Local news about Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Twin Cities metro and Minnesota | StarTribune.com

What happens to suburbs if Southwest light rail isn't built?

Construction has started on a luxury apartment complex in Hopkins. Suburbs have poured millions into development on the proposed Southwest rail line.

After significant development, leaders worry about the fate of their cities if line never comes.

Council Member Lisa Bender seeks to transform Minneapolis

Minneapolis Council Member Lisa Bender, an urban planner by trade, founded the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and has pushed for more bike lanes on city streets.

Focus on development has earned her fans — and criticism.

Storm-tossed Minnesota weathers a wild summer

Clouds loomed over Luxemburg, Minn., on July 11 — the calm before a storm that spawned tornadoes and caused flash flooding in central Minnesota.

Floods, tornadoes and scorching heat have battered the state

Hennepin County employee groups help workers love their jobs

It's the state's first public-sector entity to use employee resource groups.

Blaine city worker sweet on bees sets up City Hall hive

Dan Hauck hopes the city will start a community apiary.

Flood threat eases after storms drop heavy rains

More fierce weather is expected in the Twin Cities and Minnesota into Saturday night. A round earlier Saturday brought heavy wind and some structure fires.

Beleaguered Viking ship sails for Chicago; Duluth fate uncertain

The fate of Draken's visits to Green Bay, Wis., and Duluth remains unclear.

Mpls. police seek help to solve fatal stabbing of activist last year

Minneapolis police detectives are asking for the public's help in finding whoever was responsible for last summer's beating death of prominent North Side activist and artist Susan Spiller.

The Drive
Weekend traffic alert: Shutdowns on I-94 in Midway area, Hwy. 100

As it's hot, hot, hot, motorists may find the biggest traffic snarls this weekend on roads leading to lakes, pools and all places cool.

Minnesota federal tactic on gun violence gets noticed in Chicago

"If we can't get them for the shootings, let's get them for the guns they used in the shootings," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Paulsen.

Reversing course, Minneapolis and St. Paul lead suburbs in growth

Suburbs still robust, but many families are seeking out homes in urban core.

Falcon Heights, reeling from shooting, hopes for positive change

Suburb finds itself at the center of national debate over race relations and policing.

Metro briefs: Excelsior to get first independent senior living facility

Excelsior leaders approved plans last week for the city’s first independent senior living facility. Construction will begin on the Waters of Excelsior by the end…

Obituary: Rosie Valentini was longtime Iron Range chef

Rosie Valentini was known for her red sauce. She was known for her chicken cacciatore, too, and meatballs that gave her bragging rights with family.…

Corrections for July 24, 2016

A story on E14 in some editions today should have said the Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U” will be available for streaming beginning July…

Minneapolis pizza delivery driver shot overnight in vehicle during robbery attempt

Driver, who was rushed to HCMC with serious injuries, was in critical but stable condition.

Mug shot sleaze doesn't justify keeping them secret

The mug shot is the star of the voyeur’s internet. Any web search turns up thousands of images of people booked and photographed by police,…

Minnesota state Sen. Jeff Hayden's sister fatally shot in Atlanta

The 25-year-old woman was caught in rival gangs' crossfire, Hayden wrote on social media.

Patty Wetterling brings clout to board working to prevent clergy abuse

She joins effort to prevent abuse by Catholic priests.