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Chris Rame 18, a hiphop dance teacher did some yoga in the Loring Park after marching with Taking Back Pride march though downtown Minneapolis on Sund

Without Pride, some LGBT Minnesotans feel isolated during pandemic

While the jubilant crowds and large gatherings were missing from this year's Pride celebrations, the rainbows and glitter have moved to digital spaces, private parties or socially distant celebrations.
A man shot off fireworks along Chicago Avenue Saturday night near Cup Foods in south Minneapolis.

Fireworks booming across Mpls., rattling neighbors, sparking complaints

Residents of cities across the country have been reporting unusual amounts of fireworks.
Christian Darwin, a Dreamer in Minneapolis, said of the DACA decision, “I was crying because it was so exciting.”

Supreme Court's DACA ruling cheered by immigrant rights backers in Minnesota

At the same time, they recognize the decision is not a total victory for Dreamers.
Young people enjoyed the beach at Lake Nokomis on Wednesday, a hot summer day.

COVID-19 risks loom as young adults re-enter public life in Minnesota

New data out seems to show that young people have a sense of invincibility. But as one official said, they also play a part in safeguarding the community.
Thousands of protesters marched in northeast Minneapolis on June 6 to demand the city defund the Police Department.

Young protesters get first taste of activism: 'It's time to realize what we need to do'

With so much time on their hands, some younger Minnesotans said there is nowhere else they'd rather be.
Walter Cortina, 17, was laid off in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jobless Minnesota students press for unemployment benefits in pandemic

Amid rising joblessness in the pandemic, a Minnesota law bars unemployment benefits to high school students who lose work.
Martin Tahmo left and Alpha Ly, raised there fist during an audio broadcast of George Floyd memorial service at 38th and Chicago .

Crowd at 38th and Chicago looks toward the future

The crowd gathered around Cup Foods in south Minneapolis on Thursday wasn't looking back.
Rehearsals began only after the groups shared handwritten letters. From left, Alison Johnson, Kyla Plair and Sophie Farrell.

Intergenerational musical brings together actors age 11 to 87 in Hopkins

The performance brings together Stages Theatre Company and Alive & Kickin' to focus on peace.
A malnourished wild horse known in Australia as a "Brumby” in Australia's Bago State Forest near Bago on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. The forest was decim

Australians in Minnesota grieve over fires in their homeland

Two Minnesota firefighters are currently assisting in Australia, and more could be on the way.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota outfitted a special underwater theater in a project to test the eyesight of these ocean predators and how t

Training a cuttlefish to wear what? 3-D glasses offer U researchers a new view

Designing the specs for the cephalopods and getting them worn were among the challenges for the study of depth perception.
Kraig King

Wisconsin remains identified as White Bear Lake man, 37 years later

Authorities want to know why Kraig King was in Barron County in 1982.
Hilal Ibrahim’s hijab creations are attractive and durable for hospital workers.

Minnetonka hijab designer, 24, fills a need fashionably

The demand only intensified for her while volunteering at St. Louis Park's Methodist Hospital, where she saw a market for both employees and patients.
Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Ed Graff

Minneapolis schools prepping strategic plan release

Emotions high as many school boundary changes could relocate students.
Sarah Hachey carried her groceries out without a bag at North Market on Thursday, a day after Minneapolis' new rule took effect charging shoppers 5 ce

Shoppers adjust to new 5-cent fee for bags in Minneapolis

At cash registers across the city, many shoppers seemed aware of the change, which took effect Jan. 1, even if they forgot their bags.
Wrapped plastic straws

Straws given only on demand in St. Louis Park

The Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance aims to reduce single-use straws that have become a villain for those worried about plastic pollution in the oceans.
Ann Maresh of West St. Paul, who said she wore a tropical shirt for the warm weather, participated in her tenth dive and achieved shark status, during

Hundreds celebrate new year and decade with icy dive into Lake Minnetonka

For many, Excelsior's polar plunge has become a holiday tradition
Metro Transit Police may begin wearing body cameras, similar to the one pictured here in on a Minneapolis Police Officer, in 2020. JEFF WHEELER • je

Metro Transit Police may begin wearing body cameras in 2020

Met Council is weighing a proposal to equip officers with cameras while they patrol buses, trains, stations.

