Joey Goodthunder, the Lower Sioux Indian Community’s hemp coordinator, held up hurds, the inner woody parts of hemp stalks used to make hempcrete.

Lower Sioux Indian members using hemp product to build homes — and community

Tribal leaders believe using hemp will help address a housing shortage while promoting eco-friendly building practices.
Curious Minnesota

Was Moorhead once a destination for drunks?

The interior of Fred Ambs’ Moorhead saloon, photographed around 1905.
Decades before Prohibition, Moorhead benefited from a lesser-known liquor ban.

Want to honor Dakota land? With a new voluntary 'tax,' you can.

September 29
Attorney Jessica Intermill and Lower Sioux Indian Community President Robert Larsen at the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site, where the U.S.-Dakota War
The wealth-return program, a form of voluntary reparation, is the first of its kind in Minnesota.
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Furry friends ease anxieties during blood drive

The U of M held a joint event between PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) and an American Red Cross blood drive inside Coffman Memorial Union on campus in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023. More than 250 volunteers signed up to donate blood during a time when donations are low.
A light rail train stopped at the platform at 5th Street and Nicollet in Minneapolis.

Sales taxes will now cover Hennepin County's Metro Transit subsidies

New 0.75% sales tax hike will cover county's portion of operation and maintenance starting Oct. 1
Clockwise from top left: Stephen Markey, killed by teens in 2019 carjacking; Kailey Caspersen, died in 2021 from pills laced with fentanyl; Derrell F

Families of victims outraged over last-minute plea deals by Hennepin County Attorney

Mary Moriarty said she empathizes but stands by her decisions focused on rehabilitation, not punishment.
House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., left a closed-door meeting with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Republicans on Saturd

Minnesota's House members all vote to keep federal government open

The state's entire delegation supported the last-ditch bid by Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy to keep the federal government open another 45 days. A group of House conservatives were the main source of dissent.
St. Paul
A block of homes on Dayton Avenue in the Merriam Park area of St. Paul.

Crowded field seeks Ward One Council seat in St. Paul

Candidates have wide-ranging backgrounds, priorities.
This photo of a smiling Annalee Wright was taken days before a driver ran a red light, killed her and injured two of her children. A relative added th

Brooks: Family mourns another life lost on the mean streets of Minnesota

As Annalee Wright fought for her life in the hospital, her family found the presents she'd wrapped and the cake she'd ordered for her son's 11th birthday.
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Minneapolis City Council members participated in a Budget Committee meeting at City Hall last week. The council is still trying to find its footing af

A weakened Minneapolis City Council is still learning to stand

Voters approved an "executive mayor-legislative council" form of government in 2021. Adapting to the new power dynamics has been a thorny process.
The city attorney’s office will prosecute two men who assaulted a Black woman at the Rustic Bar earlier this month.

Duluth City Attorney's Office will prosecute 2 men charged in Black woman's assault at bar

The St. Louis County Attorney's Office decided to not pursue weightier charges.
St. Cloud

Central Minnesota man killed in crash with semi in Sherburne County

The truck driver was hospitalized with noncritical injuries, the State Patrol said.
Univesrity of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis has been owned by Fairview Health Services since 1997.

Task force to study if University of Minnesota health programs need more money

The group's chair expects to wade into whether the University of Minnesota needs to own and replace its teaching hospital — but not into business details with Fairview.
September 29
First-grade teacher Elisa Odegard led her students in a morning song at Gideon Pond Elementary School in Burnsville.

Some high-poverty Minnesota schools are beating odds, while others struggle after pandemic

A Star Tribune analysis of test scores shows which schools statewide exceeded expectations.
East Metro
September 29

Charges: Firefight at Doc's Landing in White Bear Lake injured two, lodged bullets in bar

One of the men involved turned himself in. The other was arrested and charged days later.
September 29
The U.S. Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis.

Ruling likely puts pressure on Minneapolis to settle lawsuit by journalists, observers say

A sharply worded federal court ruling denied summary judgment motions by the city and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to throw out the case.
September 29
Retired MInneapolis police Sgt. Peter Jackson died unexpectedly July 29.

Retired Minneapolis police Sgt. Peter Jackson is remembered as courageous investigator with a zest for life

A celebration of life is planned Oct. 17 at the Golden Valley Country Club.
St. Paul
September 29
The new Highland Bridge development is part of the Third Ward in St. Paul.

As longtime City Council Member Chris Tolbert steps down, four vie to represent St. Paul's Third Ward

For the first time in 12 years, the Highland Park and Macalester-Groveland district has an open council seat.
September 29
The Knife River Marina on the North Shore has about 100 boat slips.

North Shore residents fear marina sale will harm community

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources owns the Knife River Marina on Lake Superior, and is eyeing a sale as costs to maintain the basin escalate.
East Metro
September 29
Ian Larson of Taylors Falls Canoe and Kayak Rental picked up the last two kayaks at Osceola Landing after a day of kayaking the St. Croix River on Thu

Lawsuit: Planned apartment building along St. Croix River is too tall for protected river

Neighbors and the nonprofit St. Croix Scenic Coalition say the village of Osceola was too quick to sign off on a plan to build on the site of a shuttered hospital.
September 29
Rosa, a recent immigrant from Ecuador who did not want to give her last name, sold fruit from a median in Minneapolis.

Selling for survival: Migrants peddle fruit on Twin Cities streets

Recent arrivals, mostly from Ecuador, skirt city regulations to make a living as they apply for asylum.
September 29
Dora Zaidenweber testified at the State Capitol in March.

Dora Zaidenweber, Holocaust survivor and educator, dies at age 99

Zaidenweber gave powerful testimony to Minnesota lawmakers in March.
West Metro
September 29

Second man charged in high-profile Minnetonka carjacking

The August carjacking, which took place in the front yard of a residential home, riled the Minnetonka community.

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