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Tenants win back rent, more time at affordable Minneapolis apartment building

Eric Dabdee, a tenant of three years, stands on the back balcony of the Park Laurel apartments. Dabdee says that the buildings are not secure at all, and has seen homeless people squatting in the laundry room and empty apartments.

New owners of tattered Park Laurel apartments tell residents that they can stay until Nov. 30, rent-free.

Are zoos still relevant? Minnesota Zoo exec takes on the question

In a talk Wednesday evening in St. Paul, the Minnesota Zoo's Kevin Willis explained that a 2015 incident involving a grizzly bear wasn’t as extreme as it appeared. Even so, stories like that can raise questions about the role of zoos.

At a talk, Kevin Willis, Minnesota Zoo's vice president for biological programs, made the case that there are plenty of reasons for zoos to exist and for animals to live in them.

Proposed casino project stirs emotions in Otter Tail County

The 270-acre complex is proposed for the shore of Star Lake, home to sensitive wildlife breeding grounds, cabins in families for generations and a private hunting club used by some of Minnesota's oldest-money families.

Minneapolis Public Schools referendum campaign quiet so far

The campaign said it will be ramping up efforts to raise awareness of the referendum soon.

Target shifts its giving strategy, promotes the power of play

Retailer pours money and sweat into playgrounds, other projects.

KFAN host, singer Chris Hawkey among 20 who contracted Legionnaire's

Ailment knocked Chris Hawkey off the job for nearly a week.

Vikings sign deal to import hot dogs from Wisconsin

Schweigert will be in the bun this season and next at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Housing board grants rent relief to tenants on extended absences

MPHA cites burden of keeping track of makeup payments for tenants who left the country for 30-90-day trips

Five Minnesota schools named Blue Ribbon schools
Class Act

U.S. Department of Education announces Blue Ribbon honor for Minnesota schools.

Sweeping changes put the Mississippi River at risk

It is North America's greatest river. But in Minnesota, home to its headwaters, changes in the landscape are putting water quality at risk. Inside the race to protect the Mississippi.

Obituary: Janice Johnson pursued social justice. green gardening to the very end

At the end, when she decided it was time to forgo more cancer treatments, Janice Johnson stayed true to the upbeat, generous and inclusive values…

State, students are surprised as beauty school Regency closes

Regency Beauty Institute, with headquarters in St. Louis Park, has shuttered all of its 79 beauty schools, including several in Minnesota, without warning.

In Falcon Heights, a discussion on community policing

About 100 people came together in Falcon Heights to sort out the options.

Accomplice in Rucki daughters disappearance case found guilty

Dede Evavold of St. Cloud faces sentencing Nov. 10 in parental rights case.

Man hit, killed by train in Big Lake had just left work at nearby McDonald's

The victim was hit early Wednesday evening where the tracks cross Lake Street.

Regency students collect their belongings from closed school

Regency Beauty Institute students hugged and cried as they picked up their personal items at the Burnsville location. The school is closing all 79 of its schools nationwide, including several in the Twin Cities

Jury convicts Minneapolis man for killing his wife and her 15-year-old daughter

Gonzalo Galvan will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Science Museum of Minnesota's triceratops has a new resting place

The beloved exhibit was moved to make way for the museum's new "Sportsology" exhibit, opening in January.

Housing board grants rent relief to tenants on extended absences

MPHA cites burden of keeping track of makeup payments for tenants who left the country for 30-90-day trips