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Are hate crimes on rise in Minn.? Police make it guessing game

This is part of the graffiti found recently at Maple Grove Senior High School. It’s unclear if the graffiti will ever be reported by Minnesota authorities to the FBI’s national database of hate crimes.

Issue has taken on urgency after election, but many agencies fail to file annual reports with BCA.

Minn. officials get alerts about 'high-use' patients, like 150 ER visits in a year

Hundreds of people who once viewed the emergency room as their primary source of care are now going to neighborhood clinics and receiving regular checkups because of the effort, state officials said, adding that the savings are significant.

The program is saving taxpayers at least $7 million a year in unnecessary medical costs.

Up to 40 feared dead in fire at California warehouse party

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf speaks to reporters after a deadly fire at a warehouse rave party in Oakland, Calif.. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least 9 people and making the charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter. Officials said at least two dozen more were missing in the rubble of the building.

Green Party now heads to federal court in bid for Pennsylvania recount

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers remarks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts.

Hennepin Co. attorney: Grand juries in officer-involved shootings 'a mistake'

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his biggest regret as the county's top prosecutor was using grand juries to investigate the shootings of civilians by police, admitting that the process lacked transparency.


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Public works mechanic Christopher Decker removed police lights from the back of an old Crown Vic police car that was being stripped and sold at the Royalston Maintenance Facility on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn. At left is the one new Explorers.

Police putting workhorse Crown Vics on the road to retirement

In Richfield, Latina leadership is a chance to build bridges among residents
Tevlin: Stadium officials should listen to people who tilt at windmills
Burnsville photographer wins national recognition for fox photo

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Gophers halfback Bruce Smith received the Heisman trophy in New York on Dec. 9, 1941.

Bruce Smith, among the greatest Gophers, lifted a Heisman Trophy and American spirits 75 years ago

U volleyball coasts into regional semifinal by routing Hawaii
New boss Derek Falvey looks to make an imprint with Twins
Health issues finally sacked NFL workaholic Mike Zimmer

Scores, schedules, and stats
Foreign workers in Grand Marais help fill the void at the height of tourist season, but rules limiting their stays cause seasonal shortages. A lack of affordable housing also hurts.

Schafer: In Cook County, simple pleasures suffer from a lack of help

This Christmas, Hatchimals could be bigger than Tickle Me Elmo
Ad magazine dubs Mpls. agency a great place to work, though it has no office
Freddie Mac steps in to help nonprofit investors preserve affordable housing


The future of health insurance: A shift change in political leadership

Sweet suites deal reflects fumbled governance at U.S. Bank Stadium
Sack cartoon: State Capitol art
Readers Write (Dec. 4): Urban and rural Minnesota, coverage priorities involving water quality, 'A Minnesota maelstrom'

State Capitol art

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Adam Turman painted this owl inside the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis. As an illustrator, he said, he focuses on his clients: “their brand, their audience, their message, their limitations.”

You've seen his art all over Minnesota; now meet the real Adam Turman

'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis opens up in new book, calls Mpls. fight an 'uphill battle'
At 54, Conan O'Brien is still the bad boy of late-night TV
Holiday shopping online or in stores — which is better?

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Anderson: Who's entitled to a prized buck killed by a van in Wisconsin?
Dennis Anderson

At one point, after a crowd gathered by the side of the road, tensions rose and 911 was called.

Tevlin: Stadium officials should listen to people who tilt at windmills
Jon Tevlin

You can't say Chuck Turchick didn't warn them.

Tevlin: Some suite seats for DFL Party big shots
Jon Tevlin

The DFL insiders came for the free lunch at U.S. Bank Stadium and ended up buying the timeshare.



One of the first things that Nicole Curtis does when acquiring a new home is go searching the walls for brick. Nicole is seen her exploring her Hillside property for brick behind the walls, as seen on DIY Network’s Rehab Addict.

'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis opens up in new book, calls Mpls. fight an 'uphill battle'

Musician answers door to find 'terribly lost' Garrison Keillor looking for help
Designers mixed on dressing former model Melania Trump
Andrew Sachs, known as Manuel in 'Fawlty Towers,' dies

Former Gophers football coach Jerry Kill said he misses coaching “every single day,” but not the toll it was taking on his health.

Health issues finally sacked NFL workaholic Mike Zimmer

Hartman: New Vikings stadium keeping up with Jones'
Mike Zimmer's course never wavered — right up to his gameday speech
Three takeaways from Thursday's Vikings-Cowboys game

DFL elected officials, party strategists and operatives are surveying the losses. “There’s got to be some real soul searching,” said Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, shown in 2015. Marquart managed to defend his northwest Minnesota seat despite Donald Trump winning his district by 21 points.

With money, organization and dominance, DFL ponders what went wrong

Green Party now heads to federal court in bid for Pennsylvania recount
Persistence paid off for new minority leader of Minnesota House
The Latest: Stein changes strategy in Pennsylvania recount

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf speaks to reporters after a deadly fire at a warehouse rave party in Oakland, Calif.. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Up to 40 feared dead in fire at California warehouse party

75 years after Pearl Harbor, some of the dead are being identified and reburied
Emergency officials: We won't let pipeline protesters freeze
USC professor stabbed to death began his career in Minnesota

Soldiers carried a coffin with the remains of a Chapecoense soccer team member who was among victims of a plane crash in Colombia last week. Their bodies were flown Saturday to Chapeco, Brazil, where thousands attended a memorial service.

Rain and sorrow accentuate memorial for dead at Brazil club

Probe of how stolen Nazi camp gate ended up in Norway could be tough
Sunday referendum could topple Italy's prime minister
Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

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The author was photographed with her baby in 2007 as they prepared to leave the hospital.

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