Nick Ferraro, Pioneer Press

Nick Ferraro

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Nick:

Rosedale Center shuts down as a precaution amid Thursday’s continued protests – Twin Cities

Rosedale Center in Roseville shut down Thursday afternoon as a precaution amid the looting that has happened in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Roseville police are also monitoring the Target store acros… → Read More

St. Paul among several cities rushing to allow more areas for outdoor dining

Several metro-area cities are fast-tracking changes to rules so that restaurants and bars can create temporary patios by Monday, when they are allowed by the state to reopen for dining outdoors ami… → Read More

Stillwater gets OK from MnDOT to turn part of Main Street into patio space

State transportation officials have given Stillwater the OK to temporarily block off parking areas on either side of Main Street in downtown for bars and restaurants and businesses to operate outsi… → Read More

Cub Foods returns normal hours to all stores, extends pay bump for employees

Cub Foods said Monday that all of its 63 stores in Minnesota would be returning to normal operating hours effective immediately. In addition, the Stillwater-based company has extended through June … → Read More

Minnesota retail shops, malls swing open doors to customers. When will they return?

Many stores across the Twin Cities metro area reported they have stepped-up safety measures, light foot traffic and concerns that things won’t pick up anytime soon. → Read More

Eagan mayor gets a year of probation for driving drunk

Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to driving drunk following an afternoon of drinking and watching the Vikings. Maguire on May 8 submitted a petiti… → Read More

South St. Paul rallies to save theater director from $4.1M in school budget cuts

Twenty-two cars carrying parents, students and alumni paraded past Eric Holsen’s house Monday afternoon, honking horns and bearing signs that read “Save SSP Theatre” and “Save Holsen.” But first, H… → Read More

New developer steps forward to build housing at UMore Park site in Rosemount

Another developer has come forward with a plan to buy a 435-acre piece of UMore Park land in Rosemount and build housing. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents, meeting as the finance commit… → Read More

Eagan mayor apologizes for driving drunk after watching Vikings lose

Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire said he has pleaded guilty to driving drunk in January following an afternoon of drinking and watching the Vikings. At the end of Tuesday’s virtual city council meeting, Ma… → Read More

Grants to offer relief to small businesses in Hastings

The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority is offering the city’s small businesses grants to help pay for costs associated with changes in operations because of the coronavirus p… → Read More

Eagan’s Cascade Bay Waterpark won’t open this summer – Twin Cities

Cascade Bay, Eagan’s popular water park that attracts around 120,000 visitors annually, is the latest summer spot to get shelved by the coronavirus pandemic. The Eagan City Council on Tuesday appro… → Read More

Donations pour in for Mendota Heights teen after ‘not cool’ theft of wheelchair

When word spread that someone stole Bobbi Glewwe’s custom-made wheelchair Monday from the driveway of her family’s Mendota Heights home, support began pouring in for the 19-year-old. As of Friday e… → Read More

Twin Cities bowling centers ‘on the edge of survival’ amid coronavirus pandemic – Twin Cities

Just over a week after the doors of his family’s business closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Adam Flaherty grabbed his cell phone and shot a video of the dark bowling center in Arden Hills tha… → Read More

Sign of the times: Hair and beauty products are hot commodities amid coronavirus pandemic

In yet another sign of the times, sales of hair and beauty products are way up as people take grooming and pampering into their own hands following the shuttering of barbershops, salons and spas du… → Read More

Dakota County community supports family of 9-year-old who died in ATV rollover

A rural Dakota County community is showing their support for the family of Carter Nicolai, a 9-year-old boy who was killed Tuesday after crashing his ATV near his home. The boy’s third-grade … → Read More

11 Cub Foods stores in metro going back to 24-hour shopping, hiring 1,000 workers

Cub Foods will return to 24-hour service at 11 stores in the Twin Cities area to help customers keep their distance and slow the spread of the coronavirus. In mid-March, in response to the pandemic… → Read More

Man kills sister, then himself at family’s Forest Lake home, authorities say – Twin Cities

A 39-year-old man shot his sister several times at the family’s rural Forest Lake home before taking his own life Saturday after law enforcement arrived, authorities say. Armed with a handgun, Phil… → Read More

Lakeville cereal-maker Post Consumer Brands announces $2M employee bonus program

Cereal-maker Post Consumer Brands said it will hand out $2 million in cash bonuses to employees at its 11 U.S. and Canadian plants and distribution centers to thank them for their work during the C… → Read More

Dakota County to host PPE donation drive next week

Dakota County will host donation drives next week of personal protection equipment for county health-care workers, first-responders and others who work with vulnerable populations. Donations can be… → Read More

Duchesne Drew named president of Minnesota Public Radio

St. Paul-based American Public Media Group on Wednesday announced that Duchesne Drew will be the next president of Minnesota Public Radio. Drew has been the Bush Foundation’s community network vice… → Read More