East Metro
December 26, 2020
Brian Chaffee talked to daughter Madison, 9, who had run away from the guests at her birthday party in Scandia, Minn., last year because she was missi

'Hidden heroes' of deployment: Girls go a year without mom

Parents Jen and Brian Chaffee had no idea then how difficult the 375 days would be. There was drama they shielded their girls from.
East Metro
December 25, 2020
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard

St. Paul schools pin hopes on in-person return as student grades show wide disparities

Nearly half of secondary students failed a class while in distance learning.
Local
December 24, 2020
Volunteers at Second Harvest Heartland inspect food and distribute supplies to food shelves and meal programs.

East metro hospital workers donate $100,000 to food bank

The pandemic has forced record numbers to rely on food assistance.
Variety
December 23, 2020
Churchill Street is going into a former hardware store in Shoreview.

Former Bachelor Farmer chef guides Shoreview's newest restaurant

A hardware store is being reborn as a restaurant, with a menu created by former Bachelor Farmer chef Jonathan Gans.
East Metro
December 21, 2020

8 years in adult prison for 14-year-old St. Paul boy who fatally shot older teen

Minnesota sees very few suspects this young or younger accused of murder.
East Metro
December 18, 2020
Patrons packed every table at Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville, Minn., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Monet Zarza, owner of Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville, is part

More restaurants sued for defying Minn. indoor dining ban

Restaurants in Anoka, Monticello and Albert Lea faced enforcement action by the Minnesota AG on Friday, which found them in violation of Gov. Walz's order prohibiting indoor dining.
East Metro
December 18, 2020

Stillwater school board eyes new contract for interim superintendent

A special school board meeting to vote on Malinda Lansfeldt's contract is expected next week.
East Metro
December 18, 2020
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Minnesota DNR, reigniting a fight over animal trapping that ensnares the protected Canada lynx.

Lawsuit alleges Minnesota DNR isn't doing enough to protect endangered lynx from trapping

The suit reignites a fight over animal trapping in northern Minnesota
East Metro
December 17, 2020
Standing-room only at the bar at Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville, which reopened Wednesday morning in defiance of Gov. Walz’s orders closing bars and re

State will suspend two spots' liquor licenses for defying order

One of them, the Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville, is one of more than 100 businesses that have signed on to openly defy the order Gov. Tim Walz issued a month ago to slow the spread of COVID-19 across Minnesota.
East Metro
December 16, 2020
Streaking meteor's predawn flash stars in Minnesota sheriff's deputy's video

Streaking meteor's predawn flash stars in Minnesota sheriff's deputy's video

"I thought it was something sparking above my squad car," the deputy said.
East Metro
December 15, 2020
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan wore a mask during a press conference in July. “For far too long, Native women have been, at best, invisible, and at worst,

Report: Indigenous women and girls face violence epidemic

Indigenous women and girls face an epidemic of violence and are far more likely than other groups in Minnesota to be murdered or to go…
Local
December 15, 2020
K marks the spot in Lake Elmo, where the Kmart sign lives on as a holiday decoration.  Credit: Paul Walsh/Star Tribune

From Lake Street to Lake Elmo, big red K shines brightly again

The Lake Elmo man won the 9-foot-tall K in auction with tax and fees bringing the pricetag to $2,339.41.
East Metro
December 14, 2020
Verso Corp. idled its Duluth paper mill, pictured in this file photo, over the summer.

Trees that once fed Duluth paper mill could become tinder for wildfires

A pest and caterpillar is killing thousands of spruce and balsam firs.
East Metro
December 12, 2020

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 13

CENTERVILLENOV. 7Fire. An officer responded to a report of a possible illegal burn at a home in the 1700 block of Center Street. The officer…
East Metro
December 11, 2020

More than 2 months after being shot to death, man is charged with causing fatal crash in Roseville

Prosecutors only learned Thursday that their suspect was dead, according to police.
Local
December 9, 2020
The Anoka County Board

County commissioners decline pay raises

Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey County commissioners won't increase their salaries in 2021.
East Metro
December 9, 2020
Benjamin Evans

Family of Lake Elmo man files wrongful-death suit against deputy acquitted of manslaughter

The suit claims "willful, reckless and intentional ... assault, battery, unauthorized use of force" in the death of Benjamin Evans during a 2018 standoff.
East Metro
December 9, 2020

Blaine man charged in fatal stabbing outside Hudson bar of Twin Cities visitor

There were three stabbing victims in all during an incident that has prompted a 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants in the city bordering Minnesota.
East Metro
December 8, 2020
Ramsey County Sheriff-elect Bob Fletcher

Ramsey County residents weigh in on Sheriff Bob Fletcher's performance

More than 200 tuned in, many to oppose making sheriff's job appointed.
Coronavirus
December 8, 2020
Three people were stabbed outside Hudson’s Smilin’ Moose Lodge Bar & Grill early Sunday, one fatally. Two suspects from Minnesota have been arrest

Hudson imposes curfew to tamp down late-night rowdiness

City hopes to makes crossing border less appealing to subset of Minnesotans causing trouble after 10 p.m.