Fairgoers played the Whopper Water game in the Mighty Midway section on opening day of the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office to provide State Fair security

Deal requires State Fair organization to get $10 million in private insurance

River levels fall as drought worsens throughout Minnesota

July 24
The low water level at the Osceola Landing along the St. Croix was evident. Water levels in rivers, lakes and creeks were falling as Minnesota headed
The enduring drought spells growing trouble for the waterways of Minnesota.

Ramsey County commissioner to hold community meetings on future of TCAAP

July 23
The TCAAP site, photographed in 2010.
Nicole Joy Frethem wants to hear from the public on former Army site's future.
July 27
The scene of a fatal shooting in St. Paul in September 2020.

2020 broke mark for most murders reported in Minnesota

Violent crimes up 16.6% over 2019; numbers of murders increased 58%; bias crimes up sharply.
July 27
Preston S. Sharlow and Skylar E. Labarge

2nd brother convicted of killing 29-year-old man lured to Bloomington home

The two dumped the body in a remote area in Woodbury, according to prosecutors.
East Metro
July 24

Twin Cities metro police blotter, July 25

CENTERVILLEJUNE 5Theft. Decorative items valued at $100 were stolen from the yard of a home in the 1900 block of Robin Lane N.COLUMBUSJUNE 25Burglary. Guns…
July 20
Dawn Gaetke grows mushrooms on prepared oak logs in a shady spot outside her house in Inver Grove Heights.

Twin Cities suburbs make room for edible forests, market gardens

Suburbs are leading the backyard produce movement by encouraging gardens at homes and community plots.
July 19
Ruby the goldendoodle was pampered by groomer Nikki Kilbo at the Maple Grove Bubbly Paws location.

Bubbly Paws dog grooming expanding beyond Twin Cities

During the pandemic, owners saw increase in people wanting to use self-serve and full-service dog grooming salons.
East Metro
July 19
Bev Scalze

Bev Scalze, former state legislator with people-oriented approach to politics, dies at 77

Bev Scalze had a love for nature that shone through in her art and in her politics.A wildlife artist, she won the 1991 Minnesota Department…
July 18
There is a construction project  near 28th and Interstate Highway 94 in Minneapolis.]   The fatal chain-reaction crash on Interstate 94 this week brin

Authorities call on drivers to do their part to end road violence

Driver behavior in Minnesota has become so bad that Mike Hanson said he is running out of adjectives to describe it."Horrific. Tragic. Sad," said Hanson,…
July 17
Eastern bluebirds were spotted during an early morning bird-watching expedition in a grassland near Battle Creek Park that could become housing.

Habitat or housing? Audubon Society urges county to save Maplewood tract

Maplewood haven for grassland birds is possible site for affordable homes
July 17
A scene from a 2013 vigil in St. Paul to honor victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE)

Researchers follow trail of sex trafficking to Minnesota massage program

Something seemed very wrong at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.There was a locked closet with student files the registrar could not access.There…
July 17
The Bloomington schools brought in portable air conditioning units to keep kids cool after temperatures spiked in June.

Pandemic, hot weather leave schools sweating over air quality

COVID, heat wave prompt review of HVAC systems.
East Metro
July 15
A $32.5 million complex would replace Dixie’s on Grand in St. Paul.

St. Paul panel backs project to replace Dixie's with restaurants, apartments

Emmett's and Saji-Ya will continue in the new space, said Dixie's owner Peter Kenefick, who plans to retire.
July 13
A wetland near McCarrons Lake in Roseville, seen in 2015. A homeowner on McCarrons Lake is accused of renting out his five-bedroom home on McCarrons L

McCarrons Lake dispute is first test of Roseville rental rules

Council votes to penalize property owner accused of renting his home without a license.
East Metro
July 13
A Los Angeles-based developer of the nearly $800 million St. Paul riverfront project will pay for the housing and commercial buildings.

'Land bridge' park new focus of downtown St. Paul riverfront

One official called the proposed park, which would span train and vehicle traffic all the way down to the Mississippi, the "missing access" to the river.
July 11
Architectural rending of the Wakan Tipi Center planned near the entrance to the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul.     ] Rendering Credit: Full

Years in the making, $8.6M Wakan Tipi Center will be an epicenter of Dakota culture in St. Paul

$8.6M Wakan Tipi Center planned at edge of downtown St. Paul.
East Metro
July 10

Twin Cities metro police blotter, July 11

ANDOVERJUNE 14Theft. A wallet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 15200 block of Hanson Boulevard NW.Ham LakeJUNE 14Theft. Officers responded to a report…
East Metro
July 9
Evan Erickson, 17, is one of five teens on the U.S. team.

Minnesota teen math whiz makes U.S. physics team, will compete for world title

Evan Erickson is one of five U.S. teens to qualify for the annual International Physics Olympiad.
East Metro
July 8

Driver exits car after crashing Hwy. 36, is run over and killed, the patrol says

The motorist was standing in the middle of the road when he was hit, according to the patrol.
July 7

How 'a typical Minnesota family guy' became a noted 'conspiracy researcher'

Sean G. Turnbull was motivated not by profit but by a drive to explore issues largely ignored by the mainstream media, he said in an interview with the Washington Post.
East Metro
July 6
Adrian Perryman, of St. Paul, gathered with family and friends at Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Philando

Family and activists remember Philando Castile five years after his death

Activists and youth gathered in front of the governor's residence.
East Metro
July 5

Brooklyn Park resident pulled from St. Croix River dies

A 38-year-old Brooklyn Park resident who was pulled from the St. Croix River at Point Douglas Park near Hastings on Monday has died.The Washington County…