St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in downtown’s Rice Park, explained new pandemic measures and how he plans to follow through on rent control.

Q&A with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: Crime, rent control and his biggest challenge

After residents resoundingly elected him to a second term, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter doubles down on plans to tackle issues like public safety, housing and more.

2 teens charged in alleged metrowide carjacking wave

January 21
Nautica Argue, left, and Kashwan Wertman
The defendants reported linked to nearly two dozen incidents across three metro counties.

What you need to know about federal trial this week of 3 ex-officers in George Floyd's death

January 21
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao
Opening statements are set to begin Monday.
West Metro
January 21

2 suspects in carjackings, robberies arrested after chase through metro area

The suspects were believed to be connected to at least 21 robberies across the metro area.
St. Paul
January 20
The St. Paul City Council recently approved changes to its zoning code that will make it easier for residents to build tiny homes and other medium-den

St. Paul zoning changes pave the way for smaller homes, cottage clusters

City leaders are also considering more substantial zoning code changes.
Minneapolis
January 20
Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s girlfriend, entered the Warren E. Burger Federal Building in St. Paul to observe jury selection.

Jury seated in federal trial for 3 former officers in George Floyd death

The jury has eight men and 10 women. Judge Paul Magnuson told them to return Monday for opening statements.
Eat & Drink
January 20
Que Viet’s famous eggrolls are coming to Grand Avenue.

Que Viet is bringing its famous egg rolls to Grand Avenue

The new outpost will also bring more traditional Vietnamese food to the table.
Local
January 20
Mariam Kayali, right, had to show her COVID-19 vaccination card to server Aliya Hinz to dine in at the Hark Cafe downtown in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Mpls., St. Paul restaurant mandates met with grim resolve

Starting Wednesday, the cities are requiring businesses seat only customers who are vaccinated or can show a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours.
Local
January 20
In this courtroom sketch, three former Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd appear in federal court on Jan. 11 in St. Paul.

Federal trial for 3 ex-officers will differ from Chauvin's state trial

Jury selection begins Thursday. Prosecutors face greater challenges in proving guilt.
Music
January 20
Kacey Musgraves gave “heartburn” new meaning during Wednesday’s opening “Star-Crossed” at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Country/pop star Kacey Musgraves burns bright in her emotional St. Paul tour opener

Review: The Texas singer's first date on her first arena-headlining tour used bright visual flourishes to offset her darker new tunes.
St. Paul
January 19
Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in the Twin Cities and across the country.

St. Paul makes catalytic converter possession a potential misdemeanor

Anyone who has one not attached to a vehicle will have to provide proof of purchase.
Local
January 19
From left, Director of Buildings & Energy Brian Hoffman, St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, Sustainability Manager Emily Ziring, and City Council Member

'We have a lot to lose': 16 Minnesota cities declare climate emergency

An emerging coalition urging legislative action crosses the urban-rural divide at a time when the state has experienced record extreme weather.
Local
January 19
Dayton Sauke’s social media posts showed him with firearms and included threats to kill police.

Owatonna man who threatened to kill police is sent to prison for illegal gun possession

Many of Dayton Sauke's social media posts reflected anti-government sentiments similar to the Boogaloo Bois, according to court records.
St. Paul
January 19

Arrest made day after man is found fatally shot on St. Paul street

The suspect is a 31-year-old St. Paul man.
East Metro
January 19
Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter.

Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter will not seek reelection

Carter, who served as chair for the past two years, was first elected in 2005.
Music
January 19
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performed for an outdoor crowd last summer at Mears Park in downtown St. Paul.

COVID cases force St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to cancel weekend concerts

For the second time in three weeks, SPCO is canceling its scheduled performances, citing positive COVID-19 tests and confirmed exposures among musicians and crew.
St. Cloud
January 19
Michael Paul Dahlager

Boogaloo Bois member gets 2 years in plot to attack Minnesota Capitol

The St. Cloud man had among his high-powered arsenal several devices that convert a gun from semiautomatic to rapid-fire.
Local
January 19
For proof of vaccination in Minneapolis and St. Paul, people can show their vaccination card or a photo of it. People can also use some third-party ph

Minneapolis, St. Paul will require proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Here's what to know

The Twin Cities will start requiring people to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter bars, restaurants and other places that serve food and drinks.
Coronavirus
January 18
Students at St. Paul’s Central High walked out Tuesday to protest in-person learning, urging the district to go remote in an effort to stop the spre

St. Paul school board votes down shift to distance learning

The vote came after students conducted districtwide walkouts Tuesday.
St. Paul
January 18
St. Paul police are investigating a shooting they believe caused one person to die at the 300 block of Blair Avenue on Tuesday night.

St. Paul police investigating Frogtown shooting death

This is the city's third homicide in 10 days.
St. Paul
January 18
A fence was placed around the perimeter of the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in St. Paul.

St. Paul prepares for ex-officers' federal trial in George Floyd killing

Former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights. Although security won't reach the level of the Derek Chauvin trial, business owners and residents say preparations are unlike anything they've seen.
East Metro
January 18
Elisabeth Storm offered her dog, Luke, another tennis ball, his favorite thing in the world, as he cooled off in a creek at Battle Creek Regional Park

Ramsey County parks may stay open longer

Parks would be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., rather than sunrise to sunset.
Local
January 18
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

Media ask judge to reconsider access to ex-officers' federal trial in George Floyd killing

Restrictions on access violate First Amendment, attorney says.