Liala Helal Feature Archive

Colorado-based Vail is investing in places where people learn how to ski, like Afton, hoping that one day those young people will travel to its bigger resorts or mountains in other states. (12/09/2013)
Wanting to make Lake Como and its historic pavilion a more appealing destination by following the Minneapolis model of finer lakeside dining, St. Paul leaders last week took a first step, telling a cafe on Lake Como that its expiring contract would not be renewed. (12/05/2013)
Natalie Box, 30, climbed out of homelessness three months ago. She lives in north Minneapolis with her mother and four children--and this year she'll be serving a Thanksgiving meal for her friends and family who are still homeless. (11/26/2013)
The McKnight Foundation has awarded $750,000 to a group that aims to promote regional transit in the eastern part of the Twin Cities metro area. (11/25/2013)
A coop of about 35 racing pigeons was stolen from a St. Paul yard Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to St. Paul Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Paul Paulos. (11/13/2013)
Minneapolis voters have elected the first Mexican-American and the first Hmong-American to serve on the City Council. (11/08/2013)
As vote counting continues in the Minneapolis race, advocates of ranked-choice voting say the delay in results has nothing to do with the relatively new election system. (11/07/2013)
An election in which three candidates in their 30s won Minneapolis City Council races made it clear that the city's demographics are changing, and voters want younger, newer and more diverse representation. (11/07/2013)
Tuesday will mark the first time ranked-choice voting is used in a Minneapolis election with only non-incumbent mayoral candidates. If you're still confused about ranked-choice, don't worry. Here's a guide. (11/02/2013)
"Healthy kids equals healthy minds," Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a news release. "Vaccinations play a key role in helping our children stay well, resulting in better attention and participation in class as well as fewer days out of school due to illness." (10/28/2013)
Did Amtrak's Empire Builder train ever use the St. Paul Union Depot station? Now, we know the answer to that question is: no. (10/26/2013)
Minnesota far surpasses the national average for organ, eye and tissue donors. Even so, 101 people in Minnesota died last year before they could receive a transplant. (10/24/2013)
The service counted 300,000 rides during its 2013 season, up about 9 percent from a year ago, as it added new stations tied to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the Hiawatha Corridor and Lake Street in Minneapolis. (10/23/2013)
Construction crews will be testing railroad signals and switches over the next few weeks as they wrap up preparations for bringing passenger trains back to downtown St. Paul. (10/23/2013)
Extra police officers, both undercover and uniformed, will patrol University of Minnesota neighborhoods this weekend following four recent robberies targeting students. (10/18/2013)