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New plaza in the works for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska

People overlooking Lake Calhoun as evening set in.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall, according to the Park Board.

Columbus City Council delays vote on proposed asphalt plant

Jerry Longo unhooked a strap from the reins of “Caress of Steel” after he massaged her legs Wednesday night in the stables of Running Aces. Bituminous Roadways wants to build an asphalt plant in Columbus, near the horse racing track.

Bituminous Roadways wants to build the plant near where Interstates 35W and 35E converge. But opponents, including Running Aces Casino and Horsetrack, aren't happy.

Man gets more than 36 years for Minneapolis drug robbery-turned slaying

Quintel Flowers was angry that he had been shorted on a marijuana deal.

Justine Damond's family sets up memorial fund

Donations will support social justice causes that were important to Damond.

Black faith and community leaders call for permanent appointment of Arradondo as police chief

Spike Moss, Rev. Jerry McAfee and other faith and community leaders addressed reporters at a news conference on Minneapolis' North Side.

Well-known Mpls. restaurants add health care surcharge

Owner of Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl and other locales said she opted for surcharge, rather than "raising prices here and there" on menu items.

Former Chanhassen High School principal sentenced to prison for porn possession

Timothy Dorway sentenced to five years in prison, admits porn addiction.


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SouthWest Transit raises fares for State Fair express service
The Drive

Metro Transit bus and rail fares are not the only ones going up. SouthWest Transit said it's raising fares for its State Fair express service for the first time in 20 years.

A look at how much it costs to ride the bus in other U.S. cities
The Drive

The Metropolitan Counci will vote Wednesday on a proposal to rasie metro area bus fares by 25 cents. If approved, as expected, the cost to take a local off-peak bus or light-rail ride will rise to $2. Express bus fares would go up to $2.50.


Shakopee Public Schools approves Gary Anger, current superintendent of Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools, as interim superintendent for the district until June 30, 2019.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa superintendent to lead Shakopee schools

Dakota County teacher charged with having sex with student
Reward offered in Farmington four-plex arson case
Fan who prompted Peter Frampton's Treasure Island meltdown laments her role

Food waste was added to a hopper for mixing with yard waste at Organics Recycling Development in Rosemount. A decade after Hennepin County began pilot programs for organics recycling, just 11 cities in the county offer those programs.

Hennepin Co. considers requiring curbside organics recycling

Dakota County teacher charged with having sex with student
Earl Dresser, known for nurturing creativity in health care, has died at age 93
Richfield City Council approves construction of long-awaited band shell

Jerry Longo unhooked a strap from the reins of “Caress of Steel” after he massaged her legs Wednesday night in the stables of Running Aces. Bituminous Roadways wants to build an asphalt plant in Columbus, near the horse racing track.

Columbus City Council delays vote on proposed asphalt plant

Playground torched in Coon Rapids park, suspects sought
$200,000 in bookkeeping thievery earns Mound woman a year in jail
Arden Hills will allow organic waste site

Rebecca Cuellar watered her garden from a rain barrel on the deck with her daughter, Ali, 6. They also collected water by setting up buckets in the shower stall.

Cottage Grove rescinds summerlong watering ban effective Aug. 1

Arden Hills will allow organic waste site
Search continues for kayaker who vanished on St. Croix two weeks ago
Mahtomedi man charged in White Bear Lake woman's heroin overdose death

People overlooking Lake Calhoun as evening set in.

New plaza in the works for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska

Chief: Minneapolis police will have to turn on body cameras for all calls
Developers update plans for tower, more at General Mills site near river in Minneapolis
Man gets more than 36 years for Minneapolis drug robbery-turned slaying

The Hillcrest Golf Club clubhouse. The club, on St. Paul' East Side, is set to close Oct. 31.

Union owners can't keep St. Paul golf club going

St. Paul moves ahead with talks on coordinated trash hauling
Legendary Lexington returns with well-rendered classics from a top-shelf chef
A restaurant-starved St. Paul neighborhood gets a new buzzed-about pizza joint

Minnesota gun sellers get a crash course on security

ATF's education push comes amid national rise in burglaries.


What you need to know about how government secrets are made

An overview of how the federal government classifies (and declassifies) information.


Bike thieves rivaled bike riders in late 19th-century Twin Cities

19th-century bike craze in the metro brought with it rampant theft


Excelsior beach on Lake Minnetonka reopens after temporary shut-down due to E. coli

Hennepin County has reopened Excelsior's public beach on Lake Minnetonka, a day after shutting it down due to high E. coli levels.The county, which monitors…


Police standards board rejects naming training fund for Castile

Gov. Mark Dayton had recommended that the $12 million police training fund be named for Castile, who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2016.


1 dead, 1 injured after car plunges off bridge onto I-94 in north Mpls.

A passenger also was hurt when the vehicle landed on the westbound lanes of I-94 and burst into flames.


SouthWest Transit raises fares for State Fair express service

Metro Transit bus and rail fares are not the only ones going up. SouthWest Transit said it's raising fares for its State Fair express service for the first time in 20 years.


Met Council votes to increase Metro Transit fares by 25 cents

Come Oct. 1, passengers using public transit in the Twin Cities will pay more. The move was made despite widespread opposition.


'Humble and sweet' Frampton calls Twin Cities fan, apologizes for meltdown

Classic rocker also arranges to give longtime fan that autograph she was pursuing.


Wells Fargo Tower in Bloomington evacuated due to fumes

The Wells Fargo Tower in Bloomington was temporarily evacuated because of fumes from construction. The 24-story building is located at 7900 Xerxes Av. S. Several…