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              Gov. Tim Walz has requested federal financial assistance to help the Twin Cities recover from more than $500 million worth of damage caused by rioting. In a press release, Walz’s office said nearly 1,500 Twin Cities businesses were vandalized, burned, or looted during the late May riots, with current estimates of the damage exceeding $500 million. Walz asked President Donald Trump on Thursday to “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota...
    Sparklers won’t be the only thing sizzling this July 4 weekend. The 90 degree weather and sunny skies continue through Sunday with possible showers Monday that will do nothing to cool things off. Hot temps and humidity have made for some poor air quality, especially for those with breathing issues. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert for east-central and southeast Minnesota, effective Friday from noon through 8 p.m. The affected area includes the Twin Cities...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After George Floyd’s death, many galvanized to financially support and donate to Black-owned businesses. Here in Minnesota, one type of business did not have any all-Black owners — until now. WCCO’s Marielle Mohs introduces us to two women filling a void in the Twin Cities. “I feel strongly that now is the time to open it,” Dionne Sims said. Sims simply manifested her dream into a tweet on June 15, 2020, that reads “Minnesota doesn’t have a black-owned...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Another heat advisory has been issued Friday for the Twin Cities metro area, and the east-central and southeastern portions of the state are now also under an air quality alert due to ozone levels. The areas affected by the air quality alert include the Twin Cities metro area, St. Cloud, Rochester, Winona, and the tribal nation of Prairie Island. “Air quality is expected to worsen today and Air Quality Index values are expected to reach the Orange...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Another heat advisory has been issued Friday for the Twin Cities metro area. This marks the second day in a row that forecasters are encouraging people in the metro to beware of the heat. They say that the combination of high humidity and temperatures in the 90s will last through the weekend. As for the heat advisory, it affects the seven metro counties, lasting from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Expect a repeat of Thursday,...
    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, a wave of sexual misconduct accusations have flooded the Twin Cities local music scene through social media. It started with women calling out several members of the hip-hop scene, but it quickly snowballed with accusations leveled at musicians in multiple genres, managers, DJs, nightclub staff and owners, photographers, prominent fans and even, according to reporting by MPR News, an on-air host at its...
    Gov. Tim Walz is asking the riots after the death of George Floyd be declared a federal disaster, opening the way for funds to help rebuild. As much as $500 million in damages was reported, most of that to privately-owned buildings set afire during the unrest. Nearly 1,500 businesses were damaged during the riots, which lasted several days and nights. State officials say about $15 million of public infrastructure was also damaged. The riots, which began May 27, required the...
    The Twin Cities Jazz Fest has partnered with Crooners Supper Club to stream four free jazz concerts in July. The concerts are taking place outside the jazz club and will be live-streamed on Crowdcast. The lineup includes Rio Nido (7 p.m. July 9), Tyler Michaels and Friends (7 p.m. July 16), Laura Caviani (5:30 p.m. July 23) and Maud Hixson (8:30 p.m. July 30). The festival also plans to stream several concerts in August. The series is made possible by...
    Mendota Heights police are investigating after a man was stabbed on Wednesday night. Officers received a report about 7:30 p.m. and the man reported the assault took place near the 700 block of Plaza Drive, which is in the area of Dodd Road and Minnesota 62. The man, whose injuries were non-life threatening, was transported by ambulance to a hospital, according to police. Officers, including two K-9 teams, responded to the scene and searched the area for the suspect, who...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twin Cities metro will be under a heat advisory Thursday afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says the advisory will begin at 1 p.m. and last through 8 p.m. Heat indices of up to 95 degrees are expected. The advisory affects the following counties: Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington, Carver, Scott, and Dakota. Those exercising or working outside are encouraged to take breaks often, drink plenty of water and spend time in the...
              Three more Minnesotans are facing federal arson charges in connection to the late May riots in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Both Matthew Scott White, 31, and Mohamed Hussein Abdi, 19, were arrested on June 29 and charged with one count of arson. According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, Abdi was captured on surveillance cameras while intentionally starting a fire in the cafeteria of Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul...
    A Twin Cities woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty in an elaborate ginseng farm fraud scheme, prosecutors said Wednesday. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Mai Vang, 51, of Brooklyn Center pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft-by-swindle charges. Vang also must pay restitution of more than $480,000 to the nine victims she defrauded. Vang had eluded arrest for two years after charges were filed against her in 2017. She was found in Georgia...
