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Local officials at the ribbon cutting for the new Bielenberg Bridge.

New I-94 bridge connects Woodbury and Oakdale

The new Bielenberg Bridge connects Helmo Avenue in Oakdale and Bielenberg Avenue in Woodbury across the interstate.
Janice Rettman in the council chambers before the Ramsey County Board in 2017.

'That was Janice': Former Ramsey County Commissioner and St. Paul City Council Member Janice Rettman has died

Rettman served in local government in St. Paul and Ramsey County for more than three decades and helped solve a St. Paul child murder case.
Teri Otterness pointed out a Japanese maple, a hearty Zone 5 plant, at Highland Nursery in St. Paul.

USDA's hardiness zone map changes. What it means for Minnesota gardeners and growers

Minnesotans pride themselves on enduring deep, winter cold. The latest map shows this extreme cold is fading.
Iris Logan has been tending to the boulevard in front of her St. Paul home, but the city is ordering her to remove all the rocks and a bench, after so

St. Paul orders woman to remove boulevard garden

A neighborhood group is hoping to preserve some of Iris Logan's garden — or find another way to honor her contributions to Hamline-Midway.
South Minneapolis apartment fire sends four to hospital

South Minneapolis apartment fire sends four to hospital

An apartment fire in the Whittier neighborhood Saturday night also left several residents of the building displaced.
The ancient murrelet found in Hastings.

A rare bird: Roseville wildlife rehabilitation center treats little-seen ancient murrelet

The bird, which typically lives along the Pacific Ocean, was found injured in Hastings and taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Minnesota.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, shown in 2019.

State allows Ramsey County jail to return to full operations

The jail was required to reduce its capacity early this year after the Department of Corrections found inadequate staffing caused "imminent risk of life-threatening harm" to those in jail.
A photo posted in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Aviation Spotting group on Facebook showed the fire at the MSP airport parking garage Sunday.

Fire, smoke plume at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport parking garage quickly doused

A vehicle fire caused black smoke to billow from a parking ramp at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Sunday.
Man fleeing SWAT collides head-on with a St. Paul police vehicle, sending two to a hospital

Man fleeing SWAT collides head-on with a St. Paul police vehicle, sending two to a hospital

The man was trying to escape arrest Saturday evening in Frogtown.
Mason Garcia

Holy Angels hockey captain hospitalized after scrimmage injury

Team captain Mason Garcia was hospitalized in intensive care after he was hit during a scrimmage against Lakeville South on Saturday, according to the team's coach.
Siblings Huda Iman, 7, from left, Abdulahli, 12, and Ahlam, 10, of Roseville interact with a sculpture at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.

Will Silverwood Park get the boot? Three Rivers Park District board discusses offloading or moving Silverwood Park programming

The park system, funded mostly by suburban Hennepin County, owns the park in St. Anthony, but most visitors come from Ramsey and Anoka counties.
A rendering of the new Ramsey County Environmental Service Center.

Ramsey County breaks ground on new 'one-stop shop' for disposal and recycling in Roseville

The new Environmental Service Center is set to open in late 2025 or early 2026.
Man kidnapped, robbed near University of Minnesota

Man kidnapped, robbed near University of Minnesota

The victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint by men who said they were his Uber drivers.
Man shot Tuesday in Minneapolis dies in hospital

Man shot Tuesday in Minneapolis dies in hospital

Homicide investigators are investigating the death of the man, who was found shot in the driver's seat of a stolen vehicle.
Robotic arms used artificial intelligence to sort green food scrap bags from incoming waste Thursday at the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Cente

Ramsey and Washington county residents: AI is coming soon to your local trash

The new Food Scraps Pickup Program uses artificial intelligence and robots to sort compost from trash.
Nicole Joy Frethem

Ramsey County Commissioner Nicole Frethem will not seek re-election

Frethem is the second commissioner to announce plans to retire from the board after 2024.
Street service worker Bradley Therres smooths asphalt over a pothole on Shepard Road in St. Paul earlier this year.

Where St. Paul voters supported — and didn't — the 1% sales tax hike that passed on Election Day

Vote "yes" won by a large margin. It carried all seven wards and 74 out of 86 St. Paul precincts.
Susan Barksdale inserted her ballot after voting at Martin Luther King Park Recreation Center on Election Day in Ward 8 of Minneapolis on Tuesday.

