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Obituary: Colleen Carol Timbers advocated for people with disabilities, in work and life

Princeton couple were in plane that crashed near Ramsey in river

Chad Rygwall loved flying his single-engine Cessna, family members said.

A woman's body has been recovered, and attempts continued Saturday to find the body of a second victim, presumed to be her husband.


Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

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


Police raid Brooklyn Center hotel in search for suspect in overdoses

The suspect is blamed for dozens of overdoses across Minneapolis earlier this month.


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.


Explore how land use has changed in the Twin Cities metro area

Met Council data illustrates how the region has changed after the recession.


Colman O'Connell, Catholic nun who led St. Ben's as its last monastic president, dies at 90

Over seven decades, she saw St. Ben's transform from a small women's-only college to a growing school with coed classes.


At least one dead in crash of small plane into river near Ramsey

But not a lot is known about the single-engine plane that went into Mississippi River, including the number of people on board, the departure point and the destination.


In startling move, Lowry Grove may reopen to mobile homes

A "Reopening soon" sign now sits on the site of the shuttered mobile home park.


North/East metro police blotter, Oct. 15

FRIDLEY SEPT. 15 Assist family. An officer responded to a home on the 500 block of Fairmont Street NE. on a report of a family…


Kneeling by Mpls. team sparks 'emotionally charged' scene at game in Forest Lake

Volleyball players from Cristo Rey Jesuit knelt before a match at North Lakes Academy on Thursday. School officials apologized to Cristo Rey after some adults yelled at the visiting team.


Big funeral turnout expected for EMT killed in crash on Twin Cities interstate

Marina DeSteno Challeen aspired to be a doctor.


Key witnesses disappear: Overdose murder case against Twin Cities 'Vampire' tossed

Case could be revived 'if we locate our witnesses later,' county attorney's office says.


Minnesotans could break world record for largest Nerf gun battle this weekend

The "Great Minnesota Nerf Battle" will take place at the National Sports Center in Blaine — and is happening for a good cause.


North/East metro police blotter, Oct. 8

BLAINE SEPT. 5 Theft. A handgun was stolen from a vehicle in the 2500 block of Tournament Players Circle N. CHAMPLIN SEPT. 2 Burglary. Electronics…


Fight to save historic Anoka buildings brings renewed push for veterans housing

After months of back-and-forth, city and county officials in Anoka have struck a deal to save part of old asylum.


East metro trash will be trucked to county-owned facility in Newport

Ramsey, Washington county haulers will be required to truck garbage to Newport facility.


North/East metro news briefs: Blaine winnows field for new police chief down to five

Blaine has narrowed its search for a new police chief to five finalists, with the top choice expected to be made by early November. The…


Federal Cartridge lays off another 200 workers in Anoka

Move comes as parent company names new CEO.