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State gives Stillwater $6 million for riverfront parks
The state's boost to riverfront park development comes after years of planning and negotiations.
Armed Wis. man shot by police was Minnesota corrections officer
Tyler Abel, 42, threatened officers, then emerged from his house with gun in hand.
Residents at Lake Elmo mobile home park say owner has forgotten them
They say rents are rising while services decline.
New sustainable structure rises at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul
West St. Paul New sustainable structure rises at Dodge Nature CenterA new structure at the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, built by a…
Minneapolis police respond to fights at DFL convention
Video shows supporters of Minneapolis City Council candidate Nasri Warsame shout and rush the stage, ending the convention without a candidate endorsement.
Slain Wisconsin deputy Kaitie Leising memorialized: 'We are never going to let her go'
The funeral drew some 3,000 people, including 1,500 law enforcement officers from across the region, who mourned her death last Saturday in a roadside shooting.
Stillwater starts to tear down berm as flooding subsides
Cleanup could be complete by the end of next week.
Grieving Wis. sheriff recalls slain deputy: 'If you have a bad day, talk to Kaitie'
Funeral services for Kaitlin "Kaitie" R. Leising are scheduled for Friday.
Man shot dead in car in beleaguered north Minneapolis neighborhood
A neighbor said it was at least the third murder in as many years within earshot of her house.
Metro briefs: Minnetonka skatepark plan on hold
Plus: New interim city manager in Columbia Heights; charter school proposed in Stillwater; Shakopee OKs pool plans.
Erasmo the emu, looking for love, briefly escapes Grant, Minn., home
The flightless bird is believed to have mistaken a frisbee golf net for a potential mate.
Wisconsin man who burned his bar, collected insurance gets 18 years in prison
Kevin Grant was convicted of arson and other felonies for the 2018 fire.
Stillwater woman may have been delivering cookies to garbage truck driver before fatal crash
"It appears to be a tragic accident," the police chief said.
Flooded St. Croix forces marinas to delay start of boating season
Some marinas in Stillwater, Afton and Hudson, Wis., have had to build temporary berms to protect their offices, while others have had no choice but to let the river run through their property.
Troubled Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater to get new building owner
The Manitou Fund says it will buy the Zephyr Theatre's building, which closed amid mounting debt and fraud allegations.
Aggregate Industries retracts annexation request with Cottage Grove
The company did not go into detail about why it was withdrawing the request in a letter to the city administrator Tuesday.
Metro briefs: MnDOT taking comments on plans for Hwy. 252
Residents and business owners in two north metro suburbs are getting a clearer picture of what the future Hwy. 252 might look like.The Minnesota Department…
Stillwater braces for what could be historic spring flooding along St. Croix River
Volunteers are expected to fill thousands of sandbags to protect the town as the St. Croix River crests.
Denied expansion, gravel mining company seeks annexation by Cottage Grove
Aggregate Industries has sought to expand in Grey Cloud Island Township, its current home.
Hennepin County pushing more documents online
Some 20 staff have cleaned old records, taped the tears and frayed edges and scanned millions of pages.
Chances of major flooding still high in Stillwater, Red Wing, forecast says
Slow melting in the next 7-10 days could ease the flood threat, the National Weather Service outlook said.
Stillwater, anticipating floods, closes some riverfront areas
An earlier National Weather Service forecast said there was a 73% chance of major flooding.
Derek Chauvin, officer who killed George Floyd, pleads guilty in tax case
Derek Chauvin appeared on Zoom from Arizona prison for a Washington County court hearing Friday.
Two motels are being turned into affordable housing, and their signs are up for auction
The signs from Minneapolis' Metro Inn and Aqua City Motel will be on the auction block through Tuesday. It's definitely an as-is kind of deal.
New PFAS limits would require more treatment in Woodbury
Woodbury has closed wells in the past, and rapidly built a temporary treatment plant in 2020, after it found the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals in water pulled from aquifers.
