The Columbia Heights City Council at its May 24 meeting, where the ordinance was introduced.

Columbia Heights bans in-store tobacco product sampling

One tobacco shop fears the new ordinance will force it to close.
Coronavirus
June 15
A man, donning a surgical mask, walked through the skyway attached to HCMC.

No masks required for vaccinated people in Hennepin County government buildings

Policy change lets the vaccinated enter goverment buildings.
Local
June 14
Brooklyn Park police are pursuing homicide charges after a driver fatally struck his neighbor and fled the scene on Saturday.

'Hate is what killed him,' says husband of man fatally struck by Brooklyn Park neighbor

Police are pursuing homicide charges against the suspect.
Vikings
June 14
Millie Wall at 100 (photo by Elizabeth Flores)

Minnesota Vikings superfan Millie Wall dies at 102

She attended the Minnesota Miracle game and became the team's "lucky charm."
East Metro
June 12

Two drown, child hospitalized in Minnesota water incidents

Three incidents came as region's heat wave continues.
Local
June 12
Judge Martha Holton Dimick

Hennepin County defense attorneys push for more diverse jury pools

Hennepin County should do more to track who serves, increase pool, lawyer argues.
East Metro
June 12

Twin Cities metro police blotter, June 13

ANDOVERMAY 27Theft. A 2012 Chevrolet Suburban was stolen from a parking lot in the 2700 block of Bunker Lake Boulevard NW. The keys were left…
East Metro
June 11
Alex Hansen, 6, ate ice cream from a MN Nice Cream food truck parked in Arden Hills while sitting next to Julie Casillas and her daughters Ana and Gia

Arden Hills City Council considers reining in neighborhood food truck nights

With some in the Ramsey County suburb grumbling, city leaders — citing complaints about traffic, trash and noise — are now considering a stricter food truck ordinance.
Duluth
June 10

Ham Lake man killed in crash north of Cloquet

Authorities said alcohol appears to be a contributing factor.
Local
June 10
Flames inside the Top 2 Bottom Fashion store in Brooklyn Park on April 19.

Reward offered to solve Brooklyn Park strip mall arson

Two suspects are wanted for starting the fire at the K & J Shopping Center on April 19.
Local
June 10
The front entrance of Cambia Hills around the time of its opening in March 2020.

Minnesota adolescent mental health treatment facility closes abruptly

Cambia Hills cites payment dispute with state regulators as reason for closing.
Local
June 8
Winston Boogie Smith

Anoka and Hennepin county sheriff's offices suspend role in federal task force whose members fatally shot man in Uptown

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office recently announced it's pulling the agency from the task force.
Local
June 8

Authorities ID men who drowned in separate weekend accidents in Fridley, Bloomington

Both deaths were ruled accidents, but the Anoka and Hennepin County sheriff's offices are investigating.
Local
June 7
Brooklyn Park is home to four hotels, including the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Lodging taxes fund the tourism board.

Stay or go? Last two members could decide fate of northwest Twin Cities tourism board

With Maple Grove's exit, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center weigh options.
Local
June 7

Divers pull unresponsive man trying to save his children from Moore Lake in Fridley

The condition of the man was not immediately known. The children were not hurt.
Local
June 4
Monique Baugh

Two men guilty on all counts in kidnapping, slaying of Minneapolis Realtor

Cedric Berry and Berry Davis were convicted of plotting to kill Monique Baugh.
Local
June 4
The scene Friday night at Hwy. 65 and Crosstown Boulevard in Ham Lake.

One killed, two injured in Ham Lake crash

Two southbound pickups collided at the intersection of NE. Hwy. 65 and NE. Crosstown Boulevard.
Local
June 3
Monique Baugh

Suspect in 2019 kidnapping, killing of Minneapolis Realtor testifies, denies involvement

Cedric Berry said his memory of the day isn't complete because he was smoking marijuana and drinking throughout the day.
Local
June 2

Medical examiner IDs Brooklyn Center man who died after Sherburne County chase

A suspect in a Minneapolis shooting, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.
Local
June 2
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley provides classes, exhibitions, family events and other arts programs.  GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startr

Fridley art center spared sudden death, but future still unclear

Without a $25,000 payment from the county, the Banfill-Locke Arts Center would have abruptly shut down.