East Metro
June 4

Vadnais Heights quietly scrubs website of Craig Johnson's bio

Johnson submitted his resignation last week after e-mails containing his inflammatory postings were sent to city leaders and media.
East Metro
June 4
Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, shown in 2016 with artwork inspired by her son.

For mother of Philando Castile, George Floyd's death a nightmare revisited

"George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel's back," Valerie Castile said.
East Metro
June 1

Ramsey County Board declares 30-day state of emergency for civil unrest

The Ramsey County Board declared a monthlong state of emergency Monday after the civil unrest, looting and arson following the death of George Floyd, a…
East Metro
May 29
The Stillwater Lift Bridge in downtown Stillwater, earlier in May. It’s expected to reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Monday, state transportation offi

Restored Stillwater Lift Bridge to open to bicyclists and pedestrians on June 1

The extensive renovation was part of the $646 million project that built the new motor vehicle bridge to the south.
East Metro
May 29
Police took control of the area near the Super Target against protesters. Several buildings near the MIdway were either damaged or set on fire. Protes

'Flash looting,' more fires break out in St. Paul as unrest spreads

Looting and fires were reported on University Avenue in the Midway district. An East Side shopping mall also was hit.
Coronavirus
May 28
Clark Osojnicki

Clark Osojnicki, a financial analyst and champion dog trainer, dies of COVID-19 at 56

At the hospital, staffers had seen signs of improvement, and his wife felt certain he would return to their Stillwater home soon.
Coronavirus
May 27
Parishioners were able to attend a service presided by the Rev. John Paul Erickson as pews were closed off to allow social distancing and a maximum ca

Minnesota churches open for first time since March 18

While any group could open its doors, Catholics had the advantage because they tend to have daily services.
East Metro
May 27
Falcon Heights' Quentin Nguyen plans to build a neighborhood garden in his front yard came to a sudden halt when the City Council voted to ban front y

Falcon Heights City Council upholds veggie garden ban

One resident's challenge of the ban has drawn the support of thousands in the Ramsey County suburb.
Coronavirus
May 27
“We know that $7,500 isn’t a whole lot, but it’s intended to get these businesses through the next month or two in terms of rent and utilities,�

Businesses with five or fewer employees are first in line for Ramsey County relief

About half of Ramsey County businesses with five or fewer workers will be the first eligible for $7,500 emergency grants.
East Metro
May 26
In a statement, St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler said the diocese is committed to preventing sexual abuse.

St. Cloud Diocese to file for bankruptcy, pay $22.5 million to abuse survivors

Payments, bankruptcy plan to be filed with court in coming weeks.
East Metro
May 26

Vadnais Heights Council Member Craig Johnson resigns after exposure of bigoted social media posts

An anonymous person e-mailed the posts to more than 40 members of the media, local leaders and advocacy groups.
Coronavirus
May 26
Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough led the effort to delay approval of the final $26 million, saying the public needed “transparency and accou

Ramsey County Board OKs spending plan for $96 million in federal pandemic aid

The board earmarked all but $26 million for emergency response costs, which will be approved as it's spent.
East Metro
May 26

St. Paul man killed, wife wounded in attack by son in Wisconsin, sheriff says

The attacks occurred at a lakeside home near Hayward, according to the Sheriff's Office.
South Metro
May 23

Twin Cities metro police blotter, May 24

COLUMBUS MAY 15 Vandalism. Gravel was found in the engine of a semitrailer truck in the 14500 block of Lake Drive NE. DENMARK TOWNSHIP…
Coronavirus
May 22
Mad Capper co-owner Jeff Chilson, whose Stillwater eatery has no patio, may be able to offer service on state-owned roadways.

MnDOT might let bars, restaurants use state roads for outdoor dining

The agency has gained approval from the federal government.
East Metro
May 21
Brenda Hafemann

Woodbury woman with troubled driving history charged in deadly I-94 crash

Since 2015, her vehicle has been involved in more than 30 driving complaints or traffic stops, according to the prosecution.
East Metro
May 20
Falcon Heights resident Quentin Nguyen said he feels targeted because he started work on his garden before the city passed the ordinance.

No front yard veggies in Falcon Heights this year, city leaders tell resident

Many have rallied to the homeowner's side. The mayor said that he's open to changing city code, after research and discussion.
Coronavirus
May 19
Chaska Super 8 general manager Sana Cheema, right, collected donated food from Chick-fil-A and Little Caesars from Martha Brannon of His House Foundat

Metro counties have spent roughly $5 million to rent hotel rooms as emergency shelters

Contracts and invoices obtained through public records requests show a county-by-county patchwork of efforts to find and pay for lodging, transportation, food and other services for hundreds of unsheltered people in the seven-county metro, all within a matter of weeks.
South Metro
May 16

Twin Cities metro police blotter, May 17

CORCORAN APRIL 19 Social distancing complaint. An officer responded to a social distancing complaint at a home in the 7800 block of Maple Hill…
East Metro
May 15
Ramsey County District Attorney John Choi with St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

St. Paul Archdiocese has strong protection policies, review finds

Archdiocese has policies among best in nation but they have room for improvement, according to findings released by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.