Laura Yuen Feature Archive

Downtown St. Paul will look quite different next year, and that's not just because its sole department store will be gone. By 2014, Macy's will have disappeared, but downtown will see a new grocery store, light-rail trains, and the beginnings of a new ballpark. Yet some wonder if all these changes will truly revitalize the downtown's core. (01/04/2013)
As the case of an accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old boy rests in the hands of the Hennepin County Attorney, an MPR News analysis of state court data shows that prosecuting parents for leaving guns around kids is rare, but not unprecedented in Minnesota. (12/26/2012)
Early plans for what could be the Twin Cities' fourth light-rail transit spoke are moving ahead, with the blessing of the city of Golden Valley. (12/19/2012)
There will be no jail time for a St. Paul man whose toddler son was accidentally shot in the head. Instead, a judge ordered Lue Xiong Thursday to educate other parents about firearm safety. (12/13/2012)
Central Corridor light rail planners say the second year of construction on the line connecting St. Paul to Minneapolis went much smoother than the first. (12/12/2012)
The NHL lockout, now in its 83rd day, continues to distress St. Paul business owners. (12/07/2012)
The city is considering spending more than $1 million to fix its troubled crime lab. But questions remain about what the lab's future will look like. (12/05/2012)
As Minnesota prepares to overhaul its system for treating sex offenders, at least one key lawmaker supports newly recommended reforms. (12/04/2012)
As Hennepin County pushes forward with what could be the fourth light rail spoke in the Twin Cities, Golden Valley is the only one of five cities touching the so-called Bottineau route preferred by planners take an official stance against it. (11/29/2012)
The St. Paul NAACP and community members from the Rondo neighborhood asked Judge Donovan Frank to halt the project, contending that light-rail planners were dragging their feet in completing a study that would analyze business impacts during construction. (11/28/2012)
A handful of St. Paul business owners went to court today to try to convince a federal judge that light-rail planners are taking too long to study how Central Corridor construction is affecting them. (11/19/2012)
Several city and school leaders said they want housing policies to support racially integrated schools. (11/15/2012)
The commercial street connecting St. Paul to Minneapolis is like your favorite bawdy relative: quirky, over-sized, and rough around the edges. A new documentary suggests the avenue's glorious early days could provide some clues as to what its future might be. (11/15/2012)
The political parties disagree over whether voters gave Democrats a mandate to govern -- or whether 2012 is another example of a fickle electorate looking for instant results from elected officials. In Minnesota the answers to those questions can be found in the city of Edina. (11/12/2012)
A leading opponent of the rejected constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman said Tuesday's election was a "historic day for Minnesota." (11/07/2012)