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A bit of snow challenges Sunday drivers in Twin Cities

Hwy. 100 in the west metro was one of many slickened by a predawn snow Sunday.

All parts of the metro experienced crashes and spinouts. Sharp temperature drop on the way.

Late-night fire totals paving business in Hugo

A large emergency response was needed for a fire overnight in Hugo.

One firefighter was slightly hurt fighting the blaze.

Police putting workhorse Crown Vics on the road to retirement

Public works mechanic Christopher Decker removed police lights from the back of an old Crown Vic police car that was being stripped and sold at the Royalston Maintenance Facility on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn. At left is the one new Explorers.

In Richfield, Latina leadership is a chance to build bridges among residents

Council and school board members attest to city's growing diversity.

Tevlin: Stadium officials should listen to people who tilt at windmills

Chuck Turchick spoke in opposition to the Vikings stadium in 2012 in front of the Minneapolis City Council.

You can't say Chuck Turchick didn't warn them.

Burnsville photographer wins national recognition for fox photo

Benjamin Olson's photo of a sleepy young fox received the wildlife award this year from Nature's Best Photography.

Standing Rock camp grows ahead of Monday's evacuation deadline

Thousands of veterans join those already opposing oil pipeline; law enforcement hopes protest remains peaceful.


Hennepin Co. attorney: Grand juries in officer-involved shootings 'a mistake'
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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his biggest regret as the county's top prosecutor was using grand juries to investigate the shootings of civilians by police, admitting that the process lacked transparency.

Creepy but legal: 'Voter shaming' letters showed up in Minnetonka mailbox

The letter arrived at the Guetschow house before Election Day.It included the names and addresses of three of their neighbors in Minnetonka, and a chart…


Excessive solitary confinement scars Minnesota prison inmates

Prisoners are punished with long periods of isolation, often for minor offenses, that can cause lasting mental health problems. Other states are moving to limit the practice.


Four-part series overview: Minnesota's reliance on solitary confinement

State prisons punish inmates with solitary confinement for weeks, months, or years, often for minor offenses, even as other states move away from it.


150 ER visits in a year? New MN program flags high-use patients

The program has quietly become a powerful tool to control waste in the multibillion-dollar Medical Assistance program while improving patient care -- and saving taxpayers at least $7 million a year in unnecessary medical costs.


State briefs: Waseca sets a state record for annual precipitation

It’s been one soggy year in Waseca. So wet, in fact, that the 0.34 inches of rain that fell in the southern Minnesota city last…


Metro briefs: Fort Snelling event Sunday marks Dred and Harriet Scott Day

Historic Fort Snelling will honor Dred and Harriet Scott with a free program from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Dred Scott, a slave who…


Son's heart still aches for the dad he lost at Pearl Harbor

Sheldon Sampson has taken his mother and son to the Pearl Harbor memorial. He’s studied the Japanese sneak attack that drew the United States into…


Are hate crimes on rise in MN? Without data, police make it a guessing game

Issue has taken on urgency after election, but many agencies fail to file annual reports with BCA.


Hennepin Co. attorney: Grand juries in officer-involved shootings 'a mistake'

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his biggest regret as the county's top prosecutor was using grand juries to investigate the shootings of civilians by police, admitting that the process lacked transparency.


Do public services cost more in Minneapolis or St. Paul?

The two cities are finalizing their 2017 budgets, but city taxes comprise a small share of a homeowners total obligation for services.


Duluth's ship canal lighthouses dubbed historic by National Register

Two of Duluth's signature lighthouses have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the latest landmarks to join city staples such as the Aerial Lift Bridge, Armory and Union Depot in earning the distinction.