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Twin Cities east metro twists back spigot on water use

Receding lake levels on White Bear Lake at West Park Memorial Beach in 2013. A lawsuit accusing water-thirsty suburban sprawl of contributing to the draining of White Bear Lake is a factor in a new sense of urgency to east-metro cities' action on water.

Cities fear another case like White Bear Lake.

'We belong to the river': Images of the Dakota Pipeline protesters

Rain Swan,13, is Crow/Lakota and dances to the drumming of Iron Bull, a group from the Standing Rock Reservation. I am "trying to save the kids who are coming into this world so they can have clean water," she said.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and hundreds of others are protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for millions.

Lawsuit seeks rent refunds, receivership to manage Stephen Frenz's apartments

Stephen Frenz, shown in 2013

It's the second round of legal trouble for one of the landlords.

In an era of hyperbole, Paul Bunyan is as big as ever, especially in Minnesota

He's huge in Minnesota. Huge. In Bemidji, he towers like Colossus over the lake. In Brainerd, he sits in a building that barely contains him. In Akeley, he holds people in the palm of his massive hand. But why does Paul Bunyan generate such fascination?

30,000 opioid deactivation pouches being distributed in state

30,000 drug deactivation pouches being distributed for in-house disposal of prescription opioids.

Fargo mother turns sex-assault case against son into national campaign

She says schools are creating a new class of victims; one was her son.

Student activists push toward rights for sex assault survivors

At Gustavus, students demanded change in handling of sex assaults.


Tevlin: Abdi Warsame is a voice for Islam, for Somalia, and for hope
Jon Tevlin

  With the U.S. State Department as his sponsor, Abdi Warsame had just spent several days traveling around Morocco, talking to other Muslims about the…

Bloomington School District reaches agreement with teachers union
Class Act

The Bloomington Federation of Teachers and Bloomington school district come to an agreement on labor contract.


State briefs: Red Lake Reservation gets funds to fight opioid epidemic

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa will battle a rural opioid epidemic with the help of almost $13 million in funding from the U.S. Department…


Metro briefs: Two suburbs make list of 'best places to live' in U.S.

Eden Prairie and Woodbury are the only Minnesota cities to make an annual list of top cities in the country. The two suburbs are among…


Anoka worked hard to secure Halloween stamp unveiling

Halloween Capital of the World to be site of holiday stamp event Thursday.


Twin Cities not dried out, as Hwy. 169 flooding shows, but brighter week is a

Minnesota remained awash in water Saturday in the wake of last week’s heavy rains, with lakes and rivers brimming and roads still closed in some…


Thousands of cremains languish at Minnesota funeral homes

It's a problem well known to funeral directors, but one that's adding up across the state.


Crackdowns by colleges on sex assaults also are raising questions about fairness

As schools crack down on campus assaults, lawsuits ask: Where are rights of the accused?


Twin Cities businesses ask why professionals of color leave

Sixty percent of those who took part in recent focus groups said they plan to leave the state in the next three to five years.


Minnesota gets ready for global sports spotlight with first Ryder Cup

With 250,000 spectators over the six-day event, the operation is the biggest in golf.


Campus sexual assault: Standing up for the wrongly accused

Sherry Warner Seefeld's son was found to be innocent after being accused of sexual assault. The woman who accused her son was charged with lying to police. It took more than a year before before his school, the University of North Dakota, agreed to let him back on campus.


Tevlin: Abdi Warsame is a voice for Islam, for Somalia, and for hope

  With the U.S. State Department as his sponsor, Abdi Warsame had just spent several days traveling around Morocco, talking to other Muslims about the…