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Mayor Hodges pitches $10.5 million overhaul of Minneapolis Convention Center plaza

Opened in 1990, the 70,000-square-foot grassy plaza is located on 2nd Avenue and acts as a green roof for an underground parking ramp. It is home to giant wolf and moose sculptures made of recycled materials.

It's the fourth-largest infrastructure item in Hodges' budget proposal, which was released last week and must be approved by the City Council.

St. Paul tackles repairs for 'Terrible 20' streets, shrinking list to 3

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman rolled out the street repair campaign in his 2014 State of the City addres.

Two years in, the pace is slowing as the city tackles its most daunting projects.

Allina nurses set open-ended strike that begins on Labor Day

Thousands of nurses walked around Abbott Northwestern on the first day of a strike in June.

A strike by nurses at five Allina Health hospitals will start at 7 a.m. Labor Day, according to required 10-day notices their union sent to the health system early this morning.

State Fair, Vikings' first home game pose big traffic hassles

The weekend traffic volume on metro area freeways and highways is likely to be heavier than normal as thousands make their way to the Minnesota State Fair and the Vikings' preseason home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Ridgeview Medical Center grows along with Carver County

Medical center expanding and exceeding projections.

Man charged in shooting death in Minn. state park is in the National Guard

The victim was sitting in his car, and all the windows were rolled up, according to the prosecution.

Minneapolis sees rise in foodborne illness from norovirus, Vibrio bacteria found in oysters

Health inspectors are looking into the causes of the increases, including of illnesses involving the Vibrio bacteria found in oysters.


State Fair, Vikings' first home game pose big traffic hassles
The Drive

The weekend traffic volume on metro area freeways and highways is likely to be heavier than normal as thousands make their way to the Minnesota State Fair and the Vikings' preseason home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Sept. 8, 1909: Step right up and see the State Fair preemies!
Yesterday's News

The Minnesota State Fair has featured many unusual attractions in its 150-year history: death-defying aerial acts, colliding locomotives, freak shows, live animal births, the Minnesota Iceman and premature babies in incubators. Wait … what? The Minneapolis Morning Tribune was there:


State Fair Minute: The fair's new street, er, walkway

It's the newest street on the Fairgrounds. Sorry: it's a WALKWAY. But what shall we call it?


Eye in the sky keeps watch on Mississippi River for toxic scum

A pilot from Rochester helps scientists track potentially toxic blooms of algae as part of a NASA effort.


U.S. Bank Stadium: What you need to know before Sunday's first Vikings game

To avoid problems Sunday, fans should plan their routes to the game, allow extra time to get there and arrive early. Fans also are strongly encouraged to enter the gate designated on their ticket.


Suspect in custody in fatal stabbing near University of Minnesota

A male acquaintance of the victim was taken into custody, Minneapolis police said. The two are not believed to be students.


Minnesota Supreme Court to hear Minneapolis police-insurance proposal

Supporters of a proposal that would require Minneapolis police officers to carry professional liability insurance will get a final chance to take their issue to…


Obituary: Tom Metzen's passion helped horse racing thrive in Minnesota

Fans at Canterbury Park on the final day of the season next month will witness something new: a race named after Tom Metzen, a Minnesota…


Dakota County seeks help, not jail, for those with mental illness

Dakota County has joined a federal initiative to better manage crises.


Greek clergy seeks Minnesota support for Orthodox leader

Gov. Mark Dayton met with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church last Sunday, and it wasn’t to share a slice of baklava at the Greek…


Dayton, Met Council seek to give Southwest LRT $145M boost

Money to keep project going would come from Met Council, Hennepin County, metro transit board.


Prison for St. Paul woman who stole $480K from charities she started

She bought pricey handbags and paid son's rent and her car payments, according to prosecutors.