Coronavirus
August 1
A view of the crowd at the North Star Stampede Rodeo on July 25.

Minnesota seeks to punish rodeo organizers who bucked governor's safety order

North Star Stampede in Effie was warned to limit spectators but didn't comply, complaint says. Also one spectator tested positive for COVID-19.
Variety
August 1

Minnesota tops 55,000 positive COVID-19 tests; adds 6 deaths

Minnesota has surpassed 55,000 positive COVID-19 tests, health officials said Saturday.
Coronavirus
August 1
A North Memorial health care worker grabbed a fresh COVID-19 test kit this week at a drive-up site in Robbinsdale.

COVID cases from large events could change Minn. school plans

An outbreak in southwest Minnesota after a campground concert is an example of how the COVID-19 ripple effect becomes a community problem.
Variety
August 1

Restaurants hope Beloit outdoor dining continues to grow

Residents hitting the town for drinks and food had a new outdoor experience over the weekend in downtown Beloit.
National
August 1

Wisconsin absentee ballots may pose issues for 2020 election

For months, President Donald Trump has alleged without evidence that any expansion of mail-in voting in the 2020 election will lead to "tremendous" fraud and a "rigged" election.
Variety
August 1

Somali immigrant lives dream with North Mankato restaurant

Before Nasra "Jamila" Ibrahim emigrated to the United States from Somalia in 1994, she worked at her brother's restaurant in Mogadishu. Ever since then, the idea of opening a restaurant of her own has lingered in the back of her mind.
Local
August 1

A picture of the past emerges in Portage

Grace Emily Schara came from Seymour to work on a Girl Scouts badge, while Jon Van Beckum made the drive from Milwaukee in an effort to further enrich the high school history classes he teaches.
Minneapolis
July 31
Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel, left, with Assistant Chief Bryan Tyner at the funeral service for Ron Edwards.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel to retire this fall

He has served in the department for more than 40 years.
North Metro
July 31
Demolition of the National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine was underway on Friday. Officials hope to build another in the metro area by 2023.

Velodrome at National Sports Center in Blaine comes down after 30-year run

Officials with a state cycling nonprofit said they hope to replace the 30-year-old bike-racing facility with a new track elsewhere in the metro area.
Minneapolis
July 31
A lifeguard watched as Gophers football players ran through the shallows of Lake Nokomis in 2017.

Minneapolis reduces number of beaches with lifeguards

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board doesn't have enough lifeguards, so starting Friday it's reducing the number of beaches with lifeguards from five to three.
West Metro
July 31

Wayzata special education teacher Frances Callaghan dies at 91

"She never stopped the push for recognition for students with needs," a former St. Cloud State professor said.
Minneapolis
July 31
Former City Council Member Abdi Warsame resigned to lead the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority this spring.

Crowded field vies for open Ward 6 seat on Minneapolis City Council

Eleven candidates are running to join a council facing police reforms, a major budget shortfall, a homelessness crisis and more.
National
July 31

Change laws that shield police, Missouri prosecutor says

After a third review failed to uncover enough evidence to charge the officer who fatally shot Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some prosecutors and civil rights leaders agree it's time to focus on changing the laws that shield police.
Local
July 31
Bernell Trammell in Milwaukee in May 2013.

Conservatives take up death of Black man in Milwaukee who supported Trump

The shooting death in broad daylight of a Black man affectionately known in his Milwaukee neighborhood as "The Ras" appears to have mystified police while spurring prominent conservatives in Wisconsin to speculate that he was killed because of his support for President Donald Trump.
National
July 31

Minnesota faces potential $4.7B deficit due to pandemic

Minnesota faces a potential $4.7 billion deficit in its next two-year budget due to continued economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new planning estimate announced Friday by the Minnesota Management and Budget office.
Local
July 31
Minnesota residents are receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail. They appear to have come from China or Kyrgyzstan.

Mystery seeds in the mail may be part of a 'brushing' scam

Unsolicited packages may be used to boost products' ratings in online marketplaces and may indicate compromised personal information.
Coronavirus
July 31
COVID-19 testing kits in a plastic bin at North Memorial Health’s drive-up testing facility in Robbinsdale on Wednesday.

779 new COVID-19 cases in Minnesota

County infection rates will be closely watched given their influence over individual school reopening plans this fall.
National
July 31

Wisconsin Republicans 'stand ready' to kill mask requirement

Wisconsin Senate Republicans "stand ready" to strike down the statewide mask mandate that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced on Thursday, the GOP Senate leader said Friday.
Local
July 31
This year's North Star Stampede rodeo will be held without spectators. Here, founder Howard Pitzen announces the action in 1965.

Minnesota AG sues rodeo owner for violating COVID-19 order

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Friday filed a complaint against an Itasca County company that organized and promoted a three-day rodeo that allegedly drew large crowds after the state imposed a spectator limit for the event.
Curious Minnesota
July 31
A flock of wild turkey roamed the streets Tuesday in Northeast Minneapolis. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com A flock of wild turk

Why do wild turkeys seem to thrive in the Twin Cities metro?

When it comes to urban living, it seems like wild turkeys are as common a neighbor as any these days.