Shoppers walked throughout the West Market end of Mall of America in 2016.

Why was the Mall of America built in Minnesota?

The "fantasyland" proposal for the former Met Stadium site almost didn't materialize.
Local

West St. Paul residents raise concerns about safety of proposed mental health facility

December 2
Rendering of the proposed mental health center proposed for West St. Paul.
Residents also showed up to support the facility, which would be owned by Dakota County and run by Guild, a nonprofit.
Obituaries

Joe Rigert, award-winning Star Tribune investigative reporter, dies at 91

December 2
Joe Rigert
Rigert won many state and national awards for public service reporting during 35 years with the Minneapolis newspaper.
St. Cloud
December 2
After leading St. Cloud’s police department for a decade, Blair Anderson cleaned out his locker on his last day as chief on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Blair Anderson retires after decade as St. Cloud's top cop

He fiercely defended his officers and city when policing and diversity were under fire.
Local
December 2
Politics
December 2
Former Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan

Former Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan sues party, alleging disparagement

The state GOP has countersued Carnahan, alleging she "grossly mismanaged" the party.
Politics
December 2
State DFL party chair Ken Martin.

As Democrats shake up early state presidential process, Minnesota doesn't make cut

The emerging plan from Democrats starts with South Carolina, followed by Nevada and New Hampshire, Georgia, then Michigan — a spot Minnesota vied for.
Inspired
December 2
Firefighter Joe Quast greeted service dog Tanya at St. Paul Fire Station 1.

St. Paul firehouse dog helps rescue the rescuers: 'It's just her presence'

The trained service dog helps first responders deal with the pressures of their work.
Local
December 2
The U’s Native American Promise Tuition Program has disappointed some who expected it to be available to more Native students.

Only 18 freshmen benefit in first year of U's Native American Promise Tuition Program

Some tribal leaders say the program is a promising first step, but they hope it will eventually include far more Native students.
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Minneapolis
December 2
Flanked by supporters and City Council President Andrea Jenkins, Mayor Jacob Frey signed an executive order on Friday that protects people seeking or

Minneapolis becomes 'safe haven' for gender-affirming care

Mayor Jacob Frey signs order shielding city from anti-trans movement.
Politics
December 2
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips is now co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips wins U.S. House leadership spot

Phillips, a businessman, will be tasked with promoting House Democrats' brand.
North Metro
December 2
Syoka Siko

Charges: Twins implicated in shooting death of fellow 17-year-old in Brooklyn Park

Police said they believe one of the twins is the person who pulled the trigger.
Local
December 2

Woman found dead in Moorhead home with traumatic injuries

A woman has been found dead in a Moorhead home with apparent traumatic injuries and authorities were searching on Friday for a man believed to be driving her vehicle.
Local
December 2
Wade Olds

Charges: Driver was drunk when he struck Detroit Lakes motel, killed woman and injured her husband

The driver's blood alcohol content within two hours of the wreck was 0.148%.
Local
December 2
Firefighters and the Carver County Sheriff’s Department worked the scene of a plane crash in Victoria.

Carver to join state pension plan, nearly doubling firefighter benefits

The west metro city is the latest to join Minnesota's state-run plan.
South Metro
December 2

Psychologist admits falsely collecting from Mdewakanton Sioux more than $500,000

The doctor's billing scheme spanned more than seven years as the owner of Life Dynamics Inc. in Prior Lake.
Sports
December 2
“Coaching is having fun with kids and making them feel welcomed and wanting to be here,” Nolan Desjarlait says. “My job is to keep them moving.�

Red Lake Nation football team hasn't won a game in years, but its coach keeps kids undefeated

They often play against opponents with twice as many players. Sometimes, coach Nolan Desjarlait wonders how he keeps doing it. The answer always comes: "I refuse to give up on them."
Duluth
December 2
Jesse Bradford and Katie Lowes star in “Merry Kiss Cam,” a sporty holiday rom-com that was filmed in Duluth — and is very firmly set here.

Is Hulu's 'Merry Kiss Cam' Duluth's Duluthiest movie?

The holiday rom-com features Duluth vistas, businesses and even Rory, a local dog.
West Metro
December 1
Virgil L. Green, Sr. applauded the members of the Golden Valley Police and Fire Departments as they gathered with him for a photo after he was sworn i

Probe into Golden Valley Police Department finds culture of racism, leads to officer departures

Nine months after an independent investigation was launched, the city released a law firm's findings and recommendations.
Minneapolis
December 1
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Brian O’Hara spoke Thursday at City Hall about the work by the Minneapolis City Council’s budget com

New Mpls. police chief raises concerns after council cuts $1M from budget

Proposed police budget remains larger than pre-George Floyd levels.
Minneapolis
December 1
Mayor Jacob Frey spoke at the news conference on establishing a new plan for reducing criminal activity in the city that was announced in September.

Gun violence in Minneapolis declines for second month

From Oct. 25 to Nov. 21, the city reported a 44% drop in gun-related calls for service compared withthe same period last year.
Local
December 1
Angela Becchetti, an Abbott Northwestern nurse and MNA board member, spoke Thursday at a news conference announcing the intent for the nurses to strik

Nurses authorize second strike, with a start date of Dec. 11

The work stoppage would begin Dec. 11, but leaders of the Minnesota Nurses Association hoped the decision alone would motivate hospitals to sweeten terms.
Minneapolis
December 1
Lee Engele, lead skate guard at U.S. Bank Stadium, cheers on the hardy souls who trudged through the snow for the opening night of Winter Warm-Up. On

Brooks: Want to run or roll around the Vikings stadium? It'll cost you

Higher prices, high snowdrifts won't keep fans from a Winter Warm-Up ritual.

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