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives asked again for the public’s assistance Wednesday in identifying people who set fire to properties in the Twin Cities during the civil unrest last month. More than 150 fire scenes have been investigated by the ATF, along with other local, state and federal agencies, since early June. So far, 13 people have been arrested on arson-related charges. The public aided in identifying six of the 13 individuals who were arrested, and the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –– Federal officials are continuing to seek the public’s help in identifying people in connection to the unrest in the Twin Cities following the death of George Floyd. On Wednesday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provided an update on the case, saying that 13 individuals have been arrested on arson-related charges so far. Six of those arrests can be attributed to tips from the public. RELATED: Maplewood Man Charged In Arson At...
    The Fourth of July is coming up on Saturday, and it’s shaping up to be a scorcher of a Fourth in Minnesota. Temperatures will rise well into the 90s on Friday and Saturday, likely making this one of the Twin Cities’ hottest Independence Days in recent memory. Highs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will likely eclipse 90 degrees, and it’ll be accompanied by customary humidity, as well. That’ll likely make the heat index (the combination of air temperature with humidity...
    FacebookAnanya Dance Theatre’s Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice, on University Avenue in St. Paul, had property damage.The violence that followed the killing of George Floyd has mostly subsided in Minneapolis, so why do so many businesses remain boarded up? Turns out, owners who struggled to source ample plywood to cover their storefronts amid looting and vandalism just weeks ago now face lengthy waits for glass repairs due to a backlog of requests. And that glass shortage is exacerbating...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — People from all over the country are expected to come to the Twin Cities to shine a light on families who have lost someone at the hands of police. Local activists are planning a national Mother’s March here in the Twin Cities. Organizers are demanding that all cases involving police killings be reopened. Representatives for the groups Take A Knee Nation and the Justice Squad spoke outside the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis Tuesday, calling on people from...
    Six Twin Cities artists will receive $25,000 each through McKnight Foundation Visual Artist Fellowships. The fellowships were announced Monday morning by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which administers the grants from McKnight. The artists are Eric J. Garcia of Minneapolis; Seitu Ken Jones of St. Paul (who was named McKnight’s distinguished artist in 2017); Catherine Meier, who lives on the North Shore of Lake Superior; Teo Nguyen of Golden Valley; Meg Ojala of Dundas; and Maria Cristina Tavera...
    Those who live in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul are undoubtedly familiar with the Villager, the largest and one of the oldest community newspapers in the Twin Cities. For those who aren’t, here’s the scoop: Every two weeks, the Villager delivers reliable, in-depth coverage of local issues, things the ever-shrinking St. Paul Pioneer Press lacks the manpower and space to deliver. Best of all, the Villager is free, with 60,000 copies distributed on doorsteps or at coffee shops...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  Its been just over a month since George Floyd’s death and the violent looting that went on for days afterword. That violence and looting damaged at least 1,000 buildings, destroying many of them. Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate will be holding hearings to determine why the violence continued for days and who is to blame. They say this climate of lawlessness continued with the toppling of the Christopher Columbus statue at the State Capitol on June...
    Ricky Thompson, 55, doesn’t have many fond memories of growing up on Chicago’s South Side. But one sweet memory that stuck with him was the taste of the butter cookies served in his school cafeteria. Those “lunchroom” cookies have become legend in Chicago. Made with just four ingredients — flour, butter, sugar and vanilla extract — they were a staple of school menus in the 1960s and 1970s. Since that time, many have tried and failed to reproduce that light...
    It’s not every day that Saharan dust could be floating above the skies of the Twin Cities. But, that’s at the very least a possibility later this weekend. An extra large plume of Saharan dust has been steadily moving thousands of miles east-to-west across the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and now, into the lower 48. Dust from the world’s largest non-polar desert could reach southern Minnesota this weekend, adding a vibrant red tint to area sunsets, especially on Sunday...
    A month after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, resulting in his death, Republican leaders in the Minnesota Senate announced they would hold hearings on the riots and the resulting damage in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The move follows a special session aimed in part at rewriting Minnesota’s policing laws to prevent deadly force encounters and ensure accountability for officers. The Senate adjourned early Saturday before lawmakers could come to agreements on the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Large venues all across the Twin Cities are still sitting empty. From canceled concerts and conventions, WCCO found the cost to the local economy has been staggering. Jim Ibister, the General Manager of the St. Paul RiverCentre saw the global fallout from COVID-19 early on. “We saw trouble very early. January, February,” Ibister said. Like most, they weren’t prepared at the St. Paul RiverCentre for the toll it’s taken in the months since. Forty-six percent of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Republicans in the Minnesota Senate want answers to why there was so much violence during the days of unrest following George Floyd’s death. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced Thursday there will be hearings starting next week to determine who is to blame and exactly what happened. Republicans say they want answers to who allowed looters to go on rampages in the days after Floyd’s death on Memorial Day in Minneapolis police custody. Republicans specifically want...