Hennepin County surveyor Chris Mavis with an old plat of Hennepin County Township 29, range 24 at the Hennepin County Government Center Thursday, Marc

Hennepin County pushing more documents online

Some 20 staff have cleaned old records, taped the tears and frayed edges and scanned millions of pages.
Curious Minnesota

Why does Minnesota have municipal liquor stores?

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Shoppers browsed at Lakeville Liquors in 2021.
The state's city-by-city approach to regulating alcohol sales is unlike most of the country.

Brooks: Serving up cobbler and community in downtown Mpls.

Lutunji Abram, center, and her team.
Come for the cobbler, stay for community at Lutunji's Palate.
Minneapolis police officers investigated a crime scene in the North Loop neighborhood last summer.

Police disability retirements stressing communities, sending state pension costs soaring

The Public Employees Retirement Association estimates that police and fire pensions are costing $40 million more per year than expected.
Niles Deneen, president & CEO of Deneen Pottery in St. Paul, one of many Minnesota employers concerned about the paid leave proposal moving at the Sta

Minn. businesses fear expense, expanse of paid family leave bill

State leaders consider changes to paid leave proposal, which is more sweeping than some other states.
University of Minnesota Budget Director Julie Tonneson, center, appeared before the Minnesota House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee earl

Minnesota colleges poised to get millions in extra funding but not everything they want

University of Minnesota and Minnesota State leaders say they need more money to freeze tuition for some students, but they've faced pointed questions from legislators.
Internationally acclaimed nature photographer Jim Brandenburg.

Minnesota briefs: Southern Minnesota town unveils grain bin rescue response trailer

Plus: Jim Brandenburg earns award from National Geographic; MnDOT to host meeting on upcoming Highway 10/23 project.
William Mahoney in May 1932, shortly after being elected mayor of St. Paul.

Labor leader launched Farmer-Labor Party and became St. Paul's mayor

William Mahoney climbed from a pressman into a labor champion and union newspaper editor, party president and elected official.
Valerie Castile in her home 

Valerie Castile is 'over the moon' about free school meals in Minnesota — and wants to help single moms

The mother of Philando Castile has helped raise more than $200,000 to pay off the lunch debt for kids who couldn't afford it.
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Champion gymnast Sunisa Lee, of St. Paul

Minnesota Sports and Events' $50 million funding request survives committee hearing

Group wants the money to lure major sporting events to the state.
A vendor bagged psilocybin mushrooms at a cannabis marketplace in Los Angeles. Lawmakers throughout the United States are weighing proposals to legali

Minnesota legislators push task force to explore legalizing psychedelic medicine

The proposal has bipartisan backing for its potential to treat trauma and PTSD.
The Holmstrom family at West Point.

Cadet with Minnesota ties is living her dad's West Point dream

A football injury Erik Holmstrom suffered at Duluth's Denfeld High School kept him out of the service.
Sophie Konewko and Megan Albers took two Bird scooters for a ride through downtown Minneapolis after lunch in 2019.

Metro briefs: St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Golden Valley make joint pitch to scooter-share vendors

Plus: Men in Black wins violence intervention contract in Brooklyn Park; Hastings approves 71-acre annexation.
CEO Mike Stigers has led Cub Foods since 2019.

Cub Foods CEO leaving to lead New Jersey-based food cooperative

Mike Stigers, who led Cub Foods to expand in the Twin Cities through the pandemic and protests, starts as president of Wakefern on June 1.
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Beverly Cottman

Beverly Cottman, Minneapolis teacher and storyteller, has died

Auntie Beverly shared Black culture.
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Fridley man charged with shooting outside downtown Minneapolis restaurant

The suspect, Shirell Watkins Jr., 24, was charged Friday through a warrant complaint with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
March 24

Bemidji woman found guilty of fatally shooting brother-in-law

Janelle L. Johnson thought Jesse Farris was abusing his wife and children, according to the complaint.
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Anton Lazzaro and his attorneys during opening statements at his federal sex trafficking trial Wednesday.

Testimony: Anton Lazzaro paid sisters cash for sex

Third day of testimony also included a witness who described how "Mr. Tony" picked girls up from slumber party.
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Last season, the Duluth Superior Port opened up container shipping when 200 containers of kidney beans were loaded on to an ocean-going vessel for the

Shipping season starts in Duluth Superior port, bringing containers and cruise lines

The Lee A. Tregurtha, headed for Marquette, was the first ship of the season to pass beneath Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge
March 24
Improv festival returns to Minneapolis and puts Black joy on stage

Improv festival returns to Minneapolis and puts Black joy on stage

Fest that started small in 2016 has grown into an event over several days that draws participants from across the U.S. and Canada.
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The northern lights near Siren, Wis.

See dazzling northern lights photos from across Minnesota and Wisconsin

The northern lights put on a spectacular show across Minnesota Thursday night into early Friday.
West Metro
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A house in Bloomington built before current zoning codes that require houses and garages to be larger. Zoning proposals under consideration would make

Bloomington hits pause on zoning changes aimed at housing affordability

Concerns from one neighborhood have prompted the council to postpone voting.

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