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New Age religion Eckankar makes its home in Chanhassen

Members remained in their seat for meditation to chant the sacred sound "Hu" in Chanhassen. The blue star is a powerful symbol that appears in dreams for Eckists.

The religion's tenets — soul travel, reincarnation and the significance of dreams — might seem odd or otherworldly. But the campus has quietly become part of Chanhassen's fabric.

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

Traffic is slowed frequently on Hwy. 65 (Central Ave.) in Fridley, billed as a highway aimed at long-distance travel and with a 50 miles-per-hour speed limit but in places as thick with stoplights as any urban arterial.

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

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.

Met Council pushes to preserve mobile home parks as affordable suburban housing

Two Minnesota campers injured when falling tree hits tent

Two sleeping campers were transported to International Falls to treat nonfatal injuries.

One dead, one injured in motorcycle crash in western Wisconsin

Alcohol use is suspected in the crash, which killed a woman from Prescott, Wis., and injured a Hastings man.

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.

Jon Tevlin
Tevlin: Terrifying tale makes case for background checks

Danny Ray Fuston was a low-level criminal just out of an Oklahoma prison and looking to start a new life in Minnesota. Through a temporary…

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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.

Heat index soars as severe storms likely this afternoon

Heavy rainfall, hail and high winds are likely, the Weather Service cautioned. A tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. in the northwest metro.

Tevlin: Terrifying tale makes case for background checks

Danny Ray Fuston was a low-level criminal just out of an Oklahoma prison and looking to start a new life in Minnesota. Through a temporary…

Craft breweries get to pop their tops at U.S. Bank Stadium

Smaller Twin Cities operations including Insight, Bauhaus and Sociable will get a chance to put their suds in the spotlight.

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.

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.

Bodycam video shows fatal shooting by Burnsville police

Warning: Content is graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers. A grand jury has ruled that three police officers were legally justified when they fatally shot Map Kong in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant March 17. Fatal police encounters: Read more about the Minnesota cases.

LGBT Minnesota Muslims caught at cultural crossroads

In the wake of the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, queer Muslims feel intensified pressure on multiple facets of their identities.

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.