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January 11
A person builds a fire Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at a near Northside homeless encampment under an eviction notice in Minneapolis, Minn. ] DAVID JOLES •

Five Minneapolis council members show up to defend Near North homeless encampment

The city notified the camp that it planned to clear it away Tuesday.
Local
January 11
Commuters boarding the C Line rapid transit bus.

Metro Transit: Driver shortage, COVID are affecting bus, light-rail service

Metro Mobility customers have been asked to limit requests to essential trips.
Minneapolis
January 11

Charges: Unlicensed driver admits to hit-and-run crash in Minneapolis that killed woman

Driver drove home and put a tarp over her damaged sports car, according to the charges.
Music
January 11
Jeff Tweedy, right, lifted up Gary Louris during a drag-down, knock-out Golden Smog performance at the 400 Bar in 2003 also with Son Volt alum Jim Boq

Golden Smog reunion is back on with Jeff Tweedy in tow for First Ave's April anniversary

Wilco's frontman and Big Star's Jody Stephens will rejoin the all-star Minnesotan cast for two shows April 2-3 marking the club's 52nd anniversary.
Music
January 11
Jake Luppen and his band Hippo Campus played one of their few gigs of 2021 at Duluth’s Water Is Life festival in August.

Hippo Campus rolls out 'Ride or Die' single ahead of new album and TV gig on James Corden show

The Twin Cities pop-rockers are due on CBS's "Late Late Show" as they prepare for the Feb. 3 release of "LP3."
January 11

Authorities ID man fatally shot over weekend in Minneapolis

The 23-year-old man was the city's first homicide victim of 2022
Local
January 10
An official with the regional chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers said local staffing is down by 20%, mainly due to COVID, and mana

Mail, garbage delays in store as omicron wave builds in Minn.

The omicron wave has left local postal offices understaffed, with managers filling in on some routes, and might also lead to delays at one of the region's largest private garbage haulers.
Local
January 10

Officials across Twin Cities join forces to fight rising crime

Mayors, police chiefs and prosecutors held an unprecedented meeting Monday to discuss a surge in violent crime across the region.
Music
January 10
Motion City Soundtrack singer Justin Courtney Pierre relished playing the Basilica Block Party in September after postponing most of their other 2021

Rockers Motion City Soundtrack postpone winter tour due to omicron cases

"COVID has unfortunately hit our touring family," the band reported as it delayed shows through late February, including two at First Avenue.
Local
January 10
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey got a fist bump from Council Member Andrea Jenkins after he gave his inaugural speech Monday, Jan. 10. Jenkins was unanim

Andrea Jenkins elected Mpls. council president in historic move

Linea Palmisano elected vice president in 8-5 vote.
Local
January 10

Man charged with trying to torch unoccupied Minneapolis police car on Nicollet Mall

The flames damaged the squad's rear bumper and under carriage, according to authorities.
Local
January 9
Minneapolis public school students will shift to distance learning Monday because of the extreme cold.

Windchill, COVID cases push Mpls. schools to go online Monday

The district anticipates a reduced capacity to transport students in tomorrow's weather conditions.
Vikings
January 9
A U.S. Bank Stadium worker reminded fans to wear their face masks in the first quarter of the Vikings-Bears game Sunday.

Dedicated Vikings fans show up despite cold, COVID and losses

Despite the abysmal season, the vicious cold and the mask mandate, some heavily layered fans brought big energy to the pregame party in the few remaining tailgating spaces north of the stadium.
Minneapolis
January 9
Minneapolis police said a man was shot to death Saturday night, the city’s first homicide of 2022.

Man shot to death in Minneapolis' first homicide of 2022

Officers responding to gunshots and a crashed car found a man lying in the street who was receiving CPR.
Local
January 8
Tony Moline, general manager of Bulldog Lowertown in St. Paul. placed a sign about the mask mandate on Thursday, when it was due to return.

Fear, frustration, resolve resurface in Minneapolis, St. Paul as COVID again disrupts city life

Mask mandates are back. Businesses are shutting, and people are hunkering down.
Local
January 8
Vanessa Drews made cheesecakes for her business Cheesecake Funk from kitchen space she rents from the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka.

Hennepin County reaches out to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 700 businesses have taken advantage of free consulting services.
Minneapolis
January 8
U.S. Navy veteran John Ferman at a Memorial Day ceremony at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis in 2019.

Brooks: A fitting final resting place among pioneers and soldiers in Minneapolis

Longtime volunteer Jack Ferman's last wish was to be buried at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery.
St. Paul
January 8
Samuel E. Frey is in the foreground of this surveillance image from inside Great Health and Nutrition in St. Paul.

Brooklyn Park man gets two years for St. Paul store fire in unrest after George Floyd killing

Samuel Elliot Frey pleaded guilty in July in the fire at Great Health Nutrition on University Avenue.
Local
January 7

Baby taken from mother in stolen car found safe

An Amber Alert was issued after the 1-year-old was taken near Bloomington Avenue and East Lake Street.
Local
January 7
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson.

Majority of Hennepin County Board calls for Hutchinson to resign

Sheriff says he plans to stay on after pleading guilty to drunken driving charge in December.