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The research is far from complete, but the Mapping Prejudice group plans to launch a dialogue about the consequences of racial covenants in Ramsey County as it has in Hennepin County.
Two new datasets showing city-level population estimates give quite different results.
Data released Thursday helped explain how the state narrowly retained its last congressional seat.
Track the popularity of any first name in Minnesota over the past century.
Court filings last month were not only higher than March, but far above pre-pandemic levels.
A Star Tribune examination of hundreds of juvenile court records finds that the system is failing to effectively intervene in the lives of Minnesota's most troubled youth, often despite anguished pleas from parents.
State education leaders say the pandemic led the class of 2021 to face unprecedented challenges in crossing the finish line.
State demographer says early retirements and college disruptions due to COVID-19 played a role.
About 100 facilities in Minnesota generate about 25% of the state's total greenhouse gases.
Corn ethanol's per-gallon carbon output shrinks, but greenhouse gas from plants remains high.
More than 5,000 COVID-19 deaths in the state last year account for most of the increase.
The most dynamic neighborhood in Minneapolis for home buyers last year was in the northeast corner of the city, according to the Star Tribune's Hot Housing Index.
Kindergarten enrollment, which fell during the pandemic, has bounced back somewhat.
Last week's release of new congressional and legislative maps has shifted Minnesota's electoral landscape.
Every legislative seat is up for re-election in a redistricting year, meaning control of state government is at stake in the fall election.
These communities had the most listings, lowest price increases and least amount of competition, according to a Star Tribune list of the best markets for home buyers.
The exurbs rose in popularity and price as the pandemic unfolded in 2020, and then they took all 10 hottest spots this past year.
Space and lower prices helped cities on the edge climb to the top of the Star Tribune's latest Hot Housing Index.
New data released after votes were certified offers a deeper look at how voters ranked the mayoral candidates - and why a campaign urging people not to rank the incumbent mayor ultimately lost.
More than 20% of eligible students did not take statewide tests.
Interesting things we're seeing in the 2020 census data released Thursday.
Decades of zoning policies that prioritize single-family homes have perpetuated more racially explicit discrimination.
Proposed bill follows Star Tribune report examining zoning restrictions.
See how COVID-19 has spread in Minnesota and across the United States.
A surge in single-family rentals in Hennepin and Ramsey counties is eliminating options for minority and low-income buyers.
Enrollment is down by 2% statewide, with bigger drops in kindergarten and the other early grades.
Increases in all causes of mortality in Minnesota in 2020 refute claims that pandemic only killed people who already were going to die.
Despite efforts to be fair, some historically underserved areas of the capital city still came out behind as $12.7 million in emergency funds were given out.
With mortgage rates falling to record lows and a pandemic upending how and where people want to live, sales exceeded new listings throughout much of the metro. Find out how your community fared in our searchable Hot Housing Index for 2020.
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
The Minneapolis neighborhood has the city's third highest growth rate in new coronavirus cases, which tracks with the large number of young adults who live there and were more likely to socialize and dine out.
Costs associated with the summer unrest doubled the Minneapolis Police Department's allotted overtime budget for 2020.
The surge in violent crime this summer included more prosperous neighborhoods that typically experience few such incidents while continuing to exact the heaviest toll in the city's poor areas, according to a Star Tribune analysis of police statistics.
The state's Safe Learning Plan relies on many variables.
Black and Hispanic Minnesotans are far more likely to be infected than white Minnesotans, state data show.
State concerned about online charter schools' math scores.
In just seven weeks, the additional fatalities have cut into generations and communities, especially the elderly and people of color.
We asked parents to fill out a survey about how K-12 online learning is going as a result of the pandemic. Comments ranged from intense enthusiasm and gratitude for what teachers have done to immense frustration.
A Star Tribune survey of parents shows that the more frequent the live video sessions between staff and students, the greater their satisfaction with their children's learning.
Legislative Auditor's Office says more disclosure is needed for aid intended to shrink achievement gap.
Do you have children between kindergarten and 12th grade participating in online learning through their Minnesota school during this stay-at-home order period? We’d like to…
The novel coronavirus has already seriously disrupted police and court systems in the Twin Cities, as elsewhere.
Officials hope more Minnesotans will complete the form online.
The number statewide has dropped 33% since the foreclosure crisis.
The area, also known as East Town, was part of the nearly two-thirds of the city's 81 neighborhoods that saw an increase in overall crime in 2019, from the previous four-year average.
First-time buyers and baby boomers are getting priced out of newer, more expensive suburbs and popular urban neighborhoods.
Minneapolis has released five proposals to shift schools and students around the district.
A Star Tribune analysis of newly released police data shows that while homicides soared in 2019, reports of aggravated assaults, rapes and robberies decreased, contributing to a reduction in overall violent crime.
Latest Census survey shows more effects from retiring baby boomers.
Around the state, the rate of students choosing to bypass the state's largest standardized exams has risen steadily for more than a decade.
By almost any measurement, Minnesota is plagued by racial disparities — in unemployment, in poverty, in homeownership. Readers want to know what's behind the inequities.
A Star Tribune analysis of standardized math and reading test scores can determine whether schools are doing better than their demographics would suggest. Look up whether your school made the cut.
It's tricky to track where the aid to schools is going – and whether it's working.
More than 83 percent of students graduated on time, with some progress in narrowing the achievement gap.
With rents rising across the metro, cities find stable options to help, and keep, tenants.
Hundreds of Minnesota schools and child care centers face an increased risk of measles outbreaks because not enough of their students have been vaccinated.
"Herd immunity" is lost in one-third of state schools, several of which have had chickenpox outbreaks since 2017. That's the same year unvaccinated children helped drive a measles outbreak.
Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.
Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.
A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.
As dozens more women have stepped forward to tell their stories, reforms are underway in Minnesota. Victim advocates and rape survivors say they are heartened by the pledges of reform by police leaders, prosecutors and lawmakers.
Utah's shift is a promising sign of how a state can do more to help rape victims get the justice that so often eludes them — if everyone involved is working with the same priorities.
Felons spend less time in prison in Minnesota, and the state says that's by design.
Minnesota's student body is rapidly becoming more diverse, while the teaching force remains mostly white.
Many sexual assault reports in Minnesota are poorly investigated. Most don't result in charges or convictions. This one was different.
In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges. Prosecutors reject cases that include DNA evidence, witnesses, and sometimes even confessions, records show.
New plans in mix as more than 300,000 Minnesota seniors seek new coverage.
New accountability system is designed to give better picture of overall performances.
A Star Tribune analysis reveals that Twin Cities STEM teachers make less than many other kinds of teachers.
POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.
Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.
More owners of affordable homes rent them out rather than offer them for sale.
Whether you favor perennial favorites or trendier names, see how popular they've been in 2017 -- and in all the years going back to 1910.
Tim Pawlenty has the money and name recognition to skip an unpredictable GOP endorsement convention and head straight to the primary.