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Coronavirus
July 28
The Midway YMCA was one of two of the first YMCAs to reopen June 10 at 25% capacity. Here, COVID-19 rules are posted outside of the Midway YMCA for al

YMCA shuts fitness centers in St. Paul, Lino Lakes and Prior Lake

The closures follow the Y's drop in revenue due to COVID-19.
West Metro
July 28
New Chief Hennepin County District Court Judge Todd Barnette is the first Black jurist to hold that position. [brian.peterson@startribune.com

Hennepin County's first chief judge of color takes helm at unprecedented time

Barnette takes the helm at an unprecedented moment for Hennepin County
Minneapolis
July 28
Minneapolis Police used tear gas to break up a protest outside the Fifth Precinct after the 8 p.m. curfew on May 30.

ACLU sues law enforcement leaders over wounding of protesters in Mpls.

The lawsuit says officers often fired without warning, inflicted severe bruising and damage from tear gas.
Minneapolis
July 28

Authorities ID 17-year-old fatally shot last week at 35th St. and Chicago Av. in Minneapolis

The gunfire occurred 3 blocks from where George Floyd died.
Minneapolis
July 28

Man fatally stabbed in south Minneapolis apartment ID'd; woman arrested, then released

The man's death is one of 38 so far this year in the city.
Minneapolis
July 28
The Minneapolis Police Third Precinct station, which was evacuated and destroyed in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody in late Ma

How the fall of the Third Precinct station resounded in the Twin Cities

In interviews, people described what the fall of the Third meant to them: a deep betrayal of trust, a loss of control, a symbol of change and a breaking point.
Minneapolis
July 28
The burned out Third Precinct at the corner of E. Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, seen on July 16. Voters could face competing ballot

Speakers urge Mpls. Charter Commission not to forward police proposal

Speakers overwhelmingly tell the Mpls. charter panel not to forward their proposal, but for different reasons.
West Metro
July 28
Opposition to Rep. Ilhan Omar is fueling an unprecedented surge in donations to her top Democratic opponent, Antone Melton-Meaux.

Attacks sharpen divisions in Omar, Melton-Meaux battle

The contest between Rep. Ilhan Omar and attorney Antone Melton-Meaux has spurred millions of dollars in campaign spending, a surge in volunteer activity and a barrage of negative claims from both sides.
Minneapolis
July 27
The Rev. Edrin Williams of Sanctuary Covenant Church in north Minneapolis led volunteers in prayer before opening the church’s food distribution cen

Twin Cities Black clergy hope to seize power of the moment

A group of Twin Cities Black pastors has been discussing a proposal with Gov. Tim Walz to create a Minnesota "social compact" that would forge new investments and public policies to begin erasing racial inequities.
Minneapolis
July 27
Vandals tagged U.S. Bank Stadium with graffiti. In addition, a building across the street was also tagged with graffiti and suffered a broken window.

Viking ship, area near U.S. Bank Stadium hit with anti-police graffiti

Police said video surveillance is being reviewed.
Coronavirus
July 26
The Ramsey County Sheriff's outreach Cmdr. Mary Kay Skelly gave air high-fives to children after giving them freezes and stickers in the McDonough Hom

Minneapolis and St. Paul police take educational approach to mask enforcement

Cities are having conversations with mask scofflaws.
Minneapolis
July 25
Graduate students in three University of Minnesota departments let out their long-simmering frustrations with faculty in open letters following the Ma

At University of Minnesota, students pressure faculty to confront racism in academia

Graduate classmates want more diversity in staffing and studies.
Minneapolis
July 25

Battling goats in Norway put Carrie Kirkeeide Thorson on path to come to U.S.

Nearly 50 years after she died in 1974 at 95, her life story has been captured in a book compiled and published by her grandson.
Minneapolis
July 25
Police gathered May 27 as protests continued at the Third Precinct police station in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Minneapolis City Council approves first substantial cuts to police

The budget trims roughly $1.5 million from the city's police department — the first substantial cuts since George Floyd's death.
Minneapolis
July 25
Minneapolis police investigated the latest fatal shooting, one Wednesday at 35th Street and S. Chicago Avenue that left a 17-year-old dead.

Record Mpls. gun violence comes amid the debate over policing

The unprecedented spike in gun violence comes in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Minneapolis
July 24
In June, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during "The Path Forward" meeting at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. A public hearing Tuesday nig

Minneapolis residents weigh in on proposed citywide vote to end the Police Department

Of the dozens of people who called in their comments, the vast majority urged the city's Charter Commission to allow them to vote in November.
Minneapolis
July 24
Crews will begin removing barriers on West River Parkway and others on Aug. 3, with the work to be completed in two days.

Closed for walking no longer: Mpls. parkways will reopen by Aug. 5

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will let cars once again drive on parkways that it had shut down this spring to give bicyclists and pedestrians more room during the pandemic. The $250,000 set aside to close the roads will run out Aug. 3.
Minneapolis
July 23
Minneapolis police investigated at 35th Street and S. Chicago Avenue on Thursday night after a 17-year-old boy was shot. He later died at the hospital

17-year-old boy is Minneapolis' 37th homicide victim of 2020

The shooting was the latest in a violent stretch for the city this summer.
Minneapolis
July 23
Kaia Hirt, of Minnetonka, held anti-Trump and federal law enforcement sign outside the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday. "We've

Minneapolis protest focuses on use of federal officers in Portland

Activists gathered in downtown Minneapolis, with many predicting a federal presence here soon.
West Metro
July 23

ID'd: Gunshot victim who made his way to Minneapolis hospital and died

The shooting occurred at an apartment building in the 2500 block of S. 10th Avenue.