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Punishing people for sleeping and camping in public spaces 
Tuesday at 9 a.m., we’ll talk about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that gives local governments the right to criminally punish people for sleeping and camping in public spaces.  
‘Time is up’ for Minneapolis buildings left hazardous and vacant for years
About 320 vacant and hazardous buildings are logged in the Minneapolis vacant building registration, with over half concentrated in the city’s north side. Some have been seemingly abandoned for more than a decade, with nearly a hundred empty for five plus years. But now, per an amended ordinance, building owners could have to fork over $24,000 annually for letting them sit. 
Growing people, not crops, is the goal of a Moorhead farm
The Red River Valley is well known for large farms growing an abundance of corn, soybeans and sugar beets. But there’s a unique farm near Moorhead that’s finding success by focusing on a very different kind of growth: human skills and knowledge.
Ash wastewater spill at northern Minnesota coal plant more than five times larger than first reported
Minnesota Power first said the leak Tuesday at the Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset was about 1 million gallons. On Friday, the utility and state officials say it was actually 5.5 million gallons.
Personal histories, items can be claimed by adult adoptees from Minnesota’s DHS files
Native American adoptees and advocates are asking the Department of Human Services to do more to help all adoptees claim items left in the care of adoption placing agencies by birth parents.
Rainbow Health abruptly closes, shocking workers
Long-running Twin Cities HIV and LGBTQ+ health center Rainbow Health announced Thursday that it’s suddenly closing, citing financial challenges. The union representing staff says the news came as a shock to workers.
Secret ice cream spots popping up in the Twin Cities
Here’s the scoop — there’s a growing trend of opening restaurants in novel ways in the Twin Cities. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl talks about the secret ice cream shops hiding in plain sight.
Fridley bakery closing amid strong job market
A Twin Cities union leader said that he expects 170 people who work at a commercial bakery in Fridley will be able to find similar jobs after the facility closes later this year as part of a cost-cutting move.