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As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

President Donald Trump exited Marine One and walked toward the White House on Friday.

President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors — his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid — bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign a step closer to the Oval Office.

St. Paul City Council Member Bostrom to step down, opening East Side seat

St. Paul City Council member Dan Bostrom in 2015

Dan Bostrom announced his retirement at the close of Wednesday's meeting.

Twin Cities musician studying in Netherlands is fatally stabbed; arrest made

Sarah Papenheim had a gig coming up with a band in Minneapolis later this month.

There was arguing in the room of the woman, who worked the blues scene in the Twin Cities as a drummer.

Minnesota police look to combat crisis of statewide shortage in recruits

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined colleagues from around the state Wednesday to discuss the challenges of recruiting, hiring and retai

Chiefs are trying new tactics on recruiting and retaining officers.

Panel says sheriff's policy contributed to Florida school massacre

This Feb. 14, 2018 frame from security video provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows deputy Scot Peterson, right, outside Marjory Stonem

The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman.

Sgt. Dave Strecker with the St. Paul Police Department retrieved a package containing a GPS tracker in it that was placed on a resident's front steps

With porch piracy on rise, St. Paul police use GPS to find package thieves

Noise complaint call results in epic video battle between St. Paul cops, gamers
In Duluth visit, finalist for U's top job hears concerns about campus getting all that it needs
Twin Cities musician studying in Netherlands is fatally stabbed; arrest made

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Fixing the offense: Should Vikings return to staple of 2017's success?

Fixing the offense: Should Vikings return to staple of 2017's success?

Twin Cities sports venues rank poorly in food safety inspection report
Best-frayed plans: There's a whiff of desperation coming from Vikings
Gophers women crush Coppin State by 32, improve to 10-0

Scores, schedules, and stats
Former Starkey President Jerome C. Ruzicka leaves the federal courthouse in 2016.

Prosecutors request at least 15 years in prison for convicted former Starkey president

With trade war dragging on, Minnesota soybeans sit in bins
Minnesota certifies first black-led cooperative credit union
State regulators affirm decision on route for new $2.6 billion Enbridge pipeline

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Listen: Oval Office spat suggests tough governing times ahead

Minneapolis City Council right to approve a municipal ID program
Minnesota and electoral integrity: How about democracy for a change?
University of Minnesota presidential search process should be public and competitive

Sack cartoon: Brexit

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The tacos at Centro, sister restaurant to Popol Vuh.

Rising star chef delivers not one, but two remarkable Mexican restaurants in NE. Mpls.

Review: Bob Seger says farewell with spirit in St. Paul
In face of $2.5 million debt, Soap Factory's Minneapolis home to be sold in sheriff's sale
With new dance performance, a Minneapolis man tells story of living with spinal-cord injury

Souhan: Cousins' play leads to firing; are Zimmer, Spielman next?
Jim Souhan

Kirk Cousins' performance Monday at Seattle got offensive coordinator John DeFilippo fired, a move that should be viewed as a possible preview of coming events.

Scooter blight in the Twin Cities is a feature, not a bug of startups' business model
Lee Schafer

Research into the electric scooter business quickly turned up a piece by technology columnist Troy Dreier, writing for the Jersey Journal newspaper in New Jersey.…

You'll get a sugar high from musical 'Elf' at St. Paul's Ordway

The holiday musical is even more amped up in its return engagement at the Ordway.

Michael Cohen, right, the former lawyer for President Donald Trump, walks with family members to federal court in Manhattan, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen was

'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

With trade war dragging on, Minnesota soybeans sit in bins
Trump: 'The people would revolt' if he were impeached
Court: Florida police can use 'stand your ground' law

This Jan. 28, 1915 made available by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command shows the USS San Diego while serving as flagship of the Pacific Flee

WW I warship that sank off NYC hit a mine set by German sub, researchers say

Poisoning claims, divorce spat in Arizona journalism saga
Video, anti-Semitic flyers target Baraboo ahead of meetings
3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine after missing for 4 days

British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, speaks with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday,

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured
France's Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack
Twin Cities musician studying in Netherlands is fatally stabbed; arrest made

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Best-frayed plans: There's a whiff of desperation coming from Vikings

Zimmer mum on meeting with offense: 'Are we going to talk about Miami?'
Hartman: NFC's best from a year ago, Vikings and Eagles, are scrambling
Zimmer's daughter defends her dad, rips Vikings fans

Charlie Coyle, despite frequent trade rumors, wants to stay with the Wild: “I love it here.”

Versatile Coyle wants to remain with Wild for consistency's sake

Wild executive Flahr leaves to join former GM Fletcher in Philadelphia
More practice might not be answer for Wild's Dubnyk
Wild-Florida gameday preview

Kings guard Buddy Hield goes to the basket between the Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (5) and Robert Covington (33) during the second half

Wolves defense disappears again as Kings run up 141 points

Defeating double trouble: Added attention on Towns a new challenge
Wolves blame themselves for failing to contain red-hot Kings
Wolves-Sacramento game recap

Kenisha Bell attempted a shot in the third quarter against Syracuse on Nov. 29. Bell scored 20 points on Wednesday night vs. Coppin State.

Gophers women crush Coppin State by 32, improve to 10-0

Reusse: Former U coach began Big Ten's volleyball rise with Illini
Even without U, spike in volleyball interest should fill Target Center
Final Four volleyball coaches support one another — until their teams play

Marilyn Monroe, center, with Jane Russell in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Marilyn Monroe memorabilia auction fetches more than $1.6M

Finals of NBC's 'The Voice' to include Barron, Wis., singer
Kathie Lee Gifford to leave NBC's 'Today' show in April
'The Favourite' leads film nominees for Critics' Choice

Dr. Erik Bostrom sews and embroiders blankets for every baby he delivers, including Reese Hietalati, held here by mom Lacie.

Rural Minnesota doctor sews a baby blanket for every newborn he delivers

Twin Cities-based movement gives retired men a place to talk, give back and feel valued
Foster grandparent program is a win-win lesson for retirees and students
California bodybuilder fights back from West Nile virus