Events to commemorate Slovak National Uprising to be held in Twin Cities

Twin Cities gathering includes a film, historical analysis and storytelling.
Artika Tyner, associate vice president of diversity and inclusion at the University of St. Thomas, will speak at one of the Minneapolis events for wha

With 'Week of Resilience,' Minneapolis events to mark 400 years since start of slave trade

The series, put on by Minneapolis' Division of Race and Equity, will draw on community conversations, art and storytelling.
Utility workers with Centerpoint Energy walked toward the site of utility upgrades on Brookside Terrace on Tuesday.

Edina is paving its last gravel road, to consternation of some, satisfaction of others

Residents on Brookside Terrace are split over city's paving plans.
Bicyclists rode through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on Thursday. Southwest light-rail construction has forced bikers off some trails and into spo

Light-rail construction forces Twin Cities bikers off the beaten paths

Southwest line construction has forced bikes off trails and onto busy city streets.
Keegan Campos, from left, 9, Janiah Jordan, 9, and Ava Dawolo, 7, tried on flight suits.

Project Scientist camp in St. Paul lets girls fly

Girls see new horizons in engineering and aviation at STEM camp
Hmong International Academy playground equipment was damaged by a suspicious overnight fire.

Suspicious fire damages playground at Minneapolis' Hmong International Academy

New equipment has been ordered, but it's unlikely to arrive before the start of school.
Hopkins police officer Sgt. Mike Glassberg was out patrolling Hopkins roads looking for violators on the first day of the new hands free law Thursday.

Minnesota state troopers stopped 162 drivers on first day of new hands-free law

On the second day of Minnesota’s new law requiring that behind-the-wheel cellphone use be hands-free, the State Patrol reminded drivers that it will now be…
Terrell Theo Payne, left, and Nathan Wesley Mcdonald

Charges against 2 in fatal West St. Paul shooting say victim was found with 2-year-old next to body

Victim had prior relationship with one suspect's sister.

Kids caught defacing rock at Minneopa State Park get a lecture

The carvings were cleared away the next morning.

Driver fleeing police dies in six-vehicle pileup in Chaska

The crash occurred at Hwy. 41 and Hwy. 212 following a police pursuit

St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights names interim headmaster

Former graduate, Coast Guard officer will fill post as search continues.
Protesters part of the Never Again movement blocked the exits Tuesday at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building at Fort Snelling to disrupt daily o

Group protesting ICE policies briefly blocks traffic near MSP, Fort Snelling

The event was part of a national movement, #NeverAgainIsNow, and about 25 people were cited.
A six-vehicle pileup happened near Hwys. 41 and 212, killing a driver reported to be driving erratically.

Driver fleeing police dies after crashing into five vehicles in Chaska

Several people were taken to area hospitals after the six-vehicle pileup on Hwy. 41 near Hwy. 212.
Lake Hallie police and the Wisconsin State Patrol investigated Monday the scene of a shooting that left two dead and two in the hospital. Three people

Relative identifies three of the five killed in Wisconsin shootings

The suspected shooter was among the dead, and his father said he had struggled with mental illness.
Construction on the Nolan Mains apartments near 50th and Halifax continue, slowing traffic for shoppers in Edina.

Construction headaches at 50th & France in Edina to continue through fall

Some businesses closed during redevelopment of Edina shopping district.
More than 100 people packed a St. Louis Park City Council session as the Pledge of Allegiance debate raged.

For St. Louis Park residents, the pledge protest came as an unwelcome surprise

They say people from other cities and states overwhelmed the debate.
From a few families, the annual camping ritual has grown to about 40 people, with some teenagers now planning for college.

15 years after ECFE class, these Mpls. families still camp together

They met as new parents long ago, but the expanded Twin Cities group remains close through a shared love of the great outdoors.
Director of Equity and Inclusion Keith Brooks answered questions from parents about Eastern Carver County Schools’ equity work.

District rocked by racist incidents works toward healing

Parents, school leaders acknowledged problems in Eastern Carver County Schools that need to be addressed.
Durall Chappell, 6, helps hold down the tent in front of the Shakey Bonez food truck as the wind picks up Saturday at St. Paul's Rondo Days festival.

It rained on their parade, but St. Paul's Rondo Days continued

It rained on their parade, but neighbors still turned out for St. Paul's Rondo Days celebration.

