Juanita Kyle, a public defender of 30 years, held a sign calling for an end to pretextual traffic stops at a recent rally outside the Hennepin County

Some on Minneapolis City Council want to create unarmed traffic safety division

Minnesota law says only licensed peace officers can take some actions, such as requiring drivers to provide documentation.
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Minneapolis explores carbon credits to help reforest the city

May 6
Minnesota Parks and Recreation Board forestry workers cutting down 39 more ash trees in Tower Hill Park after discovering they’d been infested by th
A property tax levy to replace the city's dead and dying trees will expire at the end of this year.
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Brooks: Masked up and vaxed up, Minnesotans are ready to have fun again

May 6
As Minnesotans ease back to the places and pastimes they’ve missed, businesses like Lakes & Legends Brewing Co. in Loring Park are waiting to welcom
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Armored police vehicles were part of the response to the hostage situation at a Wells Fargo bank in St. Cloud on Thursday.

Hostages freed, suspect arrested after St. Cloud bank robbery standoff

Hours of negotiations, but the tense situation ended with no one injured.
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Wisconsin residents combat water contamination aftereffects

Craig Koller grew up splashing through backyard creeks and biking gravel trails, sometimes through the Johnson Control Industries Fire Technology Center. Black smoke wafted overhead as it conducted controlled burns to test firefighting foam, producing a dangerous "forever chemical" known as PFAS.
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Grid congestion caps Minnesotan's rooftop solar ambitions

The explosive growth of community solar projects to meet demand from Twin Cities customers is curtailing clean energy options in a southern Minnesota college town.
Duluth
May 6
ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is proposing a $24 million investment in Spirit Mountain, following a recommen

Duluth mayor proposes $24 million investment in Spirit Mountain

$12 million in state bonding money will be requested.
Local
May 6
While bald eagles are no longer an endangered species, they are still protected by multiple federal laws, and other state and municipal statutes.

Reward for information on 2 bald eagles shot to death along northern Minnesota river

The discovery was made near Blackduck, according to the DNR.
Coronavirus
May 6
Twins fans like friends Jake Renner, 6, and Cameron Leapaldt, 5, from Chanhassen, will be happy to hear about the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions inc

Minnesotans excited to shed COVID-19 restrictions

The excitement of returning to life as it once was rippled across Minnesota on Thursday after Gov. Tim Walz announced that the last of the…
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Duluth
May 6
Heidi Stang, editor-in-chief and Michael King, a managing editor of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s student newspaper, The Bark, pose in its of

UMD administrator lambastes student newspaper in e-mail

Administrator apologizes for stridency and harsh language in message.
Local
May 6

2 women freed from ongoing Minnesota bank robbery standoff

A standoff between police in St. Cloud, Minnesota and an alleged hostage-taker continued into the evening Thursday despite the release of two employees.
Local
May 6
The Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud reopens this week.

St. Cloud's Paramount Center for the Arts plans full season 'bravely and with bated breath'

The historic downtown St. Cloud venue opened Thursday for its first in-person show since last March.
Local
May 6
Robert Malone

Coach and mentor Robert Malone dies at 54

He saw coaching as a way to stay around the sports he loved, while challenging youngsters from Minneapolis' North Side and Robbinsdale to discover their potential.
Business
May 6
Essentia Health is Duluth’s largest employer and has more than $2 billion in annual revenue.

Nurses 'anxious' over planned Essentia Health acquisition of CHI hospitals

The Duluth-based health system's merger leaves some staff skeptical.
Coronavirus
May 6
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke to the media after announcing a timetable for ending COVID restrictions including the statewide mask mandate and operati

State COVID restrictions to end May 28, mask mandate July 1

Mask-wearing mandate to end sooner than planned if Minnesota reaches a 70% vaccination target.
Local
May 6
From left, Katie Wright, whose son Daunte Wright was shot and killed by Brooklyn Center police, spoke to Amity Dimock and John Garcia, the mother and

Families of Minnesotans slain by police plead at Capitol for changes

House Democrats offer 12 police reforms to Senate GOP.
Local
May 6

Authorities identify semi driver who killed himself in lot

Authorities on Thursday identified a semi-trailer driver who killed himself in a Rochester shopping center parking lot.
COVID-19
May 6
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr extracted a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine recently.

Live: Latest updates and what you need to know about COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
Coronavirus
May 6
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke to the media after announcing a timetable for ending COVID restrictions including the statewide mask mandate and limits

GOP leaders at Capitol pan Gov. Tim Walz's reopening plans

The DFL governor's lifting of COVID restrictions by May 28 come as he, lawmakers try to wrap session.
Local
May 6

Man accused of sex crimes pleads not guilty to 84 charges

A Wisconsin man accused of sex crimes ranging from assault to possession of child pornography pleaded not guilty Thursday to 84 charges.
Local
May 6
In this file photo from 2018, a Spectro Alloys company worker sorted and recycled aluminum scraps into solid ingots. ELIZABETH FLORES • liz.flores@s

Rosemount plant must install new equipment to address pollution

The EPA found violations at Spectro Alloys, a metal recycling plant.
Local
May 6
Painted turtle  Credit: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife staff mystified by die-off of more than 100 turtles in western Minnesota refuge

"There's a lot that we don't know at this point," said a federal wildlife spokeswoman.
Local
May 6

Walz lifts most Minnesota virus restrictions by Memorial Day

Minnesota will lift nearly all its COVID-19 restrictions just before Memorial Day weekend and drop its statewide mask requirement no later than July 1, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday, saying the mask mandate could even even sooner once 70% of residents age 16 and older get their first dose of vaccine.