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Safe stolen during break-in of church just north of Twin Cities

This church office in Isanti, Minn., was ransacked.

Someone broke into a church just north of the Twin Cities, trashed the inside and fled with a safe, authorities said.

Ridgedale Library to close soon for major overhaul aimed at connectivity needs

Minnetonka, MN., Friday 10/8/99. Exterior of the new Hennepin County Library in Minnetonka, just across from Ridgedale. Hennepin County opens a major new library on Sunday, and it's a lot more than just a new building. It's a prototype library of the future that is designed to compete with -- and in fact outdo -- the Borders and the Barnes and Nobles of this world. Librarians have come to see such stores (as well as other competitive threats, such as amazon.com and free, easy computer access to booksand magazine articles right from your home computer) as serious threats to their future. They fear that a whole generation, especially the more affluent, would much rather sit in Borders' comfy couches sipping lattes and glancing at the latest bestsellerthan come to them and go on waiting lists for bestsellers -- and that a threat exists of libraries turning into a place that's just for poor people, with a resulting loss in public support. The new Ridgedale regional library is a fight-back operation, with the same coffee bars, with an unparalled number of computers, and with an architecturally welcoming, woodsy feel that no strip-mall Barnes and Noble can match.

36-year-old building will close for about a year for updates.

One dead, others ill after boating incident on St. Croix River

2 others in the hospital, with one in critical condition. The boat was found at a beach on the Wisconsin side of the river.

Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve.

3 Amish teens injured, 1 critically, after SUV rear-ends buggy in western Wis.

The most severely injured was thrown from the buggy and rendered unconscious, authorities said.

Order in Greg LeMond lawsuit temporarily stymies alleged 'cybersquatters'

The cycling legend has sued an Orono marketing veteran and his son over trademark infringement.

Drivers hit few snags on 1st day of partial Lowry tunnel closure

The opportunities for major backups on Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis were present Monday morning, but traffic continued to flow smoothly during the first morning commute with the Lowry Hill Tunnel reduced to two lanes in each direction.


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Drivers hit few snags on 1st day of partial Lowry tunnel closure
The Drive

The opportunities for major backups on Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis were present Monday morning, but traffic continued to flow smoothly during the first morning commute with the Lowry Hill Tunnel reduced to two lanes in each direction.

Tevlin: For these friends, Hiawatha's not just a golf course
Jon Tevlin

The Minneapolis golf course, much of it under sea level and with fairways undulated like a spongy bog following the rain, is under threat.


Karla Hemmann’s son Dane, who has cerebral palsy, isn’t able to play on a typical playground. So she’s leading the funding effort to get a specialized one built in Jordan to serve 60 to 80 students from River Valley Education Center.

Norwood Young America mom raises money for playground for students with special needs

At least one dead after Winona motorcycle crash
Franken tells Burnsville forum: GOP bill isn't about health care
Visitation students get firsthand lessons in the Great Depression

David Hewitt is the newest director of Minneapolis and Hennepin County’s Office to End Homelessness.

Office to End Homelessness in Hennepin County gets a new leader

St. Louis Park picks new community development director
West metro news briefs: Eden Prairie approves backyard chicken ordinance
Order in Greg LeMond lawsuit temporarily stymies alleged 'cybersquatters'

This church office in Isanti, Minn., was ransacked.

Safe stolen during break-in of church just north of Twin Cities

Minn. cities rethink carnivals, security at local summer festivals
North/east metro briefs: Woodbury citizens' 'weak ties' to community raise concern
North/east metro police blotter, June 25

The area between Grandma’s Bakery and parking spots is now an outdoor seating area with no trash in sight.

Makeover with a twist for a junk space in White Bear Lake

Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death
Three injured in Little Canada overnight shooting
One dead, others ill after boating incident on St. Croix River

Maryrose Dolezal and Roya Moltaji, right, danced to Van Morrison's "Moondance" after drinks on the rooftop with friends who live at the A-Mill Artist Lofts, part of the Minneapolis riverfront housing boom.

Minneapolis, St. Paul gain larger slice of metro population

In bid for re-election, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges stands by 'tough decisions'
Tevlin: For these friends, Hiawatha's not just a golf course
Pride, protest and passion were on display at Twin Cities parade

St. Paul police on Saturday were at the 200 block of Aurora Avenue, near a multiunit apartment building and tennis court where another fatal shooting happened a little more than two months ago.

Friends, family identify 19-year-old fatally shot in St. Paul near State Capitol

Minnesota liquor stores gear up for the start of Sunday sales
Minneapolis, St. Paul gain larger slice of metro population
Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

State agency hands over U.S. Bank Stadium luxury suites to its hired marketer

SMG will take over the suites for upcoming Vikings season, big concerts such as U2.


Dakota elders meet to ponder fate of 'Scaffold' materials

It was dismantled and removed from Sculpture Garden.


Commuting apocalypse in Twin Cities? Not yet, though afternoon rush hour awaits

Lowry Hill Tunnel, LRT shutdown conspire to make commuting a headache.


Police officers walk in annual Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade

Officers were allowed to march after being uninvited following the not guilty verdict in the Jeronimo Yanez case.


Tax cuts drive another wedge between GOP, Gov. Dayton

Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans will get more money in their pockets thanks to tax cuts beginning July 1, costing the state treasury about $650 million over the next two years.


Minneapolis cyclist had audacious dream to ride to New York City — in 1896

Primitive roads didn't make it easier for the liquor store owner on an unlikely trip.


At least one dead after Winona motorcycle crash

At least one person is dead after a motorcycle crossed the centerline and was hit by an oncoming car in Winona on Sunday night, according to the State Patrol.


St. Paul teachers stand by their schools amid enrollment dip

Annual survey finds improvement from 2 years ago, even as district overall faces enrollment declines.


Police ID man fatally shot at Minnetonka storage business

Authorities on Sunday identified the man who was fatally shot at a retail storage outlet in Minnetonka last week.


ID'd: Teen, father-to-be killed in separate car crashes

Authorities have identified two people who recently died in separate car crashes, one in western Minnesota and the other in western Wisconsin.