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Wire grill brushes can cause clean-up troubles of their own

In this image taken on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Bruce Aidells wears welding gloves and holds his favorite grill brush in Healdsburg, Calif. From the Department of Things You Did Not Know You Had to Worry About, a new caution: Don't eat your barbecue brush bristles.

Deborah Zvosec went to Hennepin County Medical Center because she felt discomfort. Imaging scans found a 1.7 centimeter wire segment embedded deep in her tongue near the back of her throat.

Renaissance Festival now plans to stay put through '19

A large crowd and one knight gathered outside the King’s Gate, at the Renaissance Festival, prior to the start of a new day. ] / Shakopee, MN / Sept. 13, 2014 / 8:30 AM / BACKGROUND INFORMATION: For decades the Renaissance Festival has been trying to maintain an illusion of a return to a distant medieval past. But recent patrons report that the illusion is under strain, as a very modern-day enterprise, sand mining for oil fracking, is visibly gnawing its way right up to the borders of the site and is about to push it out altogether. Visitors are now having to be shuttled around all the mining. One of the big concerns from fairgoers has been the lack of access to the front gate, given the encroachment of the nearby gravel mine.

Medieval show to find a new home for its 50th season.

Minneapolis buys Downtown East Commons park for $20M

With downtown landmark the Armory in the distance to the right, leasing agent Nick Torrez gestured from the new Edition building that overlooks Minneapolis’ latest purchase: The Commons park in Downtown East.

Minneapolis transacted with Ryan Cos. for the proverbial keys to the Downtown East Commons, which is expected to be partly complete in less than a month in its home near U.S. Bank Stadium. The "Great Lawn" is sodded, trees are being planted and lighting soon will be installed at the nearly two-block park bisected by Portland Avenue in an area once dominated by the Star Tribune's headquarters.

Gunflint Lodge in new hands after more than 80 years

The lodge, which has been in the Kerfoot family since 1929, was sold last week to a couple who plan to continue its traditions and the outfitting operation on Gunflint Lake, 43 miles north of Grand Marais.

Chanhassen archery range closed for safety after neighbors find arrows on property

City's only outdoor archery range closed over safety concerns.

Distracted driving and deaths spiked last year in Minnesota

Distracted driving — whether from thumbs on a cellphone, eyes on a GPS, a hand on radio knobs — killed 74 people in Minnesota last year, a 21 percent jump from 2014.

Man found fatally shot on south Minneapolis street after 8:15 a.m. call

Officers were called about 8:15 a.m. to E. 24th Street and Oakland Avenue S. on a report of a gunshot, said police spokesman John Elder.

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Tevlin: Homeless man reunited with therapeutic dog

Mike Heath reported that the dog, Baby, was stolen in May. Heath posted fliers all over south Minneapolis, where the dog was believed to have been taken, and showed up at the Star Tribune looking for assistance.

Campus Confidential
U of M student newspaper to cut back print edition to 2 days a week

The Minnesota Daily, the student newspaper at the Twin Cities campus, plans shift to "digital first" approach and put more resources into its online and mobile platforms.

Woman charged along with boyfriend in Iron Range man's beheading

She's accused of being an accomplice to the killing early last week and with assaulting the victim.

Minneapolis police will look at whether bias played role in shooting of Muslim men

Attack on Muslim men seen as possible hate crime.

Wayzata man resigns from Chisholm film venture amid fraud charges

Jerry Seppala resigned from Ironbound Studios Minnesota after a federal grand jury indicted him and two California men for allegedly cheating investors out of $12 million meant to finance movies. The indictment makes no mention of the Iron Range film studio space.

CAIR-MN: Shooting of two Muslim men is a "clear hate crime"

Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-MN, said he had spoken to the victims and asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact Minneapolis police.

8 road construction projects around MN to avoid this weekend

Plan around these potential bottlenecks to retain your traffic sanity during the holiday weekend.

Ramsey County attorney launches safe-schools task force

Group to review causes of violence in the schools and recommend solutions.

State VA chooses new health care deputy commissioner

Douglas Hughes has military, business and health care experience.

Eagan's July 4 Funfest is on its last legs

50th year may be the last for the suburb's popular July 4th event.

American Refugee Committee snags John Griffith, former Target exec and civic leader, for key post

John Griffith, who left Target in 2014 as its executive vice president of property development, will lead global humanitarian operations for Minneapolis-based ARC. He will direct more than 1,600 people in 11 countries, notably Syria, Congo, Pakistan and Somalia.

Hennepin County turns to private corporations for advice on improving technology

An advisory board of three chief information officers from top corporations volunteer their time for the county, meeting with county commissioners and county officials to share their expertise for free with Minnesota's most populous county.