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From left, Martin Luther King III, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Gwen Walz, Sarah Clarke, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Ga

Minn. officials, Twin Cities residents get to work after Floyd memorial

Reforms were the topic at a closed roundtable on police brutality just a few blocks west of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.
Cortez Hull, school resource officer (SRO) at Highland Park High School in St. Paul. The St. Paul school board will meet to discuss the future of its

St. Paul school board to discuss contract with police in response to George Floyd's death

The district's contract with St. Paul police expires June 30.
A shooting near 24th Street and 14th Avenue S. left one man dead and another injured, Minneapolis police said.

Shooting near downtown Minneapolis leaves one dead, another injured

Police say the shooting followed a dispute.
The Minneapolis school board, shown in 2019.

Mpls. school board ends contract with police for school resource officers

The district must come up with new safety plan by mid-August.
Protesters on Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis on Saturday.

After four nights without police presence, Mpls. neighborhoods protect themselves

Days of violence and damage led up to Saturday.
Smoke billowed from a fire at the Wells Fargo near the Fifth Precinct station in Minneapolis on Friday night.

Walz bolsters Guard troops after 4th destructive night

Gov. Tim Walz has authorized the largest National Guard deployment in state history after a fourth night of rampaging across Minneapolis.
Demonstrators confronted Minneapolis police trying to push them south on Minnehaha Ave. late Wednesday night.

Mayor Frey calls for peace as looting, flames erupt around police station

State Patrol troopers moved in to help with growing looting, and the mayor said he asked the governor to consider calling in the National Guard as violence turned deadly.
Police stand near protesters at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct after people gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally for Geor

Rubber bullets, chemical irritant, water bottles in air as thousands march to protest George Floyd's death

The march began peacefully outside Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue before quickly escalating when the crowd descended on the Third Precinct station.
Barton is one of eight Minneapolis schools to lose magnet status, under the Comprehensive District Design

With debate now over, how will Minneapolis reshape its school district?

The Comprehensive District Design, approved last week, will give the district its first face-lift in more than a decade.
Matt Belanger

Minneapolis man charged in assault on KSTP anchor Matt Belanger

Vennie Williams, 39, allegedly threw an object at Belanger, causing severe injuries to his eye.

One woman dead, another hospitalized after Chisago County crash

The crash occurred around 11:25 p.m. Friday on Interstate 35 near Wyoming.

Man dies in late-night shooting in St. Paul

Two suspects were seen fleeing outside a multifamily housing complex.

River Falls man dies after bus rolls on him at races in New Richmond, Wis.

The victim was a safety crew member helping clear the track.
Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea issued an order Friday outlining the gradual approach to increasing the number and type of

Minnesota courts to gradually increase in-person trials and hearings

Some in-person proceedings will be slowly phased back in.
The Minneapolis school board, shown in January 2019. In a virtual meeting Tuesday night, board members voted 6-3 to approve a sweeping and controversi

Mpls. school board approves controversial redistricting plan

The crucial vote in a virtual meeting came after some parents urged a delay.
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Ed Graff high-fived Jonah Gunderman, a member of a drum group, last August. Graff is convinced the comprehensive di

Minneapolis schools chief in spotlight with major redesign plan set for vote

Ed Graff's plan to redraw school boundaries has prompted harsh criticism.
Two F-16 jets from the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth and a C-130 Hercules with the 133rd Air Wing, in a 2019 flyover at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Minnesota National Guard will fly over hospitals today to honor essential workers

Guard says it's a small way to salute those on the front line.
File photo: A group of students is suing the University of Minnesotsa over a number of practices, including using student fees to provide free lounge

Students sue University of Minnesota over funding of campus media, cultural groups

Fee use honors "great god of political correctness," says attorney for plaintiffs.
Maria Fury

Husband arrested after Maple Grove woman reported missing found dead in home

A public search for Maria Fury that was planned for Saturday morning was called off.
Richfield High School senior Evelin Estrada looked over the class of 2020 yard sign after picking it up at the school on Thursday.

