Andover High School teacher Amna Kiran led the push to change Minnesota law so that driver’s permit tests will be written in clear, direct English.

Andover High School teacher leads effort for more understandable driver's tests

Amna Kiran took notice and pushed to change Minnesota law after a student failed multiple times in 2019.
High Schools
April 18
Tori Tschida of Lakeville South's girls team and Tanner Bachelor of Shakopee's boys team are players worth keeping an eye on.

Lacrosse lists: 21 top players and the school that's No. 1 for boys and girls

Five players on our list play for the same high school, so it's no surprise that school has the top ranked teams for boys and girls.
Politics
April 18
The Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise (CARE) facility, Minnesota’s only all-woman substance use disorder residential facility, is one of sever

Minnesota plan to close state addiction treatment facilities faces pushback

DHS wants to divert resources to address mental health crisis. Some fear Minnesota is "robbing Peter to pay Paul" and women with addiction will suffer.
Business
April 18
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Value Village, some donated clothing is baled and sold by the pound to used clothing giant Rags

Why you should donate clothing: It (probably) won't end up at the dump

Fast fashion is tough on the climate, but clothes can have second and third lives.
High Schools
April 18
Clockwise from top: Gabby Mauder of Woodbury, Meghan Przybilla of St. Anthony and Trinity Wilson of Lakeville North are among Athena Award winners.

Meet the Athena Award winners: 103 female athletes honored by their schools

Our list includes their college plans. A banquet to fete those on the St. Paul side was held Wednesday, and the winners from the Minneapolis side will be honored in May.
Local
April 18

One killed in head-on crash in Coon Rapids

Two others were injured in the crash Wednesday afternoon on Main Street.
Local
April 18

Hwy. 169 in northwest metro is closing this weekend for bridge demolition

MnDOT will take down the 63rd Avenue bridge and replace it this summer.
North Metro
April 18
Lisa Olson of Anoka gets a cup of chardonnay in September 2023 at Riverfront Memorial Park in Anoka.

Anoka expands downtown sip-and-stroll 'social district'

People can purchase alcohol and drink it as they walk through areas in the north metro city's historic downtown; the district opens May 1.
Local
April 18

Pilot killed in Indiana plane crash was college student from Maple Grove

Alexander Foss, 20, was a Purdue University student.
Music
April 18
Sundown Records opened on Halloween in Bemidji, which hasn't had a real record store in decades.

5 vinyl shops in greater Minnesota worth a spin for Record Store Day

The vinyl boom is spreading to smaller cities including Bemidji and Buffalo, which saw new stores.
High Schools
April 17
Minnetonka has standouts to watch on both of its track and field teams: Claire Kohler (left) and Tobias Williams.

Track and field 2024: Six athletes likely to jump farthest, finish fastest

Meet three girls and three boys, most with state titles in place and five committed to prominent colleges.
Local
April 17
Traffic moves along Hennepin Avenue near W. 24th Street during an evening commute in Minneapolis.

A climate-minded newcomer's guide to riding transit in the Twin Cities

With a little planning and perseverance, it can work for commuting and just getting around.
Local
April 17
One victim told the court how Charles Fields brought so much distress to her life.

Blaine businessman sentenced to 4½ years in prison for cheating hundreds of job seekers out of $600K

Charles Fields' scheme "took constant planning and calculation, including his creation of fake names, multiple email accounts, and multiple businesses," according to the prosecution.
Local
April 17

Suspect spotted with long gun in Brooklyn Park was teen playing 'Senior Assassin'

The game is played by high school seniors who attempt to "shoot" their targets with toy water guns.
North Metro
April 16

Woman charged after police recover 124 cats from Crystal home

Cat hoarding is common but vet says this is one of the worst cases in the state.
Local
April 16

Brooklyn Park City Council member censured for 2nd time

Boyd Morson was censured after a 5-1 vote for violating the city's Code of Conduct for elected officials and terms of a 2022 censure.
Books
April 16
Graphic arrangements of found nature items such as feathers, fish, and fiddleheads photographed by Mary Jo Hoffman from her new coffee-table book "Sti

Spring's hot gift book features gorgeous found-nature photos

4,000 images later, this Shoreview photographer is still searching for the beauty we usually miss.
High Schools
April 15
Drew Rogers, shown celebrating a home run for Mounds View in the Class 4A quarterfinals last season, is playing for an Arizona high school this season

Baseball Metro Player of the Year packs up his five tools and leaves

Drew Rogers left Mounds View for Arizona. Also, a Minnetonka standout is injured, and "the Ohm boys eat, sleep and breathe baseball" at Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
High Schools
April 15
Clockwise from top: Jake Quinn of Cretin-Derham Hall, Paul Jones II of Cretin-Derham Hall and Josh Donna (10) of Mahtomedi.

Prep baseball 2024: 35 Minnesota stars who the recruiters covet

College plans include the Gophers and many of the nation's top conferences. Also included: Twin Cities and outstate teams to watch — and a player who shares a name with a Hall of Famer.
High Schools
April 15
Tyler Gandrud of Anoka won the Bunker Hills Invitational with a 5-under-par 67.

Prep Athletes of the Week: Anoka golfer wins at the head game, too

Tyler Gandrud secured the Bunker Hills Invitational title as his coach helped him "minimize the mental interference."
High Schools
April 12
All-Metro Sports Awards: Here are the 2023 winners

All-Metro Sports Awards: Here are the 2023 winners

The Star Tribune recognized the best of metro area high school athletes with its sixth annual All-Metro Sports Awards. Here are the 2023 winners, who were honored Wednesday night at Target Center.

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