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Quiet zones, fidgets and ear muffs: Minnesota parades and festivals add sensory accommodations

From the State Fair to local parades to the Twin Cities Pride Festival, events are adding quiet areas and other tools for those with autism and sensory issues.
Local

After COVID stopped downtown St. Paul employer blood drives, residents rolled up their sleeves

June 23
Therese Kulas donates blood during a Red Cross blood drive at Union Depot in St. Paul on Thursday, June 20.
The monthly blood drives at Union Depot have fostered a sense of community for downtown neighbors who noticed that the pandemic had slowed the flow of donations.
Local

Young but running out of time, Amara Strande fought 'forever chemicals' to help save the lives of others

June 21
Michael and Dana Strande look out the window of their Woodbury home next to a collection of items and plants that pay tribute to their late daughter A
She died at 20 working to protect her friends and family from PFAS, which resulted in Amara's Law. Her younger sister Nora has emerged as a powerful voice carrying on her legacy.
Local

Yes, intersex people exist. A Twin Cities advocate is fighting for their rights.

June 21
Hiding in plain sight, overlooked by law and culture, intersex Minnesotans want visibility — and to ban cosmetic, nonessential surgeries on intersex children.
Local

Woodbury public safety campus costs rise as city asks voters to approve new sales tax to fund it

June 22
A sales tax referendum on ballot for this fall would raise most, but not all, of the needed funds for the expansion.
Politics

Protesters want Minnesota to divest from Israel. How has divestment happened in the past?

June 22
Minnesota's pension fund has divested from other countries in response to legislation, worries about returns and state leaders' "moral outrage."
Politics

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to rally Biden supporters in Minneapolis

June 23
The one-time rival to President Joe Biden is visiting Minnesota to rally his supporters as the 2024 presidential campaign accelerates.
Local
June 23
North Memorial in Robbinsdale, shown in a provided photo.

Money pressures, decline in births, prompt North Memorial to shutter special nursery

Research has found more complications when fragile preemies are transferred to other hospitals, but North Memorial leaders said they are equipped to prevent them.
Minneapolis
June 23
A table sits on the turf outside Pi Kappa Alpha on Thursday, June 20.

Minneapolis to University of Minnesota fraternities: Get that AstroTurf off your lawn

Despite advances in drainage, Minneapolis still considers synthetic grass an "impervious surface," and elected officials aren't backing down in U zoning spat.
Local
June 23
Randy Evers of Windom, Minn., stacks sandbags at the home of his friend Joe Fischenich, after flooding that swamped parts of the town June 22, 2024.

As effects of flooding continue, Gov. Walz authorizes Guard to support communities

Communities across southern and northern Minnesota are dealing with the fallout of heavy rains. In St. Paul, the Mississippi is forecast to reach minor flood stage Sunday night.
North Metro
June 23

BCA investigating Brooklyn Park Police use of force in shooting

The man involved, who police said carried a gun, was expected to survive.
South Metro
June 23

One dead, one arrested in Prior Lake assault

The incident occurred on Saturday on the 16000 block of Brunswick Avenue in Prior Lake.
Local
June 23
Former President Donald Trump speaks at the state Republican Party's annual Lincoln Reagan fundraising dinner May 17, 2024 in St. Paul.

Trump campaign to open new field offices in Minnesota

The campaign for the presumptive GOP nominee is investing in Virginia as well.
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Agriculture
June 23
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White Earth won't enforce water permits on non-tribal land

The band said a more comprehensive approach is needed to protect water in the area.
St. Cloud
June 23
Charles Fadel, an author and founder of Center for Curriculum Redesign, speaks at a summit on artificial intelligence in education Monday, June 17, at

St. Cloud AI summit calls for changes to curriculum, state standards

Local and national educators, business leaders and lawmakers gathered Monday to talk about how to best prepare students for a rapidly changing world.
Sports
June 22
Racers line up at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon starting line during Grandma's Marathon weekend Saturday between Duluth and Two Harbors.

