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Minneapolis will try to smooth bar closing traffic with extra staffers

Minneapolis Police officers on horses clear the streets in the early morning after the clubs have closed in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, June 21, 2015. ] LEILA NAVIDI leila.navidi@startribune.com /

The city plans to deploy a dozen traffic agents and licensing inspectors to smooth bar traffic downtown.

Protesters oppose Hennepin County deputies being sent to North Dakota protests

Williamette Hardy, right, of the Red Lake Reservation gets a hug from Gio Cerise of White Earth during a rally Tuesday in Minneapolis. They met at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: People rally against deputies from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office being sent to the pipeline protests in North Dakota outside of City Hall in Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. After the State of North Dakota requested assistance, deputies from Hennepin, Anoka and Washington County sheriff’s offices were deployed to Morton County, North Dakota on Sunday where the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been taking place.

Canada's new top diplomat in Minn. wastes little time making hockey connection

Wild hockey coach Bruce Boudreau visited Khawar Nasim in the diplomat’s Minneapolis office.

The counsel general is responsible for relations with Minnesota and four other states in the region.

Winona County Board moves closer to a frac sand mining ban

Commissioners voted 3-2 for language that would make it first county in the state to prohibit the industry.

Is white privilege real? 'Absolutely it is,' Hopkins panelists say

Panelists discussed diversity, understanding and the need to be an ally.

Minnesota Somali groups join to speak with one voice at Capitol

Eight nonprofits plan to ask state legislators for about $11 million for community initiatives.

Fraternity expels two members who interfered in U rape case

The national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity's CEO said the fraternity "stands strongly against those who would commit this callous act as well as those who seek to cover it up."

Tevlin: Ugly St. Paul dumping ground now sprouts vegetables and friendships
Jon Tevlin

In May of 2012, this stretch of land near the corner of Prior and Gilbert avenues in St. Paul was a mess of weeds and…

Edina superintendent announces departure
Class Act

Superintendent Ric Dressen sets June 30 as last day in Edina.

Edina grad facing charges of sexually assaulting 4 women in Madison

Police are investigating two additional cases against the 2014 Edina graduate.

Charges: Anger at ex prompted driver to fatally hit man in Mpls.

Victim later died of head injuries at hospital.

Driver admits to fatal hit-and-run near Lake Mille Lacs

An east-central Minnesota man with a drunken-driving conviction on his record has pleaded guilty to fatally hitting a woman just southeast of Lake Mille Lacs…

Obituary: Alan Anderson, longtime owner of Anderson's China

Alan Anderson lived in a world of elegance and sparkles but always tried to stay grounded and dwell in simplicity. Anderson ran three Anderson’s…

Clergy Appreciation Month gains steam

Although calendars show Teacher Appreciation Week, National Police Week, and even Truck Driver Appreciation Week, those hardworking clergy haven’t quite had their day in the…

Cyclists seek more direct routes to MSP Airport's main terminal

Cyclists currently can't get to Terminal 1, but there's a move to change that.

Tevlin: Ugly St. Paul dumping ground now sprouts vegetables and friendships

In May of 2012, this stretch of land near the corner of Prior and Gilbert avenues in St. Paul was a mess of weeds and…

Woman's body found in drainage ditch in Blaine

A woman’s body was discovered Tuesday morning in a drainage ditch on the property of the National Sports Center in Blaine, police said. A maintenance…

Court order for Gophers players stays in place, will be reviewed

A judge said Tuesday that he would decide before the Gophers' next home game on Nov. 5 whether the restraining order against five football players would be continued.

Truck driver fatally hit by large pipe during unloading in Blaine

The incident occurred at a construction equipment business.