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A majority of Minnesotans support a proposal to mail ballots to every registered voter in the state, a measure aimed at addressing fears that the…
If it seems like big blue bins are overflowing more than usual, it's not your imagination.
A proposal to use a tax subsidy fund will have to overcome opposition from the city of Bloomington.
Social distancing has made it increasingly difficult to give the dead a proper send-off.
Minnesota pork plants sidelined by coronavirus outbreaks have begun euthanizing and disposing of thousands of pigs. A reader wanted to know whether they could just freeze the carcasses instead of wasting all that meat.
Many Minnesotans may soon be asked to return to work as the governor eases closure orders on some businesses. But if some refuse to go due to health concerns, they will likely lose unemployment benefits.
COVID-19 is hitting Hennepin County far harder than any other county in Minnesota. And its size alone does not explain why.
Customers looked forward to the shop's annual holiday open house, with live music and invitations crafted by Windrum, a graphic designer.
Most maps of the Twin Cities feature highways and bridges that connect our region. But few show another grid that is even more crucial to daily life.
Events as well as early counting delayed as leaders respond to growing pandemic restrictions.
Bills would limit rules that drive up prices .
Faltering recycling systems and concerns about ocean plastics have spurred state lawmakers from California to Maine to propose new rules targeting plastic waste, particularly from packaging. Many prompt a visit from Ameripen, a decade-old nonprofit that now has registered lobbyists in eight states.
The bureau hopes to receive more than 38,000 applications in the state.
Tim Olson, who was raised in South St. Paul and Lindstrom, Minn., also spoke about promoting turnout in a difficult political climate and what it takes to send mail to every household in the country.
The gentle giant manning the door for two decades at the West Bank institution earned a loyal following among its eclectic clientele.
Various entities must determine ground rent, fees in unprecedented funding deal
Amid slumping ridership, Metro Transit offers more amenities, information.
Batteries and holiday lights wreak havoc at local sorting centers, while some toy packaging and disposable cups must take a long and expensive trip to the landfill or incinerator. Even some gift wrap isn't recyclable.
Both were taken to North Memorial, and details were not released. A 10 a.m. news conference is scheduled.
Altercation at St. Paul's Community of Peace triggered lockdown.
Until the city launched the new website, Minnesota was the only state where no agencies posted inspections online.
Latest estimates show slower growth, which puts seat in jeopardy.
Massive effort to count every Minnesotan plays out this spring
The Met Council is now embarking on a $23 million project to process more biosolids as the area grows.
About 8,000 temp employees are needed in the state; pay in Hennepin County up to $27.50 an hour.
Residents are now being told to bring batteries to hazardous waste sites.
But preliminary property bills could change after city councils set budgets.
City leaders are expected to grant key approvals for the deal next month.
Female uniforms weren’t yet available when Liz Whitbeck enlisted in the newly formed Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in 1943. But she joined enthusiastically, a trait…
The agency had been scrambling to install the dumpsters after its expected supplier dropped out.
Older than most historic buildings still standing in the Twin Cities, the 136-year-old bridge has long been Minneapolis' de facto welcome mat. But why was it built the way it was, with such a long angle?
Nora Slawik is the second member of the cabinet of DFL Gov. Tim Walz to leave during his first year, while a third was issued a formal reprimand.
Waste Management, the expected to provide most of the dumpsters in central and southern Minnesota, told the state recently that it won't offer the service.
They were among four dozen firefighters who were called to the home on the city's East Side.
The Arizona Industrial Development Authority had been selected to issue tax-exempt bonds for the project, possibly worth more than $300 million.
Now the City Council will move forward on other changes aimed to reshape the city into a denser urban core. The most controversial part of the plan allows duplexes and triplexes in large tracts of the city zoned only for single family homes. With final votes expected next month, that change could go into effect Jan. 1.
Reduced daylight contributes to peak season for drivers hitting people on foot.
The city is the 53rd community in the state to raise the buying age.
The backers are on the verge of securing more than $5 million to get project off the ground
The streetcar is one of two that survived fully intact when the system was scrapped in the 1950s.
Mpls., St. Paul proposals could bring 15% increase to some poorer areas.
A panoramic photo of the city taken on a large-format camera in 1907 offers an incredible time capsule. "It reveals things that essentially nobody ever saw before. It's so immersive."
The City Council is expected to give it final approval on Oct. 11, and staffers said it would likely be in effect by mid-November.
In suit, losing bidder says agency botched process for choosing firm for multimillion-dollar Metro Transit project.
High water levels have wreaked havoc in a section of south Minneapolis, flooding basements, turning fields to marshes and causing sewer lines and pipes to break.
By one estimate, investors accounted for nearly 10% of all Twin Cities purchases last year. But it's taking more work to make it happen.
Builders say message is proof that cities are overcharging them.
The German-born physician launched a pioneering radiology training program and worked to expand access to radiology in the region.
As the cost of running a city rises, so too must property taxes, city leaders say — despite billions of dollars in new development in the core of the Twin Cities.
New report shows wide gap between fee revenue, costs of providing the service.
One reader wants to know what percent of Twin Cities sorted recyclables are actually recycled. Another wondered whether most of it is just sent to the dump. We get to the bottom of both questions.
Triple Five secures loan for glitzy N.J. complex with 49% stake in megamall.
The Army Corps of Engineers is holding two public meetings about what to do with the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam site.
Matt Cremona has amassed a devoted online following by showing the hidden potential in the trees around us.
Bloomington leaders voted to hire Provident Resources Group to play a crucial role in the unusual borrowing arrangement they are pursuing for the proposed $250 million park
Opponents have argued that including a citizenship question would reduce participation in the 2020 census, leading to a less accurate count.
Specialty funeral directors work around the clock in the Twin Cities to transport the dead.
The advancements of the civil rights movement relied on the steadfast efforts of people like Charles Mays, who challenged the status quo in Minneapolis and…
At its peak, about 36 mansions lined Park from Franklin Avenue to 28th Street, once known as the "Golden Mile." Most of them were owned by boldface families of the era. Now, just a handful of the mansions remain.
Multimillion-dollar restoration lies ahead for apartment building.
A new Wi-Fi-enabled technology will allow residents to spot leaks.
The photo is the latest in a string of racially charged incidents at the school.
A 22-year-old Minnesota man died over the weekend while rock climbing in Colorado, officials there announced Wednesday. The Larimer County Medical Examiner’s Office said Mitchel…
Justice for Jamar wants city to match settlement in Justine Damond case.
Looming across from the 38th Street light-rail station in south Minneapolis, the century-old Atkinson Mill survives in a city that once boasted dozens.
The sliver of land in the Mississippi River is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that's just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis that looks radically different today than it did half a century ago.
Minneapolis will employ a boring machine to drill a 5-foot corridor deep beneath the Mississippi River to keep one of the city's most important drinking water pipes safe from the elements.
City leaders commit $7.5 million to fully develop plans for the massive $250 million facility.
Trump policy changes shift area's demographics, prompting employment worries.
Trash firms sued after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency fined metro-area landfills
These days, Uptown is the common way to describe the district around Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis, but that is a relatively recent phenomenon.
Robert Byrd encountered an arsenal of guns when he entered a neo-Nazi’s home to shoot a documentary about hate. Then his subject said something surprising:…
The city is left without a bike sharing vendor after Lime drops bikes in favor of scooters.
The LED fixtures cast a brighter, whiter light, which some welcome as enhancing security and others liken to making a neighborhood feel like a "police state."
The city rejects the offer to take over money-losing Crystal Lake Cemetery. The situation illustrates the challenge some cemeteries face as more people choose to be cremated.