Minnesota high schools reimagine graduation ceremonies

State health and education officials are developing graduation guidelines that will be released in the coming weeks, a spokeswoman said.

72-year-old pilot walks away after small plane crashes in Ham Lake

The pilot was trying a "touch-and-go maneuver" on the water of Coon Lake, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.
The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota’s largest private college, has already lost $8 million and won’t get to replenish with revenue from marque

For Minnesota colleges, pandemic brings financial reckoning and an uncertain fall semester

Every institution is planning for the daunting possibility that they may not reopen this fall. The financial toll could be devastating.

Two men found dead in home near River Falls, Wis.

No suspects are being sought and there is no danger to the public, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office said.
Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State college system, has taken a 10% pay cut as officials projected a budget hit ranging from nearly $75 m

Minnesota State colleges and universities face $75M-$280M hit

Fall enrollment drops could bring major losses.
The University of Minnesota was mostly deserted Tuesday afternoon as the University announced it will freeze tuition for most students at its five cam

University of Minnesota to freeze tuition next school year

The tuition freeze will apply to all students except those enrolled in three professional programs.
Levi O'Tool, a graduating senior at the University of Minnesota, at his parents' home in Hastings. The pandemic has taken away many things from him, i

Left out of stimulus payments, college students fear for future

Often deep in debt, they're not eligible for the $1,200 stimulus check if they can be claimed as dependents.
A shooting at N. 35th and Irving avenues north in Minneapolis left two men hospitalized on Thursday.

Two hospitalized after shooting in north Minneapolis

The men are both in serious but stable condition, a police spokesman said. No suspects had been arrested.
Dennis Olson is commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Minnesota colleges receive $180 million in federal COVID stimulus aid

Every school that received federal aid from the CARES Act must use at least half of the funding to provide direct cash grants to students.
A Minneapolis school board meeting in January. Board members listened to hours of public comment Tuesday via voice mail on a controversial proposal to

With controversial vote looming, Minneapolis school board hears voice-mail testimony

The testimony was at times shaky or drowned out.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel vowed a “large, systemwide virtual celebration” for graduates.

University of Minnesota to hold virtual commencement ceremony

Grads will get the most "personalized experience" possible, President Joan Gabel vows.
The Minneapolis Park Board released a draft of its preferred redesign for Hiawatha Golf Club on Thursday.

Minneapolis Park Board unveils preferred design for Hiawatha golf course

The plan would shrink the course to 9 holes and reduce groundwater pumping.
A fatal shooting happened Thursday night in south Minneapolis.

Police investigating man's fatal shooting in south Minneapolis

The shooting occurred in the Ventura Village area near E. 22nd Street and S. 13th Avenue, a police spokesman said.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks on the growing number of COVID-19 cases during a press conference, Friday, March 20, 2020 in Bismarck, N.D.. At r

North Dakotans returning from Minnesota must self-quarantine for 2 weeks

The order applies to Minnesota even though the state has been under a stay-at-home order and North Dakota has not.
Superintendent Ed Graff spoke at a community meeting on Jan. 27 at Northeast Middle School about the district's comprehensive plan. On Tuesday, April

Mpls. Schools delays vote on sweeping redistricting plan until May

Public comment for upcoming meeting can be made via voice mail.
Students and their families moved out of campus housing at the University of Minnesota in March.

U is bracing for financial hit of $75M to $300M from pandemic

University of Minnesota officials expect a 20% reduction in the freshman class.
Students and their families were seen moving out of campus housing at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. On campus classes moved

U's room and board refunds will give back hundreds more dollars

Students will likely receive hundreds more dollars.
In January, Minneapolis schools Superintendent Ed Graff addressed one of the questions submitted by the audience about the district's plan to remake i

Mpls. school district pushes toward a vote on controversial redistricting plan

Critics say pushing forward with the plan during a public health crisis is not just insensitive, it perpetuates the belief that the district has not listened.
U regents approve bigger room and board refunds for students

U regents approve bigger room and board refunds for students

Regents revise their payback plan for fees, unused room and board.
Maria Ellis 20, right, played with her brother Da' Macus Ellis 4, at Webber Park pool in Minneapolis in 2018.

