The Mankato City Council is expected to vote Monday on whether to eliminate the Joint Civil Service Commission, the Mankato Free Press reports. A city staff report argues the three-member body that controls employment, promotion and discipline of police and firefighters is "redundant and inefficient" because of employment laws, union protections and the city’s own policies.
Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka
The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.
6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk
The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.
Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner
"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.
Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis
The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.
Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise
“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.
UPDATE: Body found in vehicle trunk in Mound is that of a boy
Police say two people are in custody.
Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases
The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.
Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River
Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.
Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists
The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.
Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M
It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.
Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation
Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.
Children's Museum announces plans for Mankato
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota plans to build a permanent home in downtown Mankato, but still needs to raise more than $2 million. So far, the Mankato Free Press reports nearly $1.7 million has been pledged for the $4 million structure. Executive Director Peter Olson has asked the City Council for $250,000 to buy a piece of property next to the Blue Earth County Library. Olson claims the museum would have an annual economic impact of $5 million.
Details vague on new Wal-Mart distribution center in Mankato
It's still unclear when Wal-Mart will build a proposed Midwest distribution center in Mankato, the Free Press reports. City Manager Pat Hentges told the newspaper nine Wal-Mart executives visited the site this fall, but couldn't "release any specific start date or project date information."
Son of Rochester police chief sues city, commission members
Jeremy Peterson claims the city broke a long-standing "practice and/or policy" by not allowing him to return to his community service officer position after he didn't complete the requirements of his 12-month probationary period as a police officer, the Post Bulletin reports. He also accuses two members of the Rochester Police Civil Service Commission of violating Minnesota's open meeting law. Peterson is seeking more than $50,000 in damages. He's the son of Police Chief Roger Peterson.
Thousands of Minnesotans to receive free dental care in Mankato
Minnesota dentists and volunteers are getting ready to turn the Verizon Wireless Center into a massive dental clinic on Friday and Saturday. The Mankato Free Press reports organizers plan to provide free care to about 2,000 people who can’t afford it.
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