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Rochester kicks off its renovation of a beloved local theater

The historic Chateau will be restored as a theater and arts space as part of Rochester’s ambitious Destination Medical Center development project. A late 2017 reopening is planned.

– With a flourish that included a mayoral proclamation, city officials here officially launched their renovation of the city’s historic Chateau Theatre on…

St. Paul man shot, killed by police, officer who fired identified

St. Paul police at the shooting scene, in the 2100 block of Minnehaha Avenue E., on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said Eugene Francis Smith was fatally shot by officer Joshua Raichert, a 10-year veteran.

Up, up and away: Prior Lake students launch balloons into near-space

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Eighth graders at Hidden Oaks Middle School launched two high-altitude balloons into near-space to collect data and take photos.

Robbinsdale teachers to hand out 40,000 books

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The books are provided by First book, a nonprofit that gives books to low-income children.

Plain language center says it's winning war on gobbledygook

The Minnesota Department of Revenue made a triumphant announcement the other day, and it wasn't about arresting someone for tax evasion.Its publicity campaign for taxpayers…

Smaller family resorts becoming a threatened species

Loss of summer tradition is lamented, even as one young family bucks trend.

Three cases of rare bacterial disease detected in Twin Cities wildlife

Tularemia is most commonly found in cats or rabbits, but can be transmitted to humans.

1 hurt, 1 arrested after coffee tossed at St. Paul Salvation Army center

The coffee-tossing came after an argument between two men waiting in line..

St. Cloud woman fatally struck on I-94 in Mpls. after exiting vehicle

The 35-year-old exited a passenger vehicle, walked into traffic and was fatally struck, the State Patrol said.

NAACP head Nekima Levy-Pounds to leave St. Thomas law school

She intends to pursue full-time work as an advocate for racial and economic justice.

Minn. Dept. of Health: No cause for concern after anthrax detection

An initial positive test was followed by negative ones, said Dr. Ruth Lynfield. The bacteria can occur naturally.

Grandmother shot, killed was a North Side force for kindness + Photo Gallery

Family struggled to make sense of the loss of Birdell Beeks, who was driving with her grandchild. "I lost my second mom," a nephew said.

Twin Cities Memorial Day events 2016

MONDAY EVENTSAnoka: 10 a.m. program at Veterans Memorial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Speaker Lyle Bradley. Music by North Suburban Concert Bank.Apple Valley: 11 a.m. ceremony…

Prosecutors drop charges in teen kidnapping

Prosecutors in St. Paul are dropping kidnapping and sexual assault charges against a man accused of chaining up a teen in his basement for days because the alleged victim doesn't want to cooperate with them.

Anti-Islam speech draws protesters

Scores of protesters stood in the rain outside a St. Cloud church to denounce a speech by a critic of Islam.

Tornado hits eastern Wisconsin village, no injuries

An eastern Wisconsin village is picking up the pieces after a tornado struck its downtown.

Officer, bystander shot trying to stop robbery suspect in Appleton, Wis.

Police in Appleton say a robbery suspect shot a female officer and another man during a struggle before killing himself.

Huge transport plane waiting for cargo in La Crosse

One of the world's largest airplanes is sitting on the tarmac in La Crosse waiting for a giant load of cargo.

Hebrew program at St. Louis Park High honors city's heritage

Community passion fueled the course, one of six worldwide.