Metro briefs: Photographer to speak on Minnesota's vanishing landmarks
A historian and photographer who was spent the past 25 years documenting the vanishing barns, schoolhouses, courthouses and churches across the state will be the…
Second Stillwater police officer fired weapon in fatal standoff, BCA says
A second Stillwater police officer fired a gun during the March 4 parking lot standoff that led to the death of a 21-year-old Stillwater man,…
Spring flood outlook triggers alarm in Stillwater
Big snow piles this late in March — with more on the way — mean it's becoming more likely the first warmup of spring will result in flooding.
Authorities identify man killed exchanging gunfire with Stillwater police
Okwan Rahmier Sims was shot after firing a handgun and striking at least two squad cars, investigators said
Hennepin County's Zero Waste draft takes aim at trash
The plan lays out 58 steps to get as much as 80% of the waste stream diverted into reuse, recycling or composting. The county's diversion rate stands at about 39% today.
Metro briefs: Write-in Birchwood mayor fined over late campaign finance filing
Birchwood VillageWrite-in mayor fined over late filingBirchwood Village Mayor Margaret Ford was ordered to pay a $250 fine by the state of Minnesota for failing…
Opponents fight apartment development on bluff overlooking St. Croix River
Osceola, Wis., residents spoke out against the 95-unit apartment building that would rise along the river.
Cottage Grove buys part of former Mississippi Dunes Golf Course for park
The new riverfront park is the first of several land deals expected in the area.
Oak Park Heights, facing closure of power plant, still looking for help
City seeks state aid to help cover loss of tax revenue when Xcel Energy shutters site
Metro briefs: Brooklyn Center gets emotional support service puppies
Plus: Scott County approved funding for more staff at transitional housing; grant helped Washington County Sheriff's Office buy a boat.
Stillwater school board settles suit with former finance director
District agrees to pay Kristen Hoheisel $475,000 in lost wages, damages, and attorneys fees.
Thin ice moves Minneapolis' Luminary Loppet events to shore
Approximately 16,000 are expected to attend the annual Lake of the Isles outdoor festival.
Hennepin County sheriff issues thin ice warning for area lakes
Public asked to remove fish houses as soon as possible.
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office makes major fentanyl bust in south Minneapolis
Five pounds of powder fentanyl, 1,295 fentanyl pills, a pound of cocaine and a pound of meth were seized.
Woodbury receives $12.5 million for new water plant design
Project promises to be largest in suburb's history. Could be up and running by 2027.
Stillwater considers new downtown lighting
$3.8 million project would replace three different types of lights with new LED ones resembling posts from a century ago.
Former Zephyr Theatre employee files fraud lawsuit against director, board
Leaders and former employees of the Stillwater theater that collapsed last fall are now embroiled in legal fallout.
Pilot suffers minor injuries in Washington County plane crash
The pilot, who was the plane's lone occupant, walked away after crash landing Saturday in a field in Baytown Township.
William 'Bill' Dooley Jr., bike safety advocate, dies at 73
He will be honored next week when bike safety legislation bearing his name gets a hearing at the State Capitol.
BCA provides update on shooting of White Bear Lake police officer
Officer Ryan Sheak continues to recover from injuries after he was struck twice when a suspect opened fire.
Wisconsin town rallies to help art center, music shop damaged in fire
Red Bird Music Store and Natural Heritage Art Centre sustained heavy losses in Jan. 18 blaze.
Red-hot housing market not all good for Woodbury, residents say
Suburb will likely hit its expected 2040 population of 87,800 residents more than a decade early.
Metro briefs: Bloomington leaders approve $250K grant for troubled arts organization Artistry
Plus: New dog park, bridge eyed for Bassett Creek Park in Crystal; Washington County partners with Stillwater police on mental health.
Nonprofit calls for protections of public comment at government meetings
Recent decisions in Hennepin County, Roseville part of a worrying trend, group says.
Metro briefs: Look elected Anoka County Board chair
Plus: Former Rosemount mayor joins Dakota County Board; Shoreview City joins Just Deeds Coalition; see stars at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
Cities, counties make plea for slice of big state surplus
Local government leaders hope Minnesota's $17.6 billion surplus will boost chances for help on some projects.
