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Northstar's on-time record improves; riders begin to return

The Drive

The Northstar Commuter line has taken beatings both in the press and at the fare box over the past couple years largely over its dismal on time performance. But passengers are starting to find their way back.

Activist attorney, busted by U police, fights City Attorney's office

Jordan Kushner, who has clashed frequently with the city attorney's office, maintains he's innocent and is being politically targeted — something the city attorney's office denies.

Thousands of Mpls. property owners sent wrong notices


Incorrect property assessment notices went to almost 3,000 households by a mailing firm to which the city outsourced the job.

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ACLU, NAACP suit calls for release of Clark shooting video

State agencies are being sued. Activists have been demanding release of the video since the mid-November shooting.

Health care 'homes' that oversee patient care save Minnesota $1B

The reform strategy offered extra funding to oversee patient care and reduced medical complications, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Suburban leaders seek local control over seats on Met Council

Officials from four suburban counties want to change how the regional planning agency is run.

BLM threatens to shut down Red Bull Crashed Ice races in St. Paul

On Monday, it demanded that St. Paul officer Jeffrey Rothecker be fired

Plymouth to crack down on drivers wearing both earbuds

It's illegal to drive while wearing headphones in both ears and this month Plymouth Police will be looking for drivers who violate the law.

Dayton proposes paid parental leave for all state employees

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to offer paid parental leave to all 35,000 state employees.

Bank in Ridgedale area robbed; suspect may have hit another in Golden Valley

The latest robbery of a US Bank branch occurred Monday night inside a Lunds & Byerly's.

2 seats in Legislature up for grabs in special election

Suburban voters are picking two new state lawmakers to fill vacancies at the Minnesota Legislature.

6 hurt when 25 vehicles crash in Milwaukee suburb

Six people were injured when 25 vehicles crashed in nine separate accidents on a Milwaukee area highway.

Lights go out on iconic St. Paul '1st' sign above First National Bank Building

It will cost $500,000 to redo the sign with LED lights, officials said.

Jamar Clark benefit planned at Capri Theater

A collection of spoken word artists, singers and emcees from Minnesota and around the country will perform at a benefit for Jamar Clark on Tuesday evening in north Minneapolis.

Minnesota gaming dollars, e-tabs are rising

Charitable gaming in Minnesota jumped by 10 percent in one year’s time, with north metro nonprofits — and cities that take a cut of the…

Minneapolis on deck as Houston takes ball for next Super Bowl

Houston plays host to the 2017 Super Bowl, then comes Minneapolis in 2018 — Super Bowl LII, to be precise, at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota's big-game planners were out in force last week in the Bay Area.

Little Falls teen admits texting at time of collision that killed two

Carlee Bollig's phone showed she sent and received "multiple electronic messages" on Facebook in the minutes leading up to the crash, even as a passenger implored her to stop texting.

St. Cloud canine explosive detection company picking up local business

Dogs trained to detect bombs and drugs now in demand to fight domestic terror.