Minnesota’s gray wolves to be featured in new National Geographic and Disney+ documentary

Minnesota's wolves to be featured in new Disney, National Geographic documentary

The series, called "America the Beautiful," is available starting July 4.
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Minneapolis mental health first responder program internationally recognized

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Brian Smith, director of the Office of Performance and Innovation is being recognized for launching Minneapolis’ behavioral crisis response teams.
Brian Smith, the director of the Office of Performance and Innovation, was lauded in Berlin while uncertainty looms over his future with the city of Minneapolis.
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University of Minnesota scientist brings Antarctic work home via TikTok

July 2
Peter Neff, a climate scientist at the University of Minnesota, looked out the window of a C-17 on the way to Antarctica in 2012. Neff has been to the
Glaciologist and climate scientist Peter Neff is helping run an ambitious project to drill for ancient ice in Antarctica.
Local
July 3

What's open, closed on Independence Day holiday

Post offices: Closed. No regular mail service.Banks: All Bremer Bank branches will be closed. Huntington Bank branches and in-store branches will be closed. Wells Fargo…
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July 3
Brooklyn Park police are looking for this boy’s parents after finding him in the 6900 block of 76th Avenue N. on Sunday evening. The boy told office

Update: Police locate parents after boy was found in Brooklyn Park

The boy told officers his name was Daniel but was unable to tell them where he lived.
Minneapolis
July 3
A CenterPoint Energy worker checked for natural gas in a sewer Thursday, June 30, 2022, on University Avenue in Minneapolis. A suspected gas leak resu

State investigators take over probe of 'fire and explosion' near University of Minnesota

"At this time, we think the situation has stabilized, but we remain vigilant," the state fire marshal said.
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July 3
Army veteran and artist Jeffrey Stenbom demonstrated how he weaves American flags using old service member uniforms.

Iraq War veteran uses art to cope with PTSD

Jeffrey Stenbom, an art instructor at Normandale Community College and an Iraq War veteran, wove an enormous American flag out of historical military uniforms. His piece will be displayed at the San Antonio International Airport before its permanent home at USAA headquarters.
Minneapolis
July 3
If the former Victory Memorial Ice Arena becomes a roller-skating rink, it would become the only one in Minneapolis.

Vacant ice arena in north Minneapolis could gain new life as roller-skating rink

Though the plan is still in its infancy, the hope is to open the roller rink by 2024.
July 3

17-year-old shot and killed in Duluth, another teen arrested

The Duluth Police Department says this is an active and ongoing investigation.
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July 3
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Northfield police search for girl, 6, after her mother is found dead

Police in Northfield are asking for the public's help in finding a 6-year-old girl who is missing after her mother was found dead.Lisa Wade, 39,…
July 2
Marge Hols

Marge Hols, St. Paul gardener and columnist, dies at 86

With a garden in the Smithsonian and a column in the Pioneer Press, Hols shared her love for planting seeds.
East Metro
July 2
A man cried out as he was overcome with emotion during a search for the bodies of a woman and her three children Saturday at Vadnais Lake in Vadnais H

Police: Mother, three kids found in lake a 'likely triple homicide'

Searchers recovered four bodies from Vadnais Lake. Authorities had been looking for a mother, reported to be suicidal, and her three children.
July 2

Child bicyclist dies after being hit by car in Scott County

The sheriff's office said deputies "detected an odor of alcohol" coming from the driver.
Minneapolis
July 2
A Minneapolis Police squad car.

MPD has more to spend than before George Floyd's murder

The Minneapolis Police Department has 260 fewer officers than it had at the beginning of 2020 and $3 million more in its budget. Hiring is the challenge now, officials say.
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July 2
Doug Dorn works on removing dead plants from around his apartment building in New Hope, Minn. Dorn took on a volunteer role tending to all the plants

Hennepin County efforts to house homeless see some success

For the first time since 2005, the county tallied the fewest number of people experiencing homelessness during this year's annual one-day census.
South Metro
July 2
A rendering of the proposed water park beside the Mall of America.

MOA water park a step closer, but economy is a splash of cold water

The St. Paul Port Authority will help finance the $430 million project.
July 2

Teams search for bodies of woman, 3 children in Vadnais Lake

Politics
July 2
Rep. Angie Craig introduced a bill to rename a post office for slain South St. Paul officer Leo Pavlak.

South St. Paul post office may be renamed for officer killed in line of duty in 1933

The effort is supported by Minnesota's two senators and seven House members.
Sports
July 2
A sunset over Clear Lake in Iowa, where the author spent part of a 10-day break from work.

Medcalf: Take a vacation this summer, Minnesotans — you deserve it

Unplugging from work occasionally is healthy, and a choice we don't make as often as we should.
Local
July 2
Staffing shortages are continuing into the summer at Twin Cities schools, prompting some districts to recruit more aggressively and offer higher pay.

Twin Cities teacher shortage pushes some summer classes online

Minneapolis moved some of its special education programs to distance learning for the summer when it couldn't recruit enough teachers.
Politics
July 2
Jenni Loebel offered fresh strawberries to her kids Brynn, 4, and JJ, 2 at the Lakeville Farmer’s Market, Market Plaza.

Inflation and abortion rights are top of mind as midterms near

The fight for the Second Congressional District in the Twin Cities suburbs — Minnesota's last pure battleground — offers a microcosm of the congressional races playing out across the country.
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July 2
The Animal Humane Society clinic in Golden Valley.

Metro briefs: Animal Humane Society gets $6M gift

Golden ValleyHumane society gets $6M giftThe Animal Humane Society recently received a $6 million gift from the estate of longtime volunteers Steve Nordberg and Betsy…
Politics
July 2
The Senate updated its sexual harassment and discrimination policies several years ago but new allegations prompted a re-evaluation of how they were w

Minnesota Senate grapples with changes to harassment policies

The action follows recent allegations of harassment from a former state Senate aide.