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Decades of new laws caused Minn. prison population spike

Over the past 25 years, the state's incarceration rate has soared by 150 percent. The majority of that growth can be attributed to changes made by lawmakers to the state's criminal code

North Koreans launch rocket seen as covert missile test

North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.





Paul Douglas on Weather
Little Snow and Lots of Wind; Potential of White-Out Conditions in Western MN

We may see these conditions over southwestern Minnesota later today, where a Blizzard Watch has been posted. Get your travel done early from Alexandria and Willmar to Mankato; the drive home from that Super Bowl party may be pretty rough. Check the Blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

World Class
Reading Neruda's Seashells

Did Neruda see his poetry as the exoskeleton that would outlast his own skin? Or did he just think seashells looked nice?

On the Wolves
Wolves looking for some 'mo' against battered Bulls

The Wolves enter the All-Star break with three home games, starting tonight against Chicago.





Dennis Anderson
Anderson: Brainerd ice fishing extravaganza blends fishing, fun and prizes

Many trek to Brainerd Jaycees contest to win, but the party welcomes all comers.

Sid Hartman
Sid's jottings

SID's JOTTINGS• Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman talked about Terrell Sinkfield, the 25-year-old receiver from Northern Iowa and Hopkins High School who was…

C.J.
C.J.: The Original Larry Fitzgerald says Jr. nice-talks, not trash-talks, NFL opponents

Pregame a couple Sundays ago in Charlotte, Michael Jordan told the Original Larry Fitzgerald something bad was about to happen to Jr. “It’s…