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Gun-related cases running at 20-year highs in Minnesota

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman forbids prosecutors in his office from being lenient on guns to strike plea deals.

More criminals with guns have been sent to prison for gun-related convictions than at any time in at least two decades.

Firefighters rescue teens trapped 100 feet down in St. Paul cave

The boys were exploring caverns on the city's West Side when their adventure went awry. They were not hurt.

Mental health issues cropping up as financial stress continues on farms

“When … you’re trying to make a living and can’t, I mean depression is a very real thing out here,” dairy farmer Kevin Stuedemann said.

Years of low commodity prices have loaded producers with debt and anxiety.

Minn. counties, cities joining rush of lawsuits against opioid producers

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who said his County Board met in a closed session Tuesday to discuss pending litigation, said the county plans to file its lawsuit before the end of the month.

They are joining scores of county and local governments alleging manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids are largely responsible for an epidemic of dangerous addiction.

Ticket prices becoming moving target at some Twin Cities theaters

One of the season’s hottest tickets is “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Children’s Theatre, with Reed Sigmund, left, and Natalie Tran.

Dynamic pricing, which springs from the law of supply and demand is spreading to Minnesota entertainment venues.



This Edina home is owned by Richard and Jill Pitino.

Pitinos buy home in Edina, sport court included, for $2.25 million

Police report homicide early today in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood
How to combat St. Paul violence? Neighbors take differing views
Authorities ID man who died in north Minneapolis house fire

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A play-calling example provided by Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, along with terminology explanation:
Formation and motion: Red Left Switch Tight Close Z Right
Protection: Sprint Right G
Route concept: U Corner Halfback Flat

From Grant to Zimmer, Vikings play-calling has come a long way

Wild's four-game winning streak ends with 3-1 loss to Capitals
Windy City blues: Turnover-prone Gophers shut out at Northwestern
Shuster clinches record-setting fourth U.S. men's Olympics curling team

Scores, schedules, and stats
Windmills dot the landscape as a farmer harvested corn near Alden, Minn. Scenes like this have caused residents south of the area such as Dorenne Hansen to become more vocal in their opposition to the proposed project.

Wind project in southern Minnesota gets pushback

In holiday twist, Best Buy is selling Barbies, while Penney's hawks TVs
Chuck & Don's owners selling company to employees
Disaster claims soar in year of calamities

Why North? We have our reasons.

Domestic-abuse reforms are blueprint for addressing abuse of elderly
Sack cartoon: How Trump looks on Franken
Readers Write: Abuse of the elderly, changing a lake's name, relocating the homeless during the Super Bowl



Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who sued network boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, at the home of her lawyer in Montclair, N.J., in 2016.

'It's an epidemic': Gretchen Carlson takes on sexual harassment crisis

What will Olga Viso's legacy be? Her final year at the Walker was telling
Ticket prices becoming moving target at some Twin Cities theaters
Denzel Washington like you've never seen him before

How Trump looks on Franken

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Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins
Dennis Anderson

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

Tevlin: Luverne vets' last toast to fallen comrades is bittersweet
Jon Tevlin

The two are all that remain of a blood-brothers group of World War II veterans who gathered at the former Glen's Bakery and Deli for years.

Scoggins: Is Croft playing his way into being U's quarterback of the future?
Chip Scoggins

Demry Croft's performance against Nebraska — albeit against a fragile defense that displayed little resistance — grabbed your attention because it revealed more of his talent and potential.




Jesse Jackson on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, July 25, 2016.

Jesse Jackson, 76, reveals he has Parkinson's

Secret Service apprehends attempted White House fence jumper
Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority
Local Wisconsin officials considering own mining regulations

Marijuana in a dispensary.

Some Massachusetts towns going to pot, after all

Trader Joe's recalls packaged salads over contamination fear
Some firsts among 32 US students picked as Rhodes scholars
Jesse Jackson, 76, reveals he has Parkinson's

Protesters demanding President Robert Mugabe stands down march towards State House in Harare, Zimbabwe Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. In a euphoric gathering that just days ago would have drawn a police crackdown, crowds marched through Zimbabwe's capital on Saturday to demand the departure of President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's last remaining liberation leaders, after nearly four decades in power. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Zimbabwe ruling party says Mugabe goes or impeachment starts

France wrestles with the line between seduction, harassment
Top China diplomat talks refugee crisis with Myanmar leaders
EU official backs Spain in fight against Catalan secession

A play-calling example provided by Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, along with terminology explanation:
Formation and motion: Red Left Switch Tight Close Z Right
Protection: Sprint Right G
Route concept: U Corner Halfback Flat

From Grant to Zimmer, Vikings play-calling has come a long way

Craig: How McVay has the Rams partying like it's 1999
Scoggins: Hulk? Monster? Vikings' NT Joseph swallows opponents whole
Double trouble: Diggs-Thielen tandem creates matchup nightmares

Dallas Mavericks' J.J. Barea

NBA Insider: Barea helped lead relief effort for his native Puerto Rico

Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots
Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench
Michael Jordan replaces fan's jersey he signed in '90s that was stolen years later in Wis.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly (4) and defenseman Matt Dumba (24) battle for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Alex Chiasson (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wild's four-game winning streak ends with 3-1 loss to Capitals

Dubnyk sits out vs. Capitals for 'mental break'
Sunday Q&A: Wild forward Matt Cullen
Capitals nix Wild's season-high win streak

On "Saturday Night Live," Sen. Al Franken was a focus of the Weekend Update segment.

'SNL Weekend Update' tears into alum Franken over sexual misconduct incidents

Spokeswoman: David Cassidy in hospital with multiple organ failure
An 'Incredibles' sequel is coming 14 years after the original
Love game: Serena Williams reportedly marries in New Orleans