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Twin Cities' gravel needs grow, but there's less of it every day

Sand and gravel is scooped up by a front loader, sorted, washed and distributed by Dakota Aggregates in Rosemount.

The region is increasingly reliant on mines in the southeast metro to make our concrete and asphalt, a resource that's a lot cheaper if it's local.

Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

Houses are being constructed on the former Lakeview golf course in Orono, near the northern shore of Lake Minnetonka.

More than 900 acres of golf courses have been redeveloped across the metro.


Park and rec land passes milestone, but growth has slowed

Regional parks are no longer acquiring land as aggressively, but the Twin Cities has now passed 200,000 acres of park and recreation land.


Farms and factories fade in burgeoning metro cities

Three suburbs and two central cities led the metro area in the most acres changed to a new land use between 2010 and 2016. Here's which ones, and why.


Minnesota sees tiny gain in wetlands acreage, but quality is concerning

Many of the newer wetlands are manmade, and, unsurprisingly, nature usually makes them better than humans.


Ownership of digital devices reaches new high in Minnesota

This shift toward digital devices makes the turn of the 21st century — back when only half of households had internet access and smartphones didn't exist yet — look dramatically different from today's ultra-connected world.


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.


Minorities make modest economic gains in Minnesota, new census data shows

Black, Hispanic and American Indian households in Minnesota made modest economic gains last year, but remain far behind whites and Asians, according to new census data.


Who's going to college in Minnesota?

Race, socioeconomic status still make a difference in which high school graduates register for college, although the state average has held steady. Find out how your high school measures up.


Where Minneapolis Public Schools is spending its building improvement funds

Schools on the north side of the city are getting more money per student for building maintenance and upgrades.


Minneapolis police shootings since 2000: A deeper look at who and where

Do areas with more crime see more fatal police encounters? Not necessarily.


Why economic recovery in greater Minnesota is actually better than in Twin Cities

Regions like Minnesota's western edge have seen much faster growth in average personal income and other economic metrics than the Twin Cities.


Does Minnesota lead the nation in per-pupil spending? Not anymore

A new report comparing school revenues and spending in each state shows how Minnesota stacks up


Minnesota fishing license sales hold steady, but anglers are aging

Fishing in Minnesota doesn't attract as many young people as it once did, according to a report from the Department of Natural Resources.


Despite Minnesota's high voter turnout, youth and minority participation lagged

As Minnesota and the rest of the country look ahead to off-year political races and midterm elections, the recent presidential contest's aftermath is still revealing new data about who voted – and who didn't.


Could Minnesota's boating slump be over? Registrations in state tick up

Boat registrations per capita have been lagging in Minnesota since the Great Recession (though we still have the highest per-capita rate in the nation), but 2016 saw an increase.


Welcome to the 1860s, when most Minnesotans were born in another country

A lot has changed in the 150 years since the Star Tribune began as the Minneapolis Tribune. Here's a look at why the 1860s were a pivotal decade of change for Minnesotans.


Celebrities are inspiring surges in Minnesota baby names

Search our database for babies named after celebrities, or see the rising or falling popularity of your name back to 1910.


Minneapolis is experiencing a population boom like the Roaring Twenties

The latest Met Council estimates show strong growth in the central cities, though the region as a whole has kept pace, too.