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4-H science challenge cultivates young agricultural leaders

The Anoka County 4-H’ers, Madison Arndt, 16, left; AnnElise Brostrom, 16; Caleb Brostrom, 13, and coach Theresa Brostrom, relaxed after giving their presentation on using animal fat to kill buckthorn.

Contest encourages kids to find real-world agriculture solutions.

Minnesota steps up drunken-boating patrols ahead of July 4th

Officers from the Hennepin County Sheriffís Office and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources prepared Friday to launch extra boats this weekend (June 24-26) on Lake Minnetonka, enforcing any drunken boating.

Extra enforcement is planned as July 4th weekend approaches.

Proposal to cut Jordan's 'Cops in Schools' stirs safety debate

Jordan police officer Shane Schultz visited Jordan Elementary school in 2013 before the “Cops In Schools” program was started.

The possible termination of Jordan's "Cops In Schools" program, which received national media attention after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, has left the west metro city debating how to protect young students.

'Mr Wonderful' was quiet giant on state's art scene

Twin Cities nurses' union asks regulators to investigate allegations of poor care during strike

Union says replacement nurses have affected care; Allina says claims so far are without merit.

Man gets more than 13 years for death of Danielle Jelinek

Aaron Schnagl claimed at his sentencing Friday morning that he didn't receive a fair trial.

Weekend events on top of usual road closures will compound weekend traffic

Class Act
Como Park High's SRO is state's top cop

Toy Vixayvong was named "police officer of the year" for 2016 on strength of previous undercover work.

The Drive
Weekend traffic alert: Pride parade and a Hwy. 100 shutdown

This weekend serves up two big celebrations — the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival in Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in St. Paul's Lowertown — so expect extra traffic on roads leading into both downtowns. The celebrations will likely draw lots of out-of-towners who may not know the landscape.

Gay Minnesota Muslims seek community in Orlando's aftermath

As they experience Islamophobia and homophobia, they are banding together to create a community of their own.

Case of Hennepin Avenue pedestrian death will test new Minnesota law

Reckless driving was a misdemeanor until 2015, when the Legislature made it a gross misdemeanor in circumstances that result in great bodily harm.

Three charged in fatal shooting outside St. Paul auto parts shop

Three defendants were charged with second-degree murder after a shooting outside of a St. Paul auto body shop in June.

Ex-student pleads guilty to assaulting Minneapolis school principal

The school leader suffered a concussion and head trauma from the attack.

Scott County to pilot its first drug court program

The County Board voted to allocate $900,000 for an alternative response to drug-related arrests and incarceration.

Statewide effort boosts sex trafficking prosecutions

More than 1,700 officers in 33 cities have been trained in the effort.

LGBT Minnesota Muslims caught at cultural crossroads

In the wake of the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, queer Muslims feel intensified pressure on multiple facets of their identities.

Judge will weigh arguments in dispute over Stillwater bond referendum

Parent says district misled voters in 2015, but district says vote to close schools was a separate action.

In the books: St. Paul police chief's first day on the job

We were with St. Paul's newest police chief Todd Axtell's first day wearing badge number one.

Young people get a fighting chance at Minneapolis boxing gym

The Circle of Discipline isn't just a boxing gym. It serves as playground, school and even family for Minneapolis youths.