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Bicyclist fatally hit in Mpls. was U researcher, avid runner, volunteer

Jillian Friedrich

She was on her way to a homeless shelter where she was a volunteer.

Vintage farm truck survives 76 years, then is totaled by drunken driver

John Beise's vintage truck was parked next to his house when a drunk driver wrecked it.

Suspected drunken driver totals Mound man's vintage Chevy.

Guilty plea by driver of Mich. firetruck that crashed on 35W, killing 2 firefighters

Crews worked at Interstate 35W and 95th Avenue in Blaine after a crash that killed two people and injured several others.

The Upper Peninsula man admitted to being short on sleep and nodding off before losing control of his rig.

2 months after dogs shot, Mpls. police recruits get dangerous dogs training

"Rottweilers are huge babies. They look ferocious, but ... they are just teddy bears."

Judge orders prison for Twin Cities exec who stole product plans from medical-device maker Lutonix

The one-year term was shorter than prosecutors sought for Christopher Barry, convicted of taking secrets from Lutonix to a start-up firm.

Dangerous toxic algae levels put Edina lake off limits to people, pets

A similar declaration by city and watershed officials was made in September.

Hennepin County's latest service offering is … a pay phone?

They've all but disappeared, but county finds demand.


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Tevlin: North Side's Tooties is almost back from brink
Jon Tevlin

The basement fire started by a burglar has closed the neighborhood joint for 40 days and counting.

Only network TV show being filmed in Minn. won't be renewed
Artcetera

ABC cited low ratings for not renewing the docudrama.


Monks sat with one another as they took a break from the heat of the day at the Watt Munisotaram last Saturday.

Dakota County Buddhist temple draws thousands for inauguration of pond

Downtown bike cops nab shooting suspect during Sunday's wee hours
Minnesota Zoo envisions itself as a gateway to state parks
South metro news briefs: Dakota County land conservation program seeks applicants

A pre-1920s shot of Block 27, seen looking south on Chestnut from the city’s former City Hall.

Chaska considers a pedestrian-friendly vision for downtown block

Minnesota company sells camera that police can put on gun
West metro news briefs: Construction to begin on senior housing project in Excelsior
Dangerous toxic algae levels put Edina lake off limits to people, pets

An artist’s rendering of Town Center at the future Rice Creek Commons development.

Hiccups are weighing on Arden Hills' Rice Creek Commons project

North/East metro news briefs: New Brighton survey voices strong support for police body cameras
North/East metro police blotter, Aug. 20
Guilty plea by driver of Mich. firetruck that crashed on 35W, killing 2 firefighters

Pa Houa Lee, center, and Igor Vainshtein, right, did computerized job searches at a development center in North St. Paul.

St. Paul questions partnership with Ramsey County to help job seekers

Hiccups are weighing on Arden Hills' Rice Creek Commons project
North/East metro news briefs: New Brighton survey voices strong support for police body cameras
Armed man shot by south metro Verizon store clerk was on probation for theft

Grammy-winning musician John Legend watched as Tanyla controlled a robotic Minion through an iPad at one of the sta. See video of the event at startribune.com/video.

John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

Tevlin: North Side's Tooties is almost back from brink
Dastardly Minneapolis murder-for-hire became legendary
2 months after dogs shot, Mpls. police recruits get dangerous dogs training

Pa Houa Lee, center, and Igor Vainshtein, right, did computerized job searches at a development center in North St. Paul.

St. Paul questions partnership with Ramsey County to help job seekers

Midway Shopping Center deal clears way for St. Paul soccer stadium
St. Paul leaders consider stricter skyway security and use rules
Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth the wait, and the hype

Solar eclipse peaks through clouds over Minneapolis

Though clouds quickly moved to cover the peak of the eclipse, lucky Minnesota sky-watchers were able to glimpse the solar phenomena.


Expert tips to make the most of your Minnesota State Fair adventures

It’s here! Well, almost. Starting Thursday, Minnesota’s biggest party begins its 12-day run. Every year, about 2 million people attend the State Fair, the largest…


DNR: Boy, 9, was illegally operating utility vehicle when killed

A 9-year-old boy operating a recreational utility vehicle crashed it on western Minnesota farmland and was killed, authorities said. The rollover late Thursday afternoon in…


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Stuck in the metro? Best practices for viewing the solar eclipse

If you have a colander, a cheese grater — even a cracker with holes in it — you likely already have what's needed to safely view next week's solar eclipse.


New 3rd Street lane could speed exit for Vikings fans

It will be a "contraflow" lane, which allows traffic to go the opposite direction on otherwise one-way streets.


Motorcyclist, 65, dies in crash in NW. Minnesota

The rider was not wearing a helmet, according to the State Patrol.


Como Conservatory festival celebrates ancient Japanese tradition

The Como Park Conservatory came alive with Japanese culture Sunday at its Obon Festival.


John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

He showed up at Big Brothers Big Sisters event to encourage youthful dreams of success.


Downtown bike cops nab shooting suspect during Sunday's wee hours

A Minneapolis police officer on his bike chased a shooting suspect early Sunday and arrested him, department officials said.Officers patrolling downtown just before 2 a.m.…