Twin Cities

  • Study: Open enrollment increasing racial segregation in Twin Cities schools
    The state's open enrollment policy is increasing racial segregation in Twin Cities-metro area school districts, says a report out Friday from the University of Minnesota.January 11, 2013
  • Runaway girls focus of Minn. fight to curb sex trafficking
    Research shows that Minnesota girls who run from their homes are not only more vulnerable to being sold for sex; they also face a higher risk of being raped or sexually exploited in other ways.January 11, 2013
  • Dayton administration tries to soothe business fears as DFL readies tax bills
    At a dinner Wednesday evening, a top aide to Gov. Mark Dayton urged business leaders to work with the governor to fix the state's long-term budget problems and assuage a mostly anti-tax audience leery of what the DFL majority may do in the upcoming session.January 10, 2013
  • Southern Theater survives, thanks to downsizing
    Now emerging from a financial crisis that nearly killed it in 2011, the Southern Theater in Minneapolis survived collapse by stripping down to one staff person and becoming a rental facility for local arts groups.January 9, 2013
  • In Duluth, a campaign to reduce sex trafficking of young girls
    Daily in Minnesota and across the country, young girls are bought and sold for sex. A group of advocates and law enforcement officials in Duluth is trying to increase awareness of the dangers and bring an end to the trafficking of girls.January 9, 2013
  • Mille Lacs Band looks to purchase 2 hotels in St. Paul
    The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced plans Tuesday to purchase two hotels in downtown St. Paul. If the deal goes through, it will give the bands ownership of nearly half of the capital city's downtown hotel rooms.January 8, 2013
  • Police enlist hotels in fight against sex trafficking
    The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking.January 8, 2013
  • $6 billion tab projected for Minnesota water line fixes
    In many Minnesota cities, water system are aging and in need of replacement. Recent major water main breaks have highlighted the massive labyrinth of underground pipes that delivers water to homes and businesses.January 8, 2013
  • Grants to build 8 new biking, hiking trails
    Grants to build eight new biking and hiking trails across the state have been awarded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.January 7, 2013
  • Minneapolis violent crime up slightly in 2012
    City officials say violent crime in the city increased slightly 6 percent in 2012 over the previous year, when crime was at its lowest in decades.January 4, 2013
  • As downtown Mpls. dries out, city says water OK to use
    Crews were mopping up in downtown Minneapolis Friday, after a massive water main break flooded the city's historic Gateway District and closed Hennepin Avenue, the main artery through downtown.January 4, 2013
  • What's next for downtown St. Paul?
    Downtown St. Paul will look quite different next year, and that's not just because its sole department store will be gone. By 2014, Macy's will have disappeared, but downtown will see a new grocery store, light-rail trains, and the beginnings of a new ballpark. Yet some wonder if all these changes will truly revitalize the downtown's core.January 4, 2013
  • Barrier of bubbles, light and sound recommended to deter Asian carp
    Officials at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say they have decided on a way to keep invasive Asian carp from traveling up the Mississippi River, and it isn't an electric barrier.January 4, 2013
  • Water main break floods downtown Minneapolis
    A broken water main in downtown Minneapolis caused major hassles Thursday afternoon. The flood of water shut down several streets, caused Metro Transit buses to be rerouted and jammed up rush hour traffic. Some local businesses also had to close because they had no water.January 3, 2013
  • Closing of Macy's St. Paul leaves big hole; opens new opportunity for downtown
    Downtown St. Paul will soon have a big hole to fill. Macy's announcement today that it will close its St. Paul store by the end of March will leave the city with 360,000 square feet of vacant retail space. The city's business and political leaders are confident they will be able to fill it -- but with what?January 3, 2013

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