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Mpls. to spend more on PR for Nicollet Mall project

Pedestrian barricades were placed on the street after crew took them down along the Nicollet Mall on Friday.

The city plans to spend a total of $95,000 on an outside communications consultant for the project, which should be "substantially complete" next month but has frayed nerves and hurt small businesses downtown.

Police raid Brooklyn Center hotel in search for suspect in overdoses

K2, a synthetic marijuana.

The suspect is blamed for dozens of overdoses across Minneapolis earlier this month.

Trump says predecessors didn't honor fallen; response heated

FILE- In this Oct. 29, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama, center, salutes as an Army carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind., during a dignified transfer event at Dover Air Force Base, Del. President Donald Trump is claiming his predecessors did not sufficiently honor the nation's fallen. Obama's office says Trump is "unequivocally wrong," and says Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors through his presidency — through calls, letters, visits to Arlington National Cemetery, regular meetings with Gold Star families and more. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

For U.S. presidents, meeting the families of military personnel killed in war is about as wrenching as the presidency gets. President Donald Trump's suggestion Monday that his predecessors fell short in that duty brought a visceral reaction from those who witnessed those grieving encounters.

Drug industry undermined DEA as opioid epidemic exploded

Joseph Rannazzisi, seen here in September, ran the DEA’s division responsible for regulating the drug industry and led a decade-long campaign of aggressive enforcement until he was forced out of the agency in 2015.

A handful of members of Congress, including Trump's nominee to be drug czar, allied with the nation's major drug distributors to undermine DEA's efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by the Washington Post and "60 Minutes."

Minnesota finalizes pitch for Amazon HQ

A recently built trio of geodesic domes, an addition to Amazon's Seattle headquarters building, in September.

Gov. Mark Dayton, other stakeholders met Monday to review state's proposal, due later this week.



K2, a synthetic marijuana.

Police raid Brooklyn Center hotel in search for suspect in overdoses

Burnsville teen died of natural causes, not alcohol, visiting NDSU
Dayton signs agreement for 'reinsurance' program
Minnesota Zoo's oldest snow monkey, Nikko, dies at 34 years old

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Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is cleared to practice more than a year after suffering a career-threatening knee injury.

Bridgewater cleared for practice; Vikings plan to bring him along slowly

Remodel sneak peek: It's Target Center, but it's not Target Center
National views: Was Barr's hit on Rodgers dirty? Are Packers finished?
Parise has injury setback, leaves Wild practice

Scores, schedules, and stats
During June there were a record number of home sales in the Twin Cities metro area.

Shortage of listings continues to constrain Twin Cities housing market

Minnesota finalizes pitch for Amazon HQ
Aramark to acquire AmeriPride uniform and linen supplier for $1 billion
Dayton signs agreement for 'reinsurance' program

Thousands of women responded to actress Alyssa Milano’s call Sunday to tweet “Me, too” in order to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Sexual misconduct: 'Me, too' is what we now must be able to say

After attack, Minnesotans should rally behind Somali neighbors
Sexual misconduct: We all know a Harvey, and he doesn't work alone
Readers Write: Football and injuries, football and politics



How having a sense of purpose keeps older adults healthy and happy

Minneapolis punk haven Triple Rock Social Club to close around Thanksgiving
Minnesota kids react to the Boy Scouts' new gender-inclusive policy
Old Log goes back to the '50s with 'Life Could Be a Dream'

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Mpls. company's business: Selling gifts, planting trees
Neal St. Anthony

Woodchuck, which expects to double sales to $10 million next year, was conceived in 2012 by a University of Minnesota architecture graduate.

Reusse: P.J. Fleck is a master at lowering expectations
Patrick Reusse

Beating Michigan State would be a monumental achievement for the Gophers, especially with their coach's constant woe-is-my-roster spiel in his campaign to lower expectations during his first year.

Souhan: Better acting job? Zimmer the Grump or Fleck the Salesman
Jim Souhan

On the local football scene, there currently is no middle ground. Which do you prefer in a football coach?




FILE- In this Oct. 29, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama, center, salutes as an Army carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind., during a dignified transfer event at Dover Air Force Base, Del. President Donald Trump is claiming his predecessors did not sufficiently honor the nation's fallen. Obama's office says Trump is "unequivocally wrong," and says Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors through his presidency — through calls, letters, visits to Arlington National Cemetery, regular meetings with Gold Star families and more. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump says predecessors didn't honor fallen; response heated

Weinstein's bad money put to good use by Minn. charity
Trump and McConnell are 'closer than ever before'
Supreme Court will hear Microsoft e-mail access fight

Joseph Rannazzisi, seen here in September, ran the DEA’s division responsible for regulating the drug industry and led a decade-long campaign of aggressive enforcement until he was forced out of the agency in 2015.

Drug industry undermined DEA as opioid epidemic exploded

Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his post
California pet stores will be able to sell only rescue animals beginning next year
Supreme Court will hear Microsoft e-mail access fight

Waves break around the church in the harbour at Porthleven, Cornwall southwestern England, as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia begins to hit parts of Britain and Ireland. Ireland's meteorological service is predicting wind gusts of 120 kph to 150 kph (75 mph to 93 mph), sparking fears of travel chaos. Some flights have been cancelled, and aviation officials are warning travelers to check the latest information before going to the airport Monday.

Hurricane Ophelia's remnants batter UK, Ireland; 3 dead

Venezuela opposition looks for answers after election loss
Why the battle over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk matters
Some villages in Vietnam still isolated by flooding damage

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is cleared to practice more than a year after suffering a career-threatening knee injury.

Bridgewater cleared for practice; Vikings plan to bring him along slowly

National views: Was Barr's hit on Rodgers dirty? Are Packers finished?
Reborn as a Cardinal? A look at Adrian Peterson's Arizona debut
Packers coach calls Barr's hit on Rodgers 'totally unnecessary'

Remodel sneak peek: It's Target Center, but it's not Target Center

Spurs say All-Star Leonard won't play Wednesday against Wolves
Glossy new Target Center unveiled after multiyear renovation
Take a photo tour of the renovated Target Center

Zach Parise (11)

Parise has injury setback, leaves Wild practice

Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start
Newcomers hold their own, but Wild veterans disappoint
Columbus spoils Wild's home opener with overtime victory

Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" as President Donald Trump for its cold opening.

'SNL' opens with Alec Baldwin's Trump commanding Mike Pence to leave everything in protest

Motion Picture Academy expels movie mogul Harvey Weinstein
'Game of Thrones' cast gets no scripts, star says
Ex-Miss Kentucky USA fights prison search before drug arrest