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Reporter | Courts and criminal justice

David Chanen covers Hennepin County and appellate courts, and legal and criminal justice issues.


University of Minnesota offers students a furry study break

A group of University of Minnesota students flocked to scout out Cooper at the recreation and fitness center on a rainy day last week. No,…


New plans for Excelsior's Commons park close to completion

Changes will include a new boardwalk and band shell.


Renaming of Lake Calhoun now in the hands of Hennepin County Board

Controversy over change to Bde Maka Ska could be resolved next month.


Hennepin County budget proposes 4.95 percent property tax levy increase

Personnel, light rail and Thrivent building purchase are key reasons.


BCA finishes Damond probe, presents case to prosecutor

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he anticipates making a decision by the end of the year.


Hundreds of Minnesota children still have unsafe lead levels

Hennepin County and Minneapolis received $6M for prevention and cleanup of stubborn problem, and are using a prevention and outreach model in the hope of protecting children before they are poisoned.


Hennepin County Board delays vote on Thrivent building purchase

Final vote on whether to buy the building will be held by the end of the month.


Hurricane Harvey, Labor Day demand create jump in gas prices

Twin Cities prices will climb another 10 cents a gallon this weekend, said Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs for AAA in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota.


Washburn Library to close for repairs

The Washburn branch of the Hennepin County Library, in south Minneapolis, will close Saturday for two months to enable workers to repair its roof and…


Hennepin County mulls purchase of Thrivent building for $55 million

Hennepin County officials want to buy the landmark Thrivent Financial building in downtown Minneapolis for $55 million, an acquisition that would be one of the…