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Minn. test scores remain flat; achievement gap stays open

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, shown in 2015, said the state’s goal to cut the achievement gap in half was “ambitious,” but she said she remains committed to closing disparities.

The results all but guarantee the state will not reach its goal of cutting the achievement gap in half by 2017.

Lawyer suspended over drunken stabbing at Manny's bar

Michael J. Riehm

Michael Riehm can reapply for his license in 5 years; he's already has been convicted of a felony.

Falcon Heights residents demand change after Castile shooting

Philando Castile’s family members sat in the front row at the Falcon Heights City Council’s listening session Wednesday.

At listening session, the City Council heard pleas for a new approach to policing.

Students gain rare look into medical examiner records to document all Minnesota homicides

Hailey Johnson, a U of M graduate, held a 1931 coroner’s report at the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office Wednesday.

It's the second year of a research project sifting through data from the past 110 years to add the homicides and suspicious deaths to electronic records.

Musician shot dead at Winona bar; 1 other person wounded

Bob Johnson, 53, played in the Winona-based bluegrass-folk band Beet Root Stew.

A well-known folk and bluegrass musician was shot to death and another man wounded by gunfire early Wednesday at a downtown Winona bar, and the suspected gunman was arrested a few hours later, authorities said.

Vandalism at Fred Richards Park in Edina.

Edina offers $1,000 reward in park vandalism incidents

Public-private partnership brings new life to Plymouth and Penn
Perseverance skills could be making their way into classrooms
Youngest Peace Prize winner surprises her young Minneapolis fans
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Vikings third-year coach Mike Zimmer said of his NFC North championship team of 2015: “We learned how to win last year.”

'We learned how to win last year' Q&A with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

'Beef' reaches folk-hero status but is he Ryder Cup material?
Karl-Anthony Towns looking to improve: 'Things are about to change'
Pitino explains why walk-on Haugh got scholarship over Sharp
Scores, schedules and stats
“Sponsoring Indycar and NASCAR is not cheap,” said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst who follows Target at Edward Jones. “Maybe they feel like that’s not their core customer anymore.”

Target to end long-running IndyCar sponsorship as it changes sports marketing approach

Fed's more upbeat tone suggests rate hike as early as Sept.
Vikings select architect and construction company for Eagan headquarters
Lower food prices add to challenges at Supervalu

Hillary Clinton appeared via live video feed at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night in Philadelphia after her historic nomination to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate. She will make her acceptance speech on Thursday night.

Unfinished business for Hillary Clinton

Sack cartoon: Meanwhile, above Red Square …
Readers Write (July 28): Protests, presidential race, trade deals, south Minneapolis 'Urban Paradise' proposal
Trump, Putin and the 2016 campaign: 'A lot of people say' something's fishy

Meanwhile, above Red Square …

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Is Larry Wilmore of 'The Nightly Show' late-night TV's best host?

Poll: If Hillary becomes president, what title will Bill have?
Going to a family reunion? Brush up first on the survival manual
TV psychic Miss Cleo, famous for her 'Call me now!' ads in '90s, dies at 53

Souhan: The next step for Vikings is a delicate one
Jim Souhan

There are circumstantial reasons to wonder if the Vikings fan base may be setting itself up for a dose of disappointment after an 11-win season.

Peace, Shalom, Salam: Twin Cities women's group works for peace in Mideast
Gail Rosenblum

Minnesota Senate President Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, is in Cyprus this week to talk not about building walls, but tearing them down.

Schafer: Minneapolis start-up Stratifund guides new crowdfunding
Lee Schafer

Is there a Google waiting to be found in the Twin Cities?

"Ghostbusters" cast member Melissa McCarthy visits the Empire State Building's 86th floor observatory in support of Gilda's Club NYC, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in New York.

No spoilers, but 'Gilmore Girls' star says chemistry is back

'Star Wars' producers admit guilt in Harrison Ford's on-set injury
C.J.: Former Fox 9 meteorologist Mike Tsolinas was on front lines of fun
Dr. Dre cited on gun charge following driveway encounter

Justin Morneau congratulated Joe Nathan after a game in 2009. The catcher is Joe Mauer.

Nathan, Morneau, Liriano: Good reason to catch up on three ex-Twins

Hartman: Twins needed new vision at GM spot
Wednesday's Twins-Atlanta game recap
Reliever Abad most likely to be dealt before MLB trade deadline [Twins postgame]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump National Doral, on Wednesday in Doral, Fla.

Donald Trump urges Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails

Among Democrats, Klobuchar and Franken are in demand
Rift between Sanders' loyalists, Democratic brass lingers
Rep. Erik Paulsen optimistic TPP can get approval after election

Kathy Pebito, of Walker, La., tied a balloon to a cross at a makeshift memorial where several police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, one of a series of attacks on police nationwide.

Number of law enforcement officers fatally shot this year is up significantly, report says

Prosecutors abandon case against police in Gray's death
Bulldozer operator killed fighting California blaze
New type of Alzheimer's drug falters in final stage of trials

Pope Francis waves from the Archbishops' Palace in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Francis came on a five-day visit to Poland to join hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day.

Pope says the world's at war, urges Europe to greet refugees

Norway mulls giving mountain peak to Finland
Egypt asks IMF for $12 billion loan amid struggling economy
At least 67 killed in attack on Syrian city near Turkish border

The art of parting: 'We used to spend so much time there'

How I came to see bipolar disorder as my greatest strength
Thanks, Pokemon Go, for helping me meet cool people in Minneapolis
In the narrative of race, why only black ink on white paper?

Should the Wild change its goal song to "Let's Go Crazy?"

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