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Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday as deal forms

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford reportedly have agreed to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Negotiators reached a tentative agreement Saturday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault from decades ago, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Valleyfair closes early; Shakopee police respond to park after large number of fights

The scene outside the Valleyfair gates at a previous Valleyscare.

No injuries were reported, according to authorities, and three people were cited for minor offenses

Deaths reported at Mpls. crash scene near entrance to famed 'Jucy Lucy' dining spot

Multiple vehicles were damaged in this crash early Sunday.

At least two vehicles were the sidewalk, and one of them was severely crumpled.

Minnesota school districts grapple with discipline disparities

Moslais Xiong played a game to help her class focus on listening. Districts are facing pressure from the state to lower race-based discipline disparit

Action taken by state will shine light on schools' corrective strategies

Jeff Johnson promises tax cuts, but that means spending cuts, too

As a candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson is promising to slash taxes and spending.

The Republican candidate for Minnesota governor wants broad relief, but schools, social programs would likely take hit.



Multiple vehicles were damaged in this crash early Sunday.

Deaths reported at Mpls. crash scene near entrance to famed 'Jucy Lucy' dining spot

2nd crash in a week after drinking kills SW. Minnesota motorist with prior DUIs
Tire being pumped up explodes, fatally hits man in head on W. Wis. road
Minnesota school districts grapple with discipline disparities

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Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns agrees to $190 million extension with Wolves

Run out of town: Gophers have no answer for Maryland's big plays
Vikings' Adam Thielen gives back as well as receives
Walkoff wild pitch is latest way for Twins to lose to Athletics

Scores, schedules, and stats
Valencia Hardy, who dropped out of high school, was hired by Doug Speedling Builders after attending Summit Academy.

For dropouts and other workers on the edge, employers have jobs

In western Minnesota, a hack to the food supply chain could help local farmers
Little appetite for effort to bolster ag trade with Cuba
Schafer: Rising costs are canceling out wage increases for most workers

Packing the pews: The photo above was taken in 1981. Nationally, the church attendance picture has been changing for decades, following a downward tra

What churches get wrong (and how to repopulate them)

A timely step to protect patients from 'surprise' medical bills
Kavanaugh and Ellison: What's the difference between their cases?
Minnesota's business leaders want a commitment from candidates, and it's not tax cuts



Author Leif Enger at Park Point in Duluth.

'Lovely, forbidding' Lake Superior inspires Minnesota novelist Leif Enger

Minnesota's Mayo Clinic becomes part of Ken Burns' America
Flour mill? Grocery store? All the world's a stage for Minnesota theaters
Wilco frontman Tweedy steps out again with Pantages set heavy on new songs

Brooks: Why don't sex assault victims report the crime? Just read their stories

Actresses, authors and grandmas ripped open old wounds and poured out their pain through a hashtag after President Donald Trump's tweet.

Souhan: After lopsided loss, time is now for Annexstad to showcase poise
Jim Souhan

Freshman QB Zack Annexstad is leading a Gophers team that raised expectations in the first three games, and Saturday was blown out by Maryland.

Schafer: Rising costs are canceling out wage increases for most workers
Lee Schafer

The Trump administration insists wages are increasing. Many economists seem pretty sure that if so, the growth rate rounds to zero.




As a candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson is promising to slash taxes and spending.

Jeff Johnson promises tax cuts, but that means spending cuts, too

Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday as deal forms
Trump to limit access to U.S. for immigrants using public aid or likely to
As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough

Emergency personnel arrive on the scene of a shooting at a software company in Middleton, Wis., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Four people were shot and w

2 wounded in Wisconsin shooting discharged from hospital

Travel still dangerous in flooded areas of North Carolina
Mormons plan new youth program for 2020 after split from Boy Scouts
The Carolinas, still in the midst of disaster, face a monumental rebuilding task

FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018, file photo, Chinese acolytes pray during a Holy Saturday Mass on the evening before Easter at the Cathedral o

Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade
Hunger, not violence, fuels Guatemalan migration surge, U.S. says
It's tapped: Beer flows as Oktoberfest opens in Munich

Emma McClure and her 9-month-old son, Easton, visited with Adam Thielen at the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Vikings' Adam Thielen gives back as well as receives

We asked, they answered. And the NFL's most exciting player is …
Scoggins: Vikings' Richardson knows the path to disruption
Vikings have been dominant at home since U.S. Bank Stadium opened

Maryland running back Anthony McFarland ran into the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown as Minnesota took on Maryland at Capital One Field in Coll

Run out of town: Gophers have no answer for Maryland's big plays

Souhan: After lopsided loss, time is now for Annexstad to showcase poise
In Pitino, Whalen finds a key ally with Gophers basketball
Gophers players honor former teammate Connelly following his death

FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo, actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the courthouse after he was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial

Cosby to fight 'sexually violent predator' tag at sentencing

Garrison Keillor's St. Paul home is on the market for $2.495 million
Danny DeVito receives lifetime achievement award in Spain
Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

“When’s the last time you had a popsicle?” Joy Culpepper said as she handed out popsicles at a grand opening for the Virtues Trail in Faribault,

Faribault celebrates the virtuous life with community effort to bring out its best

Minnesota woodturners' boxes give sick kids a place for beads of courage
Problem Solvers: The ReStore's Robin Henrichsen champions thoughtful giving
Safekeeping for cellphones offers relief to people facing homelessness