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November 23, 2019
Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, who says he survived conversion therapy stood by as Roger Sanchez, a survivor of conversion therapy hugged Council

Minneapolis City Council approves ban on conversion therapy

Minneapolis would be the first city in Minnesota to ban the controversial practice.
November 22, 2019
A man carried plastic bags of groceries out of Kowalski’s in Uptown in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Mpls. Council OKs nickel fee on most plastic and paper bags

It comes after the state blocked bag bans.
November 22, 2019
Jasmine Young, was all smiles as she was given the opportunity to sign up for housing at St. Stephen’s Human Services on Thursday.

St. Stephen's gets $5M from Amazon's Bezos to help homeless families

It's the largest foundation grant that the Minneapolis nonprofit has received.
November 19, 2019
Ojibwe teacher Liz Zoongwegiizhigook Zinsli smudges with students each day. It helps them clear their mind, calm themselves down and prepare for learn

Nonprofit's $22M center will help revitalize Lake Street corner

The project, half of which is being publicly funded, is part of a broader revitalization of a busy Lake Street intersection marked by vacant lots and empty storefronts
November 18, 2019
Council Member Phillipe Cunningham hugged Roger Sanchez, a survivor of conversion therapy as Council Member Andrea Jenkins stood by.

Minneapolis City Council poised to ban conversion therapy for minors

Disputed practice seeks to change gender identity, sexual orientation.
November 15, 2019
Chris Pangle, left, helped resort chef Brian Chaffee load food and supplies into Chaffee’s van at Loaves & Fishes in Minneapolis before a 360-mile r

Twin Cities nonprofits boost deliveries of free food to people in need in greater Minn.

While poverty and homelessness may be more visible in the Twin Cities, it's not a problem confined to urban areas.
November 13, 2019
Jason McLean at the Loring Pasta bar in summer of 2014.

Judge grants $2.5M judgment against former Children's Theatre actor accused of sex assault

McLean now faces more than $8 million in judgments in Minnesota.
November 9, 2019

Minneapolis police investigate robbery near Dinkytown

The incident involved four or five men place just after midnight on Saturday near SE. 5th Street and SE.10th Avenue.
October 17, 2019
Kate Wolford

McKnight Foundation CEO Kate Wolford stepping down

Kate Wolford is retiring in November after 13 years leading one of Minnesota's largest foundations.
October 16, 2019
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns shops with Jaidon Jackson, 8, of Rosemount, whose father is in the Minnesota Army National Guard, during their

Minnesota Timberwolves, Lynx combine philanthropy efforts, launch new grant program

The teams are launching a new grant program and boosting employee volunteering.
October 14, 2019
COMPAS teaching artist Sharra Frank, left, worked with Tammi Reeves during a mosaic-making art class at Avivo, a nonprofit expanding its arts program

Free Twin Cities art workshops teach people will mental illness new skills, boost confidence

For people living with mental health troubles, free art workshops teach new skills and boost confidence.
St. Paul
October 8, 2019
The Historic Fort Snelling site, a Minnesota landmark for centuries, could get a new name. The Minnesota Historical Society, which manages the histori

Public weighs in on proposed Historic Fort Snelling name change

Historical Society seeks input on proposal to rename 23-acre site, not the fort
October 4, 2019
Volunteers Rita Kolodjski left, and Terri Jones sorted through foods donated by the East Side Neighborhood Services mobile food shelf at Bassett Creek

Hennepin County plans to cut funding for nonprofits that provide food for people in need

Nonprofits say move would be shortsighted; county says it needs to fund other services.
West Metro
October 2, 2019
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson, shown in April.

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office seeks $5 million for body cameras

The $5 million budget request would equip 148 deputies with cameras.
Stage & Arts
October 1, 2019
Survivor Jina Penn-Tracy, who said she was abused from 1983 to 1985 by Jason McLean and Children’s Theatre co-founder John Clark Donahue, became emo

Children's Theatre, Twin Cities theater community try to heal after abuse

Some survivors say CTC is doing too little, too late.
October 1, 2019
Eagan’s Mallory Weggemann, a gold medal paralympic swimmer, said she’s excited her Olympics teammates are coming to her hometown.

Paralympics trials come to Minneapolis in June 2020 for swimmers, cyclists and track athletes

Cyclists, swimmers and track athletes will seek team spots for Tokyo.
West Metro
September 29, 2019
Self-response to the census survey starts April 1, followed by several months when census workers will be tracking down people who don't file their da

Hennepin County census team targets hard-to-count communities

Months before the 2020 census kicks off in April, Hennepin County is working ahead to ensure hard-to-count areas and communities are tallied and to sweep…
September 28, 2019
Few things have changed in appearance at the Hennepin County Government Center since it was built in the mid-1970s. Now a renovation of the 20 elevato

Going up? Major renovation to elevators at Hennepin County Government Center

Hennepin County towers serve 10,000 people daily.
West Metro
September 25, 2019
The Hennepin County Board had tabled for nearly a year action on salary bumps for County Attorney Mike Freeman and Sheriff Dave Hutchinson.

Hennepin County Board approves 4.75% maximum property tax levy increase

Commissioners also agree to raise salaries for sheriff and county attorney.
September 19, 2019
Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota (center), stood alongside other nonprofit leaders in opposition to the federal gove

More than 35,000 Minnesotans could lose access to food stamps under proposed change

Federal agriculture officials say it will close a loophole that allowed people with high incomes to get food stamps, and will prevent "abuse of a critical safety net system."
West Metro
September 17, 2019
Major drivers in the new Hennepin County budget include $71 million for road, bridge and trail infrastructure.

Hennepin County administrator proposes 4.75% property tax levy increase for 2020

The overall budget would increase to $2.5 billion; up nearly $90 million from 2019.
West Metro
September 17, 2019
"We are very pleased with the results," Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said of the new opioid initiative. Hutchinson toured the jail in Janu

Hundreds now treated for opioid abuse in Hennepin jail

Though the Hennepin County program to treat inmates is less than a year old, officials already are making changes to increase the number of those getting treatment and keep them sober once they're released.
West Metro
September 17, 2019
Assistant park manager Nick Bartels pointed to an area of the main road leading into Fort Snelling State Park that had been temporarily repaired in Ma

Fort Snelling State Park reopens six months after extensive flood damage

Officials said repairs at the popular venue, closed since March, will continue through the fall.
Stage & Arts
September 16, 2019
September 13, 2019
Richard McLemore spoke to law students about serving time in prison for murder before turning his life around. He now runs his own leadership training

Minnesota's largest community foundation helps give former inmates a second chance

Over the past five years, the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations has awarded a growing amount of money to organizations focused on criminal justice reform.