Mpls. closes beaches, pools and programs for the entire summer

The closures extend to park restrooms, drinking fountains and aquatic facilities.
A man was shot and killed Thursday in South St. Paul/

One dead, one critical, one in custody in South St. Paul shooting

The adult male suspect called authorities shortly afterward and surrendered to West St. Paul police.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel

U president says she will propose new 'fee refund' for students

Regents will meet after students said they were shortchanged.
Bruce DeArmon, of Estes Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis, vacuumed and disinfected a chapel between memorial services.

Funeral services, family grief disrupted by COVID-19 in Minnesota

The global COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reshaping the age-old ritual of honoring the dead, while adding thousands more to the toll.
Students and their families were seen moving out of campus housing at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. On campus classes moved

Students say U shortchanging them for room and board refunds

Students, regents and some state lawmakers have criticized the refund amount.
“We don’t believe our students can afford to wait any longer. And we have to act now to set the conditions for their success,” Superintendent Ed

Mpls. Public Schools' final redistricting plan packed with changes

Minneapolis Public Schools' final redistricting proposal would reduce the number of magnet schools and relocate them to the center of the city, decrease the number of segregated schools and uproot fewer students than originally projected.
A teen bicyclist was stuck by a vehicle in Blaine on Friday night and killed.

Teen bicyclist struck and killed by car in Blaine

He was riding with two other teens east on 129th Avenue NE. near Lincoln Street when a westbound car struck him head-on, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.
Winona County District Judge Mary Carroll Leahy

Winona County judge reprimanded for making derogatory comments about attorneys in e-mail

Judge Mary Carroll Leahy also failed to supervise her law clerk and approved inaccurate timesheets, the reprimand shows.
Surveillance video from an Edina school bus captured an image identifying the vehicle that struck a student in January.

Driver suspected in hit-run that injured Edina student arrested in Michigan

The 26-year-old has been charged with second-degree assault and is being held in the Eaton County jail in Michigan.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge

Stillwater Lift Bridge to go up in anticipation of boat traffic

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will raise the bridge and lock it in place starting next Friday.
St. Olaf Catholic Church parishioner and volunteer Eric Nelson, left, celebrated a St. Patrick’s Mass with few parishioners that were separated by t

Twin Cities Archdiocese suspends public masses

Decision will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Superintendent Ed Graff, left, and other Minneapolis Public Schools leaders addressed questions submitted by audience members about plans to reshape s

Minneapolis schools redistricting proposal still moving forward amid coronavirus outbreak

Proposal to school board pushed back but final vote still set for April.
Lynn Carlson Schell

Lynn Carlson Schell, Edina real estate trailblazer and champion of senior living, dies at 59

Carlson Schell founded the Minnetonka-based real estate development company Shelter Corp. in 1993.
Keith P. Haux, 57 Credit: Facebook

BCA identifies Cass County sheriff's deputy who fatally shot man in Backus

Deputy Mike Germain, a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in these cases.
Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke before Bernie Sanders at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul on March 2, 2020.

Rep. Ilhan Omar marries political consultant she has worked with

The Minnesota congresswoman announced the marriage Wednesday on Instagram.

Pipe bomb defused in Chisago County

The St. Paul bomb squad was called to help defuse the bomb.
Coalition of people opposed to the Minneapolis school district's restructuring plan (CDD) rallied Tuesday before the 5:30 pm school board meeting - ca

Minneapolis parents clash over proposed school district changes

As April vote nears, crowd opposing changes rallied before board meeting outside while during meeting, many praised the plan.
Stephanie Gasca, left, — seen with her daughter Kennedy and her fiancé, Jimmy Patino — is skeptical the plan to plan to radically reshape Minneap

North Minneapolis parents welcome school district redesign – with some skepticism

Stephanie Gasca believes in the mission of a plan to radically reshape the Minneapolis school system. Students on the city’s North Side have long been…
Commercial janitors represented by SEIU Local 26 began a 24-hour strike with a picket line and rally with supporters at Nicollet Avenue and 8th Street

Twin Cities janitors reach agreement to avert strike

The tentative deal with employers includes a wage increase, sick days.
First responders rescued 31 teens from caves on Friday night.

