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Excessive solitary confinement scars Minnesota prison inmates

Prisoners are punished with long periods of isolation, often for minor offenses, that can cause lasting mental health problems. Other states are moving to limit the practice.

Minnesota veteran receives mortgage-free Forest Lake home

The kids “haven’t stopped running in circles,” said Marko Milosevic, left.

Breitbart speaker's visit this month to NDSU suddenly canceled

Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in February.

Campus College Republican group cites worries about disruption from protesters on both sides of pipeline dispute.

Authorities will briefly close intersection where Mounds View High students were killed

The intersection where two Mounds View High School students were killed in a car crash last week will be closed for about 30 minutes Monday afternoon to provide a safe place for people who wish to leave memorials.

Business property owners sue St. Paul over right of way assessments

Corner property owners say fees unfair; city examining system.

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

Two others hit by the wrong-way motorist in Bloomington also are in critical condition.

The Drive: Indented markings don't harm pavement


Authorities will briefly close intersection where Mounds View High students were killed
The Drive

The intersection where two Mounds View High School students were killed in a car crash last week will be closed for about 30 minutes Monday afternoon to provide a safe place for people who wish to leave memorials.

Hennepin Co. attorney: Grand juries in officer-involved shootings 'a mistake'
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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his biggest regret as the county's top prosecutor was using grand juries to investigate the shootings of civilians by police, admitting that the process lacked transparency.


Standing Rock protesters celebrate Army Corps move

Opponents, joined by several thousand veterans, celebrated a victory after the feds pushed pause on the final Dakota Access link. North Dakota's governor called move "a serious mistake."


Minneapolis day care hanging case raises safety fears

Abuse in licensed child care rare, but 89 cases of licenses lost or suspended this year.


Calendar celebrates Star Tribune's 150th anniversary

The Star Tribune will be celebrating 150 years as a media company next year. To mark the anniversary, the company is tying the past with…


Late-night fire totals paving business in Hugo

A fire late at night in Hugo left a paving business a total loss, and one firefighter was slightly hurt fighting the blaze.Authorities were notified…


Does it cost more in taxes to own a home in Minneapolis or St. Paul?

The two cities are finalizing their 2017 budgets, but city taxes make up a small share of a homeowners' total obligation for services.


A bit of snow challenges Sunday drivers in Twin Cities

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


Four-part series overview: Minnesota's reliance on solitary confinement

State prisons punish inmates with solitary confinement for weeks, months, or years, often for minor offenses, even as other states move away from it.


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

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.


State briefs: Waseca sets a state record for annual precipitation

It’s been one soggy year in Waseca. So wet, in fact, that the 0.34 inches of rain that fell in the southern Minnesota city last…


Metro briefs: Fort Snelling event Sunday marks Dred and Harriet Scott Day

Historic Fort Snelling will honor Dred and Harriet Scott with a free program from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Dred Scott, a slave who…