Minnpost reports that the council is preparing to approve 19 grants totaling $16.1 million to help fund higher-density, transit-supportive development along light rail, bus rapid transit and commuter rail lines, as well as high-frequency bus routes. Minneapolis gets five grants, as does St. Paul. The remainder will go to the suburbs.
Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park
Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.
Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man
Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.
2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting
A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.
Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate
The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.
Lineup for returning Canterbury Park Concert Series revealed
Tickets go on sale Friday.
Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary
Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.
US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI
The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.
7 tornadoes touched down last week in western MN, ND
Two of the seven were EF-2 level tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Floodwaters sweep through restaurant in Waite Park
The Sauk River crested on Monday.
City of Minneapolis, Jaleel Stallings reach $1.5M settlement
Although a settlement was made, the city will not admit fault or take any responsibility for the incident as part of the agreement with Stallings.
Harrington named new transit police chief
John Harrington, a former St. Paul police chief who retired after just one two-year stint as a DFL state senator, will become the new chief of police that enforces the law on Metro Transit buses, light rail and commuter rail. He'll oversee law enforcement on a rapidly growing network of light rail and bus transit in the Twin Cities.
Southwest LRT seeks development money to stay on track
The Southwest Corridor Light Rail is among a long list of projects eyeing part of $50 million in grant money. MPR reports the state Department of Employment and Economic Development is expected to decide which development projects will be awarded funds in the next few weeks. The 15-mile Southwest LRT route would run from downtown Minneapolis through the southwest suburbs.
Twin Cities transit ridership up in 2011 to second-highest total in 30 years
Metro Transit says it provided more than 80 million rides last year. The 3.5 percent increase over 2010 was due to more bus riders. Passengers on light rail and commuter trains were slightly fewer than the year before.
2 Metro Transit hybrid-electric buses debut at State Fair
Metro Transit rolled out a pair of hybrid-electric public transit buses at the Minnesota State Fair Friday, which will serve Minneapolis and surrounding communities. The buses -- which mark a first in the U.S. transit industry -- were funded by a $1.2 million federal grant and were built in-state.
Metropolitan Council considers controversial firm for proposed Southwest Corridor
URS Corp. of San Francisco is on a short list to receive a $100 million contract for engineering work on the light-rail line that would run from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. The Star Tribune reports URS was a consultant on the I-35W bridge before it collapsed in 2007. Gov. Mark Dayton has expressed concerns with the firm and vowed to issue an executive order barring it from state contracts until at least all lawsuits are settled.
Consultant finds transit police are on wrong track
The Metro Transit police department has a "lack of accountability at all levels," "confusion and negative perceptions at all levels," and does not appear to have anyone in charge of technology, according to a new report from the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute.
Minnesota on guard for invasive Oriental bittersweet
It's a beautiful addition to a fall wreath, but the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is telling state decorators and retailers to avoid using the vibrant Oriental bittersweet, a woody vine that can strangle trees and crowd out native plants.
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