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St. Paul Port Authority prepares to lease property near soccer stadium site

Planned soccer stadium in St. Paul

Minnesotans advised to check log furniture for invasive species

A rustic walnut log coffee table, described as hickory, was infested and destroyed by the velvet longhorned beetle, one of the invasive insects found last year by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Last year the state investigated two incidents of infested furniture imported from China.

Dayton signs $500 million deal to protect rural waters

John Sorenson fished the Straight River in August as the mating dance of the hex mayflies drew brook trout to the surface. “It’s a treasure,” Sorenson said of the river near Park Rapids that’s threatened by development and agricultural pollution.

The highly anticipated state-federal deal will provide $350 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $150 million in state funds.

Appeals court says giving fingerprint to unlock phone doesn't violate rights

Appeals judge says suspects can be com­pelled to give print, as with blood sample.

Trial opens for man accused of shooting Jamar Clark protesters

Prosecutors say racist believes triggered shooting, while defense says shots were in self-defense.

St. Thomas' new facilities plan gets mixed reviews from neighbors

As the state's largest private university takes the first steps in a major expansion, its neighbors in St. Paul hope for relief from traffic and housing woes.

Man killed by car in Fridley overcame mental challenges, his brother says


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Tevlin: Stadium panel's Michele Kelm-Helgen wishes for a do-over
Jon Tevlin

Two days after being grilled by legislators over the use of suites at the Vikings new home, she wishes she would have dealt with the bitter skepticism and conducted a thorough vetting of the MSFA's suite policies.

Hwy. 169 bridge closure in Edina delayed once more
The Drive

Drivers who use the Nine Mile Creek Bridge on Hwy. 169 between Bren Road and 5th Street/Lincoln Drive on the Minnetonka-Edina border will have more time to find alternate routes.


This truck slid into a retaining pond near I-35 in Lakeville.

Propane tanker slides into retaining pond in Lakeville; driver rescued

Trial opens for man accused of shooting Jamar Clark protesters
Echo Park Elementary School third-graders designing new zoo exhibit
Obituary: Manuel Roman, interpreter, brought a calming touch to the courtroom

Mike Hubred was one of 86 volunteers with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy program last year.

Hennepin County sheriff volunteer special deputies give back and protect community

Appeals court says giving fingerprint to unlock phone doesn't violate rights
One dead after vehicle jumps median, hits another car in Plymouth
Orono City Council approves ski trails on Lake Minnetonka's Big Island

Kilik Lom, 2, played with a jumbo-size light board at the new Brooklyn Park library.

In a glitzy era for libraries, core mission shows signs of decline

Fatal beating rattles Anoka, prompts safety forum for elderly residents
Man killed by car in Fridley overcame mental challenges, his brother says
Three hospitalized after domestic shooting in Anoka County

Ken Harycki sat during a Stillwater City Council meeting in April 2014, when he was mayor.

Criminal sentencing for ex-Stillwater mayor delayed again

North/east metro briefs: Woodbury celebrates its 50th birthday with series of events
North/east metro police blotter, Jan. 15
W. Wis. man sets off explosion in apartment, is killed

From left, Thor Companies Chairman Richard Copeland, Gov. Mark Dayton, Thor Companies CEO Ravi Norman and Target CEO Brian Cornell shook hands following Tuesday’s ceremonial groundbreaking photo op. ] (AARON LAVINSKY/STAR TRIBUNE) aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com Target Corp is an unspecified “partner” in the planned headquarters-retail complex on the near northside on which Thor Companies will break ground at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Target, which abandoned a north side store on W. Broadway Avenue in 2003, after it moved into a city-subsided downtown development, “couldn’t be more proud to partner with THOR on this important project,” said CEO Brian Cornell, who will be at the groundbreaking, according to a statement embargoed until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. THOR Chairman Richard Copeland, a north side native, reached an agreement last year with the city and county on a $36 million, 92,000-square foot project at Plymouth Avenue and Penn Avenue N., which also will benefit from a county-owned parking ramp to be built that also will serve the expanding NorthPoint Health Center and another business. Thor is moving about 250 jobs from leased space in Fridley, according to the company last year. In all it looks like close to $70 million in private-and-public funds being invested in what looks like one of the biggest multi-building projects ever on the redevelopment-hungry north side of town. We photograph the groundbreaking of the retail complex on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Thor Construction headquarters project gets Target backing

Trial opens for man accused of shooting Jamar Clark protesters
Tom Hoch to leave Hennepin theaters early; former General Mills exec named interim boss
Minneapolis to overhaul SE. 4th Street near TCF Bank Stadium

“It’s almost universal that neighbors want the first shovel to be for student housing,” said neighbor Cathy Plessner. But, she said, it’s a complex issue.

St. Thomas' new facilities plan gets mixed reviews from neighbors

St. Paul Port Authority prepares to lease property near soccer stadium site
St. Paul's Palace Theatre picks Atmosphere, Jayhawks for inaugural concerts March 10-11
For St. Paul's newest beermaker, Black Stack Brewing will be family affair

Glen Taylor paying $9M more for Target Center renovations

New funds push project's cost to $138 million.


Tom Hoch to leave Hennepin theaters early; former General Mills exec named interim boss

Former General Mills exec to replace CEO Tom Hoch on interim basis.


Airport police chief: Vigilant oversight at MSP following Florida shootings

Experts disagree whether TSA needs to change rules for checking guns.


Obama's latest round of clemency grants touches Midwest

President Obama’s clemency announcement was greeted with elation by several churchgoers in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday: Their friend Kenny Gragg will soon be free. A…


Larry Leventhal, attorney who championed Indian rights, dies at 75

For more than 40 years, he traveled the country representing Indian tribes and activists in battles over water, land, fishing and hunting rights.


Minneapolis backs $6M loan for nonprofit North Side grocery

The Minneapolis CDA is issuing tax revenue bonds for the North Market project.


Motorist dies in fiery crash south of St. Cloud

The victim's identity has yet to be released.


Father of two slain outside Mpls. club Jan. 8 remembered as family man who avoided trouble

Friends and relatives described William Irvin, 35, as a dedicated family man, who lived quietly in his North St. Paul apartment.


20 years for Minn. father who fatally shook baby for keeping him awake

He'll serve nearly 11 years in prison and the remainder on supervised release.


Propane tanker slides into retaining pond in Lakeville; driver rescued

The crash occurred near Interstate 35, police said.