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Minneapolis proposal to restrict menthol tobacco sales sparks debate

Minneapolis has already restricted the sale of flavored cigars, pictured in June 2015, to tobacco shops. Now the City Council is considering restrictions on the sales of menthol tobacco products.

Businesses balk at lost revenue; advocates cite health benefits.

Some immigrants face Catch-22 as ICE takes a harder line on detention

Construction worker Ramiro Lopez Martinez was picked up by immigration agents after a traffic arrest. His original bond was $33,000, but a judge reduced that to $5,000 after hearing that he was the sole provider for his two U.S.-born sons. As the Trump administration ramps up deportations, immigrants across the Upper Midwest face a Catch-22: To fight the criminal charges that place them at risk for deportation, they need to get out of ICE detention with a bond. But advocates and attorneys say immigration authorities are pressing for bigger and bigger bonds - or no bond at all - because once immigrants get out of custody, they go to the back of the line for a court hearing and are much harder to deport. One ICE attorney says once immigrants get bond they could stay in the U.S. “until hell freezes over.’’ Now, a new effort is underway to raise funds for immigration bonds. We tell the story through the family of a Twin Cities guy fighting a deportation proceeding and a criminal charge.**Ramiro Lopez Martinez,,cq

In Minnesota, more facing criminal charges are held with high or no bond, making it hard to fight their cases.

Despite pushback, Met Council committee approves 25-cent hike

The proposed 25-cent Metro Transit fare increase would affect local and express buses, as well as Northstar commuter rail service.

The recommendation is to raise fares for local and express buses, light rail, and Northstar commuter rail by 25 cents.

Officer personnel records released in Damond shooting

BCA search warrant says a woman slapped the back of the squad car just before Justine Damond was shot.

Shootings leave 6 wounded in Minneapolis over the weekend, ambulance struck by gunfire

None of the weekend injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

Minneapolis City Council members to be briefed on police body camera audit

Council briefing comes after Damond shooting not caught on camera.

St. Paul mayor presents plan to pay for street maintenance

St. Paul needs to come up with a new way to pay for maintenance, he said.

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Driver orders Jimmy John's, gets delivery while stalled on I-35W
The Drive

Jimmy John's is the "freaky fast" sandwich chain that specializes in delivery anytime anywhere, and apparently that includes bringing dinner to motorists blocking traffic on the freeway.

Archive specialist rescues Minnesota history, page by yellowed page

Charlie Rodgers’ business card carries his bone-dry title: “Government records specialist.” The reality is more like this: Exploring dank basements and forgotten storage areas; opening…

Shakopee’s new City Hall is weeks away from opening. The 69,000-square-foot building cost $8.5 million and took a year to build.

Shakopee's new City Hall nearing completion

Fake Twin Cities street signs warn of 'easily startled' police
Eagan home day care provider found guilty, denies inflicting brain injuries on baby
With yurts, campers and Wi-Fi, millennials fuel Minn. camping boom

Food waste was added to a hopper for mixing with yard waste at Organics Recycling Development in Rosemount. A decade after Hennepin County began pilot programs for organics recycling, just 11 cities in the county offer those programs.

Hennepin Co. considers requiring curbside organics recycling

West metro news briefs: Orono reimagining Navarre area as gathering spot
West metro police blotter, July 23
Kirsten Langsetmo, early advocate for people with autism, dies at 88

Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman

Brooklyn Park fire chief to step down amid so-called 'culture of hostility'

Hennepin Co. considers requiring curbside organics recycling
League of Women voters pushing for affordable housing in metro suburbs
Blaine gets hip to the hops with its first craft brewery

Roseville is one of the cities around the metro crafting a 10-year plan that grapples with affordable housing.

League of Women voters pushing for affordable housing in metro suburbs

Woman flown to Regions after near-drowning in St. Croix near Osceola, Wis.
North/east metro news briefs: Woodbury anticipates higher water rates
North/east metro police blotter, July 23

Two small fires were intentionally set early Sunday morning at the Marriott Moxy hotel, which is under construction in Uptown. No one was hurt.

Fire hits hotel being built in Uptown; Minneapolis fire officials suspect arson

10 years after bridge collapse, survivors find renewed purpose
North Minneapolis garage catches fire; woman found dead inside
Officer personnel records released in Damond shooting

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Bus rider killed in fiery St. Paul crash is ID'd; car driver arrested

Archive specialist rescues Minnesota history, page by yellowed page
David Shepard was pivotal in transforming Minnesota from frontier to 'mighty aggregation of power'
St. Paul mayor presents plan to pay for street maintenance

Stanley Bachman grew the family's floral business

Every spring morning, Stanley Bachman got out of bed at 4 a.m. to pick carnations in the greenhouse for the family floral business."It was so…

One dead after vehicle overturns in watery ditch north of Duluth

Driver negligence and mechanical malfunction are among factors that contributed to a two-vehicle crash Sunday night north of Duluth that left one person dead, the…

Shakopee's first halal market caters to growing Somali population

With a market in place, they want to make a community center a mosque.

Bullet strikes ambulance while on way to call in Minneapolis

Paramedics with Hennepin Emergency Medical Services en route to a call had to summon help for themselves after a bullet came through the windshield of…

Frampton tussles with cameraman, halts Treasure Island rock concert

Video displays prompted him to throw stage screens into darkness.

Driver in 'horrific' fatal bus crash charged with two felonies

Tyler Bjelland was going an estimated 100 mph before Friday's fatal crash.

Man, woman found shot to death in Winona home

A man and a woman were found fatally shot inside a residence in Winona early Monday, authorities said.Police were called to the 200 block of…

Wright County boy beats back E. coli that killed younger sister

"It's so great to see he is finally starting to feel better," mom writes on CaringBridge.

School supply receipts could mean hundreds in tax savings

It's time for parents to load up shopping carts with glue sticks, spiral notebooks and No. 2 pencils. In the bustle of back-to-school shopping, the…

Willmar officers shoot and wound an armed, suicidal man

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating an incident in which two Willmar, Minn., police officers fired at a suspect on Sunday afternoon.Two…