Maplewood has one of the strangest city borders in the state.

Why does Maplewood have such an odd shape?

The suburb bordering St. Paul is home to one of Minnesota's largest companies — and that's not an accident.

White Bear Lake books a boys hockey trip to Xcel Energy Center

9:26pm
White Bear Lake books a boys hockey trip to Xcel Energy Center
The Bears defeated rival Hill-Murray with a goal 36 seconds into the game, plus two empty-netters and Leo Gabriel's shutout goaltending.

Leap Day babies pop up at Minnesota hospitals

2:52pm
Ryan family welcomes baby Isaac on Leap Day. Photo courtesy of Melissa Ryan family.
A Cottage Grove mom whose son was born on Feb. 29 said she's glad little Isaac will always have a unique birthday.
High Schools
9:44pm
Clockwise from top left: Willard Ikola in 1965, Roy Nystrom in 2007, Mike Randolph in 2023, Lorne Grosso in 2015.

Cretin-Derham Hall puts Randolph's pursuit of coaching record on hold

The Raiders advanced to the boys hockey state tournament and stopped the St. Thomas Academy coach from setting the Minnesota record for victories.
High Schools
9:06pm
Jackson County Central's Nolan Ambrose watches an official as he tries to pin Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's Tanner Viessman in the second round.

Wrestlers seeking fourth state titles arrive at semifinals unsullied

Jackson County Central's Nolan Ambrose and Mound Westonka's Jack Nelson both indicated a high comfort level at the championship meet.
High Schools
3:29pm
Northfield wrestler Caley Graber is declared the winner over Mounds View wrestler Owen LaRose in a 107-pound Class 3A match.

History made, remade: Northfield girl wins twice at boys wrestling state meet

Caley Graber became the first girl to win a match in the boys bracket, and then she won again. She'll wrestle in Saturday's semifinals.
High Schools
1:39pm
White Bear Lake's Nolan Roed (9) was involved in 2022 when his team and Hill-Murray played one of their many section finals. They've played 19 since 1

'The Rivalry' looms just as White Bear Lake regains its hockey health

A section championship game against Hill-Murray is a standard part of the season for the Bears.
High Schools
March 1
Mike Randolph, head coach at St. Thomas Academy since 2022, will break the state record with his next victory.

Randolph can set record for coaching wins in section final tonight

St. Thomas Academy coach Mike Randolph will break Lorne Grosso's state record with his 708th win if the Cadets top Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday in a section final.
East Metro
March 1

What should Roseville name its newest park?

The city is seeking the public's input as it decides on a name for a new park on County Road B, across from Midland Hills Golf Course.
High Schools
February 29
The Xcel Energy Center was set up Thursday for the wrestling state championships. Next week it will be back to hockey.

Totino-Grace wrestler breaks state record for pins and runs it up

Senior Cy Kruse surged past the mark that Stillwater's Ryder Rogotzke set last season.
High Schools
February 29
Simley coach Will Short, his team behind him, accepted his medal after the program's sixth state championship in a row.

Simley lands its sixth consecutive wrestling state championship

The Class 2A title was the 16th overall for Simley. Chatfield took the Class 1A crown.
High Schools
February 29
St. Michael-Albertville's Jarrett Wadsen got a bear hug from Knights assistant coach Joe Grygelko after Wadsen pinned Mounds View's Colton Loween at 1

St. Michael-Albertville wrestlers keep their grip at state this time

The Knights rolled over Mounds View for the Class 3A team championship, a year after a lead vanished in the final.
Local
February 29
Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Brooke Cunningham speaks during a press conference in St. Paul

Lawmakers should block a planned for-profit rehab hospital in Roseville, state says

Concerns included low staffing ratio, low usage of existing rehab facilities and opening Minnesota to more for-profit hospital care.
East Metro
February 29
The Hudson Pier sign Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Hudson, WI.

Judge: City of Hudson board broke law in riverfront development case

In the St. Croix River protections case, the Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals ignored DNR concerns, erroneously granted hardship variances, the ruling says.
High Schools
February 29
Boys hockey teams are playing Wednesday through Friday for spots in the state tournaments next week at Xcel Energy Center.

Boys hockey section championship games: Get the details here

The stretch we've labeled 51 Hours of Fury began at 7 p.m. Wednesday and runs until the last state tournament berth is filled at about 10 p.m. Friday.
High Schools
February 28
Mounds View's Swenson brothers run three deep, clockwise from top: Brett, Ethan and Brady.

Grappling for goals: Meet the athletes, teams seeking state titles

The wrestling championship meet is always a family affair, especially at Mounds View this season. You'll find girls wrestling girls and some taking on boys. And you'll learn the numbers behind the dreams.
February 28
Mourners pay their respects after a livestream at a church in Burnsville of the memorial service Wednesday.

Brooks: As Burnsville grieves shooting victims, its neighbors stand watch

Police officers and firefighters from across the metro area volunteered to patrol as a community mourns.
Sports
February 28
A referee got a closer look at a match during the high school state championships.

A look at the athletes, teams and issues of the wrestling regular season

Star Tribune wrestling reporter Jim Paulsen did a series of profiles, and he also hit on a controversial issue and on the hopes of a team long frustrated in its attempts to make state. In advance of the wrestling individual state championships that start Friday, here's a gathering of his work:
High Schools
February 28
Westbrook-Walnut Grove's Devin Carter hollered his satisfaction after a victory in the 2023 state meet.

How to follow the wrestling state meet, from the stands or the couch

It's one of those events sports fans should attend at least once, to rock in the "Cradle of Chaos." But we'll help you keep up from home, too.
Sports
February 27
Wake Forest fans were already storming the court Saturday when the victory over Duke was ending.

Souhan: Hockey fights and court storming. Make them go away!

Why do we need to wait until after someone -- a college basketball player, a hockey 'enforcer' -- gets seriously hurt before changes are made?
High Schools
February 26
From top left, Daniel Freitag of Breck, Jack Robison of Lakeville North and Isaac Asuma of Cherry are Mr. Basketball finalists with Big Ten college pl

Meet the 10 Mr. Basketball finalists, before they become college stars

The list includes three headed to the Big Ten (one to the Gophers), eight aimed at Division I and one still deciding.
High Schools
February 26
Weekend hockey surprises mean unexpected team will make state

Weekend hockey surprises mean unexpected team will make state

Sixth-seeded Buffalo and fourth-seeded Elk River will play Wednesday for a berth in the Class 2A boys bracket.
East Metro
February 26

Driver passing on 2-lane highway in western Wisconsin kills other motorist in head-on crash

The collision occurred north of Menomonie, the Wisconsin State Patrol said.

Twin Cities East Metro

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