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Snelling busway gets strong start; don't count on extension soon

A new A Line bus on Ford Parkway in St. Paul. Most of the route is on Snelling Avenue, ending at Rosedale.

Unlike the south metro's Red Line, at least so far, the A Line from south Minneapolis to Roseville is reporting solid ridership results.

After 7 years, an Edina police dog has gone on his last patrol

After seven years as partners, officer Jason Behr is adjusting to a new role in the Edina Police Department and Blade is getting used to a more relaxed life as a well-loved civilian at Behr's home.

Blade the K-9 retired last month and is now living with longtime partner Jason Behr. Both are getting used to their new roles.

Trout opener draws hundreds to Chaska's Courthouse Lake

Chris Toll fished outside of his ice house well on Courthouse Lake in Chaska for the trout opener on Jan. 14.

Ice fishing enthusiasts enjoyed a balmy opener, and a chance to celebrate old and new traditions.

Lowry Avenue in northeast Minneapolis preps for redevelopment

Housing will replace abandoned buildings.

Residents of Twin Cities suburbs find places online to gather, vent

Civic Facebook groups gain influence, critics.

Minnesota's outdoor ice rinks feeling the heat

90,000-plus march in St. Paul with message for Trump

"We've come a long way, and we could lose it in a heartbeat," said one protester about the election of Donald Trump. Police say between 90,000 and 100,000 people attended the march.


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Tevlin: To most blessed guy, ALS stands for 'a loving savior'
Jon Tevlin

  The stories started even before the smell of Sweet Martha’s cookies, being baked by Gary Olson, one of the actual founders of the Minnesota…

Minnesota goes after leakers, too

In one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of a high-profile government whistleblower and pardoned another. Obama’s actions last…


Mary Dodds and Maggie Mortensen, co-founders of North Aire Market, worked on making soup in their Shakopee test kitchen.

QVC serves up prime-time spot for Shakopee soup ladies Sunday

Trout opener draws hundreds to Chaska's Courthouse Lake
South news briefs: Sibley Historic Site in Mendota gets $10,000 gift for improvements
South metro police blotter, Jan. 22

After seven years as partners, officer Jason Behr is adjusting to a new role in the Edina Police Department and Blade is getting used to a more relaxed life as a well-loved civilian at Behr's home.

After 7 years, an Edina police dog has gone on his last patrol

Trout opener draws hundreds to Chaska's Courthouse Lake
West metro briefs: Plymouth police launch program to stop gas pump skimming
West metro police blotter, Jan. 22

A Blue Line train headed to Target Field. Now approved, an extension will connect the 13-mile line to Brooklyn Park, through north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and Crystal. Passenger service is expected to begin in 2021.

Bottineau Blue Line LRT gains key federal approval

Columbia Heights seminary vows to continue clash with BBB
Rapid warm-up inspires Twin Cities golf club to open its outdoor range
MPCA pushes to keep Twin Cities trash burning at capacity

A new A Line bus on Ford Parkway in St. Paul. Most of the route is on Snelling Avenue, ending at Rosedale.

Snelling busway gets strong start; don't count on extension soon

North/east metro briefs: Woodbury considers lodging tax to upgrade indoor park
North/east metro police blotter, Jan. 22
Columbia Heights seminary vows to continue clash with BBB

Advanced material: T3 is the first commercial property in the country to use engineered wood for its structure and interior. Amazon.com is one of the building’s first tenants.

In heart of North Loop, a new office building becomes architectural attraction

North Loop becoming the place to be for retail
Minneapolis seeks to make taprooms dog-friendly
About 2,000 protesters converge in downtown Mpls. to protest Trump

Hend Al-Mansour had three figures painted on the tree trunk that once stood in front of her home in the Union Park area of St. Paul.

Merriam Park neighborhood 'Goddess Tree' installed in St. Paul gallery

Snelling busway gets strong start; don't count on extension soon
Near St. Paul's restored train depot, a new apartment rises
90,000-plus march in St. Paul with message for Trump

Tracking metro area community Facebook groups

A growing number of suburban residents are turning to city-specific Facebook groups to share events, post concerns and get engaged in civic and political life.…


'It's just beautiful' as Minnesotans head to Washington for march

Many had spent 24 or so hours on a bus, but their enthusiasm remained strong.


For St. Cloud theater, planning is a pivotal act

– After 19 years of planning theatrical seasons for GREAT Theatre, executive artistic director Dennis Whipple knows a thing or two about…


Tevlin: To most blessed guy, ALS stands for 'a loving savior'

  The stories started even before the smell of Sweet Martha’s cookies, being baked by Gary Olson, one of the actual founders of the Minnesota…


Weston Noble, giant of American choral music, dies at 94

With a gentle voice and an incisive ear, conductor Weston Noble taught countless young people the joy of making music. The revered choral director and…


State briefs: More counterfeit bills circulating around Duluth

Duluth More counterfeit bills circulating around city Duluth police are warning people to look out for fake money. An increasing number of counterfeit bills have…


1972 hoops brawl made for one nasty night in U's sports history

It erupted 45 years ago this week near the end of the Gophers-Ohio State basketball game at Williams Arena.


Minnesota goes after leakers, too

In one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of a high-profile government whistleblower and pardoned another. Obama’s actions last…


Park Board seeks public input on north Minneapolis park plans

Park Board seeks committee members for north Mpls. park updates in coming years.


Rochester arcade offers video gaming blasts from the past

Throwback video games mix fun with a sense of nostalgia