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Historic State Hospital building in Anoka reopens as veterans housing

More than 350 volunteers scrambled to get the improvements finished by winter, compressing six months of work into less than two months.

Some are calling it a "miracle on 4th Street" after volunteers defy odds to rehab old Anoka State Hospital into housing for veterans.

Judge denies request to block Mpls. $15 minimum wage from starting Jan. 1

Minneapolis new minimum wage ordinance, which will eventually raise the citywide minimum to $15 per hour, goes into effect Jan. 1.(Leila Navidi/Star Tribune) leila.navidi@startribune.com

Minneapolis can enforce new rules, despite lawsuit.

Minnesota anticipates major drop-off in refugee arrivals

Portrait of Khadar Abdullahi, whose uncle and aunt's resettlement to the US has been delayed repeatedly this year. Khadar was born and grew up in the Kenyan refugee camp where his uncle waits Thursday December 7, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Trump administration restrictions could affect Minnesota more than other states because it's traditionally one of the country's key resettlement destinations.

Minnesota high court considers whether late serial killer deserves case review

Innocence Project wants to clear the name of Billy Glaze and seek justice.

Girl sexually assaulted while on unsupervised leave from treatment facility

Treatment center failed to monitor her contact with an adult.

Officer fires shot trying to talk down Blaine man threatening others with butcher knife

3 people critically hurt on I-94 in alcohol-related wrong-way crash in Mpls.

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Nov. 3, 1968: A bad Jimi Hendrix experience
Yesterday's News

He "doesn't sing too well, and he doesn't play his white guitar too well, but he does have a lot of sex," one critic wrote after witnessing Jimi Hendrix play the Minneapolis Auditorium.

Feb. 8, 1922: Indian reputed to be 137 years old dies at Cass Lake
Yesterday's News

Ga-Be-Nah-Gewn-Wonce (variously known as Kay-bah-nung-we-way, Sloughing Flesh, Wrinkled Meat or plain old—well, really old—John Smith) was reputed to be 137 years old when he died. Whatever his precise age, his well-lined face indicates a man who led a long and full life. He had eight wives but no children. He fought, he fished, he counseled, he rode horses and trains, he appeared in moving pictures and he sold postcards. The Tribune's page-one obituary featured a two-column photo of Ga-Be-Nah-Gewn-Wonce.

Rendering of the planned apartment buildings in Mendota Heights that will feature two 70-unit complexes.

Mendota Heights residents battle city over apartment project

South metro news briefs: Inver Grove Heights to add first police dog
South metro blotter, Dec. 10
Rochester police seek help solving string of six robberies in 36 hours

The Edina Rotary Club is having a 13th birthday celebration for Moses Mwaura, the young Kenyan boy they sponsored, who received corrective eye and teeth surgery and who is back in Edina for the first time in seven years.

Seven years after his 'miracle,' Kenyan boy returns to Minnesota

With lots of hot new restaurants, Wayzata is suddenly 'the place to be'
90-year-old man dies of injuries suffered in fire at Chanhassen assisted living facility
West metro news briefs: Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park approve tobacco restrictions

Champlin Cemetery has been cleaned up by city order, but some say the place has lost a lot of its character as a result.

Champlin cemetery cleanup draws complaints

North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater police move into expanded HQ
North/East metro police blotter, Dec. 10
Historic State Hospital building in Anoka reopens as veterans housing

During the week, crews repaired a water main that had caused a washout and the closure of Interstate 694 in Oakdale. The highway was reopened to traffic Saturday morning.

I-694 in Oakdale reopens to traffic after week of detours

North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater police move into expanded HQ
North/East metro police blotter, Dec. 10
St. Croix River bridge inspiring shifts in regional transportation

In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johnna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Damond in Minneapolis. Damond was killed by a Minneapolis police officer on July 15 after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he expects to decide by the end of the year whether to charge the officer in Damond's death.

Mpls. police bracing for backlash over officer in Justine Damond's death

Joe Biden promotes book in Minneapolis about son's death
Santa paws at Urban Tails Saturday
Officer fires shot trying to talk down Blaine man threatening others with butcher knife

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Family of Brasa employee killed in hit-and-run pleads for help in solving case

St. Paul home renovation uncovers hand-painted signs of the past
St. Paul City Council blocks effort to place Ford site plan on 2018 ballot
St. Paul police dog attacked innocent woman, suit says

Can Minnesota's government go green, and save big?

Gov. Dayton ordered all state agencies to hit aggressive and specific environmental goals in the next decade and a half.

Minneapolis police officers, civilians honored for outstanding service

Nearly 50 police officers and 21 citizens were honored at a Minneapolis police awards ceremony on Monday morning.

Decision barring Southwest LRT contractors questioned

To stem possible conflicts of interest, the Metropolitan Council banned the firms from working on the construction stage because they had worked on its earlier design and engineering phases. Groups call ban 'arbitrary' and 'misguided.'

Judge scolds Prince heirs after another filing over superstar's estate — this time for seeking vault's return to Chanhassen

A judge in Carver County has denied an emergency petition from Prince's heirs to move the vault containing masters of his unreleased music and videos…

Minnesota named the best run state in the nation

These are good times for Minnesota. Unemployment is low. The state's credit rating is high. And the average median household income is above average. That…

Ex-Gov. Carlson says Franken should stay in Senate, for now

Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson said he is "deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process."

Worker dies after falling into hopper at Minnesota turkey manure energy plant

The plant, which supplies energy to Xcel Energy, is slated to close next year.

Obituary: Former judge Roland Amundson advocated criminal justice reform after time in prison

Roland Amundson rose to one of the highest seats in the Minnesota legal system as a judge on the state Court of Appeals.He also came…

Fridley man challenges FBI search in terrorism probe

Lawyer for Fridley man says FBI should return phones and computers taken in raid.

The year in photos: From quiet moments to bustling arenas

From quiet moments to bustling arenas, our photographers covered it all.