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Gov. Dayton orders steps to protect bees, other pollinators

A handful of academic studies have linked neonicotinoids to declines in bee navigation and reproductive abilities.

Gov. Mark Dayton issued new state limits Friday on the use of a controversial class of pesticides that have been implicated in the decline of honeybees and other pollinators.

State Fair, Vikings' first home game pose big traffic hassles

The weekend traffic volume on metro area freeways and highways is likely to be heavier than normal as thousands make their way to the Minnesota State Fair and the Vikings' preseason home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Nine Mile Creek Trail will make for biking fast track to Southdale, airport

New east Edina segment of Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail running just north of W. 70th St., west of Hwy. 100.

The portion of the trail in east Edina is to be done by 2017. The west portion, out for bid shortly, should be finished by 2018.

Restless man is restoring forgotten cemetery near Hastings

Despite upcoming back surgery, Jim Tatro labors among the gravestones at Spring Lake Cemetery, owned by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in Nininger Township.

Neighborhood group unearths hidden history along shores of Vadnais Lake

The group hopes to uncover American Indian and Euro-American artifacts.

Allina Health nurses set open-ended hospital strike that begins on Labor Day

A strike by nurses at five Allina Health hospitals will start at 7 a.m. Labor Day, according to required 10-day notices their union sent to the health system early this morning.

Woman gets 5 years for stealing $1.7M from Brooklyn Park medical supplier

A former accounts payable clerk for the company spent the money on vacations and vehicles as the business struggled through the recession.


State Fair, Vikings' first home game pose big traffic hassles
The Drive

The weekend traffic volume on metro area freeways and highways is likely to be heavier than normal as thousands make their way to the Minnesota State Fair and the Vikings' preseason home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Sept. 8, 1909: Step right up and see the State Fair preemies!
Yesterday's News

The Minnesota State Fair has featured many unusual attractions in its 150-year history: death-defying aerial acts, colliding locomotives, freak shows, live animal births, the Minnesota Iceman and premature babies in incubators. Wait … what? The Minneapolis Morning Tribune was there:


New Brighton elections called off after judge rules city acted improperly

Judge says city improperly switched to even-year elections, wrongly rejected a challenge.


In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paddled a canoe Friday off St. Paul to highlight the Twin Cities' urban park, lauded as a national treasure.


Correction for Aug. 26, 2016

A story on B1 Thursday misidentified the Minnesota Supreme Court justice who wrote a dissenting opinion in a case involving Metro Transit videos. The justice…


Jurors find former Cold Spring brewery controller guilty of fraud

The Sartell man ripped off his employer, family and friends in two separate schemes.


U.S. Bank Stadium doors and Vikings Voyage open as game day gets closer

Fans checked out shiny new digs as Vikings got ready for first game on new field Sunday.


Body of missing Park Rapids boater is recovered from lake after collision

The 78-year-old man disappeared into Fishhook Lake after boats collided.


Minnesotans celebrate Prince with show of purple at the State Fair

"Unite in Purple" features music, dancing and a special pyrotechnic Prince tribute.


Prince superfans snap up Paisley Park tour tickets

Fans expressed delight that they'll be able to see some of their idol's belongings.


Le Sueur man charged in stabbing death of Eden Prairie man, 74

Nathan Foth was arrested on his way to Minnesota from Oregon via bus, police said.


Maple Grove man charged with murder in Dinkytown stabbing

Brandon Bockoven admitted to police that he stabbed the victim twice Thursday evening after they argued about money for auto parts, according to the Hennepin County attorney's office.