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Senate talks fall short, shutdown extends into workweek

The Capitol rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 21, 2018.

The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek.

Minnesota's rising prison rate bucks national trends

The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, which is Minnesota's only level five, maximum security prison.

In an era of policies geared toward reducing prison populations, Minnesota has bucked national trends by incarcerating more people, according a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which shows how 35 states simultaneously cut crime and prison rates. In contrast to Minnesota, the prison rate nationwide dropped 11 percent, according to the study, which looked at data from 2008 to 2016.

Osseo spends $70,000 to clean school after health complaints

Osseo Education Center building

Parents sought an investigation after students, staff reported health problems in special ed building.

RandBall: Will the Vikings' story ever change during this lifetime?

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) fumbled the ball in the second quarter, forced by Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96). Chris Long recovered for the Eagles, and the turnover led to a touchdown in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. during the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field January 21 ,2017 in Philadelphia , PA ] JERRY HOLT � jerry.holt@startribune.com

The way this Vikings season played out made it seem like they were fated to play in and win the Super Bowl. Tt turns out many of us mistook a great story line for fate.

For Vikings fans, defeat is familiar ending to 'miracle' season



Snow deep enough to shovel is a near certainty by Monday for all of of the Twin Cities and much of southern Minnesota.

Some schools closing ahead of heavy snowfall

Teen jailed, accused of killing 19-year-old in Stillwater; gun recovered
Hwy. 23 in central Minn. proving safer one year after two fatal crashes
Vikings' drubbing deflates Thielen's hometown of Detroit Lakes

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Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery celebrated as he scored on a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Vikings in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Back home empty handed: Vikings suffer blowout loss to Eagles

Souhan: This Vikings season was going to be different, until it wasn't
Scoggins: Foles might not be the Eagles' weak link after all
Q&A: For Jimmy Butler, it's all about winning

Scores, schedules, and stats
Product design director Jason Engelman arranged some of the new Eyebobs line of sunglasses in the prototype store in Minneapolis.

Eyebobs envisions bigger retail presence and audience

Buying and selling of companies tailed off a bit in 2017
Good dog, bad dog ... Delta wants to know before you board
Coach's Corner: Keys to being an effective manager for entry level workers

Melvin Carter spoke after taking the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as St. Paul mayor earlier this month.

A modest investment in the future of St. Paul's kids

Why abortion is still divisive, 45 years after Roe vs. Wade
Keep focus on sex trafficking beyond the Super Bowl
Readers Write: Farming, mining, Super Bowl preparations, body-image messaging


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Braden Eichten of St. Paul cheered on the Vikings as they scored a touchdown. ]Vikings fans watch their team take on the Cleveland Browns on the televisions at Brit's Pub.Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Richard.tsong-taatarii@startribune.com

Partiers to homebodies: Find your perfect Super Bowl celebration

A grieving son's Christmas card reaches parents — at Fort Snelling Cemetery
What will you be drinking? 8 Twin Cities cocktail trends for 2018
In eclectic Tucson, art scene keeps things cool despite the heat

Trash talking with Philly? Not exactly a tough assignment
C.J.

The Philly columnist kicked things off with: "Like almost all Americans, I've never been to Minnesota. What am I missing, other than frostbite...?"

Craig: Eagles believe their defense on par with Vikings' - and they're not wrong
Mark Craig

"We always have the mind-set every week that we are the best," Philadelphia defensive end and sacks leader Brandon Graham said.

Two weeks after igniting an old-school dance party, Lady Lark returns to First Ave
Chris Riemenschneider

A year after her first singing gig, the '80s-flavored R&B groover is already playing her second First Ave show.




Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski heads toward the entrance of the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia as jury selection begins on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Pawlowski, Allentown's four-term mayor, is charged with 54 criminal counts including bribery, conspiracy and fraud. He has pleaded not guilty. The mayor's trial will be held in Allentown, but jury selection will be completed in Philadelphia before the proceedings move to the federal courthouse on Hamilton Street. (Harry Fisher/The Morning Call via AP)

Opening statements to begin in Pennsylvania mayor's trial

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island to reopen amid shutdown
Trump campaign ad calls Dems 'complicit' in officers' deaths
Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

FILE -- Joseph Percoco, center, a former adviser and close friend to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, exits federal court in New York, April 6, 2017. In January 2018, he faces trial in federal court on corruption charges, accused by federal prosecutors of taking at least $315,000 in bribes in return for official actions that helped companies receive hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other benefits. (Louis Lanzano/The New York Times)

Jury selection to start in trial of NY governor's ex-aide

Man charged in Tennessee student's death could plead guilty
Man accused of killing teen in 1980 set to go on trial
Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal

In this Oct. 15, 2017 photo provided by the United Jewish Appeal via Canadian Press, Barry and Honey Sherman pose for a photo in Toronto, Canada. The Canadian billionaire businessman and his wife were found strangled inside their mansion on Dec. 15, 2017. More than a month later, the death of one of Canada�s wealthiest men and his wife remain a mystery. (United Jewish Appeal Federation - Greater Toronto/Canadian Press via AP)

Deaths of Canadian billionaire, wife a tantalizing mystery

Trust in US institutions down dramatically, survey finds
Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope's trip
Afghan forces end Taliban siege at Kabul hotel; 18 dead

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery celebrated as he scored on a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Vikings in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Back home empty handed: Vikings suffer blowout loss to Eagles

Souhan: This Vikings season was going to be different, until it wasn't
Scoggins: Foles might not be the Eagles' weak link after all
Gotta hand it to Brady, Patriots after mounting comeback in AFC title game

Jimmy Butler, about to be a four-time All-Star, doesn’t like playing in the defense-free All-Star Game. “I pride myself in guarding and playing hard,” he said.

Q&A: For Jimmy Butler, it's all about winning

Shorthanded Wolves rise to challenge, rally to defeat Toronto
NBA Insider: Wolves' success could mean All-Star nods for Butler, Towns
One-on-one with Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler

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Scoring first goal since return encourages Zach Parise

Zucker reviews his work with Wild, says line can deliver more
NHL Insider: No advantage to lazy skating
Wild hoping to keep energy up as post-bye week schedule continues

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, Ed Sheeran attends Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York. heeran has announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of the two on his Instagram page Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, saying the two got engaged right before the new year.

Singer Ed Sheeran announces engagement on Instagram

Royal close shave: Prince William opts for dramatic buzz cut
In TV interview, Farrow describes alleged Allen assault
Curry says she wasn't surprised by Lauer allegations