It's Election Day: Who's running and what's on the ballot

Minneapolis and St. Paul will pick City Council members; schools have board members and tax requests before voters.
A rendering of the possible Mounds View community center.

In Mounds View, a stir over how much the 1.5% proposed sales tax on the ballot would cost residents

On the eve of the election, residents have raised concerns that estimates for how much Mounds View — and other cities — might generate with new taxes have omitted a critical variable: online purchases.
Woman and son, 12, hurt when cabin propane tank explodes

Woman and son, 12, hurt when cabin propane tank explodes

Burned over much of their bodies, they walked to a neighbor near Chisholm, Minn., and waited for help.
The Gate 4 entrance to the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in 2010.

Officials propose more housing at former ammo plant site in Arden Hills

Ramsey County and Arden Hills have disagreed over how much and what kind of housing should be built at the site, known as Rice Creek Commons.
Adam Johnson c(center) celebrated a goal that he scored for Hibbing during the 2011 Minnesota state hockey tournament.

Family of ex-UMD hockey player Johnson mourns driven young man

Adam Johnson, who was a hockey standout at Hibbing and Minnesota Duluth, died when a player's skate slashed his neck during a game on Saturday in an England hockey league.
At least four of St. Paul’s seven City Council seats are certain to change hands in November.

Six run for East Side open seat on St. Paul City Council

At least four of St. Paul's seven City Council seats are certain to change hands this November, because the incumbents aren't running again. That includes…
Nelsie Yang, who is running for re-election to the St. Paul City Council, spoke with a voter while campaigning in 2019.

Progressive DFLer Yang seeking second term in St. Paul's Sixth Ward

Yang, who was the youngest member — and first Hmong woman — ever elected to the St. Paul City Council in 2019, hopes to keep advocating for progressive policies.
The Food Scraps Pickup program is a composting program for household food waste such as coffee grounds, fruits, vegetables, bones and more.

Food scrap program now available in 4 cities in eastern Twin Cities area

Maplewood, North St. Paul, Cottage Grove and Newport residents can order free food scrap bags.
Investigation finds maltreatment of juvenile at Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center

Investigation finds maltreatment of juvenile at Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center

The staffer involved was fired the day after the incident over behavior a supervisor called "way outside" the use-of-force policy for the facility.
Man suspected of DWI after allegedly hitting I-35 construction worker, driving off

Man suspected of DWI after allegedly hitting I-35 construction worker, driving off

A driver was arrested Friday on suspicion of DWI after he allegedly hit a construction worker in the right shoulder of Interstate 35 near Hinckley…
Bobby Yang sold mochi puffs Sunday at a pop-up market outside the old St. Paul Sears building.

New St. Paul Sears site owner envisions community hub, market

A pop-up marketplace was designed to build excitement for the site, which could include a charter school, wellness center, event center, food court, housing and a kids zone.
A Cub Foods shopper loads her car as the Sun Ray Shopping Center’s sign looms over its a half-full parking lot on in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday,

St. Paul neighborhood calls for investment in Sun Ray Shopping Center

Neighborhood leaders say the shopping center's shabby appearance perpetuates neighborhood stereotypes. Sun Ray's owners say they are working on improvements — and plan to redesign the center's prominent sign.
Isanti County correctional nurse ID'd as killed in 'senseless act of domestic violence'

Isanti County correctional nurse ID'd as killed in 'senseless act of domestic violence'

A 39-year-old man was being held on charges of attempted murder, domestic assault with a firearm and fourth-degree assault on a peace officer.
Runners who set out anyway Sunday morning headed toward the Capitol grounds in St. Paul on Sunday morning.

After race was called off, hundreds ignored warnings and ran the course

Groups of runners opted to run the marathon and 10-mile courses despite the Twin Cities Marathon being canceled by the weather weather. "Let's see how far we can go in the heat," one said.
Death in Savage investigated as homicide

Death in Savage investigated as homicide

Police believe the death was an "isolated incident with no outstanding threat to the community."
Homicide investigation underway after man dies on St. Paul's East Side

Homicide investigation underway after man dies on St. Paul's East Side

A man was found unresponsive with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead early Sunday morning in the Battle Creek neighborhood.
Boxes sit in the renovated Maplewood Ramsey County Library space. The library reopens Nov. 4.

