Isaac Kolstad: 'I can feel myself getting better'

A remarkably improved Isaac Kolstad spoke publicly for the first time about his recovery from a near fatal beating seven months ago in Mankato that left him in a coma.

Restaurant of the year: Brasserie Zentral reinvents Old World food

Whether it’s spaetzle with rabbit, glazed duck with dumplings or stuffed cabbage rolls, the highly personal menu at Brasserie Zentral in downtown Minneapolis has no local peer. It's the Star Tribune's restaurant of the year.

Like Little Falls case, self-defense fails in Montana man's murder trial

Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

Bo Pelini delivers vulgar tirade about Nebraska AD to players after firing

On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.

Minnesota adds 6,600 jobs in November

It was the fourth straight month of solid job growth for the state.

Mall of America to protesters: Keep it outside

Community organizers say they have been told by Mall of America management and Bloomington police not to hold a protest inside the mall on Saturday. The organizers, who are calling …

United owner: Public money might be needed for MLS stadium

In his first lengthy comments on his competition with the Vikings to bring Major League Soccer to Minnesota, Bill McGuire left open the possibility of seeking government help to build his own soccer stadium.

Metro Transit offers on-time guarantee for Northstar riders, or your money back

Northstar commuter trains will be no more than 11 minutes late or riders will get their money back.

Prison for felon's volley of gunfire at SUV outside Lake St. McDonald's

“It was only dumb luck that no one was injured,” said County Attorney Mike Freeman, “and [the gunman] needs to pay the price for the terror he caused to …

Former Stillwater mayor charged in fraud scheme

Federal prosecutors allege that Ken Harycki helped a home health company defraud Medicaid and avoid taxes.

Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

Retailers seek to be faster than Santa with deliveries

Big stores are trying to reel in procrastinators with deadlines that are just as late — and even later, in some cases — to order items expected to arrive by Christmas.

Johnson's departure part of larger trend for urban school leaders

Los Angeles, Albuquerque, N.M., and Seattle have lost superintendents, increasingly bogged down by complex political landscapes and well-oiled resistance inside and outside urban districts.

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord + Photo Gallery

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

Ramsey County charges filed in 'massive' public benefits fraud scheme

The 96 felony counts detail schemes involving health and child care program fraud.

Frustration mounts for Wild: 'We've got to stop losing' + Photo Gallery + Video

The Wild, in a win-one, lose-one pattern for a month, rallied in the third period Wednesday to get a point in the standings but succumbed to the Bruins in overtime.

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