Edina City Council follows St. Louis Park's lead and votes to restore the Pledge of Allegiance

Council Member Mary Brindle said city officials had received feedback in support of adding the pledge, something not done for years.
Tornadoes touch down in northern Minnesota

Tornadoes touch down in northern Minnesota

Stormy weather forecast for the Twin Cities metro area failed to materialize so far.
Soccer coach Bryan Duffey was severely injured in the explosion at the old school. He returned for the student assembly in 2017.

In lawsuit, Minnehaha Academy blast survivors allege 'negligence and carelessness' by contractors

The five employees suffered physical and emotional injuries in the 2017 explosion.
More than 100 people packed the St. Louis Park council chambers Monday night to protest a decision to do away with the Pledge of Allegiance at most me

St. Louis Park reinstates Pledge of Allegiance on unanimous vote

The council received criticism from across the country for its initial decision on June 17 to nix the pledge. Even President Donald Trump weighed in on the city's decision — twice.

Northeast Minneapolis residents are opposed to plans to move Fridley bus barn to their neighborhood

Site would mean 111 bus parking stalls and 110 full-time and other jobs.
Minneapolis park planners have scaled back a controversial proposal that would have limited through-traffic on Minnehaha Parkway.

Park Board backs off on plan to limit Minnehaha Pkwy. traffic

A new version of the plan removes two of the medians that would have forced drivers to turn.
About 60 people attended a public hearing about the proposal.

Residents criticize proposed Burnsville landfill expansion near Minnesota River

South metro project would rise 362 feet, hold 6.3M cubic yards of waste.
Webber Pool lifeguard Mohamed Mohamed gave swimming lessons to Mahira McClellan Sostek, 9, along with other children at the pool Tuesday in Minneapoli

New partnership offers low-cost swimming lessons for Minneapolis residents

The $5 lessons are a partnership between the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Minneapolis Park Board.
More than 100 people attended the St. Louis Park City Council session Monday night.

Protesters urge St. Louis Park to restore the Pledge of Allegiance

Monday night's meeting was a study session and not a regular council meeting, and no vote or public comment was taken.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis wants to build an 800-stall parking garage.

Federal Reserve Bank's proposed 800-car ramp draws criticism

The neighbors, who have formed an opposition group called Halt the Ramp, are expected to turn out in force Monday for a public hearing on the proposal at the City Planning Commission meeting.
Dr. Henry Buchwald, pictured with his wife, Emily, was given the Jacobson Innovation Award for his work in metabolic surgery.

Minnesota surgeon, 87, honored for pioneering procedures

Dr. Henry Buchwald says his career has always been a labor of love.
Children helped Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a citizenship ceremony in April in St. Paul.

Back and forth over the Pledge prompts a debate on patriotism

St. Louis Park is to revisit dropping the tradition, but the pot has been stirred, raising a surprisingly contentious conversation this July 4th.
Worship on the Farm participants gather for a picnic-style meal prior to service inside of the Bruentrup Heritage Barn in Maplewood, Minn.

Summer worship brings a 'taste of church' to historic Maplewood barn

The farm setting encourages fellowship and can be inviting to visitors to the six Lutheran churches.
A master plan for Minnehaha Parkway includes medians that would force drivers to make right turns off the parkway at Nicollet and Lyndale avenues and

Crowd turns out to oppose limiting access to Minnehaha Parkway

Residents upset at little focus on proposal to limit Minnehaha access.
Citing diverse population, St. Louis Park to drop Pledge of Allegiance at City Council meetings

Citing diverse population, St. Louis Park to drop Pledge of Allegiance at City Council meetings

The St. Louis Park City Council has decided to drop recital of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag at its meetings, citing a desire…
The Pride parade in Minneapolis in June 2017.

As Twin Cities Pride goes mainstream, some wonder if history is being lost

Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual festival this weekend.
Hennepin County looks to raise age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

Hennepin County looks to raise age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

Hennepin ordinance could affect five cities, MSP; 10 other cities already upped age to 21.
Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rap

Minnesota poll puts Klobuchar in fourth place

She pulled 16% of support among respondents in a June 8-12 survey.
Anson Truskoski counted the number of player autographs he'd obtained so far while watching the Twins take batting practice before Wednesday night's g

Twins fans focus on the heady present, avoid talk of what lies ahead

More than 32,000 people attended Thursday's game, and the next six games against Kansas City and Boston are expected to be sellouts.
Pedestrians made their way along Nicollet Mall in June 2018. The city is replacing dead trees along the mall.

For Nicollet Mall, new trees and maybe extra greenery

New landscaping reflects what people wanted, part of the $50M renovation.