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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.

Minnesota's invisible caregivers are a growing army of children

Mark Robinson helped his mother Andrea get dressed. It's just one of the 9-year-old boy's many responsibilities.

Each day, thousands of Minnesota children, some as young as 8 or 9, serve as unpaid caregivers for family members who are too sick or frail to care for themselves.

New Age religion Eckankar makes its home in Chanhassen

The international New Age faith has quietly made its headquarters in Chanhassen for 36 years.

Taking a cue from Paris, love locks onto Hastings bridge

Young friends and couples are latching on to the European trend.

Tired of waiting at busiest stoplights? Someone's gauging your pain

Inventory of major roads with stoppages is meant to create priorities for future spending as money becomes available.

Attorneys and advisers who Prince avoided in life now oversee his estate

He had no will, so attorneys — a profession the star distrusted — are in charge.

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.

A dad, a son, and an incurable disease

Sometimes, late at night, long after his parents have drifted off to sleep, Kieran White stares out his bedroom window and agonizes about the future.…

Her dad hobbled, her stepmother working, teen becomes a surrogate mom

It was minutes before the high school graduation ceremony, and Tom Terwey limped slowly into the Minneapolis Convention Center, leaning on a cane as sweat…

13-year-old forced to grow up fast after father gets ALS

Kieran White helps his father bathe, exercise and does many of the household chores.

Mark Robinson is a primary caregiver at age 9

Each day, 9-year-old Mark Robinson helps his mother dress, cook, clean the house and prepares his three little brothers for school.

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.

Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights open new libraries

Modernizing the facilities was the aim at both sites.

Case of Hennepin Avenue pedestrian death will test new state law

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

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.

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

The City Council scales back the program, which received national media attention after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, amid debate over police vs. resource officers.

Obituary: 'Mr Wonderful' Byron Bradley was quiet giant on state's art scene

An authoritative account of Grand Marais’ rise as a North Shore artist colony mentions the flamboyant Birney Quick about three times as much as his…