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Wintry mix ices up roads, causing hundreds of accidents in state

Several people were injured in a vehicle crash that occurred at a slick intersection of Nicollet Ave and 66th St in Richfield early Monday afternoon. Roads, especially in the southern part of the state, were slick from a wintery mix of sleet and snow.

At least two deaths were reported; a second round of nasty weather looms Tuesday.

Can you wear that? Minn. law on voter attire goes before Supreme Court

"Make America Great Again" hats, which were a staple in then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will probably ask you to remove it or cover it up.

Bloody red shrimp found in Lake Superior raises worry of invasive species

Bloody red shrimp

A single bloody red shrimp found in Twin Ports Harbor.

Nolan says family concerns largely drove retirement decision

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, left, with his daughter Katherine.

He says it's time to "give something back to my family."

Pawlenty finds 'A-list' support as he mulls return to Minn. politics

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, shown at an event in 2012.

A group of about 100 of Minnesota's richest, most politically engaged Republicans filed into a common room last week. The host was former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. He was offering an opportunity to get in on his own potential comeback bid in a gubernatorial race shaping up as the most significant and wide open in years.



New Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said her agency is committed to eliminating a giant backlog of unresolved reports of abuse and neglect in senior care facilities across Minnesota.

State reports sharp drop in backlog of senior home abuse complaints

Chasing a better flu vaccine, with science and guesswork
Study: American Indian women in Mpls. disproportionately drawing police attention
After 322 police visits, parking lot gun battle, El Alamo bar is shut down by St. Paul council

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Gophers forward Michael Hurt (42) passed while being guarded by Wisconsin’s Aleem Ford (2) during the first half Monday.

Gophers overrun by Badgers in OT, lose ninth in row

Odorizzi joins Twins while drawing high praise
Zucker scores twice as Wild skates past Islanders 5-3
Facing elimination, Team USA explodes for 5-1 win in men's hockey

Scores, schedules, and stats
Dustin in "Stranger Things," season two, episode one.

Target to sell purple Science Museum hoodie from 'Stranger Things'

Venture Bank will be acquired by Choice Financial of North Dakota
Kids have spoken and Lucky Charms responded with a new unicorn marshmallow
Former Starkey CFO testifies for second day in fraud trial

President Donald Trump spoke from the White House on Thursday about the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting that had occurred a day earlier.

President, lawmakers should listen to Florida youths who are pushing for reasonable gun control rules

A cure for mass shootings doesn't exist
What a boycott and sanctions can do: The economics of gay rights and gun rights
Readers Write: Florida school shooting, Minnesota tax policy


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Patrick Peifer lifehack for cutting his dog’s toe nails went viral with this Twitter photo by daughter Kendal.

Eagan dog owner's clever nail-trimming hack for pup goes viral

David Bowie alumni band will ch-ch-change singers for Minneapolis show
Bazinga! CBS comedy 'Young Sheldon' is making a 'Big Bang' of its own
KARE's McNiff leaving 'Sunrise' for new duties at station

Scoggins: No checks (wink), just 'collisions' in Olympic women's hockey
Chip Scoggins

The no-checking rule should be placed in air quotes. It seems more like a suggestion than a hard and fast rule.

Scoggins: American college hockey players have carried their weight
Chip Scoggins

Team USA went 1-2 in the preliminary round, and its collegians have been among their most productive players.

Rosenblum: Twin Cities support group helps men overcome 'bad choices'
Gail Rosenblum

Volunteer facilitators help members become better men.




Then-President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney shown shaking hands in November 2016.

Trump endorses Romney for Senate bid in Utah

Walker's reinsurance bill, $7 million marketing plan up
Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control
Wisconsin Supreme Court primary to narrow field to 2

A sign at a rally in favor of new gun legislation outside the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018, three days after the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland. One hour after news broke about a school shooting in Florida, hundreds of Twitter accounts suspected of links to Russia jumped into the gun control debate. (Saul Martinez/The New York Times)

Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

New CEO denies prior knowledge of sex claims against founder
Trooper shot and wounded in Texas while pursuing suspect
School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

Poland’s Jewish population was decimated during World War II. But since the Soviet Union’s fall, Jewish religious life has undergone a revival. Above, a synagogue in Warsaw this month.

Polish-Israeli dispute is a lesson in Holocaust history

Gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days beached in Mexico
Rhodes Scholarships go global
Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler said he hasn’t talked to coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau about whether free agent Derrick Rose (pictured) can help their team win.

Wolves' Butler says he's leaving Rose decision up to coach

Wolves' Towns proves he belongs in first NBA All-Star Game
'I got to rest.' Butler chooses not to play in All-Star Game
Towns makes first All-Star shot, 'rode the wave'

Wild players celebrate with Jason Zucker (16) after he scored a second-period goal Monday.

Zucker scores twice as Wild skates past Islanders 5-3

Wild's Eriksson Ek ends 50-game goal-scoring drought
NHL's mystery: Why are power plays more effective this season?
Wild holds off Islanders to open road trip with victory

Just-traded Jake Odorizzi got right to work endearing himself to Twins fans, signing a bat for Terry Finley of Finland, Minn.

Odorizzi joins Twins while drawing high praise

Twins' offseason pitching moves have been smart, underwhelming
Baseball adds rules to speed up games, limit mound visits
Santana says finger bothered him in wild-card loss; Dozier sidelined

Singer Fergie performs the national anthem prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Fergie says 'tried my best' after national anthem blowback

Adam Rippon turns down NBC Winter Olympics correspondent job
Harry Connick Jr. talk show canceled after two seasons
Trump challenges 'insecure Oprah' to run 'so she can be exposed and defeated'