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Buckthorn-eating goats to debut in Minneapolis parks Tuesday

Minneapolis is adding goats, like this one at a St. Paul park, at Cedar Lake Regional Park and Wirth Park to eat buckthorn and other unwanted vegetation. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

The Park Board hopes the goats allow the agency to cut down on the use of herbicides.

Minneapolis City Council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance

The Minneapolis City Council laid out the basics of a minimum wage ordinance on Friday.

Public hearing and City Council vote are set for June; some details still being worked out.

More than the rooster is new at the revamped Sculpture Garden

“The sculptures are the stars now.”
Walker Executive Director Olga Viso

The $10 million makeover acaps a yearslong transformation of the Walker's campus led by Olga Viso, the art center's executive director. And the garden's June 3 reopening marks a major moment for the city, which is gussying itself up to host the Super Bowl next year.

In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater

The project will reuse storm runoff for residential lawns.

Fine dining keeps expanding in a onetime 'desert' of White Bear Lake

Mizu, in White Bear Lake, arrives in June as the latest entry.

Fans of prized Edina fishing hole, Minnehaha Creek rapids fight to save them

Some in Edina head to the City Council on Tuesday to oppose the plan to alter the creek in Arden Park.

Travel season expected to be brisk as Memorial Day weekend kicks it off

The preferred mode of transport: Driving


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May 2, 1954: The Draw Me girl
Yesterday's News

Art Instruction Inc., once located just around the corner from the old Star and Tribune building on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, offered drawing courses by mail for more than a century. Here the Minneapolis Tribune profiles the commercial art school that trained the likes of Charles M. Schulz ("Peanuts") and Carlos de la Vega (who?).

Weekend traffic: Memorial Day getaway and lots of sporting events
The Drive

If AAA's predictions are correct, the roads leading out of the metro might be more crowded than those in town as throngs head to the lakes, cabins and places to enjoy the season's first long holiday weekend. Major road construction project could also hamper in-town travel


A custom pipe system will collect rainwater, store it in a pond and treat it before delivering it to homes for irrigation.

In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater

South metro news briefs: Le Sueur lures away Shakopee's economic development director
South metro police blotter, May 28
Faribault man driving motorcycle dies in Rice County crash

George Heinen is a regular at Minnehaha Creek in Arden Park in Edina. Plans call for removing a dam and restoring the creek’s curves, eventually eliminating the fishing hole.

Fans of prized Edina fishing hole, Minnehaha Creek rapids fight to save them

In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater
West metro briefs: Plymouth to cut ribbon on Northwest Greenway recreation trail
West metro police blotter, May 28

Mohamed Sheikh, a Lyndale Elementary fourth-grader, worked on his dog-paddling skills as teacher Drew Gau assisted.

Hennepin County, YMCA partner on water survival skills for kids

North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater's Historic Courthouse to reopen for 150th anniversary
North/East metro police blotter, May 28
BCA: Teen shot by Crystal police aimed pellet gun at officers

Daron Close, left, with Acqua chef/co-owner Chris Whalen in 2009.

Fine dining keeps expanding in a onetime 'desert' of White Bear Lake

North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater's Historic Courthouse to reopen for 150th anniversary
North/East metro police blotter, May 28
At Bethel University, eight special students celebrate a milestone

Minneapolis is adding goats, like this one at a St. Paul park, at Cedar Lake Regional Park and Wirth Park to eat buckthorn and other unwanted vegetation. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Buckthorn-eating goats to debut in Minneapolis parks Tuesday

Minneapolis City Council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance
Walker director expresses regret over new scaffold sculpture
More than the rooster is new at the revamped Sculpture Garden

Pro President Donald Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters exchanged words in the rotunda hallway during a national March4Trump at the State Capitol on March 4 in St. Paul. DAVID JOLES ï david.joles@startribune.com National March4Trump Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN.

8 counterdemonstrators charged in scuffles at pro-Trump rally in St. Paul

Teardownapolis? Buildings in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul don't last long
Bonding bill includes $115M for projects in Mpls., St. Paul
Battered teacher's case against St. Paul schools dismissed

Charges: Man killed parents in Eden Prairie with screwdriver

The 38-year-old had recently been released from a civil commitment for mental health issues.


Minnesota boaters face a new regulation, speed rules for Memorial Day

New law this year requires carbon monoxide detectors on boats with enclosed cabins.


Hennepin County, YMCA partner on water survival skills for kids

New program will give swim lessons to low-income kids.


Walker director expresses regret over new scaffold sculpture

Olga Viso penned an open letter to a St. Paul American Indian newspaper about the piece, "Scaffold" (2012), which references the execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato in 1862.


At Bethel University, eight special students celebrate a milestone

First graduating class of Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development program is filled with pride and excitement.


Minneapolis police will boost patrols over Memorial Day weekend

The goal is to find drunken drivers and add officers in trouble-prone areas of the city.


8 counterdemonstrators charged in scuffles at pro-Trump rally in St. Paul

Ramsey County attorney said the right to assemble peacefully was at stake.


Faribault man driving motorcycle dies in Rice County crash

The 79-year-old's death was the first reported fatality of what is often a deadly stretch of days on Minnesota roads.


Bonding bill includes $115M for projects in Mpls., St. Paul

Road projects and the Como Zoo seal habitat are among the projects included in the bill.


Dayton says he is undecided on signing all 10 budget bills

The governor leveled criticism at some features of the plan, particularly the tax bill, after the Legislature wrapped up its special session at 3 a.m. Friday.