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Tree falls, fatally hits Minn. farmer herding cattle in from storm

He was on a 4-wheeler at the time he was struck, the Sheriff's Office said.

State Capitol intruder left behind knife, threats, charge says

An intruder at the State Capitol pinned these threatening messages on handwritten signs to the clerk’s podium using this large knife, according to a charge filed Wednesday.

A Minneapolis man is charged with burglary, accused of slipping through a closed construction zone to get into the House chambers.

Minneapolis council pledges support for transgender community, advisory group


The council voted unanimously in a committee meeting to establish a permanent advisory group on transgender issues.

Minneapolis City Hall bells will go silent for renovation


Time will fly by silently this summer in downtown Minneapolis, when City Hall's clock tower bells cease chiming during a long-anticipated restoration project.

National Eagle Center's most prominent feathered resident dies

Harriet, who has made national TV appearances and whose image is on a Minnesota license plate design, was euthanized at age 35.

Twin Cities 8th-grader nails 1st word on National Spelling Bee's final day

With the first round over, more than half of the competitors have been eliminated.

HCMC doctor turned astronaut shares love of space with kids

Dr. Kjell Lindgren said lessons learned at Minneapolis hospital were valuable in space.

Memorial Day motorists reminded to move over for safety

New video from AAA shows cars whizzing precariously close to its tow truck drivers.

DNR needs better plan, better numbers on deer

"Will controversy over managing the deer population ever go away? No," said Legislative Auditor James Nobles.

State sues fundraiser for veterans' charity, alleging deception

Minnesota is suing its fundraising arm for deceptive practices.

Community weighs in on organized trash collection in St. Paul

The city recently asked residents what they value when it comes to trash hauling. People responded en masse, a report released Wednesday shows.

Work beginning on one of Minnesota's largest solar projects

Work starts this week on one of Minnesota's largest solar projects.

Distracted drivers are hitting new lows, Washington County survey finds

Most everybody these days tells a disturbing story about distracted drivers drifting over centerlines, veering onto road shoulders and risking rear-end collisions as they toy…

Move Minneapolis leader fires back at scathing city audit

"No funds have been misappropriated. No one got rich off doing business with [Move Minneapolis]," Dan MacLaughlin, who was placed on leave, said in an interview.

Man accused of leaving threatening notes, knife at Capitol

A Minneapolis man accused of slipping into the state Capitol with a knife and leaving threatening messages in the House Chamber is facing criminal charges.

Sanders asks supporters to help Feingold in Senate bid

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is asking his donors to support Russ Feingold's U.S. Senate bid.

Judge says voting rules won't change for August election

There will be no change to Wisconsin's voting laws before the Aug. 9 primary, including the requirement that photo identification be shown at the polls, a federal judge hearing a challenge to more than a dozen election laws said Thursday.

Bernie Sanders sends fundraising plea for Feingold

Bernie Sanders has asked his backers to support Democrat Russ Feingold's Senate bid in Wisconsin.,

Banned Minnesota college instructor allowed back on campus

Dave Berger was put on 'investigative leave' from Inver Hills Community College in February.