Elizabeth Johnson’s feelings on basic training? “I loved it,” she said.

For team and country: Prep softball captain also serves in National Guard

Elizabeth Johnson is a senior first baseman for Farmington and also a graduate of basic training, a high school student with a plan for her future.
Sports
May 17
An exercise rider worked out a horse at Canterbury Park to prepare for Wednesday’s opener.

Canterbury Park opens season Wednesday with two stakes races

Among the changes this season will be the return of Saturday racing, with first post at 5 p.m.
Local
May 17
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Track the popularity of any first name in Minnesota over the past century.
Music
May 17
Fans placed their bets on Old Crow Medicine Show at the Canterbury Park Concert Series in 2021.

Canterbury Park concert series returning in 2022 with Etheridge, Shorty, Cloud Cult

From the promoter behind the sidelined Music in the Zoo gigs, the Shakopee series kicks off July 29 with Everclear.
Local
May 16
Ninth-graders Macy Sirek, left, and Haylie Starr run through things to say to discourage people actively using hateful language during an “Upstander

Students take lead as Minnesota schools work to confront racism

The efforts come in a year when allegations of racism in schools repeatedly made headlines.
Wild
May 16
Jake Oettinger made 64 saves in Game 7 before giving up the winning goal in Calgary’s 3-2 victory.

Ex-Lakeville goalie Oettinger has epic night in Stars' Game 7 loss

Jake Oettinger, a 2016 Lakeville North graduate made 64 saves before giving up the winning goal in overtime of Calgary's 3-2 win over Dallas. "I think I can be a great goalie for a long time," he said.
East Metro
May 14

Twin Cities metro police blotter, May 15

ANDOVERAPRIL 25Missing child. An officer responded to a report of a missing child at a home in the 3600 block of 174th Avenue NW. The…
Local
May 14
The Minnesota River, seen from Mendota Heights.

Metro briefs: Eroding Shakopee riverbank gets federal funding

A project to stabilize the eroding banks of the Minnesota River in Shakopee has received $3.5 million in federal funding. Representatives from the city, Scott…
Weather
May 13
Homes and garages were flattened and vehicles tipped over on the south side of Lake Darling in Alexandria, Minn.

1 killed as severe storms cause damage across western Minn.

The death occurred in Kandiyohi County where a grain bin fell onto a car.
South Metro
May 13

South St. Paul man gets 6 months in jail for crashing in Eagan while drunk and killing friend

He told police he had three beers and two shots before driving, according to prosecutors.
Business
May 13
Stunning Beauty Supply owner Henrietta Smaller used grant money from Comcast to tide her business over as it built a customer base.

Small business grant allows Burnsville beauty supply store to stabilize, grow

Comcast offers $10,000 grants to businesses owned by women and people of color through a program launched after George Floyd's killing.
Traffic
May 13
Construction on Interstate 94 has limited traffic to two lanes in St. Paul,

MnDOT closes parts of I-94, Hwy. 36 and Cedar Avenue for weekend road work

Lane closures also impact drivers on Hwy. 10 in Anoka, I-94 in downtown St. Paul and Hwy. 55 in Eagan and Inver Grove Heights.
South Metro
May 11
Anthony Skelley with his mother, Leah Burlingame

Teen charged with murder in South St. Paul shooting of fellow 17-year-old

Casimir Anthony Semlak, 17, was charged by juvenile petition with three counts of second-degree murder in Dakota County District Court.
Local
May 11

Electrical worker run over, killed at job site southwest of Twin Cities

The incident occurred in Le Sueur County during power line work.
South Metro
May 10
Anthony Skelley with his mother, Leah Burlingame

Teen arrested in fatal South St. Paul shooting of 17-year-old

Anthony Skelley was gunned down Sunday night on Conver Avenue.
Business
May 10
Flint Hills’ Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount, one of the Midwest’s largest oil refineries, is building a large solar plant to help power operation

Flint Hills moving forward with $75M solar project at its Rosemount refinery

The company is proceeding with the solar array, which will be one of the largest in Minnesota, despite the solar industry's current woes.
Sports
May 7
Matt Wells stands for a portrait Saturday at the Canterbury Expo Center in Shakopee

Derby Day brings fashionistas to Canterbury Park

This year, a runway fashion show joined the state's largest Kentucky Derby party.
Variety
May 7
DeYanna Ostroushko with a photo of her mother, Debbie Nash Sedaghat, who died at age 24, just two weeks after DeYanna’s first birthday.

A Minnesota woman lost her mom as a baby. A hometown helped her heal

A Prior Lake woman posted on a Facebook page looking for information about her mom, and townspeople answered the call.
South Metro
May 7
A partnership between Rosemount and Life Time could bring a fitness club to the suburb. In this photo, a member of Life Time fitness worked out at the

Rosemount plans partnership with Life Time on new fitness center

Rosemount residents will receive a discount on membership to the health club.
Local
May 7
Bison at Minneopa State Park in Mankato.

Metro briefs: Nature center welcomes new bison herd

A herd of bison will return May 21 to the Belwin Conservancy for their summer stay, with a festival planned for the day of their…
Business
May 6
The Omni Viking Lakes Hotel in Eagan by the Minnesota Vikings’ practice facility.

Subcontractors on Wilf's Viking Lakes project accused of wage theft

The carpenters union alleges wage theft on behalf of at least 25 workers.