The city of Inver Grove Heights may conduct a ground survey of Union Cemetery to learn more about burials there.

At Inver Grove Heights cemetery, survey of older graves may be key to the future

There's some uncertainty about who is buried where at Union Cemetery.
January 19
Andrew Endres

Prison for Dakota County man 8 years after he killed 2 in Wisconsin hit-and-run

The two had gotten into a fight that spilled into the road, where they were struck by Andrew Endres' pickup.
South Metro
January 17
Burnsville City Manager Melanie Mesko Lee

Burnsville city manager resigns, deputy will step in

Melanie Mesko Lee had been with the city since January 2019.
High Schools
January 17
Richard J. Polley

Albert Lea HS counselor, basketball coach charged with sexually assaulting student

The defendant is an Albert Lea High School alum and played football at the University of South Dakota.
South Metro
January 16

Shakopee City Council, utility commission leave contentious past behind

Fourteen months after residents voted to keep the utilities commission arrangement, the commission has new staff working toward transparency.
January 14

Dog Tank Polar Plunge

Owners brought their canine companions to The Dog Tank in Mendota Heights, Minn., in an attempt to achieve a dock diving title. The competition was held in conjunction with North America Diving Dogs, the only dock diving organization whose titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club.
High Schools
January 12
Matt McCollister had coached the South St. Paul boys’ basketball team to an 11-0 record this season before resigning Wednesday.

South St. Paul boys' basketball coach resigns, plans to plead guilty to fraud charges

Matt McCollister coached the Packers to a perfect record this season and to 30 wins in their past 32 games.
South Metro
January 12
The Mendota Heights Planning Commission recommended the City Council deny approval for a four-story apartment building approved in November and also o

Proposed Mendota Heights apartment building prompts density debate

Plans for the 89-unit building are being reconsidered by the developer ahead of Feb. 2 meeting.
January 12
The sale of a portion of the former Gopher Ordnance Works site, most recently called UMore Park, will lead to the development of around 2,000 new home

Sale of 435-acre site opens door for massive residential development in Rosemount

The project will be the biggest development in the city, one of the fastest-growing in the metro area.
North Metro
January 11
“With schools having as high as 25% of their staff members out, it is not possible to sustain ordinary, in-person operations for the short term,”

More Twin Cities area schools go to remote learning as virus rises

More Twin Cities area schools are moving to distance learning after outbreaks of COVID-19 spurred high numbers of student absences and staffing shortages.
January 10
“Jasper has been found and is alive very cold and hungry but we have him back!!!!” Michelle Cramblett Baker posted on Monday, Jan. 10.

Owner of dog missing in stolen van says Jasper has been found alive

The boxer and his owner were in town for a dog show in St. Paul.
January 10

Repeat felon sentenced to 30-plus years for fatally shooting woman in front of children in W. St. Paul

He was on supervised release at the time for a robbery and a weapons violation in Scott County.
January 8
A rendering of the expanded Plymouth Community Center.

Metro briefs: First phase of Plymouth community center expansion complete

The city of Plymouth has completed the first phase of its $50 million community center expansion.The Active Wing featuring an indoor playground, walking track, fitness…
January 5
Suwana Kirkland was a commander with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Black Police Associat

Hennepin County sheriff candidate is local Black police group leader

Suwana Kirkland's bid comes as Sheriff David Hutchinson faces scrutiny for driving under the influence
South Metro
January 2
Although the crops had all been harvested, several employees of the HAFA Farm were busy on the property getting ready for winter in November 2020. The

Hmong American farmers worry about road project eating up acres of land

Concern grows as Dakota County studies whether to build an interchange at Hwy. 52 and County Road 66.
January 1

Metro briefs: Plymouth's Fire & Ice festival to return in 2022

Following a year of at-home activities, Plymouth's Fire & Ice festival will return with live programming and events Feb. 5.The 33rd annual celebration at Parker's…
December 31, 2021
A view of the wastewater treatment plant in Hastings, near the city’s historic downtown district and the Mississippi River.

New wastewater plant will free up Hastings riverfront

Current plant dates back to 1955.
South Metro
December 31, 2021
David Beckett

Suspect in Lakeville road rage incident arrested 2 months later in Kentucky

Prosecutors say he was mad about being cut off and broke the other driver's leg outside a Walmart.
December 30, 2021
The Ramsey County Library system will eliminate adult late fees starting next week. The county system dropped fines for children and teens two years a

More Twin Cities-area libraries are eliminating late fees

Ramsey County is ending all fines for overdue items, and Dakota County will nix fines for materials for children and teens.
South Metro
December 29, 2021

Georgia man dies in rollover crash in Inver Grove Heights

The man did not have on his seat belt, according to the State Patrol.
December 25, 2021
Substitute teacher Craig Nilles led a physical education class at Woodland Elementary School on Oct. 26 in Eagan. Minnesota school districts are tacki

Schools add vacation days to ease teacher stress, staff shortages

Some districts' winter breaks are gaining a day or two, leaving families scrambling.