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'Shaming' over school lunch debts has to stop, legislator says

Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, shown in March, said she is exploring ways to protect students from being stigmatized over unpaid lunches.

Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, weighing ways to force school districts to back off hardball tactics.

Four Blue Earth teens charged with felonies in beating of football teammate

The football players were arrested the day after Blue Earth lost to Pipestone in the state quarterfinals.

Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations

U.S President Donald Trump answers questions from the media as First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump look on before departing the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Silent for more than a week, President Donald Trump all but endorsed embattled Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Tuesday, discounting the sexual assault allegations against him and insisting repeatedly that voters must not support Moore's "liberal" rival.

American Crystal Sugar fined $135,000 for air pollution violations

Sugar beets at the American Crystal Sugar facility in East Grand Forks, Minn.

MPCA cited repeat violations in Crookston, East Grand Forks locations.

Man bringing his gun in for service caused Eden Prairie Center lockdown

Interior of Eden Prairie Center

Police said he was bringing it to a sporting goods store for service.



Workers install new signage at Lake Calhoun.

Hennepin County Board panel advances lake name change from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

Union Gospel Mission serves Thanksgiving to 50,000
Stadium light rail stop will close for two days leading up to Super Bowl
Feds require new study for Southwest light-rail crash wall

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Gophers (from left) Isaiah Washington, Bakary Konate, Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer, Amir Coffey, and Reggie Lynch celebrated a dominating 100-57 victory over Alabama A&M at Williams Arena on Tuesday night.

Gophers easily dismantle Alabama A&M

Vikings struggle to score and win against the Lions in the Zimmer era
Buckle up and expect some bumps in Vikings' ride toward playoffs
Fleck might shuffle U receivers: 'I don't enjoy them dropping the ball'

Scores, schedules, and stats
Rob Bass, Best Buy’s chief supply chain officer, talked Monday with a driver at the firm’s Bloomington distribution center.

Best Buy's distribution centers work around the clock for holiday sprint

Hormel's profit fell 11 percent on cost squeeze, still beat expectations
FCC unveils plan to scrap its net neutrality rules
Mayo Clinic reports $300,000 theft by worker

To explain harassment, look no further than a culture permeated with porn

Mugabe's resignation good news for Zimbabwe
Sack cartoon: Paulsen, Emmer, Lewis, taxes
Readers Write: Tax reform, the Franken situation, Stras nomination



Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand face of in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Frances McDormand's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' delivers a powerful message

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett to team up for June 30 concert at Target Field
What 'Nutcracker' are you? Breaking down 5 classics and 3 funky ones
In winter, this northern Minnesota bog attracts birders from around the country

Paulsen, Emmer, Lewis, taxes

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Scoggins: Vikings' rejuvenation begins with revamped offensive line
Chip Scoggins

The Vikings offensive line sabotaged their 2016 season with a performance so rancid that it's not worth re-living. No position group on any NFL team has improved more

Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins
Dennis Anderson

Change inevitably comes, but just as inevitably much stays comfortably the same

Souhan: Overlooked no more, let's bust all myths about Thielen
Jim Souhan

Why are defenses not swamping Adam Thielen with double teams and complex coverages? "It's almost like guys don't believe it,'' Vikings cornerback Terence Newman said. Well, believe it. Thielen is a star.




Rep. Tony Cornish and Sen. Dan Schoen announced Tuesday that they will soon resign, ending a jarring period in Minnesota politics, when the State Capitol played host to highly charged harassment allegations similar to those sweeping across the country.

Rep. Cornish, Sen. Schoen to resign after harassment claims

Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations
Franken not addressing media after allegation he grabbed woman at fair
Ethics probe begins after Conyers confirms harassment deal

Gabby Douglas competes on the floor exercise on Day 2 of the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic Trials at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., July 10, 2016. Douglas, an Olympic champion, says she is among the group of athletes sexually abused by a former team doctor.

Olympic champ Douglas says team doctor abused her

Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers
Kindergartner bags buck under Wisconsin's new hunting rules
Teen idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, dies at 67

This combination of images made from Nov. 13, 2017, surveillance video released by the United Nations Command shows a North Korean soldier running from a jeep and then shot by North Korean soldiers in Panmunjom, North Korea, before collapsing across the border in South Korea. A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom in a jeep and then on foot, being shot at least five times as he limped across the border and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

Dramatic video shows escape, shooting of N. Korean defector

Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president after 37 years
On surprise Russia trip, Assad and Putin talk post-war Syria
Archeologists find Roman shipwrecks off Egypt's north coast

Lions defensive end Anthony Zettel sacked Vikings quarterback Case Keenum during the second half of an Oct. 1 game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings struggle to score and win against the Lions in the Zimmer era

Buckle up and expect some bumps in Vikings' ride toward playoffs
Former Vikings Moss, Hutchinson move step closer to Hall of Fame
Vikings' Keenum playing with big ... fortitude, Zimmer says

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau argued with a ref about a call during Monday’s loss in Charlotte.

Still a 'work in progress,' Wolves look to avoid first three-game skid

Fans annoyed and frustrated with the above-average Timberwolves
Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss
Wolves-Orlando game preview

Zack Mitchell watched his first NHL goal trickle into the net against the Islanders on Oct. 26 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild hopes Mitchell adds some zip to its offense

Wild sends struggling first-round picks back to minors
Wild gives New Jersey too much help in 4-3 overtime loss
Wild-Buffalo game preview

FILE - This Aug. 8, 2009 file photo shows actor-singer David Cassidy arrives at the ABC Disney Summer press tour party in Pasadena, Calif. Cassidy died Tuesday night.

Teen idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, dies at 67

CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend expecting second child together
C.J.: Jokes take shape when comedian/magician David Harris takes stage with contortionist Cheryl Birch