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Ex-CEO of Microsoft, L.A. Clippers owner donates $20 million to St. Paul nonprofit College Possible

Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, shown in July.

Gift from Steve Ballmer, which is unrestricted, will be dispensed to the St. Paul-based nonprofit over a 10-year period.

St. Paul considers restricting sale of menthol tobacco

St. Paul is considering restrictions on the sale of menthol tobacco. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have already restricted sales of other flavored tobacco.

The city already restricts the sale of some flavors of tobacco.

Shakopee council member asked to resign reacts with total silence

Shakopee city councilman Mike Luce listens to fellow council member Jay Whiting, who demanded that Luce resign, during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Tension between two of Shakopee's council members strained to the breaking point when one filed a complaint alleging that the other had misspent money from the Shakopee Heritage Society.

Edina approves disputed park and creek restoration plan

The plan was denounced for months by "Save the Waterfall," a neighborhood group.

Internet access across Minnesota has improved, but still gaps for some

While about 80 percent of Minnesotans have home high-speed internet access, there are still disparities among demographic groups.

Mystic Lake Casino locks up massive, glitzy nightclub for the Super Bowl

During Super Bowl week early next year, Mystic Lake Casino will host a massive traveling nightclub for four days that counts some of pop music's biggest stars among its attractions as it has roamed the country.

'Bad press,' politics blamed for failure of $24M Shakopee project

CPM Cos. had planned to buy and demolish the old City Hall and replace it with a 70-unit, market rate apartment complex geared toward young professionals. as well as a 100-room boutique hotel nearby.


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Tevlin: From serving in Iraq to working on Ph.D, U scholar is 'like a kid in a candy store'
Jon Tevlin

Jason Jones is the first in his family to go to college, and he said the U's TRIO McNair Scholars program has been instrumental in getting an advanced degree.

It's National Child Passenger Safety week. Is your child properly buckled up?
The Drive

This is National Child Passenger Safety Week as proclaimed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the time of year when parents of children are urged to be sure their young passengers are buckled up and in the correct car seat for their age and size.


City Administrator Bill Reynolds walks through the Shakopee Community Center on Sept. 1.

'Bad press,' politics blamed for failure of $24M Shakopee project

Mystic Lake Casino locks up massive, glitzy nightclub for the Super Bowl
Family-run farm store in Rosemount marks 90 years by changing with the times
Judge rules Dakota County fur farm can keep one wolf

Mastery School students make their way off the school bus in August at a Minneapolis charter school that's part of the Harvest Network.

Minneapolis' black families lead way in fleeing to other schools

Robbinsdale's hot Travail restaurant sells discounted tickets for last-minute seats
Motorcyclist killed in Eden Prairie crash was father of 3
Edina approves disputed park and creek restoration plan

Co-owner and chef Mike Brown passes a charcuterie board to another chef for service to a table at Travail in Robbinsdale in 2014.

Robbinsdale's hot Travail restaurant sells discounted tickets for last-minute seats

Names of 3 more St. John's Abbey priests who sexually abused children are released
Candy back at Anoka Halloween parade after officials rescind ban
North/east metro news briefs: Rush Line busway route, station plans are taking shape

Ken Harycki sat during a Stillwater City Council meeting when he was mayor. Harycki is set to be sentenced at the end of the month.

Brothers tied to former Stillwater mayor plead guilty to tax crimes in federal court

Woodbury ruling may shift road development costs to taxpayers
As it turns out, Woodbury does have a history — on display soon
North/east metro news briefs: Rush Line busway route, station plans are taking shape

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo spoke about the increase use of body cameras in the last month during a press conference on Monday, September 18, 2017, Minneapolis, Minn. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ï renee.jones@startribune.com

Audit: Mpls. police using body cameras more; some still not adhering to policy

Minneapolis' black families lead way in fleeing to other schools
Angry renters demonstrate outside landlord Stephen Frenz's home
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith endorses Betsy Hodges for Minneapolis mayor

St. Paul is considering restrictions on the sale of menthol tobacco. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have already restricted sales of other flavored tobacco.

St. Paul considers restricting sale of menthol tobacco

Ex-CEO of Microsoft, L.A. Clippers owner donates $20 million to St. Paul nonprofit College Possible
Man charged with groping U student on street suspected of similar incidents
Jed Stephen 'Kos' Kosmoski, who worked with St. Paul college baseball, hockey teams, dies at 44

Dayton: 'Nightmarish' fed insurance process could cost state millions

The millions of dollars that Minnesota wants to spend to limit rate hikes in the individual health insurance market could cost the state millions more in federal funding for low-income health care.


How the school choice movement is reshaping Minnesota's public schools

The exodus of 130,000 Minnesota students from their home school districts is reshaping many of the state's public schools. Who's leaving, and why?


Minneapolis' black families lead way in fleeing to other schools

Reasons for leaving the district range from safety concerns to a belief that academics elsewhere are better than in Minneapolis, which has struggled for years to close the achievement gap between white and black students.


Angry renters demonstrate outside landlord Stephen Frenz's home

Renters demonstrate in Minneapolis and St. Paul over issues of gentrification and housing deterioration this week.


Lt. Gov. Tina Smith endorses Betsy Hodges for Minneapolis mayor

Hodges has also won support from SEIU, OutFront Minnesota and WomenWinning.


Motorcyclist killed in Eden Prairie crash was father of 3

A motorcyclist killed in a crash Saturday in Eden Prairie has been identified as Tyrone Demitrius Alexander Ellis. Ellis, 28, of Bloomington, died of multiple…


Driver arrested in Mpls. crash that killed St. Thomas student

A 21-year-old man was arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday by Wright County authorities on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.


Audit: Mpls. police using body cameras more; some still not adhering to policy

Police don't always turn cameras on, but use has spiked under new rules.


Rochester, police officer settle bias claim for $1 million

Police Lt. Elisa Umpierre filed the claim after she said she was suspended for comments she made on Facebook.


Names of 3 more St. John's Abbey priests who sexually abused children are released

The Collegeville abbey still has more than 60 lawsuits pending.