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon records fall in Duluth

Minnesotans Annie Frisbie and Dakotah Lindwurm go 1-2 in in the early morning women's race.
Local
June 22
Windom experienced flooding Saturday after heavy overnight rainfall. Wyatt Haugen, 20, wades through the water while sandbagging.

Flooding fears rise in the state as residents scramble to control the tide

Flooding and no-wake warnings were issued across the state on Saturday after intense rain, especially in the south. Up north, families left stranded at Camp du Nord near Ely were able to leave.
Local
June 22
Randy Evers of Windom, Minn., stacks sandbags at the home of his friend Joe Fischenich, after flooding that swamped parts of the town June 22, 2024.

Rainfall swamps southwestern Minnesota, closing highways and raising concerns

"This is by far the worst that I've seen," Windom resident said of the flooding.
High Schools
June 22
Totino-Grace’s Tommy Heifort (20) is mobbed by his teammates after getting the final out in the seventh inning of the 3A baseball championship game

Two final baseball champions conclude the prep sports year

East Ridge scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh against Mounds View in Class 4A, and Totino-Grace defeated Mahtomedi behind Tommy Heifort's pitching in Class 3A.
North Metro
June 22
This Glock handgun equipped with a machine gun conversion device, also referred to as a "switch," was found during  Raquan Rahjai Johnson's arrest on

Federal charges: Shooting suspect caught in Brooklyn Park with similar switch-enabled gun he had in 2023 drug arrest

According to charges, Raquan Rahjai Johnson allegedly also possessed a Glock with a gold switch when he was arrested for selling drugs as a juvenile in January 2023.
Olympics
June 22
Victoria Gonikman of Corcoran practices at NorthWest Rhythmic Gymnastics in Plymouth.

Attention, please. That's a goal, not a request, for rhythmic gymnasts.

Long overlooked, rhythmic gymnastics gets a shot at the spotlight during the USA Gymnastics Championships starting Monday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Local
June 22
Trina Belckshear played with her grandkids Chase Adams, 5, and Rayale Billups, 5,  in the pool during the grand opening of the V3 Sports aquatic cente

First phase of $126 million V3 aquatic fitness center officially opens in north Minneapolis

The new center so far includes two pools, a fitness center and Soul Bowl restaurant.
Sports
June 22
Racers line up at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon starting line during Grandma's Marathon weekend Saturday between Duluth and Two Harbors.

Barno wins sixth Grandma's, while two-time Olympian sets women's course record

Volha Mazuronak is Belarus' top marathoner, but can't compete in Paris.
Local
June 22
Post employee volunteers assemble meal packets in April during Consumer Brands Ingredients for Good Initiative in Northfield.

Benefits are important, 'meaningful work' even more so for Gen Z workers in Twin Cities

Workplace expectations have changed, and so must employers.
Local
June 22
Mend It Clinic employee Alicia Robles helps attendee Kelly Fries replace a zipper during a Mend It Clinic event at the Franklin Library on June 12, 20

Textile waste is a growing concern. One way to prevent it? Mend what you own.

Fast fashion is driving growth in textile waste. Minnesota is trying to understand the extent of the issue, and is encouraging people to fix what they own before buying new.
Politics
June 22
Steve Boyd, who is challenging Rep. Michelle Fischbach in the Seventh District Republican primary, hosted an event on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 at

Minnesota GOP candidate Steve Boyd wants to make America Christian again

Some have called Boyd a Christian nationalist. He doesn't reject the label.
Local
June 22
Many Minnesota schools, from Minneapolis to Minnetonka to Thief River Falls, are facing painful budget cuts this year. The Crosby-Ironton district has

Minnesota schools faced multimillion-dollar budget problems. Here's what they cut.

St. Paul and Minneapolis seek to overcome the loss of federal COVID aid while they and other districts battle the effects of inflation and other cost increases.

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