Michael Zastawny, of Michal’s Boot & Shoe Repair, is closing his store May 1. The shop opened in 1962.

After 61 years, Osseo shoe repair shop will shut its doors

Michael Zastawny is taking final orders this week as he prepares to close the Central Avenue shop.

Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest prompts call from pro leagues to protect young Minnesota athletes

The NFL and other pro sports leagues have called on Minnesota and other states to offer young athletes the same protections that saved Buffalo Bills p
Coalition seeks same level of protection for high school athletes that saved an NFL player from a cardiac arrest last season.

Tuition-free Dakota County college program hasn't been free of problems

March 29
Residents who participated in Dakota County’s Workforce Mobility Program could take college courses in welding and several other career fields tuiti
Workforce Mobility Program pilot offers lessons for helping low-income students complete the courses.
A common carp taken from the Mississippi River in Wisconsin in 2019.

Winona officials hope to curb carp population in Lake Winona

Advocates and the city are pushing for a grant to fund a study as the first step in improving water quality.
Anton Lazzaro testified again Wednesday in the federal criminal proceedings against him.

Anton Lazzaro calls cash 'gifts,' says sex with underage girls not related

Wednesday's proceedings were delayed by overnight revelations of new evidence.
President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office of the White House, on March 4 in Washington.

President Joe Biden to visit Minnesota on Monday

Few details have been released about next week's planned visit, but it's expected to tie in with the White House's "Investing in America" tour.
DFL state Sen. Mary Kunesh, pictured here at the signing this month of the universal school meals bill. She helped craft the Senate education budget b

DFLers' ed bills offer more money for schools, set new graduation requirements

The House and Senate budget bills contain several differences that will have to resolved in the coming weeks.
St. Cloud

Sauk Rapids man gets 18 months for climbing on train, stabbing engineer

The 41-year-old was also ordered to pay more than $13,000 to BNSF Railway.

Longtime Fairmont city attorney temporarily suspended from practicing law

Discipline comes after attorney never made charging decision in more than 135 criminal cases.
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West Metro

Edina man accused of killing mother with fentanyl admits to lesser charges

Plea deal calls for him to serve 3 1⁄3 years of a 5-year term in prison.
Rep. Emma Greenman, DFL-Minneapolis,  is sponsoring a House bill that would create new penalties for people who knowingly spread false information ahe

Minnesota lawmakers target disinformation in election bill

A suite of proposals would crack down on disinformation, deepfakes and intimidation of workers in state elections.

30-day term for 'hot rodder' who injured teen in downtown Minneapolis

Paramedics took the injured teen to a hospital, where doctors said he suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken bone above his left eye.
Stephanie Burrage, who on Wednesday was named Minnesota’s first chief equity officer at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Stephanie Burrage named Minnesota's new chief equity officer

She will take on a new role to advise the administration on policies to close racial disparity gaps in the state.
St. Paul
Great River Passage Conservancy nonprofit director Mary deLaittre overlooked the Mississippi River in St. Paul in 2019.

Great River Passage Conservancy leader Mary deLaittre to step down

Mary deLaittre spent nearly seven years working on plans to better connect St. Paul with the Mississippi River.
West Metro

Onetime Eden Prairie taekwondo instructor gets 4 years for sexually assaulting teen student

The sentence was far less than what was called for by state guidelines.
The Minneapolis police’s Third Precinct building, which was torched and destroyed in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Minneapolis narrows locations for new Third Precinct police station to two

One would reopen on the site of the current vacant building; the other would be four blocks away.
March 29
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher

Falcon Heights to end contract with Ramsey County Sheriff

Sheriff Bob Fletcher said the move "is in everyone's best interest."
South Metro
March 29
Until recently, Charles Workman lived in this 4,200-square-foot home in Prior Lake. It has an in-ground heated pool in the back yard.

Twin Cities swimming pool builder charged in alleged down-payment scam

Charges say he spent some of the money gambling, making child support payments, and on a horse and saddle.
Eat & Drink
March 29
The Tandoori Tikka pizza at LuLu’s Pizza in downtown Duluth.

5 under-the-radar pizzas in the Duluth area

Craving 'za? Add these to your list.
March 29
A rendering of 200 Central in Minneapolis. The 27-story apartment tower will have 359 rentals.

New 27-story apartment tower coming to Minneapolis skyline

About half the apartments will be income-restricted.
March 28
Juul stopped selling its fruit and dessert-flavored vaping pods.

State's trial begins against e-cigarette maker Juul: A 'new generation' addicted to vaping

Manufacturers said they were trying to help adults quit smoking cigarettes, not marketing to teens.
March 28
Anton Lazzaro testified in his defense against federal sex trafficking charges Tuesday.

Lazzaro admits to sex with minor girls but denies he had a sex recruiter

The wealthy GOP operative will resume testimony Wednesday.
St. Paul
March 28
Downtown St. Paul’s Treasure Island Center building had its grand opening event in January 2018.

Loans set to help St. Paul's Treasure Island Center avoid mortgage default

The St. Paul Port Authority's nonprofit arm has a majority stake in the property.

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