Bethel University, a private Christian school in Arden Hills, plans to cut as many as 30 staff members and 30 faculty members as the school tackles a

Declining enrollment prompts staff, budget cuts at Bethel University

Specific cuts to faculty, staff and academic programs will be announced in 2020.

Lawsuit: Washington County jail ignored red flags before inmate's suicide

December 12
Richard Bild died when he jumped from a jail balcony rail in June 2018.

Washington County Administrator Molly O'Rourke to step down next month

December 12
The County Board will discuss a process to replace O'Rourke at its meeting next week.
East Metro
3:37pm
Joseph Gomm

Inmate ruled competent to stand trial in death of Stillwater correctional officer

Edward M. Johnson's ability to understand and participate in the criminal case against him had been at question since last year.
Music
3:30pm
A crowd outside Myth in 2007. Richard Tsong-Taatarii/rtsong-taatarii@startribune.com

Maplewood renews Myth liquor license with conditions

An attorney for the concert venue called the conditions, including regular meetings with police, unconstitutional.
East Metro
December 10
Boats clogged the St. Croix River in 2018. More nonmotorized boats could join the mix with a push to open a rowing club and sports center just north o

Rowing club pushes Stillwater to kick-start riverfront park plans

Stillwater owns riverfront land, but doesn't yet have a master plan for it.
East Metro
December 10
Pedestrians came out to view the flooding at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul and the flowing Mississippi River on March, 26, 2019.

Buying up floodplains could save billions, researchers say

In places where land is relatively cheap and the population is expected to grow rapidly, such as St. Louis County and central Minnesota around the Mississippi headwaters, the savings would be far greater — up to five times more — than allowing that land to be developed.
East Metro
December 9
East Metro
December 9
The Falcon Heights department, with one firehouse and a $185,000 annual operating budget, has no full-time staff. It provides fire services for neighb

Falcon Heights to contract with Roseville for fire department leaders

Instead of replacing a chief, the council will vote on whether to hire Roseville to administrate services.
East Metro
December 9
The 2020 St. Paul Winter Carnival souvenir buttons

2020 Winter Carnival souvenir buttons are unveiled

St. Paul's 134th annual embrace of winter runs from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2.
Variety
December 7
Mining holiday anxieties: Twisted Santa Justin Betancourt lunged for visitor Tylyn Page at Haunted Basement’s the Workshop.

Rest in peace, ye merry gentlemen: Horror isn't just for Halloween anymore

The Twin Cities haunted house known as the Haunted Basement has created a holiday-themed nightmare before Christmas show this December.
South Metro
December 7

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 8

EAST BETHEL NOV. 2 Disorderly conduct. Officers responded to a report of two people throwing eggs at a vehicle in the 18100 block of…
East Metro
December 7

Ramsey County uses tax-forfeited property for affordable housing

Ramsey County effort has created about 110 more affordable homes and apartments since 2013.
East Metro
December 5
Gideon Erhabor

Bethel responds after ex-athlete charged with raping 3 students last year

Two of his victims were assaulted after passing out at house parties, according to the charges.
East Metro
December 4
Water Gremlin in White Bear Township.

Walmart will stop selling Water Gremlin items

State now says that up to 24 children may have been poisoned by take-home lead dust.
East Metro
December 4
Deondre Cush

Charges: Burglar hit about 80 Twin Cities coffee shops, restaurants, other retailers

He hit establishments in Edina, White Bear Lake, St. Paul and as far away as Mankato, according to a criminal complaint.
East Metro
December 3
“Our peer counties are already levying for affordable housing,” said Kari Collins, Ramsey County’s economic development director. “We are in a

Ramsey County weighing $10 million in new property taxes to fund more affordable housing

New funds would be directed at affordable housing, redevelopment.
East Metro
December 3

Free Christmas lights display in Lake Elmo

Rockpoint Church on Kelvin Ave. N. in Lake Elmo is presenting a free holiday light display they're calling Valley Lights. The 120,000 light display is synchronized to music that viewers can listen to as they drive through in their vehicles, or during wagon rides offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.
East Metro
December 3
Lunch at the Family Place in St. Paul in September.

St. Paul day shelter for homeless families gets county funds

Interfaith Action took over the day center after it closed abruptly.
East Metro
December 2
A four-story addition to American Indian Magnet School is one of two projects that could get a green light from the St. Paul School Board. Above, seco

East Side elementaries top pared-down list for St. Paul school overhauls

With falling enrollment, board to scrutinize list of renovations.
South Metro
November 30

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Dec. 1

BLAINE OCT. 27 Neighbor dispute. An officer mediated an argument between neighbors in the 10300 block of Lever Street NE. A 44-year-old man who…
East Metro
November 27
La Vang, 26, of Newport, a former home health nurse, was convicted of stealing painkillers from an elderly patient under his care.

Twin Cities home health nurse gets 18 months for stealing painkillers

Prosecutors sought a tough sentence because of the victim's prolonged suffering and vulnerability.
East Metro
November 27
Mustafa Hassan who owns the McKnight Market has a wide variety of foods that cater to various communities including the Somali diaspora.

Small business owners rejoice after St. Paul shopping center reopens

Several immigrant-owned shops are back in business after St. Paul mall is repaired