Robberies rose 9 percent in St. Paul and nearly 8 percent in Minneapolis. People distracted by their phones are often targets.
MPR News examined hundreds of Hennepin County cases charged in adult court last year that involved gun-related crimes. In many cases, suspected gunmen are already legally banned from possessing guns.
Minneapolis police say shots were fired Wednesday as police and members of a U.S. Marshall's task force pursued a fugitive in northeast Minneapolis.
The number of burglaries was down, but there was an increase in shootings, particularly in north Minneapolis.
A body recovered at the site of a building explosion and fire in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on New Year's Day, was identified late Friday as Ahmed Farah Ali.
"Today our task is to find people who are missing and unaccounted for," Hussein Ahmed, director of the West Bank Community Coalition said Thursday morning.
Some Vikings players including defensive end Jared Allen say they heard about the firing of head coach Leslie Frazier Monday morning at a team meeting.
During a juvenile hearing today, District Court Judge Joseph Klein determined that boy is better off in out-of-home placement than with his parents while his case proceeds.
Gov. Dayton said he was concerned that calling in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate incidents of violence involving Minneapolis police might change the primary role of the BCA.
In Minnesota, lawmakers failed to pass any new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., killings. Gun control advocates say they will push again to expand background checks on gun purchases to include private sales.
In Minnesota, lawmakers failed to pass any new gun laws during this year's legislative session.
Prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old Brooklyn Park man with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, alleging he posed as a police officer then abducted and sexually assaulted a woman in Fridley last month.
The injunction seeks to prevent the Minneapolis City Council from voting on measures related to the Downtown East development project proposed near the new Vikings stadium.
Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels said the U.S. Justice Department investigated his ties to a non-profit group headed by his wife.
The Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday will discuss measures intended to help the cash-strapped Midtown Global Market. The city's Community Development Committee will consider forgiving more than a million dollars the Market owes to the city, as well as whether to contribute a $150,000 parking subsidy.