yarn-bombing of the city's outdoor ice arena, and it will be revealed Friday night.
Coon Rapids history on display as part of 'Suburbia' exhibit

Coon Rapids history on display as part of 'Suburbia' exhibit

Vintage photos of ramblers built by Orrin Thompson and others for young families in the 1950s are part of the Minnesota History Center's look at a residential revolution.

Anoka Co. judge reprimanded for Facebook posts about cases

Incident highlights a tricky new landscape in speech rights.
Coon Rapids Dam park gets makeover, and calls for a new name

Coon Rapids Dam park gets makeover, and calls for a new name

Brooklyn Park says a clearer, less off-putting name would draw more to the river.
Stormwater project will protect Roseville's Lake McCarrons

Stormwater project will protect Roseville's Lake McCarrons

Systems in Roseville, elsewhere will capture stormwater for irrigation or treatment

2 arrested in Brooklyn Park school thefts

Security measures on the Osseo district's newer iPads limited the losses at four schools.
Single-family home rentals surge in Twin Cities suburbs

Single-family home rentals surge in Twin Cities suburbs

What makes economic sense for many families can become a problem for cities.
Attack at Coon Rapids Applebee's examined for hate-crime charges

Attack at Coon Rapids Applebee's examined for hate-crime charges

The victim, targeted because she wasn't speaking English, suffered deep cuts on her face in the beer-mug attack, according to assault charges.

Lino Lakes City Council races heat up over Centennial Fire District split

Candidates critical of Lino Lakes' break from a three-city department are taking on council incumbents.
Brooklyn Center imposes moratorium on sex-offender placements

Brooklyn Center imposes moratorium on sex-offender placements

Alarmed by a surge in the number of Level 3 predatory sex offenders living in town, the City Council has passed a 120-day moratorium.
Spring Lake Park youth football agrees to accommodate deaf players

Spring Lake Park youth football agrees to accommodate deaf players

When Dov Nathanson, a deaf fourth-grader, plays football, the vibrations from a drum on the sidelines help him feel the "huts" barked by the quarterback. A sign-language interpreter allows him to follow along in team huddles.

Blaine City Council set to pick between brewpub, school

Spring Lake Park schools and a taproom eye the same block. To coexist, city rules must change.
Police officers saluted at Coon Rapids rally

Police officers saluted at Coon Rapids rally

The event was meant to counter "Black Lives Matter" protests critical of police.
Liberian VP to talk Ebola with Gov. Dayton

Liberian VP to talk Ebola with Gov. Dayton

He will meet with Dayton, local leaders.
Anoka County sheriff now using eye scanners to ID inmates

Anoka County sheriff now using eye scanners to ID inmates

A pioneering new iris-scanning system in Anoka County is quicker and more accurate than a fingerprint.

Fewer parties in the park after Brooklyn Park adopts new noise rules

Brooklyn Park requires people to rent city-owned speakers.
Karen immigrant shot, killed in St. Paul remembered as a loving dad

Karen immigrant shot, killed in St. Paul remembered as a loving dad

Htoo Baw was fatally shot outside his St. Paul home.
Muslims mobilize to build mosques, schools in suburbs

Muslims mobilize to build mosques, schools in suburbs

They draw strength from 'divine law' – and American values.
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