East Metro
July 16

Southbound I-494 closed in Oakdale in wake of semi crash

The southbound lanes of Interstate 494 have been closed at Interstate 94 in Oakdale in the wake of a semitrailer truck's rollover, the Minnesota State…
East Metro
July 16
Diamond Reynolds, who was with Philando Castile the night he was killed and filmed the aftermath on Facebook Live, got emotional during a July 6 rally

Diamond Reynolds settles defamation suit against Minnesota mayor for his tweet

Elysian, Minn., mayor tweeted that Philando Castile's girlfriend would spend settlement money on drugs.
Coronavirus
July 14
Ramsey County facilities where masks could be required indoors include public offices in downtown St. Paul and suburban communities, Union Depot in do

Ramsey County considers mask requirement, including in some outdoor spaces

The requirement would apply to visitors as well as employees at county facilities and also could be used as a guide by cities.
East Metro
July 14

St. Paul Park couple launch petition to save their kids from bigger-than-average mosquito swarms

A property owned by the Washington County Community Development Agency is an overgrown breeding ground, the couple say.
East Metro
July 10

Authorities ID man struck and killed on freeway in Arden Hills

Authorities have identified a 48-year-old New Brighton man who died days after being struck by a car in Arden Hills.Troy Alan Birkholz, 48, had been…
East Metro
July 9
Bikers crossed the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge, now exclusively for pedestrians and bikers. Finally connected by a historic bridge and opened to t

New St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail has Stillwater going round and round

The new trail was finally completed this spring with the reopening of the historic Lift Bridge.
East Metro
July 8
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Ramsey County attorney joins pilot program to reduce racial disparities in justice system

John Choi's office has partnered with a criminal justice reform nonprofit to rethink how and whom it prosecutes.
East Metro
July 8
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Derek Chauvin's wife is seeking both of their homes in her divorce petition

Family law lawyers say it's too soon to say whether the move is a ploy to protect the former Minneapolis police officer's assets.
East Metro
July 6
People marched Monday, July 6, in memory of Philando Castile, including Philando’s mother, Valerie, and Diamond Reynolds, who was with Philando on t

Remembering Philando Castile: 'We got strength in numbers'

Six weeks after George Floyd's death, two rallies for Philando Castile on Monday underscored how the movement that started with protests and riots in the Twin Cities has grown.
East Metro
July 4

10-year-old boy dies in St. Croix River at William O'Brien State Park

A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead Friday after being pulled from the St. Croix River in Washington County. First responders were called to William O’Brien…
South Metro
July 4

Twin Cities metro police blotter, July 5

ANDOVER JUNE 14 Drunken driving. Officers responded to a motor vehicle crash at Bunker Lake Boulevard and NW. Goldenrod Street and arrested a 30-year-old…
East Metro
July 2
Ramsey County sheriff's deputies recovered a man's body from a pond near a homeless camp and the Ramsey County Maplewood Library.

Body recovered from pond near Maplewood homeless camp

Deputies had responded to the same location at 4 a.m. Tuesday.
East Metro
July 1

University of Minnesota geography Prof. Dwight Brown dies at age 83

Brown's nearly five-decade career at the U was fueled by his own curiosity.
East Metro
June 29

Stillwater police investigating report of racial harassment on downtown street

Mom, with 4-year-old, posted the incident on Facebook and it has since gone viral with thousands of views.
East Metro
June 25
File photo: St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard.

St. Paul Public Schools adopts $822 million budget

Spending plan will remain fluid due to the coronavirus pandemic.
East Metro
June 24
Central High School in St. Paul

St. Paul school board votes to remove cops from schools

Action followed a similar move in Minneapolis.
East Metro
June 23

Bones found in Barron County belonged to New Prague man believed killed

Western Wisconsin authorities have identified bones found 2½ years ago as belonging to a man from New Prague, Minn., who is considered to be a…
East Metro
June 22
Minneapolis police officer and school resource officer Drea Leal made her rounds in the hallways of Roosevelt High on Jan. 18, 2019. The district term

Floyd death reignites debate over police role in Minnesota schools

After the Minneapolis Public Schools ended its contract with the city's police department, districts from St. Paul to Duluth are hearing calls to take similar steps.
East Metro
June 21
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Minority officers kept from monitoring Chauvin in jail

As Derek Chauvin arrived, all officers of color were ordered to a separate floor, and a supervisor told one of them that they would be a potential "liability," according to charges filed by eight Ramsey County corrections officers.
East Metro
June 20
A small wood frog sat out on a dead log in the nature path behind the Maplewood Nature Center in 2019. The center closed in March when other city offi

Longtime Maplewood nature center may close for good

Mayor wants to create task force to explore private partnerships.