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Minnesota's crackdown on gifts means party is over for title industry

Commerce Department crackdown on "kickbacks" is unsettling players.

Driver jailed after Andover crash that kills 52-year-old passenger


Developers taking a fresh look at old sites in Anoka

At least eight projects are now in the works, thanks to aggressive marketing, a rebounding economy and a new community development director.


North/East metro police blotter, April 30

ANDOVER MARCH 27 Theft. A laptop was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 1800 block of 155th Lane NW. FALCON HEIGHTS MARCH 31 Traffic…


North/East metro news briefs: Six Crystal stores penalized for underage liquor sales

Selling alcohol to a teenage decoy has resulted in fines and one temporary liquor license suspension at six Crystal businesses. City Council members approved penalties…


Appeals Court: No venue change for officer Yanez in trial in Castile's killing

A district judge did not abuse his authority in issuing the first denial for a change of venue, the Court of Appeals ruled.


At 610 and West Broadway, a Brooklyn Park warehouse site will get a twin

Address: 9350 W. Broadway Av., Brooklyn Park Type: Industrial Size: 202,131 square feet Developer & architect: CSM Corp. Details: CSM Corp. has gained final city…


State's largest school district warns parents about Netflix series involving suicide

Anoka-Hennepin sent an e-mail to parents about the show "13 Reasons Why."


Blaine's water woes caused by outdated infrastructure

Two system failures this winter cut off access for some and led to school closings.


Judges, lawyers want to fix bail system to keep poor out of jail

The group is fighting back against systematic failures that keep low-income people in jail.


Plains hog-nosed Snakes to the prairies at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Three Rivers Park District has been restoring wildlife habitat in its parks for 50 years. The Park District has successfully reintroduced a number of wildlife species over the years, including Trumpeter Swans, Osprey, Bullsnakes, and Spring Peepers. The Park District's newest reintroduction project is bringing Plains Hog-nosed Snakes to the prairies at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers. Plains Hog-nosed Snakes are medium sized with an average size of two feet long. Females are normally larger than males. Their color is brown/gray with dark blotches. The nose is turned up and has the appearance of a hogÕs nose. They are a secretive snake that spends most of its time underground or under the grass.


Suspect charged in 'violent' Columbia Heights murder but still at large

Authorities are still looking Phillip Leron Miller


Crystal police say vulnerable adult has been located, is safe

Crystal police said Tuesday afternoon that the search for a missing vulnerable adult has ended with him being located and safe. Before his return, Leo…


Motorcyclist killed in crash is ID'd as Washington County man

A motorcyclist who died in a crash over the weekend was identified Sunday as a Washington County man. Bradley D. Wacholz, 61, of Scandia, was…


Fire chars four garages in Minneapolis; arson suspected

Flames spread from one garage to another early Sunday in a residential block of north Minneapolis, and investigators suspect the blaze was intentionally set.Fire crews…


Man killed in motorcycle crash in Chisago County

The cyclist died at the scene on Olinda Trial near Lindstrom.


Fridley police searching for suspect who shot and killed dog

The pit bull was shot after its owner and a suspect had an argument.


North/East metro briefs: Molly O'Rourke gets high marks for leadership of Washington County

Administrator Molly O’Rourke has received high marks for her skill in leading the Washington County government workforce, said Commissioner Lisa Weik, chairwoman of the County…


North/East metro police blotter, April 23

ANDOVER MARCH 24 Burglary. Jewelry was stolen from a home in the 14100 block of Blackfoot Street NW. Forced entry was gained through the front…