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Tevlin: Dog is still missing, but compassion finds homeless man

Jon Tevlin

He was a homeless senior citizen with a dust mop of a dog, sharing his hopelessness with two drug abusers in a Bloomington motel. Before…

Gallery: Opening day at Historic Fort Snelling

Opening day at Fort Snelling

Up, up and away: Prior Lake students launch balloons into near-space

Class Act

Eighth graders at Hidden Oaks Middle School launched two high-altitude balloons into near-space to collect data and take photos.

Robbinsdale teachers to hand out 40,000 books

Class Act

The books are provided by First book, a nonprofit that gives books to low-income children.

Burnsville to be latest high school offering on-site credit union

From Eden Prairie to St. Paul, eight high schools now have an on-site credit union.

Two Minnesotans at war, both teens, were witnesses to history

Two Minnesota teens — separated in life by 60 years, nearly to the day — pulled on military uniforms and soon witnessed two of the…

1 hurt, 1 arrested after coffee tossed at St. Paul Salvation Army center

The coffee-tossing came after an argument between two men waiting in line.

When Minnesota Zoo animals get older, there is no nursing home + Photo Gallery + Video

End-of-life planning is part of the routine at the 40-year-old zoo in Apple Valley, where in the past year, 177 animals died, from old age and other causes.

St. Cloud woman fatally struck on I-94 in Mpls. after exiting vehicle

The 35-year-old exited a passenger vehicle, walked into traffic and was fatally struck, the State Patrol said.

Navy sailor laid to rest in Minnesota 72 years after death

A Navy sailor who died on the beaches of Normandy during World War II nearly 72 years ago has been laid to rest in Willmar.

90-year-old Monroe man killed in ATV accident

Authorities say a 90-year-old Monroe man was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident on private property north of Newton Lake.

Milwaukee police searching for suspects in 2 shootings

Police in Milwaukee are investigating a couple of shootings that resulted in non-life threatening injuries.

Police: Man dies after reported fight in Alexandria park

Police in Alexandria say a 31-year-old Glenwood man died after a reported fight in a park.

Woman struck and killed on interstate after exiting vehicle

Authorities say a St. Cloud woman was killed after walking into traffic on an interstate highway in Minneapolis.

Risk to Wisconsin unemployment fund seen as still high

Wisconsin employers vastly overpaid for unemployment-related costs during the Great Recession because the state wasn't adequately prepared. And when the next big downturn comes, the state could face the same problem all over again.

Veterans see tax break as way to make Minnesota competitive

Two days after the Minnesota legislative session ended in chaos, Bob Dettmer sat silently as a small group of military veterans in the State Office Building gave him a round of applause.

4 killed, 4 injured in Walworth County crash

Authorities say four people were killed and four others were injured when a fully loaded semi-truck hit a pickup truck and SUV in Walworth County.

Metro briefs: Coffee shop to add to bustle at St. Paul's Union Depot

Java Express plans to open a shop at Union Depot, making it the latest addition at the downtown St. Paul rail station that’s long on…

Minn. Dept. of Health: No cause for concern after anthrax detection

An initial positive test was followed by negative ones, said Dr. Ruth Lynfield. The bacteria can occur naturally.