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Bomb squad called to Target store in Medina on a false alarm

Emergency crews stood near the parking entrance to Target in Medina. Target and surrounding stores in Medina were evacuated because of a bomb threat on Sunday evening, March 26.

Enbridge tax challenge could cost northern Minn. counties millions

A crew installs a section of a crude oil pipeline for Enbridge Energy. The Calgary-based pipeline company is planning to build two pipelines across northern Minnesota. One would carry North Dakota oil. The other would replace an older pipeline from Canada.

If Enbridge wins its property tax challenge, some N. Minn. counties might owe it refunds.

Minnesota unaccompanied minors find help, worry about changes

Shown in 2014, Elder Leiva, left, was sponsored by his aunt and lived with her and his cousin Eulises.

The Trump administration is weighing major changes that would affect the fate of unaccompanied minors from Central America, from expedited deportations to fines for parents who pay smugglers.

Victoria residents roiled over council members' legal fees

City paid $43K in legal fees for council members who broke open-meeting law.

ID'd: Man who fell through ice of Anoka County lake and died

The East Bethel man died from hypothermia, according to the medical examiner.

River searched, no luck finding missing college student in St. Cloud

The St. Cloud State junior hasn't been seen since 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Road work closes part of Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis

Crews will get back to work on reconstructing Washington Avenue Monday and that means a detour for downtown drivers.


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Road work closes part of Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis
The Drive

Crews will get back to work on reconstructing Washington Avenue Monday and that means a detour for downtown drivers.

Tevlin: For Kenyon's police chief, humanity comes first
Jon Tevlin

Funny, self-deprecatory and guileless, Lee Sjolander may be the male Marge Gunderson, the cop from the movie "Fargo," only in the internet age.


Aaron Brand’s 2,500 hens have new digs in the free range henhouse, where they’ll produce around 200 dozen eggs per day.

New automated henhouse yields golden egg for Twin Cities-area farmer

South metro news briefs: South St. Paul ordinance would authorize smaller house numbers
South metro police blotter, March 26
Victoria residents roiled over council members' legal fees

Dubbed the "Land of New Restaurants" a few years, the Bellecour Cafe is among the thriving eateries in Wayzata and was seen Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Wayzata, MN.

Wayzata restaurant openings show a hunger to dine out in the suburbs

West metro news briefs: Excelsior city leaders return to State Capitol seeking sales tax to fund park renovations
West metro police blotter, March 26
Bomb squad called to Target store in Medina on a false alarm

Dory Smith, a farmer, looked over the land at the center of the Metropolitan Council dispute, Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Oak Grove, MN. The Met Council's attempt to reign in sprawling residential development in Oak Grove, to save land for future growth there, has run into fierce resistance from the city and won the attention of its state representatives, including Speaker Kurt Daudt, who are pushing a bill through the Capitol.

In Oak Grove, a fight over sprawling development illustrates Met Council tensions

Columbia Heights faces crossroads in city leadership
North/East metro news briefs: Blaine to pitch replanting ideas for cleared wetland
North/East metro police blotter, March 26

Workers inspect part of a limestone block-lined storm sewer that runs for 6 miles between Como Lake and Lake McCarrons.

Work on old Ramsey Co. sewer offers rare glimpse of underground rivers

North/East metro news briefs: Blaine to pitch replanting ideas for cleared wetland
North/East metro police blotter, March 26
Cottage Grove man charged with staging wife's suicide could get life in prison

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges insist they are working together to protect the city, despite a federal report that spotlighted “strain” in their relationship.

Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Minneapolis schools study Chicago for lessons in 'social-emotional learning'
Hennepin County puts 1930s-era Century Plaza up for sale with no price
Obituary: Clayton Sonmore, 92, owned Becky's Cafeteria

Brett Ripley checked out the tools at the St. Paul Tool Library, a place where, for a $55 annual membership, you can borrow from a catalog of 2,500 home improvement tools for up to a week at a time.

Need a hammer? Borrow one from the new St. Paul Tool Library

Work on old Ramsey Co. sewer offers rare glimpse of underground rivers
St. Paul launches business awards program
After Castile shooting, St. Anthony officials release goal, objectives for police study

The Drive: The high cost of DWI, speeding

Blemishes on your record can raise car insurance rates by hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars a year.


Dogs being poisoned with tainted hot dogs tossed in western Wis. yards

Someone is putting poison in hot dogs and poisoning dogs in the Eau Claire area, and authorities in western Wisconsin are trying to find the…


Obituary: Clayton Sonmore, 92, owned Becky's Cafeteria

The engineer-turned-restaurateur bought Becky's in 1949 with his wife, Jeanne, and turned it into what AAA called "the most unique cafeteria in the nation" until its closure in 1986.


Robber hits bank inside Cub grocery in Burnsville

Burnsville police are looking for the man who robbed the TCF branch inside Cub Foods just off Hwy. 13, east of Nicollet Avenue, on Thursday.…


Cottage Grove man charged with staging wife's suicide could get life in prison

Grand jury returned an indictment of first-degree murder.


Minneapolis schools study Chicago for lessons in 'social-emotional learning'

Research shows that kids schooled in reading as well as responsibility and equations along with empathy do better in class and get into less trouble.


Columbia Heights faces crossroads in city leadership

New faces are competing with longtime leaders.


In Oak Grove, a fight over sprawling development illustrates Met Council tensions

Oak Grove envisions large rural lots while agency pushes controlled growth.


Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges enters her fourth year as mayor amid skepticism that she and the chief have the close-knit relationship needed to adequately police a big city.


Minnesota hay being shipped to wildfire-stricken states

Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order to ease vehicle restrictions to help speed up emergency shipments over the next two weeks to four states scorched by wildfires.