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Could mandatory database curb opioid abuse?

A bill backed by DFL Sen. Chris Eaton would excuse doctors from checking the database only in emergencies or if the patient were dying.

Required Rx monitoring effective at detecting addicts, but objections center on practicality.

Minneapolis Park Board may act as developer for former Scherer Bros. site

An aerial view shows a concept for Hall’s Island and the new park.

Commissioners trying to work out a new approach for former Scherer Bros. Lumber site.

Report calls for stronger oversight of Medicaid spending for disabled, elderly

Minnesota spent roughly $2.4 billion in 2015 on home and community services.

More record warmth then 'potent' snowstorm; how much will we get?

South and east metro communities are the most likely to get the most snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Artists stage Presidents' Day performance protest across Twin Cities

St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat

Police said students in the building in the Highland Park neighborhood were moved to a nearby fire station while the building was cleared.

Osakis district requiring girls to get prom dresses approved

Girls will be required to submit a photo of themselves in their prom dress before the April 22 event.


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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
More record warmth then 'potent' snowstorm; how much will we get?

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
Grade school planned for Sports Center property in Blaine

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

Grade school planned for Sports Center property in Blaine
Pamela Meyer, longtime Fridley elementary schoolteacher, dies at 67
ID'd: Twin Cities semi driver who died in Stearns County crash

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

Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota
Police investigating kidnapping, suicide outside North St. Paul school
More record warmth then 'potent' snowstorm; how much will we get?

Minneapolis City Hall and the privately owned InterPark ramp as seen through rain drops clinging to a skywalk in April 2016.

Parking garage swap would make way for new Mpls. offices

Minneapolis Park Board may act as developer for former Scherer Bros. site
GOP lawmakers seek to divert SW light rail money to roads
Omar navigates rising political celebrity as she adjusts to life in Minn. Legislature

St. Paul Police officers stood out front of The St. Paul Jewish Community Center after it was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat Monday February 20, 2017 in St.Paul, MN.

St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat

St. Paul aims to attract more innovation and technology jobs
Metro libraries hesitate to lend internet hot spots
'Prairie Home Companion' to be back next fall with a 26-show season

Bomb threat briefly shuts down Crystal college

Classes at Herzing University in Crystal were disrupted Monday night after somebody phoned in a bomb threat, police said.A student was in the library when…


Heat wave in February: Readers share their warm-weather photos

The verdict was unanimous: Minnesotans love this early, extended taste of spring in the middle of winter.


Whoo are you? Eden Prairie's adopted owl closer to getting a name

Three names are in the running for an owl that was adopted by the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center after it was found injured in Chicago.


'Like the Cold War': Minnesota Russian community worried

Minnesota's Russian-speaking community is reacting to growing tensions between Russia and the Trump administration with a mix of concern, curiosity and skepticism.


Construction worker has died on Hwy. 169 construction site

A highway construction worker in Edina died Monday after a large metal pipe landed on him, authorities said.David Earl Hyde, 38, of Fulton, Mo., was…


Fat-shaming columnist gets booted from Fergus Falls newspaper

Newspaper publisher says community response to writer's ouster has been overwhelmingly positive.


GOP lawmakers seek to divert SW light rail money to roads

Some lawmakers want $929 M in federal funds for Southwest line to be used on roads, bridges.


U professor arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, stalking

A longtime University of Minnesota law professor was arrested last week after being accused by a former girlfriend of sexual misconduct and stalking, according to…


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

Some witnesses insisted the victim had only fallen.


St. Paul aims to attract more innovation and technology jobs

New Innovation Cabinet will recommend ways the city can attract more tech businesses.