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150 ER visits in a year? New MN program flags high-use patients

Hundreds of people who once viewed the emergency room as their primary source of care are now going to neighborhood clinics and receiving regular checkups because of the effort, state officials said, adding that the savings are significant.

The program has quietly become a powerful tool to control waste in the multibillion-dollar Medical Assistance program while improving patient care -- and saving taxpayers at least $7 million a year in unnecessary medical costs.

Trump's inauguration set to test nation's readiness to heal

Donald Trump took the stage early Wednesday in New York as president-elect and said he had received a phone call of congratulations from Hillary Clinton.

One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it's to celebrate or commiserate.

Standing Rock camp grows ahead of Monday's evacuation deadline

Standing Rock Chairman Paul Archambaud II gifted a blanket to Chris Turley, an Osage veteran who walked from Oklahoma to Fort Yates to support the protesters, who prefer to be called water protectors.

Thousands of veterans join those already opposing oil pipeline; law enforcement hopes protest remains peaceful.

Wrong-way driver who killed mother-daughter on I-494 is in critical condition

Dylan Bailey, left, and Dawn Chiodo

Two others hit by the wrong-way motorist also are in critical condition Sunday. A third, a 2-year-old boy, is also hospitalized.

A bit of snow challenges Sunday drivers in Twin Cities

Hwy. 100 in the west metro was one of many slickened by a predawn snow Sunday.

All parts of the metro experienced crashes and spinouts. Sharp temperature drop on the way.


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Dylan Bailey, left, and Dawn Chiodo

Wrong-way driver who killed mother-daughter on I-494 is in critical condition

A bit of snow challenges Sunday drivers in Twin Cities
Late-night fire totals paving business in Hugo
Police putting workhorse Crown Vics on the road to retirement

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The Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins, left, looked for an opportunity beyond Charlotte center Cody Zeller. Wiggins scored 29 points.

Down 10 in fourth quarter, Wolves rally, top Charlotte in OT

Mike Zimmer reportedly had fourth eye procedure done Friday
New boss Derek Falvey looks to make an imprint with Twins
Bruce Smith, among the greatest Gophers, lifted a Heisman Trophy and American spirits 75 years ago

Scores, schedules, and stats
Breitbart has called on readers to boycott Kellogg, Michigan maker of breakfast cereals, and devoted a chunk of its front page to stories about Kellogg or the boycott, and sparked a social media outcry. Kellogg is the latest American corporation to get caught in a political crossfire after the presidential election.

U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate

Legislation holds clues to what will replace Dodd-Frank
Small businesses seek to turn awards into catalysts for growth
As Digi draws bids, CEO seeks more time to work strategy


The future of health insurance: A shift change in political leadership

Sweet suites deal reflects fumbled governance at U.S. Bank Stadium
Sack cartoon: State Capitol art
Readers Write (Dec. 4): Urban and rural Minnesota, coverage priorities involving water quality, 'A Minnesota maelstrom'

State Capitol art

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Adam Turman painted this owl inside the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis. As an illustrator, he said, he focuses on his clients: “their brand, their audience, their message, their limitations.”

You've seen his art all over Minnesota; now meet the real Adam Turman

New Standards stay merry, despite a messy 2016
Latte Da's 'Christmas Carole Petersen' wishes us a happy holiday, sincerely
Jesse Johnson soars as guitar hero in power trio marathon at First Avenue

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Anderson: Who's entitled to a prized buck killed by a van in Wisconsin?
Dennis Anderson

At one point, after a crowd gathered by the side of the road, tensions rose and 911 was called.

Tevlin: Stadium officials should listen to people who tilt at windmills
Jon Tevlin

You can't say Chuck Turchick didn't warn them.

Tevlin: Some suite seats for DFL Party big shots
Jon Tevlin

The DFL insiders came for the free lunch at U.S. Bank Stadium and ended up buying the timeshare.



One of the first things that Nicole Curtis does when acquiring a new home is go searching the walls for brick. Nicole is seen her exploring her Hillside property for brick behind the walls, as seen on DIY Network’s Rehab Addict.

'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis opens up in new book, calls Mpls. fight an 'uphill battle'

Musician answers door to find 'terribly lost' Garrison Keillor looking for help
Designers mixed on dressing former model Melania Trump
Andrew Sachs, known as Manuel in 'Fawlty Towers,' dies

Former Gophers football coach Jerry Kill said he misses coaching “every single day,” but not the toll it was taking on his health.

Health issues finally sacked NFL workaholic Mike Zimmer

Hartman: New Vikings stadium keeping up with Jones'
Mike Zimmer reportedly had fourth eye procedure done Friday
Mike Zimmer's course never wavered — right up to his gameday speech

Donald Trump took the stage early Wednesday in New York as president-elect and said he had received a phone call of congratulations from Hillary Clinton.

Trump's inauguration set to test nation's readiness to heal

Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court
Trump threatens payback for US companies that move abroad
Trump expands list of candidates to head State Dep't

Firefighters assess the scene where a fire tore through a warehouse party early Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Oakland. The blaze began at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday during a party at a warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area city. Several people are unaccounted for.

Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected

Bipedal bear's apparent death motivates bear hunt opponents
Making the most of holiday charitable giving
Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court

In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts at a meeting with Russian and foreign cultural figures in the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. At right, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. At left back, Russia's Vakhtangov theater director Kirill Krok. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin confident Trump will make responsible decisions

No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo is crushed
Gunman kills 3 in Finland; police say no political motive
Syrian army tells rebels in Aleppo to leave or die

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The author was photographed with her baby in 2007 as they prepared to leave the hospital.

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Thanksgiving surprise: I stumbled upon the truth about mom's 'secret' recipe