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Nikko the snow monkey dies at age 34 at Minnesota Zoo

“Nikko” celebrates 29th birthday this month by opening up his gift at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, MN. Nikko is the oldest snow monkey in North America. September 27, 2012. ] JOELKOYAMA•joel.koyama@startribune.com

"It is never easy to lose an animal that you have worked with for so many years," said a zoo worker.

Police raid Brooklyn Center hotel in search for suspect in overdoses

K2, a synthetic marijuana.

The suspect is blamed for dozens of overdoses across Minneapolis earlier this month.

Minnesota Somalis shaken by bombing in Mogadishu

Representative Ilhan Omar and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges listened to speakers talk about the terror attack in Somalia at the Brian Coyle Center.

But many in North America's largest Somali community said the attack would not chill local efforts to help homeland.

Burnsville teen died of natural causes, not alcohol, visiting NDSU

Devin Delaney, a 17-year-old Burnsville High School student, died of a medical condition with his heart during a weekend visit to friends at NDSU.

Dayton signs agreement for 'reinsurance' program

The program will lower individual market premiums for 2018.

Charge: Faribault man raised $22,000 off fake cancer claim

Felony charge says he swindled donors out of more than $22,000.

Workers can't be fired for refusing to share tips, state court rules

Todd Burt worked as a bartender at Bunny's in St. Louis Park. and was told that he needed to give more of his tips to table bussers, and there "would be consequences if that did not happen."

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Road work could tangle traffic on Rockford Road in Plymouth
The Drive

A short-term maintenance project will make it more difficult for drivers on Rockford Road in Plymouth.

University of Minnesota's hunt for leaker was a $74K red herring

In May, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota learned that another high-ranking athletic department employee had been placed on leave for misconduct. This was supposed to stay secret.

The Lantern Light Festival has combined intricate design and thousands of lights to create a wonderland of color and light at Canterbury Park in Shakopee throughout October.

Shakopee's Chinese lantern festival lights up the night

South metro news briefs: Burnsville moves up start of City Council meetings an hour
South metro police blotter, Oct. 15
Burnsville teen died of natural causes, not alcohol, visiting NDSU

Brenda Higgins, owner of HealthSource Chiropractic in Hopkins, poses with “Lux,” a skeleton aimed at attracting a little lighthearted attention to her business among everyday shoppers on Mainstreet.

Hopkins project adds novelty to Mainstreet storefronts

Charge of 'political indoctrination' heats up Edina school board race
West metro news briefs: Minnehaha Creek Watershed board approves $9.7 million levy
Services set for driver killed in Wright County

Chad Rygwall loved flying his single-engine Cessna, family members said.

Princeton couple were in plane that crashed near Ramsey in river

North/East metro police blotter, Oct. 15
Colman O'Connell, Catholic nun who led St. Ben's as its last monastic president, dies at 90
Police raid Brooklyn Center hotel in search for suspect in overdoses

Ali Adsit, adopted by Ted and Carmen Trampe of North St. Paul when she was a baby, was pictured on the front page of a Stillwater newspaper at age 2. Now she is 41 and serves on the board of the EVOLVE adoption agency.

Baby who survived Guatemala earthquake now embraces motherhood in White Bear Lake

North/East metro police blotter, Oct. 15
Farms and factories fade in burgeoning metro cities
Explore how land use has changed in the Twin Cities metro area

Fourth Ward Minneapolis City Council candidates, from left, Phillipe Cunningham, Stephanie Gasca, Dana Hansen and Barbara Johnson lined up for an Oct. 3 debate at the Mastery School in Minneapolis.

In north Minneapolis' Fourth Ward, City Council candidates challenge a dynasty

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds' run born in Fourth Precinct protest
Mpls. lieutenant sues mayor, citing texts calling him racist
One dead, two injured when attempting to move Beltrami County home

Swede Hollow 1850s-1950s
The tiny house that might have been moved from Swede Hollow to 656 Bush Av. in St. Paul can be seen beyond the larger structure on the right. East Side carpenter Cliff Carey believes it might be Swede Hollow’s last intact building.

St. Paul carpenter believes tiny house is a Swede Hollow survivor

Philando Castile fundraising campaign clears St. Paul school lunch debts
St. Paul fire chief disciplined for 'intimidation,' retaliating against subordinate
Explore how land use has changed in the Twin Cities metro area

SUV driver killed in northwestern Minnesota crash; 3 others seriously hurt

A two-vehicle crash in northwestern Minnesota killed an SUV driver and injured three people from out of state in a car, authorities said. The collision…

One dead, two injured when attempting to move Beltrami County home

A northern Minnesota man was killed Sunday when a small home he was helping to move onto a foundation fell from its supports, trapping him…

St. Paul man charged with murder in shooting at Seven Corners

A St. Paul man was arrested and charged this week in the Aug. 31 shooting death of a man in the Seven Corners area of…

Montevideo auto shop owner mistakenly hits the gas, fatally pins worker

An auto shop owner mistakenly hit the gas pedal of a pickup truck that was in for brake repairs, and the vehicle fatally pinned a…

Services set for driver killed in Wright County

Services are scheduled this week for a pickup truck driver who died after striking a semitrailer truck as the big rig was backing out of…

St. Cloud woman admits bludgeoning her father to death with ax-like tool

A woman from central Minnesota faces as much as 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally bludgeoning her father in the head with…

Weinstein's bad money put to good use by Minn. charity

For Sen. Al Franken, donations from the recently disgraced Hollywood producer were a political liability. For the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, where Franken's campaign redirected the money, that means hot food and warm socks for women in need in Minneapolis.

Glossy new Target Center unveiled after multiyear renovation

Target Center's $140 million renovation gives a new-look team a new-look arena.

Twin Cities chiropractor convicted of $3M scheme to cheat insurance providers

Two co-defendants also were convicted in first of several such federal trials.

Record-breaking 9,000 bikes donated to Minn. nonprofit in 4 hours

The response shattered goal of Free Bikes 4 Kidz, which is getting ready for its holiday distribution.