Major race-based differences are evident in almost every major disease condition in Minnesota. This Saturday the Minnesota Department of Health will deliver a report to the Legislature that underlines policies that routinely provide health advantages to white people while producing chronic disadvantages for people of color.
Before a news conference he held alongside Ramsey County Attorney John Choi on Wednesday morning, St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith sat down with reporters to discuss the progress of the police investigation into alleged clergy sexual abuse. "When I hear over and over again that 'mistakes have been made,' we need to know what those mistakes are," he said.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said multiple agencies analyzed disks copied from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's computer and found insufficient evidence to press charges.
Two relief funds for the victims and their families have so far collected $25,000, but that is short of what organizers hoped to raise.
Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement.
The $957 million project is on budget. Even though the line has not opened, the project has spurred about 100 development projects totaling a $1.7 billion investment along the corridor that have been built, planned or are under way, according to the Met Council.
The Council on Black Minnesotans is pushing to expand the department's duties. It also wants a constitutional amendment that would give the department free rein to enforce the state's human rights laws.
In addition to employment disparities, the report also notes discriminatory lending practices have shut out minority-owned businesses from obtaining loans.
"The cost of these [light rail] projects is prohibitive, unless you want to start excluding $125 million of very worthwhile projects elsewhere in the state," Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday.
Fire officials are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire, which destroyed the Otanga grocery and displaced residents from the apartment units above the store
A Minneapolis transgender woman who was imprisoned for killing a man who picked a fight with her was released Monday from a St. Cloud correctional facility.
The sentence of Otis Washington was the longest imposed on a sex-trafficking defendant in Minnesota history.
Cassim, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen and University of Minnesota graduate was jailed in April after creating a video poking fun of youth hip-hop culture in Dubai.
The head of the Metropolitan Council says she is "absolutely open" to routing Southwest light-rail trains through the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis at ground level.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released the identity of a third man killed in a New Year's Day fire in Minneapolis.