MPR News reports permits increased by 20 percent. The Builders Association of the Twin Cities says single-family homes took up the majority of those permits. However, multi-family construction was down 40 percent in August, compared to last year.
Driver ejected in fatal Roseville crash identified as 30-year-old
The crash temporarily shutdown westbound Highway 36.
Endorsed candidate's campaign video used antisemitic trope at MN GOP convention
The video aired before GOP-backed secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett's speech at the state party convention.
Brooklyn Center rejects plans for MN's first ever 'car vending machine'
The proposal by Carvana was rejected in a split vote.
Ex-cop Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd killing
The former Minneapolis police officer appeared in court on Wednesday morning.
2 dead after driver flees cop in Coon Rapids, crashes in Anoka
The double-fatal crash happened on Main Street near Ferry Street in Anoka.
Fleeing suspect charged in crash that left husband dead, wife critical
Daniel Joseph Fisher, 57, died from multiple blunt force injuries in a crash Sunday. His wife, Cathleen, is in critical condition as of Tuesday.
Threat of severe weather returns to Minnesota for 2 days
Isolated severe storms Wednesday, followed by scattered severe storms Thursday.
1 dead, 2 injured in crash at intersection in Ramsey
The crash happened at the intersection of Bunker Lake Blvd. and Sunfish Lake Blvd.
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.
Twin Cities building permits up 57 percent from year ago
Building permits are on the rise in the Twin Cities. According to data from the Keystone Report for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, building permits issued in the Twin Cities this month were up 57 percent over last July, to 403, and the number of units permitted more than doubled, to 783. The data also revealed that 3,953 units have been permitted, up 75 percent over the same time last year.
Defying trends, new home construction booming in Plymouth
New housing construction in Plymouth is bucking the national trend. KSTP reports permits for single-family homes there are up 128 percent. City officials credit pent-up demand and the desirable Wayzata school district.
Survey: Twin Cities plan to party, decorate more this holiday
The survey by Deloitte found people will spend more on 'non-gift' items, like parties and holiday decorations, than on buying presents. Spending on non-gift items increased 22 percent this year compared to last. On average, that equals about $600.
Wisconsin sees more than 30,000 applications for conceal-carry permits
Tens of thousands of permits have poured in in just the first week. Wisconsin residents first have to pass a background check and proven they've taken firearms training before they can get a permit.
Twin Cities construction activity leaps in September
There was a big jump in construction activity in the Twin Cities in September, the Business Journal reports, citing figures published by McGraw-Hill Construction. Nonresidential construction in the metro in September totaled $200 million, compared to just $90 million during the same month in 2011. Residential construction totaled $313 million, well above the $123 million in September 2011.
Do the Twin Cities need 2 orchestras?
Both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are in the middle of negotiating new contracts with musicians. Both face multi-million dollar deficits, and a quick resolution is unlikely. MPR explores issues at the heart of the question: Does the state need two world-class orchestras?
Study: Twin Cities has largest racial disparity for unemployment
The Economic Policy Institute found the unemployment rate for African Americans in the metro is about 24 percent compared to six percent for Caucasians -- the biggest gap than any other metropolitan area in the United States.
Home sales are up in the Twin Cities, but prices? Not so much
The median price from a year ago has slipped 11 percent to just $156,000. But, on the bright side, sales are up 40 percent over the same period.
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