Questions linger over George Musser's death after leaving Stillwater bar
The 20-year-old was last seen at a Stillwater bar. Police Chief Brian Mueller said the death is an open and active investigation, but since toxicology reports may not be available for weeks, he doesn't anticipate releasing information any time soon.
Medical examiner IDs body as Stillwater man George Musser, 20
Preliminary evidence suggests he died from exposure after leaving Stillwater bar, Washington County Sheriff's Office says.
500 turn out to mourn Stillwater man who went missing on Christmas Eve
Imagining her son in the last hours of his life breaks Nancy Musser's heart "every five minutes," she told a crowd of mourners Monday night.…
For Stillwater mountain bike team, success goes round and round
The high school team has won five straight state titles.
Stillwater panel proposes cutting back on free public parking downtown
The Downtown Parking Commission wants to use a parking app to start charging for about 60% of public spaces.
Metro briefs: Blaine's National Sports Center hosts free pickleball
Plus: St. Paul winter warming spaces open; Woodbury lodging tax to raise funds for city's promotion; Wayzata to get high-speed internet.
Bloomington hints at $40M sports complex near MOA
The city already this year earmarked some $55 million of TIF funds for a proposed waterpark, with the hope that construction could begin this year. Delays have pushed back the timeline into 2023.
Metro briefs: Maple Grove police aim to curb holiday shoplifting
Plus: Stillwater area Catholic youth camp discussion continues; Maplewood library renovation begins.
New Mpls. police chief raises concerns after council cuts $1M from budget
Proposed police budget remains larger than pre-George Floyd levels.
Technicality costs Birchwood Village council members their raise
Each is being asked to pay back the $300 they were overpaid by the end of the month; mayor also faces payment.
Metro cities buying fencing to separate protesters, police
Some 50 agencies have expressed interest. Consortium will ask state Legislature for money.
May Township vote could scuttle youth camp plans in northern Washington County
Catholic program in northern Washington County would serve up to 500 kids per day during peak summer periods.
Write-in candidate wins Birchwood Village mayor's race
Margaret Ford's write-in campaign worked. She got nearly 100 more votes than the top registered candidate.
Stillwater theater's implosion leaves community wondering what went wrong
The Zephyr Theatre met a need for performing arts in the St Croix Valley.
Metro briefs: Maple Grove seeks sales tax hike for community center upgrades
Maple Grove voters are being asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to help pay for a planned renovation and expansion of the city's…
Metro briefs: Ice castles will return to Long Lake Regional Park
Ice Castles will return to Ramsey County's Long Lake Regional Park in January.The Utah-based company responsible for the attraction leases park space in New…
Inflation, building projects weigh on local governments ahead of 2023 property tax levies
It's all still preliminary – final levy amounts are still weeks away.
All in their 90s, remaining Stillwater soldiers who served in Korea meet again
There were 153 members when the H & H Last Man's Club first met nearly 70 years ago. Eight men remain.
Stillwater's Zephyr Theatre lays off staff, shutters productions
The group's haunted trolley tours will continue this season.
Wilder Foundation land sale leaves uncertain future for Stillwater-area elementary school
Deal involves 600 acres in May Township to Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership. The church group has been seeking location for camp and retreat center.
'Larger than life' Stillwater chef and pirate Shawn Smalley dies at 45
Beloved Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar chef remembered as loyal and generous.
Metro briefs: Rockford Road Library redo takes shape
Hennepin County has finished the first phase of parking lot improvements at the Rockford Road Library and is now preparing for extensive renovations to be…
New Stillwater ban on jumping from Lift Bridge goes only halfway
City ordinance prohibiting leaps into the St. Croix River does not apply on Wisconsin side of span
Train trips are grinding to a halt as nationwide rail strike looms
Amtrak, Metro Transit notify passengers: The labor negotiations don't involve Amtrak or Metro Transit directly, but since the services use the same freight rails that could be shut down by the strike, the train operators have begun taking steps this week to curtail service.