This time of year, Minnesotans are very ready to shed some winter layers and get outdoors. But it's also the same time of year that ticks are very ready to find hosts.
In Minneapolis, tow trucks focused on areas near the city's impound lot, but tow trucks in St. Paul made it to most residential neighborhoods.
The well-to-do areas of City Council Ward 13 may be filled with garages, but city ticket writers still managed to ticket drivers who ran afoul of snow emergency parking rules.
Cars towed during the recent snow emergency in Minneapolis tended to come from crowded, poorer neighborhoods. And from the wealthier southwest, there were none.
Both Minneapolis and St. Paul send work crews to clear sidewalks at property owners' expense. But last winter, St. Paul cleared more sidewalks and assessed higher fees against scofflaws.
Each winter, as snow piles higher and ice hardens in the cold, some people just don't shovel.
Minneapolis, a cold weather city if there ever was one, will host the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018. The high temp in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2013: a balmy 14 degrees.
A map of incidents involving bicycles in Minneapolis between 2009 and 2013.
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies.
Minnesota's growing Latino population has been around long enough to put down roots, grow businesses and go through school, sometimes for generations.
Minnesotans are involved in a passionate debate about marriage this election season. The two sides began squaring off more than 40 years ago. The Deep Roots of the Marriage Debate draws from MPR's extensive audio archive to explore the origins of this election day showdown over same-sex marriage.
Ground Level is an MPR News project providing news coverage, resources, connections and conversations on important topics in Minnesota communities.
The debate over Voter ID is explored through a four-week dialogue.
The debate over same-sex marriage is explored through a four-week dialogue.