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MnDOT brainstorming ways to decongest I-494, Crosstown

Heavy traffic congestion for the afternoon commute on Interstate 494 at France Avenue in Bloomington.

For drivers traveling on the Crosstown or Interstate 494 between Eden Prairie and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, rush hour can be a nightmare any day. Throw in a crash or snowstorm and it can instantly turn into gridlock.

Charitable gambling nonprofits say tax bills bigger than money left

A bar patron played electronic pulltabs in Coon Rapids. Allied Charities of Minnesota, the trade group representing 1,200 nonprofits with charitable gambling operations, is asking lawmakers for tax relief.

Some nonprofits pay more in taxes on pulltabs, other gambling than they give out to community.

St. Paul Jewish Community Center evacuated after bomb threat

Police said students in the building on St. Paul Av. were moved to a nearby fire station while the building was cleared.

Anne 'Chana' Ptaszek, Holocaust survivor and admired seamstress

Innovation cabinet to host networking event

Newly formed group to host "Conversations of Innovation" Tuesday.

Record highs continue, but rain today, snow maybe by week's end

Crystal reports reaching 70 as of midafternoon, but "high probabilities for greater than 10 inches of snow" loom for one part of state, according to the latest forecast.

Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota

Wisconsin suspect led officers on chase before crashing car.


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Innovation cabinet to host networking event
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Newly formed group to host "Conversations of Innovation" Tuesday.

USDA removes animal welfare records from website

Dogs with sores on their paws and missing fur. Sick rabbits living in a trashy building. A kennel two degrees hotter than the 85-degree legal…


Glynn Crooks created the bald eagle and peace pipe design in the rug decorating his replica Oval Office. His vast collection of presidential memorabilia fills walls and glass cases in his home, including this Reagan room.

Prior Lake man creates full-scale Oval Office in his sprawling home

Maplewood to address nightclub's future after 60 gunshots Saturday
Rollerblade inventor now creates SkyRide, a human-powered roller coaster
Man, woman are found dead in Rosemount home

Four Seasons Mall in Plymouth, photographed in 2013, has sat vacant for years and is now slated to be redeveloped into two hotels, senior housing, retail, offices, a bank and restaurants.

So long, surface lots: Parking areas redeveloped in Twin Cities suburbs

Legionnaires' outbreak in Hopkins fuels effort to regulate cooling towers
Rollerblade inventor now creates SkyRide, a human-powered roller coaster
Eden Prairie's adopted owl closer to having answer for 'who are you?'

Megan Callahan-Beckel, 17, daughter of the center’s director, helped the wolves explore their new habitat accompanied by Oliver, left, a German shepherd who helped raise 14 wolf pups. The center’s lease ran out after more than 25 years at Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area.

Wildlife Science Center lands at new home in northern Anoka County

Pamela Meyer, longtime Fridley elementary schoolteacher, dies at 67
ID'd: Twin Cities semi driver who died in Stearns County crash
Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota

Jessica Jones walked with her daughter, Braelyn, at Cottage Grove Ravine Park on a sunny afternoon. The park will be closing on March 1 for a major construction project that is expected to take a year to complete.

Outdated south Washington County park soon to become new and improved

Police investigating kidnapping, suicide outside North St. Paul school
5 injured as up to 60 rounds fired outside Maplewood nightclub
Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota

Rep. Ilhan Omar hosted a forum at Mixed Blood Theatre aimed at providing residents of her House district "the necessary tools to protect and organize our communities" in "the wake of the new presidential administration's policies" on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Omar navigates rising political celebrity as she adjusts to life in Minn. Legislature

Up to 2,000 join Mpls. march to support immigrants, refugees
Capitol fight over workplace rules raises prospect of local right-to-work laws
St. Paul Jewish Community Center evacuated after bomb threat

Bob Andresen, a tech staffer at Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul, an alternative school in the inner city, said that few students need mobile hot spots but that they're "fabulous" for those who do.

Metro libraries hesitate to lend internet hot spots

'Prairie Home Companion' to be back next fall with a 26-show season
Capitol fight over workplace rules raises prospect of local right-to-work laws
Innovation cabinet to host networking event

Train fatally hits pedestrian at crossing in NW. Minnesota

The train operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe hit the person about 9 p.m. Saturday in Detroit Lakes at the Washington Avenue crossing, BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said Sunday.


Minnesota and the presidents: Take our Presidents' Day quiz

No, there are no presidents from Minnesota. But Minnesota has had plenty of close connections to the White House. On this Presidents' Day, let's see how well you know them.


What's open on Presidents' Day in the Twin Cities

A look at how a few entities handle the holiday.


Maplewood to address nightclub's future after 60 gunshots Saturday

Emergency meeting called after 60 shots were fired.


Names released in murder-suicide in Rosemount

Authorities said Justin Joseph Keilen, 42, shot his wife, Alicia Ann Keilen, 33, multiple times before shooting himself. A gun was found near the bodies.


Isle Royale considering seaplane service to, from Minnesota

Isle Royale Seaplanes operates its air taxi between Houghton, Mich., and the Lake Superior island park under a contract that runs through 2025. It offers up to five Isle Royale flights a day, with as many as 20 people coming and going.


Eden Prairie's adopted owl closer to having answer for 'who are you?'

Three names are up for public voting online, after "dozens of fantastic" submissions from the public, the city said.


Warm weather is melting winter economy in Minn., Wis. towns

Small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in danger of being curtailed or canceled, jeopardizing needed tourism dollars.


SUV driver runs stop sign, fatally hits motorist at C. Minn. intersection

A Twin Cities motorist ran a stop sign in central Minnesota and fatally struck a motorist at a rural intersection, authorities said.


Man's punch outside west metro bar leaves brother with severe head injury

Some at the scene tried to convince authorities that the victim had only fallen, the Sheriff's Office said.