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Freeman: No evidence yet to prosecute officer in Justine Damond's death

In September, City Council member from Ward 13, Linea Palmisano, hosted an event where Mike Freeman answered questions about the Justine Damond shooting and other issues at a community meeting in southwest Minneapolis.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a group of activists that he does not yet have the evidence to file charges in the shooting death of Justine Damond.

McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is closing abruptly

McNally Smith started the nation's first accredited hip-hop diploma program. During a summer program for teenagers. Brandon Bagaason talked to students during a studio session.

The school's administration told students and staff members in an e-mail that financial difficulties have forced the decision.

Venturing onto the ice? Be sure to wear your life jacket

Henry Klein of St. Croix Falls, Wis., skated on Lake Nokomis with Lola, a friend’s dog, on Thursday in Minneapolis. Klein said the ice felt safe and he estimated it was 3-plus- inches thick. Ice on Minnesota lakes and rivers is still unstable and officials are out with a warning to stay on land until colder weather creates strong ice. Just this week a snowmoblier died when his machine went through thin ice and two others rescued when the drove their ATVs into open water.** Henry Klein ,cq

Three people have died this season after falling through the ice, more than in the past two years combined.

FCC vote to end 'net neutrality' unlikely to be end of debate

Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore protested near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington on Thursday ahead of the vote on net neutrality.

In a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight, the FCC junked the longtime principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally.

Northbound Blue Line back on schedule after crash that hurt 1

Metro Transit said northbound Blue Line trains were experiencing delays Friday morning after a train and a car collided.

Construction crews begin demolition of the Minnehaha Academy campus damaged by a natural gas explosion. Over the next, two weeks, will be working to remove debris from the site.

Minnehaha Academy staff looks at old digs before damaged buildings come down

Contempt finding rescinded for Ramsey County public defender who challenged court
Transit union leaders recommend approval of contract offer to avert Super Bowl strike
Northbound Blue Line back on schedule after crash that hurt 1

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Cornerback William Jackson, top, of the Bengals — the nastiest team in a nasty league — tackled Steelers running back James Conner two weeks ago.

Souhan: Vikings must be wary as nastiest team in NFL comes to town

The sad, alarming story of former Wild enforcer Matt Johnson
Towns' monster game leads Wolves over Sacramento
Stalock steps up, shuts down Toronto in 2-0 win

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An elf house is but one of the displays magician Matt Dunn set up in front of his house in Plymouth for the holidays.

Nostalgic for Dayton's annual holiday show? Drive by a piece of it in Plymouth

McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is closing abruptly
Schafer: Ignore the talk of new paradigms in rise of bitcoin
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Mayo Clinic’s St. Marys Hospital campus in Rochester.

Garrison Keillor: A few thoughts, in limerick, from a Mayo Clinic O.R.

Impact of embassy site move reaches beyond Jerusalem
Sack cartoon: Tina Smith
Readers Write: Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska name change, dual roles for new lieutenant governor, tax reform

Octavia Spencer, left, and Sally Hawkins in "The Shape of Water."

'The Shape of Water' is a fantastic fantasy

Fantasy master Guillermo del Toro takes pride in being called weird
'Phantom' challenge: How do you get the crowd to empathize with a creep?
'The Other Side of Hope' offers a droll look at the refugee crisis

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Souhan: Vikings must be wary as nastiest team in NFL comes to town
Jim Souhan

A lousy Cincinnati Bengals team will face one of the NFL's best success stories. Which means that one or two cheap shots from a cheap team could ruin the Vikings' season.

Reusse: Four-position Sirles provides Vikings needed versatility on the line
Patrick Reusse

What any contending team in the NFL comes to appreciate on the offensive line is a reliable utility man. And at 6-6, 310-pounds, Jeremiah Sirles can play both guards and tackles.

Famed Vikings trash-talker Randle tells players to ignore boorish fans
Mark Craig

Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson could have used that advice from the Hall of Fame defensive tackle Sunday in Jacksonville after he was ejected for fighting.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., a member of the Senate Finance Committee, confers with an aide as tax bill conferees gather to work on the sweeping GOP plan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill

U.S. attorney, federal judgeship vacancies in Minn. close to being filled
St. Paul City Attorney Sam Clark announces campaign for Minnesota attorney general
Video of Trump judicial nominee unable to answer basic questions goes viral

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Suspect in Virginia car attack faces upgraded charge

Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire
Teen smoking, drug and alcohol use fall to lowest level in decades
Interior Dept. says 1 in 3 employees report being harassed

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Trump thanks Putin for remarks on strong US economy

UK police arrest leaders of far-right group retweeted by Trump
Cruise ships return to hurricane-shattered islands, bringing hope after misery
Facebook says Russia spent 97 cents meddling in Brexit vote

The Vikings had six drops last week against the Panthers. “You’ve just got to make the next one,” Stefon Diggs said.

Vikings need to get a grip on their dropped passes

Souhan: Vikings must be wary as nastiest team in NFL comes to town
Vikings' tight end depth tested with Rudolph, Bell missing practice
Randle: Loss to Carolina will turn into good thing for Vikings

Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns, right, looks to shoot against Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and forward Skal Labissiere (7)

Towns' monster game leads Wolves over Sacramento

Kevin Garnett wants to buy the Timberwolves from Glen Taylor
What should Wiggins do to break his shooting slump? Keep shooting
Thibodeau adds Georges-Hunt to Wolves' thin rotation

Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock (32) blocked a shot by Zach Hyman (11) in the second period. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - December 14, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, Minnesota Wild vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Stalock steps up, shuts down Toronto in 2-0 win

The sad, alarming story of former Wild enforcer Matt Johnson
Postgame: Wild finally wins one in regulation
Stalock gets first chance at steady work for Wild

Eminem has released a verbal tirade on President Donald Trump in a video that aired as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 10, 2017.

Eminem to host pop-up with 'mom's spaghetti' on the menu

Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct
Simmons says he will 'defend' himself following rape claims
Spurlock on sexual harassment: 'I am part of the problem'