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University of Minnesota offers students a furry study break

Emily Kaszyk, a freshman from Chicago, got to know Bode the Boxer at the University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center. “I miss my dog from home, so I come here,” Kaszyk said.

Feds charge one alleged supplier of deadly carfentanil in Twin Cities

It was the first complaint involving sale of deadly carfentanil in Minnesota.

U economics prof who failed to file state tax returns gets workhouse

She will end up paying nearly $111,000 in restitution; employment status at the university is unclear.

Police on scene of Minneapolis car fire with possible victim inside

The burned out car is in an alley near Powderhorn Park.

Wrong-way driver led to crash that killed 2 teens, shut down I-94 in Mpls.

The eastbound lanes of I-94 at Dowling Avenue in north Minneapolis have reopened following a four-hour closure due to a fatal crash.

Charges say driver in NW Minn. had 0.23 BAC when he hit Amish buggy, killing rider

The buggy driver was injured, and the horse had to be put down.

U.S. Bank Stadium security firm is fired after investigation

U.S. Bank Stadium operator SMG abruptly terminated Tuesday the contract with security provider Monterrey Security one year into a three-year contract amid concerns that it failed to comply with state licensing requirements for its employees.


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Wrong-way driver led to crash that killed 2 teens, shut down I-94 in Mpls.
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The eastbound lanes of I-94 at Dowling Avenue in north Minneapolis have reopened following a four-hour closure due to a fatal crash.

Overnight Lowry Hill Tunnel, I-35W closures set for this week
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Attention late-night drivers: Two of the metro area's busiest freeways will be shut down during the overnight hours this week. They include I-35W in Bloomington and I-94 in downtown Minneapolis.


Curt Olson hung posters at a junior high calling for the school board in Shakopee to step down.

Shakopee watchdog group sets sights on school board

Zebra mussels found in Minneapolis, Lakeville lakes
South metro news briefs: Inver Grove Heights weighs new sex offender ordinance
School choice splits Twin Cities suburbs into haves, have-nots

A boardwalk and fishing pier at Excelsior’s Commons, as depicted in a rendering (top), would enhance the shoreline at the Lake Minnetonka park.

New plans for Excelsior's Commons park close to completion

After 9 months of detours, Hwy. 169 in Edina is set to reopen
Fox 9 reporter shares story about losing her lower leg in boating accident
Lake Superior scuba diver died despite lifesaving efforts by his group

A new shuttle service takes Northstar commuters from the Fridley station to four major area employers. DAVID JOLES ï david.joles@startribune.com

Anoka County hopes free shuttle will help attract, retain Northstar riders

Race for new Amazon HQ is altering TCAAP plans in Arden Hills
Topgolf closes Twin Cities land deal for glitzy, high-tech all-season center
12-year-old hit by car in Elk River dies

Brooke Fleetwood stood for a portrait outside her pink BB Makeup salon, the color of which has caused a rift with City Hall, Friday.

Hudson, Wis., woman fights City Hall to keep her downtown beauty shop pink

North/East metro news briefs: Roseville officials considering options to ease public-works load
North/East metro police blotter, Sept. 24
First McDonald's to open in Minnesota celebrates 60th birthday

A worker cleaned up the aftermath of an overnight crash outside of 19 Bar in Loring Park on Saturday morning.

Police ID driver believed to have struck front of Loring Park bar in stolen car

Minneapolis Park Board considers delaying Hiawatha Golf Club closure
Inner-city steak joint's closing won't slow Phillips neighborhood comeback
Police on scene of Minneapolis car fire with possible victim inside

The view along the Mississippi River in St. Paul from the site added to Ramsey County's bid for the new Amazon headquarters.

Ramsey County's Amazon HQ bid adds St. Paul riverfront to ammo site

English learner program gets boost in St. Paul, but court case looms
St. Paul homeowner fights with intruder for control of rifle
Civilians, officers recognized for saving lives in St. Paul

Drunken mom allegedly veers off Minn. road with 5 kids, breast-feeds baby

The driver, with no valid license, has three drunken driving convictions on her record in the past 10 years.


Hwy. 169 reopens earlier than planned after 9 months of construction

There's good news for motorists in Edina, Minnetonka, Hopkins and other parts of the west metro area: The Minnesota Department of Transportation has reopened Hwy. 169 earlier than planned.


MSP plans big changes on retail and food front

Travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have their choice of nearly 50 new retailers and restaurants added over the past year. And more changes are coming.


12-year-old hit by car in Elk River dies

Ian Kniseley suffered extensive brain damage in the "unspeakable tragedy," the family said


Contractor hurt in electrical explosion at Brooklyn Park Home Depot

The explosion occurred overnight as work was being done on the electrical box.


Lake Superior scuba diver died despite lifesaving efforts by his group

The man, from New Hope, went under at a popular shipwreck site off the North Shore.


First McDonald's to open in Minnesota celebrates 60th birthday

Baker recalls 1957, when restaurant opened on Snelling Av. in Roseville.


In Minnesota, homicides are down, bucking U.S. trend

FBI data show rising violence in some areas, with an 8 percent increase in homicides, but not a new national crime wave.


Vehicle hits and kills 200-pound bear in Twin Cities suburb

A 200-pound bear was run over and killed during the night in the Twin Cities suburb of Corcoran, authorities said Monday. A passerby alerted police…


Man dies during diving excursion near Split Rock Lighthouse

A man died during a diving excursion with others off the North Shore of Lake Superior, according to authorities. The man died early Saturday afternoon…