Faduma Ali, a junior at Roosevelt High School and CityWide member. outside her school Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis. A Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis School District takes step to prioritize student voices and ideas

The district is paying students to be a part of a leadership board tasked with gathering data and identifying solutions.

Orange Line BRT debuts along Interstate 35W, linking Burnsville and Minneapolis

December 4
Charles Carlson, head of BRT projects for Metro Transit, talks to media members during a media tour of the Orange Line bus rapid transit service route
Amid pandemic and shift to remote work, new route's focus goes beyond commuting.

Medcalf: A letter to Daunte Wright's family

December 4
Daunte Wright, shown with his son, Daunte Jr., was shot and killed in April by then-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, who reportedly bel
Let's not lose sight of the fact that we will never know his potential because his life was cut short.
Nation
December 4
A person takes COVID-19 test at mobile testing site near Grand Central Terminal on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in New York.

More omicron detected as hospitals strain under delta surge

New York announced three more cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the number of state cases linked to the new variant to eight.
Music
December 4
Chan Poling toasted concertgoers at the New Standards holiday show Dec. 3, 2021at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

New Standards' holiday concert is extra-joyful as the merry gentlemen return from a long break

Review: COVID and then a health-related hiatus by co-leader Chan Poling had threatened to derail the popular all-star shows for a second year.
Photography
December 4
Hastings School Board Chair Kelsey Waits gets a hug of support from Rebecca Maloney after addressing the crowd that had gathered for the Rally for Tra

Hastings community members rally for transgender kids

It drew several hundred people to Levee Park.
Local
December 4
Earlier construction on I-94 at John Ireland Boulevard in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul ramp reopening marks I-94 and I-35E construction's end for the year

The ramp from 12th Street to Wabasha Street reopened Friday.
Business
December 4
Deirdre Mulvey took a test drive in a used Honda Pilot at Walser Toyota last week. Used car prices are up more than 25% over the last year and dealers

Twin Cities car market battles empty lots, high prices, waits

New-car shortages are pushing prices higher for all vehicles, and dealers are turning to used cars to keep the wheels turning.
Nation
December 4
FILE - This May 15, 2019 file photo shows CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo at the WarnerMedia Upfront in New York.

CNN fires Chris Cuomo for helping brother deal with scandal

CNN fired anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday less than a week after new information emerged about how he assisted his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as the politician faced sexual harassment allegations earlier this year.
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December 4
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December 4
James and Jennifer Crumbley.

Michigan parents found in building; bond set at $500K apiece

A judge imposed a combined $1 million bond Saturday for the parents of the Michigan teen charged with killing four students at Oxford High School, hours after police said they were caught hiding in a Detroit commercial building.
Nation
December 4

Edward Shames, last 'Band of Brothers' officer, dies at 99

Edward Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of "Easy Company," which inspired the HBO miniseries and book "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 99.
Coronavirus
December 4
Minnesota was the second state in the country to identify a COVID-19 infection involving the omicron variant. The University of Minnesota’s Genomics

Minnesota at forefront of COVID-19 variant surveillance

Public and private health labs sequence more COVID-19 samples in Minnesota than almost any other state.
Colleges
December 4
Gophers men’s basketball player Parker Fox, who’s raked in nearly $10,000 since July, posed for a promotional photo outside the Royalty store at M

Minnesota student athletes cash in on their brand under new NCAA rules

Gophers athletes have signed at least 150 name, image and likeness deals since July.
Local
December 4
Jumping worms have been found in some Minnesota forests.

Minnesota's forests at risk as invasive jumping worms spread

The worms, which lay waste to soil, have spread to forests throughout the Twin Cities area.
December 4
This screen grab from video taken at the Hennepin County Courthouse shows the prosecution, left, and the defense during jury selection Friday in the t

Kim Potter's decision to testify a bold but effective strategy, defense attorneys say

But they also say there are risks to announcing it so early in the trial.
St. Paul
December 4
The four official buttons of the 136th St. Paul Winter Carnival were designed by local cartoonist and illustrator Kevin Cannon.

St. Paul Winter Carnival button unveiling raises curtain on 2022 festival

The four buttons, by local artist Kevin Cannon, are the primary fundraiser for the Winter Carnival.
Weather
December 4
Jennifer Hedberg used a blowtorch to do last-minute touchups to her ice sculpture in the Winter Lights display at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on

Windy, woolly weather headed our way, Minnesota

There will be a blizzard on the North Shore, and it'll get just plain cold in the Twin Cities area.
Nation
December 4

Penobscots don't want ancestors' scalping to be whitewashed

Most Americans know about atrocities endured by Native Americans after the arrival of European settlers: wars, disease, stolen land. But they aren't always taught the extent of the indiscriminate killings.
Local
December 4

Metro briefs: Farmington outsources trash collection

Farmington has approved a contract with Dick's Sanitation for once-a-week garbage and recycling pickup, ending more than half a century of city-led residential trash collection.City…
Politics
December 4
Judy Randall, shown at a March hearing with Jim Nobles, took over the job of Minnesota’s legislative auditor in November.

Meet Judy Randall, Minnesota's new legislative auditor

Judy Randall took over the Office of the Legislative Auditor in November.
Local
December 4

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 5

CHASKANOV. 2Disorderly conduct. A 15-year-old girl was arrested for disorderly conduct in the 400 block of 4th Street E.CIRCLE PINESNOV. 4Drugs. A 19-year-old man was…
St. Paul
December 4
A nun caring for a patient at Our Lady of Good Counsel hospice (now called Our Lady of Peace Home) in St. Paul in the 1940s.

St. Paul hospice has helped the dying for 80 years

Our Lady of Peace will commemorate its anniversary with a candle-lighting ceremony Tuesday.