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Cottage Grove man charged with staging wife's suicide could get life in prison

Grand jury returned an indictment of first-degree murder.

Dogs being poisoned with tainted hot dogs tossed in western Wis. yards

This trail camera image shows someone police suspect is responsible for poisoning dogs.

Police near Eau Claire are trying to catch the person responsible.

United Airlines barred girls in leggings from boarding flight, fellow traveler reports

In this July 8, 2015, file photo, a United Airlines plane, front, is pushed back from a gate.

Another girl who was challenged put on a dress and was allowed to board, the witness said.

Robber hits bank inside Cub grocery in Burnsville

The suspect, who was not armed, has yet to be caught.

Tevlin: For Kenyon's police chief, humanity comes first

Funny, self-deprecatory and guileless, Lee Sjolander may be the male Marge Gunderson, the cop from the movie "Fargo," only in the internet age.

Hennepin County puts 1930s-era Century Plaza up for sale with no price

The county is moving out of the former vocational high school by May.

Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide

Worthington is the latest town to win a grant from the legacy fund


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Tevlin: For Kenyon's police chief, humanity comes first
Jon Tevlin

Funny, self-deprecatory and guileless, Lee Sjolander may be the male Marge Gunderson, the cop from the movie "Fargo," only in the internet age.

Sept. 18, 1920: A cranial cure for 'criminal tendencies'
Yesterday's News

A link between brain damage and anti-social behavior has been well-documented. It's unclear how well-documented the link was in 1920, when a court sent a robbery suspect to a St. Paul hospital for a bit of cranial surgery to cure his "criminal tendencies." Did it work? There's no mention of the suspect in subsequent issues of the Minneapolis Tribune, and no record of a Nobel prize for the surgeon.


Aaron Brand’s 2,500 hens have new digs in the free range henhouse, where they’ll produce around 200 dozen eggs per day.

New automated henhouse yields golden egg for Twin Cities-area farmer

South metro news briefs: South St. Paul ordinance would authorize smaller house numbers
South metro police blotter, March 26
Robber hits bank inside Cub grocery in Burnsville

Dubbed the "Land of New Restaurants" a few years, the Bellecour Cafe is among the thriving eateries in Wayzata and was seen Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Wayzata, MN.

Wayzata restaurant openings show a hunger to dine out in the suburbs

West metro news briefs: Excelsior city leaders return to State Capitol seeking sales tax to fund park renovations
West metro police blotter, March 26
Plymouth couple transform their entire home in vibrant color

Dory Smith, a farmer, looked over the land at the center of the Metropolitan Council dispute, Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Oak Grove, MN. The Met Council's attempt to reign in sprawling residential development in Oak Grove, to save land for future growth there, has run into fierce resistance from the city and won the attention of its state representatives, including Speaker Kurt Daudt, who are pushing a bill through the Capitol.

In Oak Grove, a fight over sprawling development illustrates Met Council tensions

Columbia Heights faces crossroads in city leadership
North/East metro news briefs: Blaine to pitch replanting ideas for cleared wetland
North/East metro police blotter, March 26

Workers inspect part of a limestone block-lined storm sewer that runs for 6 miles between Como Lake and Lake McCarrons.

Work on old Ramsey Co. sewer offers rare glimpse of underground rivers

North/East metro news briefs: Blaine to pitch replanting ideas for cleared wetland
North/East metro police blotter, March 26
Cottage Grove man charged with staging wife's suicide could get life in prison

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges insist they are working together to protect the city, despite a federal report that spotlighted “strain” in their relationship.

Mpls. mayor, police chief say conflict helped bring them closer

Minneapolis schools study Chicago for lessons in 'social-emotional learning'
Hennepin County puts 1930s-era Century Plaza up for sale with no price
Becky's Cafeteria founder Clayton Sonmore dies at 92

Brett Ripley checked out the tools at the St. Paul Tool Library, a place where, for a $55 annual membership, you can borrow from a catalog of 2,500 home improvement tools for up to a week at a time.

Need a hammer? Borrow one from the new St. Paul Tool Library

Work on old Ramsey Co. sewer offers rare glimpse of underground rivers
St. Paul launches business awards program
After Castile shooting, St. Anthony officials release goal, objectives for police study

Columbia Heights faces crossroads in city leadership

New faces are competing with longtime leaders.


In Oak Grove, a fight over sprawling development illustrates Met Council tensions

Oak Grove envisions large rural lots while agency pushes controlled growth.


Mpls. mayor, police chief say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges enters her fourth year as mayor amid skepticism that she and the chief have the close-knit relationship needed to adequately police a big city.


Minnesota hay being shipped to wildfire-stricken states

Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order to ease vehicle restrictions to help speed up emergency shipments over the next two weeks to four states scorched by wildfires.


Wayzata restaurant openings show a hunger to dine out in the suburbs

So far this year, an estimated 700 new restaurant seats are coming in, and the boom shows no signs of slowing.


Hennepin County readies for $13 million child protection overhaul

A year after stepping into the county's top human services role, Jennifer DeCubellis is leading the most dramatic reform of the child protection system in Minnesota.


Mpls. City Council OKs demolition of 20th century feminist writer Brenda Ueland's home

Council overrides efforts to preserve home of 20th-century feminist writer.


Authorities search for tree-killing vandals in Eagan

At least seven trees have been stripped of a ring of bark that mean almost certain death.


Twin Cities to go dark for 'Earth Hour' tonight

The goal of the global campaign is to reduce energy waste.


State briefs: Olmsted County OKs transportation sales tax increase

Olmsted County commissioners approved a one-quarter of 1 percent countywide sales tax increase last week that will go toward transportation. The increase, which will go…