Curtain comes down on the Christian Ponder era

The Vikings effectively gave up on Ponder when they moved on to their next quarterback of the future by drafting Teddy Bridgewater.

New factor in road salt use: Saving money, environment

Little changes to road de-icing can have big effect, but state officials say there is a lots of room for improvement.

Listeriosis outbreak linked to caramel apples kills two in Minnesota

Two people have died in Minnesota, which averages seven reported cases per year.

Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre

Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

Board in charge of Minnesota's only velodrome rejects plan to keep bike track open

A resolution to save Minnesota’s only velodrome was rejected Thursday by the board in charge of the Blaine bicycle racing track. During its board meeting, the National Sports Center Foundation …

Courage Kenny is latest charity to drop Savers

The thrift store chain expressed “great regret” at the decision of the Courage Kenny Foundation.

Authorities say man killed at Minn. rest stop was shot in head

The men killed at a rest stop and on Interstate 694 were from Washington state and were ages 18 and 23.

U basketball recruit Diedhiou eligible after English exam

Gaston Diedhiou has been admitted to the University of Minnesota and will be available to play for the men's basketball team right away

House GOP bounces Minneapolis' Wagenius from longtime post on natural resources committee

Minnesota's incoming House Republican majority has removed Rep. Jean Wagenius, a longtime Minneapolis DFLer and ally of environmental causes, from the House's Environment and Natural Resources Committee. House Democrats …

'7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once.

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.

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Kittens in sealed box rescued from Hudson restaurant dumpster

“They would have been crushed” had they spent another day fighting the elements before the recycling truck’s arrival, said Kathi Pelnar, of Animal Control.

Obama signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

Gophers wrestling is a band of brothers + Video

Members of the top-ranked Gophers wrestling team treat each other like family — for good reason: The team has four sets of two brothers — including two pairs of identical twins — on its roster.

Northstar commuters get money-back guarantee

In January, Metro Transit will refund commuters’ fares when their trains are at least 11 minutes late.

Flu spikes in Minn. schools; hospitals see more cases

The second week of December was a nasty one for seasonal influenza, with 203 schools reporting outbreaks of flu-like illness and 60 people hospitalized, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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