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Minnesota attorney general sues companies over loans to vets, seniors

Gulf War veteran Stephen Schmelz told of getting a $2,700 loan that would cost $27,000 of his pension payments. State Attorney General Lori Swanson, right, on Wednesday announced a suit against the companies that victimized Schmelz and others.

The lawsuit alleges that the companies violated state lending laws by issuing loans without a license and often charging annual percentage rates of 200 percent.

FBI offering $30,000 reward for help in probe of Bloomington mosque explosion

Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington on Aug. 5.

FBI says the investigation is its "top priority" in Minneapolis.

Semitrailor truck accident closes I-494 in west metro

South metro Verizon clerk trades gunfire, wounds robber

A second suspect got away in a minivan, police said.

Personal info revealed for thousands of east metro students in mass e-mail

Termed a mistake by school officials, this is the district's second major data breach this year.

Rebuild of I-35W starting Monday 'will be tough' on drivers

The project from downtown Minneapolis to 46th Street will take four years, five phases.

South Minneapolis man admits killing neighbor with stab to the heart

The 29-year-old victim died on Thanksgiving Day.


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Super Bowl veteran gets in first for volunteer interviews
Super Bowl LII: Dateline Minnesota

During 1992 event, John Wahl recalled pulling out maps to direct guests to sites and restaurants from a west metro hotel. This time, he hopes to be support staff downtown at volunteer headquarters.

Tevlin: Two kids were able to play with toy guns and not get killed
Jon Tevlin

This is now the world in which we live.


The Dakota County Fair runs through Sunday at the County Fairgrounds in Farmington.

Dakota County Fair offers more intimate experience than huge State Fair

Dakota County Fair visitors upset by Confederate flags as prizes
Goodhue County crash kills 22-year-old Iowa man
Personal info revealed for thousands of east metro students in mass e-mail

Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington on Aug. 5.

FBI offering $30,000 reward for help in probe of Bloomington mosque explosion

Met Council approves rail agreements for Southwest light rail
Minnesota Supreme Court again suspends attorney Randall Tigue
19 years after MOA marriage, wife and terminally ill husband will renew vows

Costumed students and instructors from St. Stephens Elementary School waved to parade goers during Friday's Halloween parade along Main Street in Anoka.

Uproar follows ban on candy at Anoka's parades for Halloween

Columbia Heights restaurant owner indicted on federal forced-labor charge
Storytime at Eidem Homestead Historical Farm
No charges against Coon Rapids officer who shot fleeing gunman

Joe's Crab Shack boasted in-your-face decor.

Joe's Crab Shack in Roseville among many in U.S. now closed

3M looking for office space in downtown St. Paul
Suspect in Woodbury gun theft surrenders when mother intervenes
Personal info revealed for thousands of east metro students in mass e-mail

A sanitary exhaust vent atop a flat-roofed building, pictured during smoke testing, which can’t be spotted easily from the ground.

Minneapolis to launch drones to survey sewer problems

Uptown Diner fires 2 workers shown wearing Nazi uniforms
Prince lights up his old Minneapolis neighborhood again – this time for real
South Minneapolis man admits killing neighbor with stab to the heart

One of the new rules proposed Wednesday for St. Paul's skyway system: Skyway doors would be locked at midnight rather than 2 a.m.

St. Paul leaders consider stricter skyway security and use rules

3M looking for office space in downtown St. Paul
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter's home burglarized
Boys & Girls Clubs are getting glasses for the eclipse

At least 3 and as many as 6 twisters hit central Minnesota last night

Three tornadoes touched down Wednesday night as storms rolled across south central Minnesota, and as many as three other twisters might also have landed, according to the National Weather Service.


Strong storms drop tornadoes, heavy rain in Minnesota

At least five touchdowns were reported, as well as rainfalls of 3-plus inches in a couple hours, on a stormy night full of watches and warnings.


Uptown Diner fires 2 workers shown wearing Nazi uniforms

A Minneapolis restaurant has fired two employees who appeared in photos wearing Nazi apparel, an announcement on the restaurant's Facebook page said.


Patrick's Cabaret, foundation settle discrimination charge

Under the settlement, the Laura Musser Fund paid $12,000 and will do diversity training.


Joe's Crab Shack in Roseville among many in U.S. now closed

Parent company is in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings.


St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter's home burglarized

Guns, electronics and household goods were stolen.


Cloquet teacher Len Anderson, 77, was a devoted champion for the St. Louis River

A biology teacher at Cloquet High School, he inspired thousands of students, started a water-quality testing program called River Watch and was a mentor to many.


Minneapolis to launch drones to survey sewer problems

The city is experimenting with the technology as part of its annual smoke testing of the sewers.


Columbia Heights restaurant owner indicted on federal forced-labor charge

The owner of Royal Orchid allegedly promised to help a teenager from the Dominican Republic get a U.S. education, then forced him to work less than $1 an hour.


Ex-radio host Dubay charged with punching, knocking out woman's tooth

The former sports talk personality went on Facebook and said he is being "wrongfully accused."