Excessive alcohol use is taking a heavy toll in a state that celebrates its drinking culture.
The area where most Minnesotans might notice enforcement of still-illegal acts are on the highway. State troopers and police officers are still charged with preventing driving while impaired.
Though Minneapolis crime data suggests burglaries and other property crimes are down compared to this time last year, the city has seen a recent increase in thefts from garages.
No. Gov. Tim Walz did not sign into law a bill imposing consequences for vehicles parking in bike lanes. The Minnesota legislative session adjourned on May 22, 2023, and will not reconvene until February 12, 2024.
No. Mayor Frey signed an executive order on July 21 lowering the priority that psychedelics have for law enforcement. The city states that “many other higher priorities,” such as addressing violent crime and opioid use, take precedent.
Yes. A new law signed by Gov. Tim Walz in March allows Minnesota residents, regardless of their immigration status, to get a driver’s license starting Oct. 1, 2023.
Another section of state law not amended by the new recreational marijuana law contains a default penalty — a petty misdemeanor — for any acts that are made illegal but lack specific penalties.
State corrections officials hope that by 2026, the Transformation and Re-entry through Education and Community will serve some 1,000 incarcerated Minnesotans interested in pursuing associate degrees.
Last week, the Minneapolis Police Department and the University of Minnesota Police Department began a joint effort called Dinkytown Safe Streets — an extra enforcement campaign on weekend nights targeting the increased activity in the area.
The vote came just days after Mayor Jacob Frey, Council President Andrea Jenkins and other city leaders announced a proposal to house Third Precinct officers at a downtown facility.
The new option is meant to bridge the divide on the issue between community members and city officials.
The court order, which aims to bring about substantial reforms to the city’s police department, officially makes the agreement — years in the making — legally enforceable.
The report describes a three-pillar plan: preventative services like violence prevention groups, responsive services that provide real-time assistance to people seeking emergency services and restorative services that heal trauma and find root causes of community safety challenges.
While state lawmakers did not adopt a total ban, the father of Amir Locke says, “Everything has to start somewhere.”
No. The city of Minneapolis has paid out just over $70 million in police conduct settlements from the years 2019 to 2023, according to City Attorney’s Office data updated as of June 9, 2023.
No. Although his term is not complete, train derailments have not become more frequent since President Biden took office in January 2021.
Yes. In celebration of Taylor Swift’s Minneapolis performances on June 23 and 24, 2023, the Minnesota Department of Transportation updated electric highway signs with “Taylor Swift related” content for the week.
Yes. Minneapolis police have recorded 4,328 motor vehicle thefts as of June 25, 2023, compared to 2,388 by this time in 2022. Such thefts averaged 2,052 per year by this date over the past three years.
Yes. The Department of Justice estimates the Minneapolis Police Department stopped Black people 6.5 times and Native Americans 7.9 times more than white people from 2016 to 2022.
DOJ officials said the city has agreed to negotiate toward a consent decree, and recommend 28 “remedial measures” that may serve as a framework for the ensuing agreement.