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Key Environmental Review of $2B Southwest LRT Project Released

Concerns over cost are shifting to environmental worries for the nearly $2 billion dollar Southwest Light Rail project. On Thursday, a much-anticipated review of recent changes to the project's design found potential problems -- but nothing that looks likely to hold the project back...


  • Stolen Valor: Military Imposter Says He's 'Truly Sorry'

    The high-ranking Army Ranger imposter at the center of a controversy in one Minnesota town spoke to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS after months of silence. “I don't know what happened," Richard Arthur Rahn said. "It started off all so innocent enough and it just got way out of hand."...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigates: Selling Your Secrets

    There’s a push in Washington, D.C., fueled in part by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, to give consumers access to their own personal information that’s in the hands of data brokers. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS discovered data lists - for sale online - that have police officer home addresses, cancer patients, and Alzheimer's patients on them...

  • Minn. House Moves Forward with Changing Stolen Valor Law

    The Minnesota House approved an amendment to the crime bill to change the law when it comes to military imposters. It was fueled by a recent 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation into Stolen Valor. The current law says it's a crime to impersonate an "officer." But the new change would apply to military imposters of all ranks....

  • A collection of military patches Stolen Valor: State Rep. Wants Tougher Law against Military Imposters

    A Minnesota lawmaker wants to fill the cracks in a Minnesota statute that’s supposed to stop military imposters. Our previous investigation into Stolen Valor struck a chord with state Rep. John Lesch, who also serves in the Minnesota National Guard...

  • A collection of various military patches. Stolen Valor: Military Imposter Upsets Minnesota Families

    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS discovered a crack in Minnesota law that allows certain imposters to parade around posing as highly decorated veterans. It’s a growing trend around the country that includes an incident in one Minnesota town that left a veteran’s family, law enforcement and Legion members frustrated...

  • A sign is shown posted on a perimeter fence near Delta 747 aircraft taxiing at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., Thursday, April 9, 2015. Investigation Details Perimeter Breaches at US Airports

    Several hundred times over the last decade, intruders have hopped fences, slipped past guardhouses, crashed their cars through gates or otherwise breached perimeter security at the nation's busiest airports - sometimes even managing to climb aboard jets...

  • Audit: 'Public Safety at Risk' Due to Delays Investigating Minn. Nurse Complaints

    A report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor is raising questions about whether the Minnesota Board of Nursing is taking swift enough action against nurses who break the rules. The audit states the board is taking too long to address some serious complaints, potentially endangering the welfare of patients in our state's hospitals and nursing homes.

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Gets Inside Look at New Ballpark Water Conservation Project

    As 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS examined Minnesota's water worries, many experts agreed conservation is one of the keys to sustaining the state's water supply for decades to come. And amid ongoing construction, at a stadium being built for America's favorite pastime, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS got a glimpse into Minnesota's future...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigates: Minnesota's Water Worries

    Whether it's frozen or free-flowing, in Minnesota, we pride ourselves on our water. But even in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, our most precious resource could be threatened. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked two questions: How serious is our water supply problem? And what can be done to solve it?...

  • Copiers Could be Putting Sensitive Information at Risk

    Copy machines are in nearly every office around the world. Most of us use them without thinking twice, which is exactly what identity thieves are counting on. Almost every time you make a copy, so does your copier. Back in October, we got a tip. A computer expert told us nearly every copier has a hard drive, just like a computer, and it stores images of everything...

  • EXCLUSIVE: Cottage Grove Man Wanted as Fugitive for Crime He Didn't Commit

    Miguel Thelen says he's been living a nightmare for nearly a decade. Thelen does not have a criminal record, but the 32-year-old Cottage Grove man has a warrant out for his arrest and it's wreaking havoc with his life. Thelen says he's been stopped close to 100 times by various law enforcement agencies...

  • Report Reveals Shortcomings Among US Streetcar Projects

    Cost overruns, questionable economic benefits, and political opposition — a new study has found all three have plagued recent streetcar projects across the country. In Minneapolis, a 3.4-mile streetcar line stretching from Northeast Minneapolis to Lake Street via Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall is currently projected to cost about $200 million...

  • Metro Transit Police Dept. Employee: 'I Took the Money'

    In a startling admission, a Metro Transit Police Department supervisor tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she took money from the police evidence and property room.  We contacted the supervisor, Jerri Landis, of the Metro Transit Police Department evidence room to ask her about a BCA investigation into missing evidence...

  • Report: Some State Agencies Charged Too Much for IT, Others Too Little

    Just like offices have people who provide I.T. services, so does the state. According to a new report from Minnesota's Legislative Auditor, the state's I.T. department, MN.IT, isn't following state and federal regulations...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Twin Cities Traffic Lights

    How much time do you spend sitting at red lights? How much time do you spend banging your steering wheel, begging them to turn green? 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has discovered there may be a faster way for you to get the right of way...








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