Renovated Maplewood library to open Nov. 4

The renovations will improve noise an accessibility issues for the library, which has been closed for several months for renovations.
Sights from a past Scarecrow Festival at Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm in Belle Plaine.

Belle Plaine, Shoreview lose longtime apple orchards

Emma Krumbee's in Belle Plaine and Victoria Valley Orchard in Shoreview both closed before this fall's harvest.
Recent rains have brought some relief to wide swaths of Minnesota under drought conditions, though the State Climate Office cautions the state is stil

Drought conditions lessen slightly in Minnesota after recent rain

"We're still in a major drought," said Kenny Blumenfeld, senior climatologist with the Minnesota State Climatology Office.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he believes the county can get the clearance rate for nonfatal shootings closer to 50% or even up to 60% if law

Ramsey County votes to spend $6 million in state public safety money on bail reform, jail calls and more

The money is part of a $300 million state funding package for public safety initiatives in local government.
Ahvo Taipale re-enacted a portrait taken of him in the 1980s, inside his Finn Sisu store in Lauderdale on Wednesday. Taipale, a central figure in the

Twin Cities cross-country ski ambassador retires from his Finn Sisu shop, but not the trails

Ahvo Taipale, who sold his Finn Sisu shop to employees, plans a winter of skiing ahead.
Megan Rae, Ramsey County SOS Sexual Violence Services Legal Advocate and Anti-Violence Advocate, speaks during a training session with law enforcement

Ramsey County aims to boost trust between law enforcement, legal system and LGBTQ communities

"There's a lot of work that needs to happen," County Attorney John Choi said at a recent training.
Duluth, parts of North Shore under flood warning amid rain

Duluth, parts of North Shore under flood warning amid rain

The NWS is expecting widely scattered showers in the area through Sunday and possibly into Monday evening.
Woman dies in Crow Wing County jail

Woman dies in Crow Wing County jail

No foul play is suspected, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department.
Situated near multifamily housing, Har Mar Mall, Target (shown) and the bus rapid transit A line, the intersection is one of the busiest pedestrian ar

Roseville wants to improve safety at Snelling Avenue and County Road B

The city is asking for resident input as it mulls changes.
Man acquitted in 2022 St. Paul triple homicide

Man acquitted in 2022 St. Paul triple homicide

A Ramsey County judge found a Minneapolis man not guilty of three killings in St. Paul in 2022.The three victims — Angelica Gonzales, 33; Cory…
Pedestrian dies in Crystal after she's hit by two cars

Pedestrian dies in Crystal after she's hit by two cars

She is thought to have been walking in traffic lanes in the dark when she was struck; the drivers are cooperating with police.
Firefighter Valen Watson checked safety equipment at Fire Station 1 in Bloomington last year.

Higher public safety costs are making a dent in rebounding suburban budgets

Fire departments across the Twin Cities suburbs are seeking to increase their ranks and build new stations in response to rising call volumes.
Linda Cobb stands for a portrait inside the parking garage at The Legends at Silver Lake in St. Anthony, Minn., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. Cobb and ot

Hennepin County judge grants class-action status to tenants in case against Dominium

The tenants are accusing their landlord of consumer fraud.
The first day of organized city trash pickup in 2018. Previously, St. Paul residents were responsible for coordinating their own haulers.

St. Paul proposes 18-month extension of contract with current trash haulers

Residents would not see changes to their services, but the contract would mean pricing changes for some.
Mounds View Mayor Al Hull died in just months into his first mayoral term, after running unopposed and winning 96% of the vote.

Mounds View to hold special election after mayor's death

Voters will head to the polls Nov. 7 to elect a mayor to serve the last year of Al Hull's term.
Thea the cat slept high on a perch out of reach of guests Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at The Cafe Meow in Minneapolis.

Uptown cat cafe moves to Roseville

The Cafe Meow opens its new location Saturday.
Maplewood townhouse fire displaces 11 residents

Maplewood townhouse fire displaces 11 residents

A car fire Tuesday evening spread to the multi-family building.
Ramsey County Manager Ryan O’Connor

Ramsey County proposing 6.75% property tax levy hike as part of 2024-25 budget plan

County Manager Ryan O'Connor submitted his $813.4 million 2024 budget to the County Board, which will finalize it in December.