St. Paul firefighters escort 31 teens from cave, make another rescue from cliff

Minneapolis fire crews and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office found a person after an extensive search and took the person to a hospital.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda

Minnesota religious groups respond to coronavirus case with caution and a cancellation

Among Catholic Archbishop Bernard Hebda's recommendations: Stay home if you feel sick, suspend the sign of peace and communion from the chalice.

Man shot, wounded on bus in New Hope

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. at N. 42nd and Gettysburg avenues.
The Minneapolis school board, shown in 2019, heard about changes made to the district's proposed high school boundaries under a new plan to redesign t

Minneapolis school board hears latest on high school boundary changes

District leaders said the plans will likely be tweaked between now and when they present their final CDD proposal to the board on March 24.
Vice President Mike Pence, accompanied by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, left, and other he

Pence to tour 3M today, cancels appearance tonight at St. Paul campaign event

The vice president is traveling to Washington state to speak with officials about the coronavirus. He'll still tour 3M earlier.

Savage police arrest three in fatal shooting of teen in Target parking lot

Two adults and one juvenile were arrested Tuesday.
Steve's Grocery and Tobacco Shop at SE. 16th and Como avenues in Minneapolis sells CBD. Several state agencies share regulatory responsibilities for m

Spread thin by budding industry, Minn. regulators call for state cannabis office

It would oversee medical cannabis, CBD and, maybe, recreational pot.

16-year-old boy in critical condition after being shot in Savage

He was found lying in the parking lot of a Target store Friday evening..

Death of man found at Minneapolis fire scene was a homicide, police say

The death of a man whose body was found early Friday at the scene of a northeast Minneapolis fire is being investigated as a homicide,…
Maria Jimenez, who has been working as a commercial janitor for 19 years, chanted and walked the picket line with other SEIU Local 26 members and supp

Commercial janitors in Twin Cities strike for better wages, benefits

More than 100 janitors picketed along Nicollet Mall ahead of a Friday bargaining session.
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Ed Graff, left, said he hopes the union will reconsider its opposition when the district brings forward its final p

Minneapolis teachers union opposes school district redesign

Union leaders urge district to slow down and involve more people in its design.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Tom Steyer listen during the Democratic presidential debate at the G

At debate, Klobuchar has a warning to go with her attacks against Sanders

Minnesota senator's attacks on Sanders signaled a change in strategy from the previous debate in Nevada.
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Ed Graff, shown at a community meeting about the Comprehensive District Design held in January.

Proposed Minneapolis high school boundaries are still in flux

A school board vote looms, but boundaries are still being drawn.
Ice-covered junk vehicles in a heap at the Northern Metal Recycling plant in Becker, Minn., on Wednesday morning.

With fire at Becker recycling plant finally out, 'it's cleanup mode'

The blaze, which broke out early Tuesday, took days to extinguish.

Teenager, child die in car crash in western Wisconsin

They were traveling northbound on 220th Street when the teenage driver lost control on the icy road and went into a ditch, the Sheriff''s Office said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at the Clark County Democratic Party's Kick-Off to Caucus event in Las Vegas

Klobuchar campaign ended January with just $2.8 million in the bank

But the Minnesota senator has raked in millions more in the first weeks of February.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell released in September the body camera video from the officer-involved shooting of 31-year-old Ronald Davis.

St. Paul police officer who fatally shot knife-wielding man will not be charged

Officer Steven Mattson shot and killed Ronald Davis after repeatedly asking him to drop the knife.

70-year-old St. Paul man dies at Lutsen ski resort

The exact cause of his death has not yet been determined.