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New public square to liven up W. Broadway in Minneapolis

A new public plaza, Freedom Square, was dedicated Friday along W. Broadway at Logan Avenue N. in Minneapolis. At left, the program included, from left, Yonci Jameson, Kenna Cottman and Ebrima Sarge from the Voice of Culture Drum and Dance group. The community gathering space and a mural were inaugurated in conjunction with this weekend’s FLOW Northside Art Crawl.

Freedom Square was unveiled, along with new benches and bike racks.

Minneapolis schools not meeting goals set in plan

Even before he was selected to be Minneapolis superintendent, Ed Graff spoke to staff members about the district’s long-term goals. During his interview with board members, he said many of the people he talked to were not able to articulate what was in the plan.

Officials will take a hard look at ambitious Acceleration 2020.

Obituary: Ken Hiller was the warm, inviting voice of radio's 'Star Wars' and much more

Ken Hiller

Choi adds special prosecutor to probe of Castile shooting

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has asked a veteran attorney with roots in St. Paul's Rondo community to join his office as a special prosecutor in the inquiry.

Right turns across LRT tracks now legal at 5th and 5th, but don't get used to it

Once construction on the Downtown Commons is complete, the intersection will go back to its previous configuration in which turns across the light-rail tracks were prohibited.

La Crosse authorities locate missing plane, find Minnesota pilot dead

A Minnesota pilot was found dead after a small plane was reported missing around La Crosse.

Carver County judge narrows list of potential Prince heirs

In a 19-page ruling Friday, District Judge Kevin Eide partly untangled the complicated issues surrounding the question of who stands to inherit Prince's bounty.


Right turns across LRT tracks now legal at 5th and 5th, but don't get used to it
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Once construction on the Downtown Commons is complete, the intersection will go back to its previous configuration in which turns across the light-rail tracks were prohibited.

Weekend traffic: Vikings training kicks off, I-35W closes but Hwy. 100 is open
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After getting a look at the Vikings' new stadium last week, fans will get their first look at the team as training camp kicks off in Mankato. But getting there won't be easy. Highway 169 is closed between St. Peter and Mankato, so drivers will have to use Nicollet County Road 13, Hwy. 99 or Hwy 22 as an alternate routes.


St. Paul man charged in shooting death at house party

Brandon Alexander is accused of killing a 19-year-old man after a fight.


All-clear given in Spring Grove, Minn., after bomb threat, evacuation

Houston County government buildings were briefly locked down. Authorities said they've found the person who made the call and are investigating.


St. Paul schools to pick board member

The St. Paul school board will name a replacement for board member Jean O’Connell after a round of interviews on Tuesday. There are nine candidates:…


St. Croix County girl allegedly attempted 'first kill' in savage attack on brother's girlfriend

Homicide charge against the 14-year-old girl says she attempted suffocation and cut victim's neck with a piece of a broken bowl.


Pokemon Go poses problem for Eden Prairie park

Crowds and trampled greenery at veterans memorial lead city official to seek relief from the game's maker.


Anoka cracks down again on homeless, panhandling

City leaders are adding more security in an effort to stem "cancer" on downtown streets.


Metro area braces for Super Bowl sex trafficking

Super Bowl, Ryder Cup expected to bring uptick in sale of women and girls.


Ski year-round? Artificial slope to open at Buck Hill this fall

Construction began this month on a new surface that enables skiing without snow.


Correction for July 29, 2016

An events listing on E3 Friday gave an incorrect location for Nershfest. It is Summit Brewing Co., 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul.


Proposed demolition of Burma Shave home decried

They want the targeted building studied for historic significance.