Amid racial conflict, Eastern Carver County chooses first black superintendent

Eastern Carver County schools have battled accusations of racist bullying, inequities.
West Metro
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Chad Helton, a pioneering black librarian, will be new head of Hennepin County Library

When Helton takes over the county library in late August, it will be nearly two years since previous director Lois Langer Thompson left.
West Metro
May 29
Both the wheel and the bell once were part of a naval memorial on the northeastern shore of Bde Maka Ska, shown on Memorial Day.

Missing Minneapolis park nautical relics discovered on display at Minnetonka High School

But the story of how they got there remains murky.
West Metro
May 28
Hennepin County Commissioners Angela Conley, left, and Irene Fernando.

2 Hennepin County commissioners press Mike Freeman for charges vs. fired officers in George Floyd's death

They described the Minneapolis Police Department as an oppressive system.
West Metro
May 26

Bloomington kayaker drowns in Aitkin County lake over Memorial Day weekend

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said the preliminary cause of death was freshwater drowning.
West Metro
May 25
Police and fire personnel responded to this fatal crash scene in Brooklyn Center. Credit: MnDOT traffic camera

SUV driver dies after slamming into Brooklyn Center warehouse

Police say alcohol and speed appears to be factors in the crash.
Coronavirus
May 23
Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, shown in 2018.

Bloomington, Richfield commit to equitable COVID response

The Edina City Council plans to act on a similar resolution in June.
South Metro
May 23

Twin Cities metro police blotter, May 24

COLUMBUS MAY 15 Vandalism. Gravel was found in the engine of a semitrailer truck in the 14500 block of Lake Drive NE. DENMARK TOWNSHIP…
West Metro
May 23

John Weiland, longtime General Mills employee and hockey referee, dies at 80

He helped save a snowmobiler on Lake Minnetonka, and that man named his first son Weiland.
West Metro
May 22

Woman dies after being found on Bloomington street

The woman who died may have been assaulted, police said.
Coronavirus
May 22
Watertown giving households $60 economic stimulus checks

Watertown giving households $60 economic stimulus checks

"Chamber Checks" can be used at local businesses, to pay city bills or given to charity.
West Metro
May 22
One of the light-rail trains that will operate on the Southwest light-rail line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.

New Southwest light-rail train cars arrive for service starting in 2023

Passenger service for line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie will begin in 2023.
West Metro
May 21
West Metro
May 20

Hopkins teenager identified as victim killed in north Minneapolis shooting

The shooter fled the scene and has not been caught.
West Metro
May 20
Jory Wiebrand, 34, of Ham Lake is accused of sexually assaulting and terrorizing women, sometimes breaking into their homes, in Minneapolis and Anoka

Accused Twin Cities serial rapist charged in three new cases; 13 total

The Ham Lake man accused of sexually assaulting and terrorizing women in Minneapolis over a span of years was charged Tuesday in three additional cases.
Coronavirus
May 20
FILE - In an April 30, 2020 file photo, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz answers questions while holding his mask at a news conference inside the Department of

88 cases charged for violating Walz's COVID-19 executive orders

New cases are filed against people accused of breaking state's stay-at-home guidelines.
Coronavirus
May 19

Bloomington City Council OKs temporary closing of community center, continued operation of motor vehicle office

City Council votes to shutter Creekside for the rest of the year, but the motor vehicle office will stay open.
Coronavirus
May 19

Hennepin County Board to require masks for employees and visitors

Two commissioners voted against the measure.
Coronavirus
May 19
Donald Bridell was quite pleased to hear while on “Antiques Roadshow” years ago that the painting at his side was worth at least $75,000. Credit:

Donald Bridell, a collector who loved auctions and garage sales, dies of COVID-19 at 89

Donald Bridell came honestly by his penchant for collecting.He was born in the grips of the Great Depression, raised on a small farm south of…
Coronavirus
May 19
Chaska Super 8 general manager Sana Cheema, right, collected donated food from Chick-fil-A and Little Caesars from Martha Brannon of His House Foundat

Metro counties have spent roughly $5 million to rent hotel rooms as emergency shelters

Contracts and invoices obtained through public records requests show a county-by-county patchwork of efforts to find and pay for lodging, transportation, food and other services for hundreds of unsheltered people in the seven-county metro, all within a matter of weeks.
West Metro
May 18
Two men used a telescopic boom lift to reach the top of the former Church of St. Mary in Melrose, Minn., on Monday morning to remove several metal cro

Demolition of fire-damaged St. Mary's Church in Melrose begins

Four-year preservation effort ends with razing.