Construction manager Ron Basara, right, shows off the outline of studio apartments going in at the former Ecolab University Center in downtown St. Pau

Former Ecolab training building is St. Paul's latest apartment conversion

With city permits in hand, developer says first apartments could be finished by September.

Minnesota school district sees benefits to life after cops in schools

July 9
Theon Jarrett and Don West of Intermediate District 287. The cooperative serving about 1,000 high-needs kids in Hennepin County is reporting success a
Arrests down in system that serves high-needs kids.

St. Paul City Council adopts new tenant-screening guidelines

July 8
St. Paul City Council Member Mitra Jalali, shown in 2018. Jalali, the sponsor for the ordinance, said its passage “couldn’t have come at a better
Council members are hoping the changes will help residents in the renter-majority city find housing, particularly for people of color, those with low incomes and those formerly incarcerated.
St. Paul
July 10
Mayor Melvin Carter spoke at a community forum in January.

As COVID crisis deepened, St. Paul Mayor Carter hired political director

Six-figure salary comes as budget shortfalls loom.
St. Paul
July 10
Dionne Sims’ dream of opening a bookstore returned to her after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, a death that lead to weeks of protest

Woman pursues dream to launch only Black-owned bookstore in Minnesota

Book lover Dionne Sims' dream of opening a bookstore returned to her after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police.
Minneapolis
July 10
People survey the damage along Lake St. near S. 27th Ave. as a fire burns to the east Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN.] DAVID JOLES • dav

A deeper look at areas most damaged by rioting, looting in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Twin Cities restaurants and retail stores were hit the hardest in the rioting following George Floyd's killing.
St. Paul
July 9

Muslim woman files discrimination complaint against Target over wrong name on cup

Target, which launched its own internal investigation, said the incident was an accident.
East Metro
July 8
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Ramsey County attorney joins pilot program to reduce racial disparities in justice system

John Choi's office has partnered with a criminal justice reform nonprofit to rethink how and whom it prosecutes.
St. Paul
July 8
Lime scooters were available in St. Paul last year.

City Council approves measure to bring scooters to St. Paul

Lime will deploy 500 scooters immediately, and Bird is expected to follow.
Minneapolis
July 7
Windows were still broken out and boarded up following the killing of George Floyd and the unrest that ensued at the Transit Center on Chicago Avenue

Metro Transit employees call for change in serving minority passengers

They object to how the agency serves minorities.
West Metro
July 6

Charge: Officers revived pulse, tended to gunshot wounds of Bloomington restaurant owner

20-year-old charged in that robbery and a St. Paul liquor store heist.
Coronavirus
July 3
The scene at the beach at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis on June 17. A cluster of COVID-19 cases tied to young adults drinking at southern Minnesota bars

Summer might be canceled, but Minnesotans are distancing less

Minnesotans are out and about this summer after COVID-19 lockdowns have eased, but daily life remains altered in some ways.
St. Paul
July 3

St. Paul schools offer virtual enrichment program

Goal is to keep kids sharp during the summer.
St. Paul
July 2

Arson charges dropped against woman arrested in burning of St. Paul store after George Floyd's killing

The 19-year-old's attorney says video showed that she was not involved in the arson at St. Paul health supplement store.
St. Paul
July 2
St. Paul Council Member Dai Thao gave a tour of a fire damaged strip mall along University Avenue. Of all the places in St. Paul that sustained damage

Riot-damaged University Av. hopes to come back stronger

Some fear speculators will snap up vacant buildings and empty lots to gentrify University Avenue.
St. Paul
July 2

Manslaughter charge for man accused of fatally shooting woman outside St. Paul bar

Authorities were told it was an accident during what the charges describe as a playful interaction with the victim.
West Metro
July 2

2 felons arrested, accused of shooting Bloomington restaurant owner during robbery

The suspects were out on probation at the time of the crime in mid-June.
St. Paul
July 2
Leaders urged demonstrators to make their way to the Lexington Ave. exit off westbound I-94.

Protesters shut down I-94 in St. Paul over killing of singer in Ethiopia

The death of Hachalu Hundessa also sparked angry protests in Addis Ababa.
Minneapolis
July 2
Minnesota Senate Republicans held the first in a series of hearings looking into damage to Twin Cities businesses in the wake of the unrest related to

Minnesota Senate hears from metro businesses damaged by unrest

As the Senate launches its inquiry, the partisan divide over the political and policy response to George Floyd's death is growing at the State Capitol.
Minneapolis
July 1
Supporters, including Reggie Wright, center, and Valentina McKenzie, a field organizer with CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha, right, ch

Minimum-wage workers get raises in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Business leaders say the added cost compounds COVID-19 losses.
St. Paul
July 1
With new safety measures in place, Debbie Manke, right, took in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as she took photos of her daughter Stephanie St. Ger

Flower Power: Reopened conservatory in St. Paul offers a break from pandemic gloom

When the pandemic closed the conservatory doors, the gardeners opened a window.Through the cold, gray spring, as the virus spread and Minnesota shut down, people…
St. Paul
July 1
St. Paul law enforcement officers investigate the scene where a woman was shot in the early morning outside the Trend Lounge and later died at Regions

Man arrested after fatal shooting of woman near St. Paul bar

It was the city's 17th homicide of the year.
Minneapolis
June 30
Matthew Scott White, 31, of Minneapolis, at left, and Mohamed Hussein Abdi, 19, of Maplewood.

New federal arson charges for May blazes set at Gordon Parks High School, St. Paul Enterprise Rent-A-Car building

At least 14 federal criminal cases have been filed in unrest over Floyd's death.