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Minneapolis cops retreat from stricter deadly-force policy

“Our members were up in arms,” Lt. Bob Kroll, president of Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said of proposed changes to Minneapolis police standards for officers using deadly force.

Union and rank-and-file complained that the new rules would hamper effective policing.

Good sign or bad? Minnesota refugees study travel ban ruling for hints

“I could tell my clients to relax, at least for the next few months,” said Abdulwahid Osman, a Somali-American immigration lawyer in the Twin Cities.

Ban supporters say the decision largely vindicated Trump. But opponents point out that most refugees coming to Minnesota have family or other ties to the state, so few would be affected by the order.

St. Croix boater's death likely from carbon monoxide poisoning

Three people fell ill on this boat. One died, and another was in critical condition Monday afternoon.

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

Free acts at State Fair band shell include Pointer Sisters, Tanya Tucker, Foghat

Also at the free venue are George Clinton, Chris Janson and Hippo Campus.

With no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off

No new cases in weeks after authorities rushed to contain the outbreak.

U discovers 'powerhouse' new treatment in fight against deadly skin disease

Since the U received federal approval last fall to offer the treatment experimentally, seven patients have undergone the procedure.

FBI report: Minnesotans reported losing $12.6 million to cybercrime in 2016

Business e-mail frauds and online dating scams were the most costly.

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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.

Big ideas for open government fall short at Legislature

Transparency advocates had grand plans for improving public access to government information in Minnesota this legislative session. One proposal would have stopped the mass…

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

Man arrested in shooting death in Minnetonka released from jail
St. Louis Park picks new community development director
West metro news briefs: Eden Prairie approves backyard chicken ordinance

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 $3 million settlement in death
Million-dollar settlements in other police-use-of force cases
St. Croix boater's death likely from carbon monoxide poisoning

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
Minneapolis cops retreat from stricter deadly-force policy

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 $3 million settlement in death

Woodbury officials concerned over spike in vandalism in city parks

The heaviest damage has been reported at HealthEast Sports Center and Ojibway and Stonemill Farms parks

An act of racism stunned Delano; now the town is fighting back

The push for unity in Delano comes against the backdrop of a changing Minnesota. More than a million people of color live in the state, about 20 percent of all residents.

Order in Greg LeMond lawsuit temporarily stymies alleged 'cybersquatters'

Cycling legend sued an Orono marketing veteran and his son over squatting on web addresses.

Man's body pulled from Mississippi near Washington Av. bridge

A man’s body was pulled from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said. The body was found about…

Philando Castile family reaches $3 million settlement in death

The mother of Philando Castile has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve.

Sculpture near stadium tells story of birds, climate change

The idea for "Orbacles" was in part inspired by the bird controversy at U.S. Bank Stadium, which looms over the sculptures on the east side the park.

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

U.S. Bank Stadium's operator will control suites for big upcoming events.

Minneapolis keeps business with Wells Fargo, also looks to contract with smaller banks

City Council members had asked for alternatives to big banks.

Man arrested in shooting death in Minnetonka released from jail

The man arrested in the shooting death at a retail storage outlet in Minnetonka last week was released from jail.Thomas E. Luetzow, 58, of…

Million-dollar settlements in other police-use-of force cases

Several police use-of-force suits filed in recent years have each resulted in million-dollar settlements. They include: • The Minneapolis City Council voted in June 2011…