Yolanda Ramirez, left, and her sister Juliana Ramirez, received fresh vegetables from Neighborhood House at John A. Johnson Elementary in St. Paul on

Inflation spurs rising demand at Minnesota food shelves

Many food shelves are serving more people this summer than in summer 2020 and 2021, which were record years for food assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local

Nominee's past may be template for how he handles public safety job

July 23
Cedric Alexander, seen at a July 7 news conference, is close to being confirmed as the first community safety commissioner of Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis City Council could vote as soon as Aug. 4 on the nomination of Cedric Alexander as city's community safety commissioner.

Family remembers girl, 6, killed in crash with car fleeing police in Brooklyn Center

July 23
Parents said Blessings McLaurin-Grey had overcome odds starting from birth.
Local
July 24
A kitten manages to stay calm during yoga at the Yoga Retreat Center in the presence of kittens from the Bitty Kitty Brigade, which is a no-kill anima

Can these cute cats help your downward dog? (Probably not, but …)

Proceeds from Kitten Yoga class go to Twin Cities no-kill kitten rescue organization.
Local
July 24
Minnesota writer John Walker, with his daughters Keely and Lannie Walker.

After drug lord's capture, family of slain Minnesotan seeks justice

Rafael Quintero was linked to the brutal 1985 murder of John Clay Walker.
Minneapolis
July 24

Missing 10-year-old Minneapolis girl found safe, police say

Investigators are working to develop a chronology of what occurred, police said.
July 24
A State Trooper watches for speeders.

Feds to motorists: Speeding as dangerous as other risky behind-the-wheel behaviors

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched its "Speeding Wrecks Lives" campaign last week and will spend $8 million in hopes of changing drivers' attitudes.
Minneapolis
July 24
Students at Minneapolis’ Emerson Elementary will wear uniforms this fall, with solid-color shirts and khaki, black or blue pants, similar to those w

Emerson is latest Minneapolis public school to require uniforms

The decision came after a vote that showed a majority of families supported such a dress code.
Minneapolis
July 24
Cyclists and pedestrians make their way around Bde Maka Ska in 2020.

Minneapolis Park Board proposes $79M tax levy

The 6% increase would serve youth in crisis and maintain park assets, officials said
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Minneapolis
July 24

Death of Minneapolis toddler ruled a homicide

An autopsy found the boy suffered "multiple blunt force injuries."
Local
July 23
Hawo Ahmed, right, with her mother Isha Ahmed. Hawo Ahmed died not long after charges were dropped and she was released from jail. “Having a child

Charges dropped, lives ruined, but St. Paul officer still on force

False sex trafficking charges ravaged the lives of two dozen people. But the St. Paul officer they sued for violating their constitutional rights is still on the force. An officer's participation in a federal task force has "become blanket immunity for anything they do," said the attorney of one.
Local
July 23
Researcher Carrie Jennings paddled by farm tile drains emptying into the South Fork Crow River, a major source of Mississippi River pollution. 

How the little, polluted Crow River clouds the Mississippi

The Crow is the first major agricultural river emptying into the mighty waterway, and it doubles the Mississippi's nutrient pollution, state officials say, adding phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment.
Local
July 23
The Blue Line light-rail stop at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Blue Line LRT connects the airport’s two terminals.

MSP Airport employees fearful about taking LRT between terminals

They often work late and early-morning hours and believe taking the LRT puts them at risk.
Business
July 23
Pam Hoppe chatted with Thomas Sullivan while he bought a new baseball cap at the Minnesota Twins team store earlier this month at Target Field. Hoppe

Retirees cutting back, taking part-time jobs to beat inflation

With the volatile stock market, financial planners are dealing with nervous clients — some who are delaying retirement because of current conditions.
Politics
July 23
Democratic First Congressional District candidate and former Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger mingled at a fundraiser at the law offices of Maschka, Rie

Ex-Hormel CEO hopes moderate views will win over First District

Jeff Ettinger had never run for office before seeking the southern Minnesota congressional seat held by the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn.
Minneapolis
July 23
Arabella Foss-Yarbrough, second from left, interrupted a July 16 gathering outside the Minneapolis apartment where police fatally shot Andrew Tekle Su

Brooks: Competing fundraisers offer snapshot of a Mpls. tragedy

In the traumatic aftermath of yet another Minneapolis police shooting, two online fundraisers became an online scorecard.
Local
July 23
A drought-damaged field near Cannon Falls, Minn., in summer 2021.

Parts of Minnesota slip back into severe drought

Minneapolis and St. Paul had one of their driest Junes on record.
Local
July 23
One of the most popular stops along the 3-mile drive each spring at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the flowering crabapple collection featuring

Metro briefs: Arboretum gets $1.2M federal grant

Carver CountyArboretum gets $1.2M federal grantThe Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is getting a new parking lot, with help from a federal grant aimed at supporting tourism.The…
West Metro
July 23
School photos of Eli Hart and toy cars, one of his favorite things, were on display during a celebration of life at the Randolph High School football

Mound City Council names bridge after 6-year-old boy found slain in car trunk

More than 2,300 signed a petition to name the Mound bridge after Eli Hart, whose mother has been charged in his death.
Minneapolis
July 23
Trinity Smith

Charges upped against Minneapolis man in shooting of 9-year-old girl

She was shot while jumping on a friend's trampoline.
July 23
Mary McGowan at the grave of her brother Pvt. William Donnelley at an American cemetery in France.

World wars claimed Minnesota woman's brother and the son she named after him

Mary McGowan "was the real hero," her grandson says.
Rochester
July 23
Sgt. Milton Hanna, a Medal of Honor recipient who enlisted in Minnesota, fought in the Civil War and died in 1913 at age 71. He is buried at Glenwood

Civil War gravestones get cleaned, repaired in Blue Earth County

More than 100 stones could be cleaned or replaced in the project funded from donations.
Politics
July 23
Health workers cared for a patient with COVID-19 at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center in September 2021.

Minnesota will start winnowing pile of pandemic 'hero pay' applications

More than 1 million Minnesotans sought a state payment for frontline pandemic work.