Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman credited the determination of Minneapolis homicide investigators and improvements in DNA technology for helping to identify a suspect.
The killings were part of a violent weekend in the city, which also included a pair of stabbings.
The homicides are the 15th and 16th committed in the city so far this year. In north Minneapolis, reports of shootings are up nearly 50 percent over this same period last year.
Anyone who wants to be become a police officer in Minnesota will find it a good time to look for work.
City officials say more than 300 people voted at City Hall today.
World Cup watchers gathered in full force in downtown Minneapolis Thursday to watch the U.S. team advance to the next round of play, even as it lost to Germany 1-0.
A member of the Minnesota Air Reserve was shot in the thigh by one of his roommates in a Richfield apartment earlier this week, according to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Immigrant rights advocates and civil libertarians hailed the decision as a way to help build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement -- and save taxpayer dollars.
A Hennepin County jury convicted Zakaria Yusuf of St. Paul of attempted murder, first and second degree assault and illegal possession of a gun. The shooting, which police called gang related, was one of several violent confrontations between young Somali men in Minneapolis last year.
Even so, the mother of 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson, who was shot and killed early Sunday in north Minneapolis, made a passionate plea Wednesday for peace.
City records show an inspector cited the property for lack of electricity in August and threatened to condemn it. The inspector also noted "additional electrical problems."
People who live next to Minnehaha Creek are eyeing the water nervously this morning as more rain threatens to flood homes along the waterway. The National Weather service says nearly 5 inches of rain fell in some areas around Lake Minnetonka by Sunday morning.
The shooting, which police say is gang related, was one of a number of violent confrontations between young Somali men to occur in Minneapolis that year.
Combing Facebook, Twitter and other sites is standard procedure now for police as they pursue cases. Some suspects make it easy when they post pictures of their law breaking or incriminate themselves with their online words -- or sometimes music.
President Barack Obama, who just returned just hours earlier from a surprise visit with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, paid tribute to those lost in battle there and elsewhere over history. He called them "patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice" for their country.