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Minnesota anticipates major drop-off in refugee arrivals

Portrait of Khadar Abdullahi, whose uncle and aunt's resettlement to the US has been delayed repeatedly this year. Khadar was born and grew up in the Kenyan refugee camp where his uncle waits Thursday December 7, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Trump administration restrictions could affect Minnesota more than other states because it's traditionally one of the country's key resettlement destinations.

Developers cancel plans to build 40-story Minneapolis apartment tower

Historic State Hospital building in Anoka reopens as veterans housing

More than 350 volunteers scrambled to get the improvements finished by winter, compressing six months of work into less than two months.

Some are calling it a "miracle on 4th Street" after volunteers defy odds to rehab old Anoka State Hospital into housing for veterans.

Decision barring Southwest LRT contractors questioned

A mile-long swath of freight right of way west of Target field is "historic." It is now home to a city gravel operation, and runs along the Cedar Lake bike trail and Bryn Mawr Meadows. Here, a portion of a retaining wall considered historic on a portion of the stretch and seen Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Minneapolis MN.] DAVID JOLES ï A mile-long stretch of freight railroad right of way, on the flank of downtown Minneapolis, now a city "staging area" for gravel and compost wanna-be, is a candidate for the National Registrar of Historic Places, according to the Federal Transit Administration. The government body, which is overseeing and potentially funding, declared the area (also known as "the banana,) historic during a review for the proposed Southwest light-rail line. No matter, the area will soon be home to a 10-foot concrete wall that will divide freight and light-rail trains. The FTA found the area speaks to the state's mighty railroad history.

To stem possible conflicts of interest, the Metropolitan Council banned the firms from working on the construction stage because they had worked on its earlier design and engineering phases. Groups call ban 'arbitrary' and 'misguided.'

Zinke, House GOP escalate feud with Patagonia over monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, hatless and wearing sunglasses, looks at ancient native ruins in Bears Ears National Monument, Utah.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and House Republicans have escalated their feud with Patagonia after the outdoor retailer told Americans that President Donald Trump "stole your land" in his move to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments.

Brooke Crews pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnap her baby during a hearing with her lawyer Steven Mottinger on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in District Court, Fargo.

Woman pleads guilty in Fargo murder, newborn kidnapping

Historic State Hospital building in Anoka reopens as veterans housing
Judge denies request to block Mpls. $15 minimum wage from starting Jan. 1
Minnesota anticipates major drop-off in refugee arrivals

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Gophers junior forward Jordan Murphy scored two of his 24 points on a dunk in the first half. He also had 18 rebounds.

Gophers survive close call, hold off Drake

Vikings' suddenly unstable line feels all too familiar
Scoggins: Osseo boxer Truax is a true Cinderella Man
Suter's surge supplies stability amid turmoil for Wild

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3M is selling its optical fiber business to Corning.

3M will sell Corning its optical-fiber telecom business for $900 million

Supervalu expands Instacart program to all of its retail stores
Best Buy execs dole out breakfast as retailer barrels into holiday homestretch
New lounge for theater lovers will feature Jack Link's-inspired menu

Under pressure following allegations of sexual misconduct, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (shown at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May) said last week that he will resign.

Arne Carlson: From personal to political, rue the rush to judgment

To put a spotlight on health risks of PFCs, take 3M case to court
Editorial cartoon: Phil Hands on misconduct consequences
Readers Write: U.S. Bank Stadium, the Al Franken situation, Minnesota Orchestra/Rufus Wainwright kerfuffle, Riverview Corridor streetcar proposal, potential transit strike, Interstate 694, Bitcoin

Emmy winner Reed Morano, right, directed Elisabeth Moss in an episode of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Nine of the show’s 10 episodes were directed by women.

In Hollywood, women are increasingly calling the shots on television

Gwen Stefani to headline Mystic Lake's Feb. 4 post-Super Bowl party
Ordway's stylish revival of 'Annie' proves a perfect antidote to troubled times
Duluth to lose one of its top-performing restaurants

Getting ready for Roy Moore

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Scoggins: Osseo boxer Truax is a true Cinderella Man
Chip Scoggins

In an outcome that stunned the boxing world, Truax captured the world title by majority decision Saturday -- after nearly quitting the sport last year.

Souhan: Offensive line issues mount as big plays dwindle for Vikings
Jim Souhan

If offensive tackle Riley Reiff can't return soon or perform well in the playoffs, his ankle injury could wind up being more devastating than Sam Bradford's or Dalvin Cook's.

Reusse: Morris makes 3-of-a-kind for St. Paul Hall of Famers
Patrick Reusse

Jack Morris' call to Cooperstown means he will join Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor as St. Paul players forever donned in bronze.

From left, Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey, who publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, speak during a news conference hosted by Brave New Films on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at The Lexington Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y.

#MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at past Trump conduct

Changes to sexual harassment policy proposed in Minnesota House
Zinke, House GOP escalate feud with Patagonia over monuments
Sessions to detail efforts to combat notorious street gang

Police and firefighters on Eighth Avenue in New York following an explosion on Monday morning, Dec. 11, 2017. The explosion caused the authorities to evacuate one of the busiest transit hubs in the city as the workweek was set to begin. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times)

'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

Kentucky lawmaker who compared Obamas to monkeys accused of assault
With last push, Democrats put discreet focus on black voters in Alabama
Charlottesville denies permit for event marking supremacist rally

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a news conference with the E.U.’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Monday in Brussels.

E.U. leaders reject Netanyahu's request for Jerusalem recognition

Car bomb kills journalist in Somalia capital, says witness
Russia says its athletes want to compete at the Olympics
In Russia, a battle is brewing over who will succeed Putin in 2024

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers sacked Vikings quarterback Case Keenum in the first half Sunday.

Vikings' suddenly unstable line feels all too familiar

Griffen's recovery regimen, physical play makes even his wife jealous
Vikings-Packers for a Super Bowl spot? Here's a path to that chaos
Three important takeaways from the Vikings' 31-24 loss at Carolina

The franchise: 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) averages 23.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

Pieces are starting to fall into place for the Philadelphia 76ers

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Wolves claw out 97-92 victory over Dallas
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After his defensive partner Jared Spurgeon went down last month because of a groin strain, the play of Ryan Suter (20) in his own end only seemed to become more critical to a Wild team once again needing to overcome more adversity.

Suter's surge supplies stability amid turmoil for Wild

Wild signs third-round pick Lodnia
Postgame: Penalties sting but don't sink Wild
Wild's Suter among league's minutes played leaders

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Star chef Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct by 4 women

Josh Homme apologizes again for kicking photographer
Boyega escapes Atlanta snow, makes 'Last Jedi' premiere
'SNL' opens with kids putting Santa on the spot by asking about Franken, Moore