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Dakota County welcomes 8 miles of new trails along rivers

Scharr’s Bluff in Hastings will enjoy 4.3 more miles of trail space after the grand opening scheduled for May 20.

The two new segments will showcase the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

South metro briefs: Shakopee launches new blog to engage residents


South metro police blotter, April 30

BURNSVILLE MARCH 23 Drugs. A 64-year-old Lakeville man was arrested for possession of marijuana and being in the park after hours on the 100…


State Patrol identifies woman who walked onto I-35W in Burnsville and was fatally run over

A woman walked onto Interstate 35W and was killed after being run over by an SUV Thursday, authorities said. The State Patrol identified the deceased…


Retired St. Olaf religion Prof. Omar Otterness dies at 98

Lifelong learning was more than a pleasant pursuit for the 26-year professor of religion at St. Olaf College.


15 years in prison for gunman who shot five Jamar Clark protesters

Judge rejects leniency plea from Allen Scarsella, who was sentenced Wednesday for shooting five black men at a 2015 demonstration following the death of Jamar Clark.


Sad ending for injured eagle rescued by trooper

The trooper saved one eagle and later released it. This time the injuries were too severe.


Falcon Heights traffic stop leads to police chase, fatal car crash

A St. Anthony police officer pulled over a car about 8 p.m. near Hamline and Hoyt avenues. As the officer approached the vehicle on foot, it sped away, the police said.


Edina student's Snapchat post of BB gun photo draws police response

The unidentified middle school student made the post Sunday afternoon and police responded soon after.


Man's body found in Mississippi River

A man's body was found Sunday afternoon floating in the Mississippi River, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said.Officials from the Minneapolis Police Department spotted the…


Autopsy results pending after Savage police find unresponsive 3-month-old in home

CPR efforts by a family member and then emergency responders fail to save girl's life.


In fight for MS cure, Shakopee man leads the way in national fundraising

Chris Anderson has become an "ambassador" for MS through advocacy and fundraising.


South metro briefs: Belle Plaine returns controversial cross to Veterans Park

Four months after officials were forced to remove a controversial cross from the city’s Veterans Park, residents have restored the memorial to a newly established…


South metro police blotter, April 23

BURNSVILLE MARCH 17 Theft. A 38-year-old St. Paul woman and a 35-year-old Burnsville woman were arrested for theft after they were caught shoplifting at…


Minnesota woman conquered Antarctica marathon. Now she's raced at the North Pole

Lisa Richardson will run laps on a 4.2-kilometer loop on the snow and ice, watched by race organizers who have rifles on hand in case a polar bear shows up.


Utilities square off over serving Minnesota Vikings

Xcel's agreement to provide service to the NFL team's complex in Eagan sets 'a dangerous precedent,' MERC argues.


Runaway New Prague teens found safe in Arizona

They were last seen at a Wal-Mart in Shakopee on April 15.


Authorities ask for help in finding pair of runaway New Prague teens

Communication suggests they may be driving to Texas


Meet the Minnesota Zoo's 'animal mama'

Bottle-feeding four-legged infants is second nature for Diana Weinhardt at the Minnesota Zoo.