Snowmaking guns and skiers lined the trails before sunrise at the Elm Creek Nordic ski area in Maple Grove last week. Elm Creek, part of Three Rivers

Amid drought, snow at Hyland cross-country ski course will be made from groundwater

Water levels are too low at the lakes usually drawn to make snow, and a warm start to December may mean a shorter season on the cross-country ski trails.
Local

Mall of America shoppers sound off on Minnesota state flag options

December 10
The six finalists for the new Minnesota state flag hung in the rotunda at the Mall of America in Bloomington this weekend. The final design will be ch
The unfamiliarity of six finalists for the redesigned Minnesota flag left some excited for the new flag, but others weren't so sure.
Local

Gruesome crime at Loring Park grocery shocks and saddens a neighborhood

December 9
People placed flowers and grieved Saturday at a memorial to Robert Skafte outside Oak Grove Grocery in Minneapolis.
Robert Skafte was a friendly face at the Oak Grove Grocery for decades and performed across the Twin Cities. A suspect is jailed for allegedly impaling Skafte with a golf club.
Weather
December 10
A residential road partially covered in frozen snow in South St. Paul on Sunday.

Streets, roads could remain slippery into Monday

Temperatures above freezing on Monday should help clear lingering ice on roadways, after three died on slick roads over the weekend.
Local
December 10
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty led the charge in sounding the alarm over the loss of a computer program used by prosecutors, public defenders,

Minnesota justice partners express concern over loss of crucial software program

Move complicates basic functions like accessing court calendars and viewing active warrants.
West Metro
December 10
Building Best Buy’s headquarters in the early 2000s cost $300 million, according to Star Tribune archives, including public subsidies worth more tha

Best Buy seeks lower property tax with Richfield headquarters 'half vacant'

The company said it would make one-time payments in 2025 to the school district to make up for some lost revenue if the agreement is approved.
West Metro
December 10

Owatonna man dies in one-vehicle crash on icy roads in Bloomington

A woman who was a passenger of the SUV was not injured.
Minneapolis
December 10
Minneapolis City Council members are paid more than their peers in comparable cities, while the mayor is paid less than his peers. It may be because t

Are Minneapolis City Council members overpaid? And is Mayor Frey underpaid?

The city's 13 council members are paid $109,846, more than their peers, while Mayor Jacob Frey's $140,814 is less than mayors in similar cities.
Local
December 10
A sign tells passengers to proceed to security checkpoints on the departure level at Terminal 1.

With air travel up again, will the skyway checkpoint at MSP Airport reopen?

Plus, a bomb-sniffing pooch at MSP makes TSA's annual Canine Calendar.
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St. Paul
December 9
St. Paul City Council Member Russel Balenger, who was born and raised in the city’s Rondo neighborhood, is introducing a proposal to rename part of

City Council member wants Rondo Avenue to regain a place in St. Paul

Russel Balenger wants to rename parts of Concordia and St. Anthony avenues after the legendary street that was removed by freeway construction in the 1960s.
St. Paul
December 9
Alex Becker

Suspect found not guilty in robbery, death of St. Paul man

Shaun Travis was suspected of helping two others rob and kill Alex Becker behind his home last year. Becker's mother says Friday's verdict is disappointing.
Local
December 9
Marvin Haynes took the witness stand at an evidentiary hearing Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court, where he maintained his innocence in the 200

Medcalf: Years later, the memory of covering my first murder trial still haunts me

Marvin Haynes was a teenager when he was sentenced to life in prison. Questions raised recently about his case are troubling.
Minneapolis
December 9
Lisa Sayles-Adams listens to a question during the meet-and-greet preceding her interview with the Minneapolis Public Schools board.

How new Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams won over Minneapolis school board

School officials across the Twin Cities area say the newly selected MPS leader has shown calm under pressure in challenging situations.
St. Paul
December 9
St. Paul police organized the Project Self Stop event Saturday, offering information and resources to drivers.

St. Paul event aims to reduce fatal traffic stops through education, resources

Drivers received $250 vouchers, steering wheel locks and gun locks at a first-of-its-kind event which officials hope to replicate next year.
Local
December 9
Farhiya Aden received a COVID vaccine shot at the Minneapolis Convention Center in February 2021.

Workers of color in 'critical occupations' died at higher rates during COVID, University of Minnesota study finds

The researchers tracked all causes of deaths in an attempt to discover the broader impact COVID-19 had on mortality.
Local
December 9
Ed Zieba, left, with four other flyers, World War II.

Remembering the lucky life of WWII gunner, cribbage champ and tuba player Ed Zieba

The son of Polish immigrants worked at the Salem Lutheran Church Dining Hall at the Minnesota State Fair and was an Aqua Jester.
St. Paul
December 9
Xcel Energy Center has pumped hundreds of millions each year into Minnesota’s economy while making St. Paul a regional hockey, concert and conventio

St. Paul officials say Xcel Energy Center is showing its age — and they want state help to fix it up

The city and Minnesota Wild plan to seek state funding to renovate the 23-year-old arena. The total cost is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
West Metro
December 9
Tiptoe the donkey received plenty of love and attention while visiting the home of Mary and Charlie Gibbs in Deephaven on Thursday.

Tiptoe the seeing-eye donkey finds purpose in helping fellow animals and people, too

The two-year-old has developed a calm and affectionate demeanor that suits him for providing therapy to people with dementia, and as a guide for blind animals.
East Metro
December 9
Woodbury Police detective Adam Sack, pictured with his canine partner Otis the therapy dog in November 2023, is one of the Washington County law enfor

In Washington County, 'boots-on-the-ground' social work is transforming police response to people in crisis

The county plans to triple the number of social workers who are paired with police to respond to some calls for help.
Politics
December 9
Ahna Minge, state budget director, spoke about the budget surplus Wednesday in St Paul. Minnesota lawmakers will have a $2.4 billion budget surplus to

Why Minnesota could soon face a budget shortfall

The state projects a $2.4 billion surplus in the short term but could face a deficit in a couple years.
North Metro
December 8
The FBI executed a search warrant at Twin Cities nonprofit Feeding our Future on Jan. 20, 2022.

Brooklyn Park woman pleads guilty in Feeding Our Future case

Filsan M. Hassan could face about three years in prison.
Variety
December 8
Richard Pelletier dog paddled in Lake Harriet during his 1000th consecutive day of open water swimming.

Yuen: 'Ricky Lake' swims every day — 'sun, winds, snow or rain, light or dark'

The guy known to the ice-dipping community as "Ricky Lake" says it's a blessing to live in the City of Lakes.
St. Paul
December 8
Sue Arcand served meals to guests Thursday at the Listening House of St. Paul, which has moved into its own East Side building after renting space in

After 40 years, St. Paul's Listening House for vulnerable adults finally has a home of its own

The daytime drop-in center has renovated a former pizza house on the East Side and plans an expansion in the lot next door.

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