News from Twin Cities north metro, including Blaine, Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley and Elk River I

Columbia Heights faces crossroads in city leadership

New faces are competing with longtime leaders.

North/East metro news briefs: Blaine to pitch replanting ideas for cleared wetland

Hennepin County readies for $13 million child protection overhaul

A year after stepping into the county's top human services role, Jennifer DeCubellis is leading the most dramatic reform of the child protection system in Minnesota.

Northstar rail, bus service available to all Twins home games

Northstar Commuter Rail and the Northstar Link Commuter Bus will provide service for all Twins home games at Target Field, beginning April 3 with the…

North/East metro police blotter, March 26

ANDOVER FEB. 24 Theft. A 2005 Honda Accord was stolen from the parking lot at Willy McCoys, 13655 Martin St. NW. EAST BETHEL MARCH 9…

After Castile shooting, St. Anthony officials release goal, objectives for police study

Feds hope the review's outcomes are a blueprint for other small agencies.

Hom Furniture will remake shuttered Kohl's store in Brooklyn Center

Hom Furniture will become a key presence at the Shingle Creek Crossing retail center in Brooklyn Center. Under the proposal from shopping center owner Gatlin…

Hennepin County sheriff disputes inclusion on ICE inmate noncompliance list

Hennepin County wrongly included as not complying with law, Rich Stanek says.

Blaine man guilty in fatal sidewalk hit-and-run

Adam Rodman was speeding and drunk when he hit Danilo Aguilar, authorities have said.

Housing advocates accuse Met Council of laxity in affordable housing

At issue is the 427-acre TCAAP megaproject in Arden Hills.

Osseo school board ties on vote to end racial-equity consultant contract

Osseo school board members will have to revise their Achievement and Integration budget and come back to vote again on the plan.

Robbinsdale CVS worker faces 25 felony charges in prescription pill theft

A worker at a Robbinsdale CVS was charged with 25 felonies on Tuesday, accused of pocketing thousands of pills to treat everything from anxiety to…

4 Blaine officers ill from emission coming from suspect vehicle

Four Blaine police officers have been released from the hospital after being sickened by noxious emissions from a suspect van following a Tuesday morning chase. Hazardous material personnel spent hours on the scene.

Blaine man arrested in shooting of two men in Minneapolis early Tuesday

The men were taken to the hospital with noncritical injuries.

U grants dying man's wish to see his son graduate

For possibly the first time ever, the University of Minnesota will host a one-student graduation ceremony Monday.

Trump backers see pros and cons in new plan for health care

Though the latest proposal presents personal risks, some GOP voters in Elk River are eager to see if the White House and Congress can come up with something better.

Minnesota is in 'very deep hole' when it comes to teachers of color

There are 629 Hispanic teachers across the state, making up just 1 percent of a total teaching workforce of 60,090.

Sensitivities over Indian issues delay renaming of Washington County lake

A popular move to change the name of Halfbreed Lake in Washington County is being deferred so locals can seek consensus on a new name, with some residents calling for a moniker that takes account of the area's Indian heritage.

Anoka County's last township has no plans of becoming a city

No thanks, they say to the idea of becoming a city