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Grand Marais residents raise ruckus over chain stores

Residents swarmed City Hall to protect the lakeside town's home-grown charm.

Bloomington parent makes masks star of middle school show

Parent volunteer painstakingly makes "Lion King Jr." characters come to life.

Mpls. opts for nonprofit recycler over nation's largest waste firm


A local nonprofit company will soon begin sorting and selling Minneapolis' recyclable materials, after the city opted not to sign a new contract with the nation's largest garbage company.

Car2Go proposes smaller Minneapolis service area


Car sharing service Car2Go plans to reduce their service area in Minneapolis, leaving the blue and white Smart cars largely unavailable in the North Side and near the city's southern border.

Plymouth police chief: Gunman shot woman who fled their car + Photo Gallery

At a Saturday news conference, Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein said the suspect pursued and fatally shot a woman in a busy intersection after 9 p.m. Friday.

Government Center weddings are sweet valentines for 28 couples + Photo Gallery + Video

Nearly 30 pairs wed in free ceremonies performed by Hennepin County judges

Faribault female WWII pilot pushes for access to Arlington

– For 96-year-old Betty Wall Strofus, the barrier to Arlington National Cemetery represents just one more battle in her lifetime push for gender…

Salt shaker emoji sparks a menu fight over free speech

These days, you can always spot emojis on the menu. A hot pepper warns you of a spice hazard. A leafy sprout heralds a vegetarian…

U regents argue Kaler's tuition and enrollment proposal

Regents appeared to split into two camps on tuition: those who balked at a proposed nonresident increase and those who scoffed at a goal of keeping resident tuition increases to a minimum.

Protesters demand prosecution of officers involved in Jamar Clark shooting

The demonstrators plan to rally weekly at the Government Center.

Metro briefs: White Bear Lake weighs details of pricey plan to fill lake

The idea of filling up White Bear Lake with water piped in from the Mississippi River raised a number of concerns last week at the…

State briefs: Red River diversion at Fargo-Moorhead gets $5 million from feds

A planned $2 billion flood control project for the Fargo-Moorhead area got a $5 million infusion of cash from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

Early black lawyer, wife endured bigotry

Nellie and William Francis were doing so well in 1924 they decided to move four miles southwest in St. Paul — leaving their Rondo neighborhood…

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage schools, parents prepare for new grade alignments

Most are looking forward to 9th- through 12th-graders being under one roof.

Funeral for slain Fargo police officer to be held Feb. 22

The funeral for slain Fargo police officer Jason Moszer will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at Scheels Arena in Fargo, the city’s…

Lileks: I say, old chap, be jolly good and hand over the lolly!

Bank robbery isn't an unusual story, but last week's heist of an Uptown TCF had some unusual details. The thief spoke in an "English" accent.…

10 Wisconsin reservists prepare to deploy to Afghanistan

The families of 10 Wisconsin Army Reserve members are saying their good-byes this weekend as the soldiers prepare for a Valentine's Day deployment.

Clinton, Sanders make case for campaigns to Minn. DFLers + Photo Gallery

Both Democratic candidates spoke at a DFL fundraising dinner, and earlier, Sanders sought to make inroads with black voters.

Man imprisoned in 2013 Milwaukee home invasion hangs himself

Authorities say a man convicted in a 2013 home invasion and sexual assault in Milwaukee was found hanging in his cell at the Columbia Correctional Institution.