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In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paddled a canoe Friday off St. Paul to highlight the Twin Cities' urban park, lauded as a national treasure.
Minn. Supreme Court divided on access to Metro Transit recordings

Minn. Supreme Court divided on access to Metro Transit recordings

KSTP was denied access to video of a bus crash, but in a separate decision a blind passenger won access to Metro Transit video.
United Way's Action Day expands to Target Field

United Way's Action Day expands to Target Field

With the move this year, the annual event is going to feel more like a party.
Pheasants Forever helps buy Anoka County parcel for DNR

Pheasants Forever helps buy Anoka County parcel for DNR

Nonprofit group Pheasants Forever helped purchase Anoka County property for the DNR.
Park patrons sink into the Minneapolis Good Chair project

Park patrons sink into the Minneapolis Good Chair project

Sit. Talk. Kiss. Laugh. Eat. The Good Chair Project invites you to take a seat.
Brooklyn Park council member resigns; more changes coming

Brooklyn Park council member resigns; more changes coming

John Jordan moved up his plan to leave the council when he found a new home out of town.
$22M makeover planned for Brooklyn Park's affordable housing

$22M makeover planned for Brooklyn Park's affordable housing

Low interest rates and strong demand for rentals are the factors making expansive rehabs possible, owners of the four aging complexes said.
Minn. A.G. sides with mobile home owners fighting redevelopment

Minn. A.G. sides with mobile home owners fighting redevelopment

Suit over park's sale in St. Anthony tests state law.
Kayak sharing along Mississippi in the works

Kayak sharing along Mississippi in the works

If the Minneapolis Park Board approves, the program will set up rental stations this month.
Anoka adds resources to its crackdown on homeless, panhandling

Anoka adds resources to its crackdown on homeless, panhandling

City leaders are adding more security in an effort to stem "cancer" on downtown streets.
Bird safety top priority as Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center reopens

Bird safety top priority as Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center reopens

A nature center designed to showcase wildlife shouldn’t be dangerous to the very animals it’s celebrating. That guiding principle will be evident at the grand…
Obituary: Jeanne Bearmon, World War II veteran and psychologist

Obituary: Jeanne Bearmon, World War II veteran and psychologist

Jeanne Goldoff Bearmon had longed to go to college. But that was a tall order for a young woman from a working-class Brooklyn family in…
Minneapolis, St. Paul lead suburbs in growth

Minneapolis, St. Paul lead suburbs in growth

Suburbs still robust, but many families are seeking out homes in urban core.

Fatal hit-and-run creates political storm in Blaine

Most agree traffic is one of the suburb's top issues, but residents differ on solutions.
Met Council pushes to preserve mobile home parks in suburbs

Met Council pushes to preserve mobile home parks in suburbs

Antonia Alvarez and her young daughter left their cockroach-infested Minneapolis apartment complex a decade ago and joined the ranks of suburban homeowners for the first…
Obituary: Ralph Talbot was Anoka County's longest-serving sheriff

Obituary: Ralph Talbot was Anoka County's longest-serving sheriff

Ralph "Buster" Talbot's proudest identity was as a family man, but generations of Anoka County residents knew him as "Sheriff."First appointed to the top law…

Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights open new libraries

Modernizing the facilities was the aim at both sites.
Two north metro cities scramble to upgrade water plants to filter out contaminant

Two north metro cities scramble to upgrade water plants to filter out contaminant

New Brighton and St. Anthony take steps to protect supplies.
Columbia Heights beats out Woodbury for All-America City title

Columbia Heights beats out Woodbury for All-America City title

Columbia Heights has been named an All-America City for 2016, a prize that eluded fellow metro-area contender Woodbury.Both cities were among the 20 national finalists…

Brooklyn Center backs off single-family rental restrictions

After pressure from real estate agents and activists for fair housing, council says no to restrictive plan.
Hopkins returns to its roots and plants raspberries

Hopkins returns to its roots and plants raspberries

City officials are reintroducing raspberry bushes in the area, a nod to the city's history as the "Raspberry Capital of the World."
Coon Rapids strip mall owners want to banish popular bus stop

Coon Rapids strip mall owners want to banish popular bus stop

Loitering, property rights issues arise at well-used but unofficial drop-off point for riders at Riverdale Crossing shopping center.

How to wring every ounce of fun out of summer in Anoka County

Folks in Anoka County — home to the state’s largest outdoor water park, more than 10,000 acres of county parks and a flurry of free…
Plans to transform historic Anoka asylum site move forward

Plans to transform historic Anoka asylum site move forward

Historic Anoka site to become veterans housing.
Obituary: Popular professor, futurist Arthur Harkins pushed students to think ahead

Obituary: Popular professor, futurist Arthur Harkins pushed students to think ahead

University of Minnesota sociologist Arthur Harkins challenged his students and colleagues to consider what the world might look like in the future, and how technology…
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…
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