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Bernhardson defeats Bransford in unusual election for Hennepin County chief judge

Bernhardson was the presumptive winner until Bransford jumped in to challenge her.

Oil pipeline beneath St. Croix River increases flow, worrying environmentalists

Enbridge is getting ready to boost pumping capacity in lines that run under headwaters of the federally protected St. Croix River.

Crosswalk safety focus of 'Stop for Me' event Tuesday in St. Paul

The Drive

It's been a tough year for pedestrians and bicyclists in St. Paul. Already, 57 have been hit this year and those collisions have resulted in 39 serious injuries, and one death.

Levy-Pounds joins teacher tenure fight

Class Act

Minneapolis NAACP president to serve as co-counsel in case challenging state tenure and dismissal laws.

St. Paul police investigate bus stop assault of 5-year-old

Police say the girl was discovered bleeding from the nose and mouth.

Minneapolis aiming to top projections for organics pickup

The city is launching a major advertising campaign to get more residents to sign up for the new curbside service.

Prince's death puts spotlight on Jehovah's Witnesses

Prince's death has put an unprecedented spotlight on his Jehovah's Witnesses church in suburban Minneapolis, as well as the Jehovah's Witness faith nationally.

1 of 2 girls charged in Slender Man stabbing appeals bond

One of the two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to appease a fictional horror character called Slender Man is appealing a judge's decision that keeps her in a secure facility.

State AG seeks loan forgiveness for students of failed Anthem College

The for-profit college, accused of inflated claims, went bankrupt.

Life sentence for South St. Paul man who fatally stabbed woman

The defendant claimed self-defense but was still convicted.

Cretin Avenue bridge over I-94 will close Thursday

Drivers in St. Paul will have one less way to get across Interstate 94 when Cretin Avenue bridge closes on Thursday.

St. Cloud female tennis players sue university

Some members of the St. Cloud State University women's tennis team are suing the school, alleging it has offered more athletic opportunities for men.

Correction: Juvenile Center-Abuse Inquiries story

In a story May 2 about reports of the maltreatment of boys held at the Mesabi Academy correctional facility in Buhl, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Minnesota Department of Corrections houses and treats boys at the facility. The department licenses the facility, but it is run by a company, KidsPeace.

State Troopers help deliver two babies on the side of the road

Minnesota State Troopers have the job to protect and serve, and over the weekend two troopers did just that as they helped deliver two babies on the side of the road.

Patrol IDs driver killed in wrong way crash on I-394

The driver he hit is at HCMC and is expected to survive.

Tests show child with Elizabethkingia has different strain

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin says lab tests show that a child diagnosed with Elizabethkingia (ee-LIZ'-ah-beth-KING'-ee-ah) is not connected to the strain that has caused an outbreak of the bloodstream infection in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee manufacturer's owners give company to employees

The owners of a Milwaukee-based paper machine manufacturer have delighted their employees by handing them the keys to the 65-year-old company.

Guilty plea in hit-and-run crash that left victim in a coma

A driver accused in a hit-and-run crash in St. Paul that put a woman in a coma has pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

St. Thomas student faces long suspension but no charges in sex assault

He calls St. Thomas inquiry and suspension "rigged."