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Citing victims’ wishes, cost, agencies aren’t rushing to test old rape kits

Minnesota's approach contrasts sharply with states such as Ohio, whose attorney general pushed to ship all old rape kits for analysis. More than 500 defendants have been indicted as a result.

Final ruling on Mpls. minimum wage could have far-reaching effect

State Supreme Court ruling on Mpls. issue could open door to other campaigns.

Cottage Grove rezones land for new middle school

Plan for new Oltman Middle School is "great for the kids."

Firetruck driver who crashed in Blaine, killing 2, faces felony charges

One man dead in officer-involved shooting in Eagan

Three police officers are on administrative leave after the shooting.

IDs revealed of 2 on Utah-bound firetruck that died in crash on 35W

Nine people were in the vehicle and many had serious injuries, according to the State Patrol.

Marine mechanic falls off new boat in W. Minn. with no life jacket, dies

The victim had taken the boat out for testing on the Alexandria lake.


Twin Cities man loses iPad, gains $520 in 'movie money'

What happened to Anthony Darst was a sorry mix of robbery and fraud. Someone ran off with his iPad, and left him holding an envelope…

Tevlin: Metro Transit case weakens government transparency
Jon Tevlin

It is somehow symbolic that the only person who will be able to “see” video from a public Metropolitan Transit bus actually can’t see. We…


Vikings fans fill new stadium, help work out the kinks

First preseason game in new stadium sold a record number of tickets.


Elderly woman missing from Ramsey

Anoka County Sheriff's Office seeks information.


Minneapolis park and rec has new director of Recreation Division

The parks system in Minneapolis has selected a new chief of its Recreation Division.Tyrize Cox, an administrator in the St. Paul School District, takes over…


The Drive: Drivers ask about MnPass markings and fees

My Aug. 17 story about the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the State Patrol joining forces to crack down on motorists using the MnPass lanes…


State Fair attendance

Friday's State Fair attendance set a second-day record, with 141,023 people flocking to the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, many for the "Unite in Purple" celebration…


Man killed in Dinkytown stabbing is ID'd

Authorities on Sunday identified the man who was stabbed to death last week in the Dinkytown business district on the edge of the University of…


ID'd: Motorist killed by teen driver who crossed centerline in central Minnesota

The crash happened about 12:50 a.m. about 9 miles west of Onamia, authorities said.


U.S. Bank Stadium fan reviews: Big, bold and bright

U.S. Bank Stadium opened its doors for Vikings fans before the team's inaugural game in the new facility.


Minneapolis crime spotters find a hungry audience online

Facebook pages like North Vent draw thousands, but critics call them one-sided.


2015: At Mpls. park, a few hundred people bare their chests for annual Go Topless event

Annual "Go Topless Day" event drew crowd of several hundred to downtown Gold Medal Park.