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Minneapolis nonprofit aims to stop summer skills slide with simple solution: free books

Kevin Terrell, right, and co-founder Pam Longfellow, left, of "Start Reading Now," at his home, Friday, May 19, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Starting June 5, on the eve of summer vacation, Terrells fledging nonprofit "Start Reading Now" will give away 40,000 new books to 4,000 Minneapolis first and second graders. Terrell, a self-confessed public policy wonk and former Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014, said he decided to start the nonprofit when he found research that determined simply giving books to kids for summer reading was more effective than summer school at a fraction of a cost. ] ELIZABETH FLORES • liz.flores@startribune.com

Greater Twin Cities YMCA offers free summer access to teens

The Greater Twin Cities YMCA is offering free summer memberships to high school students, including gyms, pools, weight rooms and fitness classes. Signup starts Thursday.

Walker postpones garden opening after 'Scaffold' protests

A man looked though the fence at "Scaffold" by Sam Durant at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Los Angeles-based artist Sam Durant issued a statement Monday expressing remorse for not reaching out to the Dakota community.

Castile, Yanez families inextricably linked by tragedy

On eve of trial, Yanez and Castile families acknowledge lives altered forever by shooting.

Minn. Historical Society losing its preservation authority

Gov. Mark Dayton has succeeded in stripping the Minnesota Historical Society of its statutory authority as the state's preservation office, thanks to an omnibus bill passed by the House and Senate that awaits his signature.

Boat explodes into flames on Mississippi River; no one injured

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Tevlin: One teenager's poignant struggle to 'get it out'
Jon Tevlin

An eighth-grade English assignment is a heartbreaking view of life coming apart for a 14-year-old girl, and a stark reminder that violent acts have many victims.

Newspaper's secrecy scoop of 1947 resonates today

The headline blared across the front page of the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune. Big enough to stop a president: “U.S. CENSORSHIP PLAN REVEALED.” It was…


A custom pipe system will collect rainwater, store it in a pond and treat it before delivering it to homes for irrigation.

In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater

South metro news briefs: Le Sueur lures away Shakopee's economic development director
South metro police blotter, May 28
Study finds five Dakota County corridors ripe for transit

George Heinen is a regular at Minnehaha Creek in Arden Park in Edina. Plans call for removing a dam and restoring the creek’s curves, eventually eliminating the fishing hole.

Fans of prized Edina fishing hole, Minnehaha Creek rapids fight to save them

In Shakopee, Sioux finding ways to recycle rainwater
West metro briefs: Plymouth to cut ribbon on Northwest Greenway recreation trail
West metro police blotter, May 28

Mohamed Sheikh, a Lyndale Elementary fourth-grader, worked on his dog-paddling skills as teacher Drew Gau assisted.

Hennepin County, YMCA partner on water survival skills for kids

North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater's Historic Courthouse to reopen for 150th anniversary
North/East metro police blotter, May 28
Shooting under investigation in Fridley

Bob Goebel returned to sunlight with a fallen fawn.

City maintenance boss rescues fawn that fell into east metro storm drain

Fine dining keeps expanding in a onetime 'desert' of White Bear Lake
North/East metro news briefs: Stillwater's Historic Courthouse to reopen for 150th anniversary
Boat explodes into flames on Mississippi River; no one injured

Iesha Wiley

Charge: Man fatally shot woman in Mpls. strip mall parking lot after friend told him to do it

Minneapolis City Council asks staff to draft $15 minimum wage ordinance
Walker director expresses regret over sculpture that recalls Mankato hangings
Theodore Wirth construction will close portions of Parkway

Fans entering CHS Field paused to have a metal-detecting wand go over their bodies Saturday.

Even where fun is No. 1, Saints tighten security in wake of Manchester attack

Impact of trial in Castile's death to resonate beyond officer's fate
Man asked about legal status on light rail train to be deported
Castile, Yanez families inextricably linked by tragedy

Family of Jeronimo Yanez speaks for first time since shooting

The family of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, spoke publicly for the first time about their son and the fallout they've faced.


St. Thomas Academy wins London competition for fast, energy-efficient cars

After letdown of 2016, team won "energy-efficiency car" world title in return to London.


Theodore Wirth construction will close portions of Parkway

A new building project means road will be closed for several days starting this Thursday.


Mpls. Schools Supt. Graff urges purchase of two new literacy curricula for grades K-5

Superintendent Ed Graff wants to focus on skills such as phonics, fluency.


Obituary: BCA agent Lee Urness wrote book on hunt for serial killer Cunanan

Lee Urness was destined to follow his father, Douglas County Sheriff Howard Urness, and his grandfather and great-grandfathers before him, into a law enforcement career.With…


Minnesotans reject school bond issues at highest rate in years

"There is just a lot of anti-tax sentiment right now," one school superintendent said.


Even where fun is No. 1, Saints tighten security in wake of Manchester attack

Fans entering CHS Field are now being scanned with metal-detecting wands and are being asked to empty pockets.


Minneapolis climber summits Everest on second try

Mpls. man celebrates Everest climb … once he's safely down


80,000 U.S. service members remain missing in action

Bernie O. Aaberg, an Army private from Minnesota who went missing in the Philippines during World War II, has the distinctions of being, alphabetically, the first member on the U.S. military's list of those missing in action.


Partnership between Mitchell Hamline Law and nonprofit Ujamaa fosters community understanding

School connects law students, Ujamaa Place men in "Listening Project."