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In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater

A custom pipe system will collect rainwater, store it in a pond and treat it before delivering it to homes for irrigation.

The project will reuse storm runoff for residential lawns.

Travel season expected to be brisk as Memorial Day weekend kicks it off

Kandice Cogbill kept her daughters Amelia, 3 and Malorie, 6, busy while her husband parked their car before heading to Phoenix. Travelers check into their flights Friday morning at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport Terminal 1.

The preferred mode of transport: Driving

Walker to remove controversial sculpture

A man at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden looked though the fence at "Scaffold," by Sam Durant, a piece that depicts the 1862 hangings of 38 Dakota men.

A controversial new sculpture at the Walker Art Center that prompted an outcry among Minnesota's American Indian communities will be dismantled, the director said Saturday. The work is partly based on the 1862 hanging of 38 Dakota tribal members in Mankato.

Man asked about legal status on Blue Line light rail to be deported

A man questioned by a Metro Transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail this month, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.

Take a walk through the Australian Outback — at the Minnesota Zoo

In total, 18 kangaroos and 18 smaller wallabies — as well as nearly a dozen joeys nursing in pouches — will roam the 5-acre parcel.

Buckthorn-eating goats to debut in Minneapolis parks Tuesday

The Park Board hopes the goats allow the agency to cut down on the use of herbicides.

Wayne Simoneau, legislator and finance commissioner who worked across the aisles, dies at 82

Simoneau made it his life's work to serve the people of Minnesota and was humbled by the honor of doing so, his friends, family and colleagues said.


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May 2, 1954: The Draw Me girl
Yesterday's News

Art Instruction Inc., once located just around the corner from the old Star and Tribune building on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, offered drawing courses by mail for more than a century. Here the Minneapolis Tribune profiles the commercial art school that trained the likes of Charles M. Schulz ("Peanuts") and Carlos de la Vega (who?).

Weekend traffic: Memorial Day getaway and lots of sporting events
The Drive

If AAA's predictions are correct, the roads leading out of the metro might be more crowded than those in town as throngs head to the lakes, cabins and places to enjoy the season's first long holiday weekend. Major road construction project could also hamper in-town travel


A custom pipe system will collect rainwater, store it in a pond and treat it before delivering it to homes for irrigation.

In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater

South metro news briefs: Le Sueur lures away Shakopee's economic development director
South metro police blotter, May 28
Longtime sheriff adds fourth Minnesota county to his list

George Heinen is a regular at Minnehaha Creek in Arden Park in Edina. Plans call for removing a dam and restoring the creek’s curves, eventually eliminating the fishing hole.

Fans of prized Edina fishing hole, Minnehaha Creek rapids fight to save them

In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater
West metro briefs: Plymouth to cut ribbon on Northwest Greenway recreation trail
West metro police blotter, May 28

Mohamed Sheikh, a Lyndale Elementary fourth-grader, worked on his dog-paddling skills as teacher Drew Gau assisted.

Hennepin County, YMCA partner on water survival skills for kids

North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater's Historic Courthouse to reopen for 150th anniversary
North/East metro police blotter, May 28
BCA: Teen shot by Crystal police aimed pellet gun at officers

Daron Close, left, with Acqua chef/co-owner Chris Whalen in 2009.

Fine dining keeps expanding in a onetime 'desert' of White Bear Lake

North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater's Historic Courthouse to reopen for 150th anniversary
North/East metro police blotter, May 28
At Bethel University, eight special students celebrate a milestone

Minneapolis is adding goats, like this one at a St. Paul park, at Cedar Lake Regional Park and Wirth Park to eat buckthorn and other unwanted vegetation. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Buckthorn-eating goats to debut in Minneapolis parks Tuesday

Minneapolis City Council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance
Walker director expresses regret over sculpture that recalls Mankato hangings
More than the rooster is new at the revamped Sculpture Garden

Pro President Donald Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters exchanged words in the rotunda hallway during a national March4Trump at the State Capitol on March 4 in St. Paul. DAVID JOLES ï david.joles@startribune.com National March4Trump Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN.

8 counterdemonstrators charged in scuffles at pro-Trump rally in St. Paul

Teardownapolis? Buildings in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul don't last long
Bonding bill includes $115M for projects in Mpls., St. Paul
Man asked about legal status on Blue Line light rail to be deported

Cemetery's free, Memorial Day tours offer window into Minneapolis history

Ron Gjerde halts the walk through Lakewood Cemetery near a monument topped with a sculpture of a robed Grecian woman. He points at a flat…


Longtime sheriff adds fourth Minnesota county to his list

Don Gudmundson has been sheriff in four Minnesota counties


After audit, Rochester Art Center moves to shore up finances

– The Rochester Art Center outsourced its bookkeeping to a local accountant after an audit released in January raised serious questions about its…


Walker director expresses regret over sculpture that recalls Mankato hangings

Olga Viso penned an open letter to a St. Paul American Indian newspaper about the piece, "Scaffold" (2012), which references the execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato in 1862.


Boater's body pulled from Kandiyohi County lake

The man's body was found Thursday night by a fisherman.


At least 2 die on Minnesota roads as holiday weekend begins

The 79-year-old's death was the first reported fatality of what is often a deadly stretch of days on Minnesota roads.


Memorial Day 2017 events

MONDAYAnoka: 10 a.m., program at Veterans Memorial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Featuring speaker Maj. Shawn Gregory of the Minnesota National Guard, the North Suburban Concert…


Charges: Man killed parents in Eden Prairie with screwdriver

The 38-year-old had recently been released from a civil commitment for mental health issues.


More than the rooster is new at the revamped Sculpture Garden

The $10 million makeover acaps a yearslong transformation of the Walker's campus led by Olga Viso, the art center's executive director. And the garden's June 3 reopening marks a major moment for the city, which is gussying itself up to host the Super Bowl next year.


Minnesota boaters face a new regulation, speed rules for Memorial Day

New law this year requires carbon monoxide detectors on boats with enclosed cabins.