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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.

2 dead in crash in northwestern Minnesota; 3 kids age 3 and younger were among passengers

Flood threat eases after storms drop heavy rains

Flooding fears and fires accompanied storms in southern Minnesota.

State investigating Lyndale Corridor in Bloomington as possible Superfund site

Storm-tossed Minnesota weathers a wild summer

Floods, tornadoes and scorching heat have battered the state

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.

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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.

Blaine man shot, killed by father is identified

The 37-year-old man shot and killed by his father in Blaine was identified late Saturday. Joshua James Effertz died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Hennepin…

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…

Light-rail train clips car in downtown Minneapolis

A light-rail train clipped the rear of a car in downtown Minneapolis Saturday morning, authorities said. The accident happened around 10 a.m. as a westbound…

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.

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.

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.…

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,…