Home prices are continuing to rise in the Twin Cities, but the pace has slowed.  The Twin Cities price gain index reached a new high during June.  In July, the average price per square foot of all sales that closed during the month increased just over three-percent.  An official with Zillow says housing demand remains strong.

City officials say Minneapolis must drastically cut its natural gas emissions.  Citywide consumption of natural gas rose last year and is now the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.  The increase can be traced to a growing demand for building heating as new buildings go up across the city.  Council members are working with utility companies to find alternative ways to generate heat.

The Minneapolis mounted police are mourning the death of one of their horses.  The 20-year-old gelding was put down Sunday after suffering a serious leg injury.  Diego was one of the longest-serving horses in the mounted patrol unit.  Dozens of people left condolences on the unit’s Facebook page.

Minnesota State Fair attendance is dipping.  Attendance on Monday was down about 28-thousand people from last year.  A record fifth day attendance was set in 2017.

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting an extremely harsh winter.  The almanac came out this week saying areas in the North Plains into the Great Lakes are going to get ‘the worst of the worst’ of what is being called a ‘polar coaster’. Editor of the almanac Peter Geiger said it will be a frigid and snowy winter with a polar blast in late January. Geiger claims that the Farmers’ Almanac has been right 80-percent of the time.

Duluth’s Anderson Furniture is set to close.  The store confirmed yesterday that it will be shutting its doors.  The store has been in business for over 100 years of operation.  The owner hasn’t commented on why the store is closing.

St. Louis County is receiving funding to replace 15 or more structurally deficient bridges.  It was announced yesterday that the County will be receiving ten-million-dollars in grant money from the Department of Transportation.

A 32-year-old Duluth man is facing charges in connection with last week’s home invasion in the city’s Lakeside neighborhood.  Brandon Kall is charged with one count of second-degree aggravated robbery, one count of first-degree burglary, and one count of theft of movable property.  Police responded August 22nd in the 52-hundred-block of Colorado Street where a woman told them a man had forced his way into her house demanding her money and purse.

Three people are facing charges for selling heroin out of a downtown Duluth apartment. Ashley Barney, Robin Diver, and Marcus Bruce Junior are each charged with aiding and abetting first-degree heroin sales.  The charges come after police searched Barney’s and Diver’s apartment in the Mesaba Villas South complex Saturday.

A Minnesota woman is accused of spending Friday evening drinking before running down her boyfriend and speeding away.  Beth Windus was charged yesterday with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the death of 51-year-old Jonathon Sundquist outside the couple’s home.  Authorities say the 47-year-old unlicensed motorist’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit soon after Sundquist’s death.

Construction got underway today on an expansion of Mill Ruins Park in downtown Minneapolis.  The project includes adding a new pavilion with a restaurant and a performance space.  The land already is home to St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge.  The grand opening is set for the fall of next year.

Minnetonka officials are getting closer to building a state-of-the-art four-point-seven-mile mountain bike trail on Lone Lake Park.  The trail will be set up for beginner and intermediate-level riders.  The price tag could be close to 200 thousand dollars. The Minnetonka City Council approved the plan, but a lawsuit filed by Protect Our Minnetonka Parks over an environmental dispute is delaying the process.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is reversing its decision to limit tailgating and parking by Gophers football fans on the grassy field at the East River Flats Park.  The move came just two days before the season opener.  After hearing from angry Gophers fans, the board reversed their decision within three hours.

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