Nicknamed "City of Lakes" and the "Mill City," it's the county seat of Hennepin County and the largest city in Minnesota.

March 24
A life-size juvenile T-Rex puppet operated by Yvonne Freese roared at the crowd as part of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s “How to Train Your Di

Minnesota Science Museum, Children's Museum lay off most staff

Cultural nonprofits lose critical admission revenue.
March 20
Brock Ray of New Hope worked alongside his daughter Bonnie, 7, to line up materials for the feminine hygiene kits.

Minnesota nonprofits create reusable pads for women and girls so they can stay in school

Minnesotans join forces to create reusable pads for girls on their periods so they can stay in school.
March 6
“I have been fortunate to serve at MPHA during a transformative time,” Tracey Scott said in a prepared statement.

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority interim director headed to Chicago

Scott moves to the second-largest public housing authority in the country, serving more than 63,000 families with an operating budget of $1 billion.
March 5

St. Peter bowling alley destroyed by fire started accidentally, owner says

Owner told police fire started when he was repairing a pin-setting machine.
St. Paul
February 28
An overhead view of the University of St. Thomas campus.

University of St. Thomas pulling students from Rome program because of virus

No students have been infected, but officials wanted them back home before travel restrictions increase.
February 27
After being closed for renovation and a technology upgrade, North Regional Library had a grand reopening in January 2007.

North Regional Library in north Minneapolis closing for a year

Nearly $7 million will spent on renovations.
West Metro
February 21
The South St. Paul Quick-Serv License Center. The Department of Public Safety and its Driver and Vehicle Services division will pay out a total of abo

More than 150,000 Minnesota drivers will receive tiny refund for vehicle transfer overcharge

State overcharged transfer and renewal of titles when done simultaneously.
February 19
Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, the co-chairman of the task force, spoke Wednesday about the extreme price increases of some prescription drugs.

Task force recommends 14 ways to lower prescription drug prices

Attorney General Keith Ellison released a yearlong task force report Wednesday with sweeping recommendations on how the state can lower prescription drug prices. Several have already been introduced as bills during this year's legislative session.
February 13
Be the Match CEO C. Randal Mills and wife Anna at the Be the Match Gala in September 2017.

CEO of Be the Match steps down citing 'personal reasons'

C. Randal Mills has led the nonprofit since 2017.
February 4

New analysts to help clear Minneapolis' rape kit backlog

Minneapolis, the county will pay for analysts.
January 31
Politically appointed Minneapolis city employees, such as policy aides working for elected officials, are set to get 2.35% raises. So, too will the �

Minneapolis City Council approves raises for some city employees

Raises of up to 7% would cost the city about $1.5 million; mayoral approval is needed.
January 31
A woman who did not want to be identified by name shared her story of recovery with other women currently residing at the Retreat in Wayzata, which op

Female-focused approaches are big draw for Minn. women seeking help with substance abuse

Experts say women have often waited longer to get mental health treatment since they are usually the primary caregivers in a family and also face a sometimes harsher stigma when seeking help.
January 28
Melvin Tennant, President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, seen in 2015.

After audit sparks changes, Meet Mpls. will get more money from city

Meet Minneapolis says it has made changes since a 2018 audit found it inflated its economic impact.
January 25
Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame was interviewed after the November fire that left five people dead at the Cedar High Apartments.

Minneapolis Council Member Warsame finalist to head housing authority

His appointment would leave an opening on the Minneapolis City Council.
January 23
Jeremiah Kennedy, 19, spent Wednesday morning packing. He has lived with his mom, Tonieh Richards, and his two brothers in the shelter at First Covena

Shelter closes for those displaced by Francis Drake Hotel fire

Some were still seeking housing as the Red Cross shelter closed.
January 22
Protesters for Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption at a Minneapolis McDonald’s in 2018. A Minneapolis City Council ordinance kicks in this mo

Minn. Supreme Court says Mpls. $15 minimum wage can stand

"The battle over our minimum wage ordinance is over," said Mayor Jacob Frey.
January 18
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

From affordable housing to feud with President Trump, Mayor Jacob Frey reflects on 2nd year

The Minneapolis mayor talks about his second year in office, President Donald Trump, and what's next for the city.
January 17
The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Retired firefighter Keith Daniel sued the city after inj

Mpls. to pay ex-firefighter $785K in tennis shoe discrimination case

A former firefighter sued for disability discrimination.
January 16
Minneapolis firefighters worked at the scene of the Francis Drake Hotel fire last month.

With shelter closing next week, former Drake residents seek housing

Relief officials say no Drake evacuees will be turned out on the street.
January 9
The lab where DNA is processed at the Minnesota BCA in St. Paul, shown in 2014.

New analysts to help clear Minneapolis' rape kit backlog

To clear through the backlog, city and Hennepin County officials are expanding on a relationship they already had with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
January 8
Roughly 200 people lost their homes when the Francis Drake Hotel in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day.

Minneapolis nonprofit to get $250,000 to help residents displaced by Drake fire

The money will be used to pay damage deposits, rent.
January 2
Frustrated Domonique Howell, Tavonne Moses and Damian Ashcraft, left to right, just want their lives back after the Francis Drake Hotel fire, Ashcraft

Source of Drake Hotel fire located but cause unclear, Mpls. fire officials say

More than 200 people lost their homes when the blaze started around 3 a.m. Christmas Day and spread throughout the building.
December 31, 2019

Woman found with gunshot wound in Minneapolis alley dies at hospital

A woman who was found shot in a north Minneapolis alley Tuesday night died at North Memorial Hospital, police said. The woman, who has not…
December 31, 2019
Crews worked though heavy snow on Monday, Dec. 30, slowly knocking down walls abutting a neighboring garage that was undamaged by the Drake Hotel fire

Foundation raises $418,000 for victims of Drake Hotel fire

People left homeless by the Christmas Day fire at the former Francis Drake Hotel should soon be receiving cash, gift cards and other essentials, leaders…
December 31, 2019
A shopper loads up a cart full of plastic bags at a grocery store in November.

New fee for plastic and paper bags begins Jan. 1 in Minneapolis

The city requires businesses to charge the fees — which stay with the businesses — but said it won't start fining stores that violate the rules until the summer, after a six-month education period.