Cars were spread out at 50 percent capacity for a double feature at the Vali-Hi Drive-in theater in Lake Elmo in 2020.

Could the end be near for Lake Elmo's popular Vali-Hi Drive-In?

Fans of the summer movie venue raise speculations about its closure, but nothing is confirmed.

St. Paul, Ramsey County direct $24.8M in COVID aid toward workforce development

July 13
Dee Foutch, left, and Zachary Lee searched for jobs on computers at the Ramsey County Workforce Development Center on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Nort
Many of the initiatives will focus on job training for youth.

Ex-Woodbury girls' basketball coach wins defamation suit against parent

July 12
Nathan McGuire lost his job as Woodbury High School girls’ basketball coach after being defamed by a disgruntled parent.
Nathan McGuire received $50,000 and a signed letter from the parent admitting she lied about him.
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…
July 22
Evelyn Jeanetta, 8, and her mother Natalie meet Rudy, a baby kangaroo at Sustainable Safari in the Maplewood Mall.

Maplewood attraction lets you meet animals you've never seen up close (and maybe never even heard of)

At Sustainable Safari at Maplewood Mall, visitors see, hold and feed animals — and, its founders hope, come away wanting to protect their cousins in the wild.
East Metro
July 20
Lt. Amanda Lee

Mounds View native is first female Blue Angels pilot

Lt. Amanda Lee will be first female pilot in history of Navy's elite aerial demonstration team.
Eat & Drink
July 19
The latest expansion will allow Lift Bridge to keep up with demand for its beer, hard seltzer and soda.

Stillwater's Lift Bridge wins approval to build brewery and taproom in Hudson, Wis.

It's the Minnesota brewer's second expansion in Wisconsin, but Stillwater will remain its home base.
July 16
Fridley High School

Metro briefs: Fridley High School gets new activities director

FridleyNew activities director joins Fridley High SchoolJustin Reese is the new activities director at Fridley High School. He began his new role July 1.Reese has…
July 15
Now that the federal foreclosure moratorium has expired, interest rates are rising and economists are raising fresh concerns about a recession that co

Hennepin, Ramsey counties brace for uptick in mortgage foreclosures after low rates during pandemic

Federal moratorium on foreclosures and strong housing market kept rates low.
July 13
The Anoka County Attorney’s office charged Fady Bshara Daw with three felony counts of filing false tax returns. Daw faces up to three years and thr

Anoka County tobacco wholesaler charged with skirting $1.3 million in taxes

Fady Bshara Daw of North Oaks faces up to three years for the crimes,
July 13
Kept in the Mulcahy family’s storage for decades, the original refurbished Mac’s Dinette sign now hangs inside the new diner. “It’s an old-sch

Landmark Mac's Diner is part of North St. Paul's landscape once again

Restaurateur Brandon Bramscher is rebuilding the neighborhood restaurant of his youth.
West Metro
July 12
Foreman Mike Lundgren filled up his truck with gas Tuesday at the Hennepin County Public Works maintenance facility in Osseo.

Minnesota cities, counties burn through fuel budgets amid rising gas prices

From looking at hybrids to pushing carpooling, Minnesota communities are trying to find ways to handle skyrocketing costs.
East Metro
July 12
Smoking and vaping will be banned on all Ramsey County-owned properties.

Ramsey County Board bans smoking on county property

The ban extends to parks, offices, corrections facilities and parking lots.
East Metro
July 11
Ti Tamng, 62, tended her plot on July 7 at Rice Street Gardens in Maplewood. The parcel owned by the St. Paul Water District is slated for redevelopme

Rice Street gardeners trying to buy land, make greenspace permanent

Advocates are working to balance their garden's future with housing plans.
July 11
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced its final batch of recipients Monday. The awards are based in part on standardized test results.

Three schools produced a quarter of state's National Merit recipients

Forty-three of this year's 158 winners attend Mounds View, Minnetonka or Wayzata high schools.
July 10
Alexia Lythos, 24, right, played chess with her stepsister Megan Hall, 25, in their rental home in Lauderdale on June 30. Lythos, a Marine vet, loves

Landlord snapping up Lauderdale's single-family homes

A local business owner says he's investing in the community. Other residents aren't so sure.
East Metro
July 9
Community members stood Saturday during a vigil held by family of Yee Lee and Molly Cheng at the site where rescuers found the bodies of Cheng and the

Lakeside vigil held for Maplewood family of five

Mother, father, three children dead in what authorities say were two suicides and three homicides.
East Metro
July 8
Jessica Peterson at her children’s tombstone at a cemetery near her home in River Falls, Wis. Peterson will soon release a book about her three girl

Mom remembers 3 daughters, a decade after their brutal murders by father

Jessica Peterson has found purpose in keeping alive the memories of her three girls: Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, just 5, killed by their father 10 years ago Sunday She stays close by talking about them often and visiting the playground built in their memory near her house. This summer, she will release a book about their lives.
East Metro
July 8
Chue Yang

Charges: Repeat drunken driver was intoxicated when he caused crash in Maplewood that killed passenger

Court records in Minnesota show that Yang has been convicted three times for drunken driving, including as recently as March 2019, when he crashed into a closed garage door.
North Metro
July 7

Baby in 3-vehicle crash north of Twin Cities dies

The 1-month-old's mother and sister survived their injuries in the crash that left about a dozen people injured, the State Patrol said.
July 6

Philando Castile remembered

Community members honored the memory of Philando Castile with events in St. Paul and in Falcon Heights, where he was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer in 2016.
July 6
Police say a red Dodge Caravan was responsible for the hit-and-run.

Maplewood police searching for hit-and-run driver who injured 3-year-old girl

Police say the girl was being pulled in a bicycle trailer by her father, who was also injured.
July 6
Nursing home residents Carol Jones, Carol Fisher, and Irene Struck listened as Pepper, a new robotic assistant, performed an adult-themed comedy routi

Robots debut as care assistants in Minnesota nursing home

University of Minnesota Duluth team programmed the robots to interact with residents, prolong independence.