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December 22, 2020
The Anoka County Board

Anoka County waives business license fees, expands criteria for COVID-19 relief

The county received nearly $7 million from the state that will go to struggling businesses.
Local
December 22, 2020
Santa Claus gave blood Tuesday at the Red Cross’ annual 12 Hours of Giving blood drive in Oakdale. A Daniel Hanson apparently gave up his slot for S

Minnesota's largest single-day blood drive expands to meet donor demand

The north metro event set a donor record this year.
Local
December 18, 2020

Man injured in house explosion in Anoka County's Oak Grove

Multiple law enforcement agencies rushed Friday night to a house explosion in the north metro community of Oak Grove.The Anoka County Sheriff's Office, Oak Grove…
Local
December 18, 2020
ER nurse Juli Stenmo rolled a stack of Cheap Skate pizzas donated to the Mercy Hospital Emergency Department staff in Coon Rapids on Thursday.

Shuttered roller rink pivots to pizza for front-line workers

Coon Rapids' Cheap Skate will deliver donors' pies to front-line workers at Mercy Hospital.
Local
December 18, 2020
Staff at PEASE Academy, a recovery high school in Minneapolis, are finding ways to provide virtual support and services for its students, who are at-r

Anoka-Hennepin schools partner with treatment center to help students

A licensed clinical professional helps the district assess and support students using drugs or alcohol.
Local
December 15, 2020
Local
December 15, 2020

Man charged with 'drinking heavily' before causing rollover crash in Brooklyn Center that killed teen

The driver was on probation at the time for his third drunken driving conviction.
Local
December 15, 2020

40-year term for Blaine man who fatally shot wife as she was about to leave him

Mary Jo Jansen was killed on the same day she attended her mother's funeral.
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…
Local
December 12, 2020
Various law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting of a police officer on the 6500 block of Georgia Avenue in Brooklyn Park on Friday night.

Investigation continues into shooting, wounding of Brooklyn Park officer

A suspect was taken into custody after Friday night's shooting.
Local
December 12, 2020
Various law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting of a police officer on the 6500 block of Georgia Avenue in Brooklyn Park on Friday night.

Brooklyn Park police officer shot; suspect in custody

The officer's condition was not clear late Friday.
Local
December 10, 2020
Outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis in August.

Access to public court records closed in Hennepin County

Some other public counters remain open, including one where fines are paid.
Local
December 10, 2020
A photo of Al Capone presides over the bar of Nucky’s Speakeasy.

Republican legislator opened speakeasy days before shutdown

New Anoka bar — co-owned by Senate critic of state closure order — was open just days.
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.
West Metro
December 8, 2020
Kassius Benson

Kassius Benson named new Hennepin County chief public defender

Benson was one of three finalists for the job interviewed Tuesday.
East Metro
December 8, 2020

Twin Cities man crashes pickup, dies in western Wisconsin

A Twin Cities man lost control of his pickup truck over the weekend and died in a crash in western Wisconsin, authorities said Monday.The wreck…
North Metro
December 6, 2020
Matt W. Hastreiter Credit: Anoka County jail

Jail likely for driver who had 11 shots of booze in hours before fatally running over woman in Blaine

The motorist has pleaded guilty to a felony for hitting a woman while she was walking to work.
East Metro
December 5, 2020

Two Minnesota women killed in crash on I-94 in western Wisconsin

The 20-year-olds, one from Albertville and one from St. Michael, were found in a vehicle that went into a ditch and hit a tree, the State Patrol said.
South Metro
December 5, 2020

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 6

CENTERVILLE NOV. 7 Fire. An officer responded to a report of a possible illegal burn at a home in the 1700 block of Center…
North Metro
December 4, 2020

Brooklyn Park hires consultant to study policing

It is the latest in a series of steps toward police changes that the City Council started taking after George Floyd's killing.