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Eagan student wins JFK Profile in Courage essay award

Class Act

Zhen Tu, a junior at Eagan High School, won $10,000 for an essay on a congressman who gave up his career for bipartisanship.

Minneapolis approves $800M plan to upgrade roads, parks


A momentous, $800 million deal to breath new life into Minneapolis' crumbling roads and parks received enthusiastic approval Friday by the City Council.

Major closures of I-94, I-35W could snarl roads this weekend

The Drive

Motorists in the metro may have the most difficulty getting around this weekend as portions of two freeways will be shut down Friday night through Monday morning.

St. Paul to host annual Holocaust memorial event Friday


Efforts to save Jewish children from the Nazis will be remembered and discussed.

Battling a surge in suicides, Minnesota investigators wield a new weapon: data

Effort follows sharp increase in Minnesota deaths.

On the Iron Range, prolonged downturn is taking its toll

– When the mines go down on the Iron Range, everything else seems to follow. “Everything’s just closing down,” said Debra Schermann,…

Roseville's outreach to citizens turns messy

Resignations and accusations of "bullying" beset an attempt to set up neighborhood groups.

Scott County Historical Society celebrates 40 years of Valleyfair

The new exhibit on the Shakopee amusement park runs through October and includes memorabilia from Valleyfair.

DNR's plan to make all park campsites reservable set to begin

In three phases beginning Tuesday, there will be full access to any state park site.

1 of Domes in Milwaukee reopens following repairs

The Show Dome at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory in Milwaukee has reopened after undergoing repairs.

Golf course groundskeeper, 91, happily back in the garden

She hopes to spend part of her birthday the same way she likes to spend every spring day.

Eau Claire-area artists turn felled ash trees into artwork

When Tim Brudnicki looks at the stacks of milled ash wood drying in a shed on his rural Caryville property, he sees more than the blond-colored hard surfaces adorned with swirled orange-brown lines that make up the wood's grain.

Veteran portraits tell forgotten stories at Appleton museum

The portraits of veterans from three wars surround visitors to the Trout Museum of Art, telling a collective story that organizers hope will resonate with visitors.

First suspect sentenced in burglary, shooting death of St. Paul mother

Julie Zietlow, whose daughter Sarah Wierstad was killed last year, said the sentencing is part of her healing process.

Ramsey County deputies awarded extra bump in pay

Sheriff's deputies in Ramsey County have been awarded a 10.3-percent pay hike over three years, after an arbitrator agreed that they've been slipping against their…

Toddler who drowned in Corcoran holding pond is identified

The toddler who drowned Tuesday in a Corcoran holding pond has been identified as 2-year-old Charlie J. Vollrath, of Loretto, officials said Thursday. Deputies from…

Prince's death puts spotlight on opioid epidemic in Minnesota

State records show 336 deaths last year linked to excessive or abusive use of prescription opioids such as oxycodone, or illicit ones such as heroin. That is six times higher than the opioid-related deaths in 2000.

Now enough local Target Field workers to avoid busing in out-of-staters

Twins games this weekend will be staged by local hires from new pool of applicants.

U of Minnesota bumps Drum Corps show from TCF Bank Stadium again

Drum Corps International organizers, told they would have to move the July 16 event because of a private football camp run by Gophers coach Tracy Claeys, are crying foul.