Millions in legal costs trigger belt-tightening at Minn. human services agency

“It’s never easy to cut back spending, especially in an agency where the work is so critical,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, above, wrote.

Hard cider is Minnesota's latest crush

A new wave of craft producers is aiming to do for apples what the microbrew movement did for hops and barley.

Robert Street revival plan is taking a toll on West St. Paul

West St. Paul pushes on with a costly revival plan for Robert St. that cost the mayor his job.

Authorities: Alcohol was factor in northeast Minn. crash that killed Shoreview woman

A 48-year-old woman has died and three others were injured after a vehicle rolled over in St. Louis County.

Mexico president announces anti-crime crackdown

Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.


New technology allows you to climb the walls

Four Stanford University researchers have announced that they’ve succeeded in creating a “gecko-inspired human climbing system,” according to MIT Technology Review.


Minneapolis mayor's plan to advance racial equity is scrutinized

Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposal to create two jobs to support the issue has supporters and critics.


Unemployment for Twin Cities black workers has been halved since 2011

Unemployment rate for Minnesota blacks is three times that for whites.


Anticipation, anxiety as Minnesota prepares for next medical marijuana step

The state will reveal two suppliers on Monday.


Cold Turkey Day giving way to snow, sleet early Friday + Photo Gallery + Video

A mix of snow and sleet was expected to fall overnight until about 6 a.m. Friday.


Driver who hit protester while fleeing 'mob' seen as a suspect + Video

The man’s mother said in an interview he was coming home from work and “didn’t even know what was going on” when he encountered the crowd.


California Burger King employee finds $100,000

An assistant manager at a Northern California Burger King found a backpack loaded with about $100,000 in a booth, but so far no one has come forward to claim it.


Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.


Flight 93 chapel closed after being struck by car

A car has crashed into a Pennsylvania chapel honoring the Sept. 11 victims of United Airlines Flight 93, temporarily closing it.


Madison police question benefits of body cameras

As a growing number of police departments nationwide equip officers with body-worn cameras, Madison police issued a report questioning some benefits of the devices are whether they're worth the nearly $1 million estimated price tag.


Cobb not listed on Gophers' depth chart for Wisconsin game

There are continued signs that Gophers' running back David Cobb won't be ready to play against Wisconsin on Saturday because of a hamstring injury. He is officially listed as …


Kenneth H. Washington, Guthrie guru who taught and mentored actors, dies

From Utah to New York to the Guthrie, he helped guide acting careers. He was 68.


Train cars carrying grain derail in Mankato

Six cars of a Union Pacific train that was heading to St. Paul went off the tracks in Mankato early Thursday.


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