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Pat Pheifer covers the Twin Cities metro area.


Alexandria's second fire in 10 days brings death toll to 3

A 19-year-old woman died Monday in an apartment fire in Alexandria, Minn., just 10 days after another fire at a mobile home killed two people in the Douglas County city of 13,500 people.


Investigated Minnesota priest returned to limited ministry

The Rev. Jonathan Shelley was removed from active ministry in 2012 after sexually explicit images were found on a discarded computer.


Homeless families with kids in St. Paul schools won't be out in the cold during Super Bowl

Those losing motel rooms will be sheltered elsewhere, though not in schools buildings.


Court of Appeals admonishes Minnesota Teaching Board in license denial

'Appearance of impropriety' cited in panel's treatment of applicant.


Appeals Court sides with city of Burnsville over mobile home park inspections

City has changed rules for mobile home parks, but said ruling was a victory.


Keith Ellison, Tina Smith press case for state's DACA recipients

As congressional deadline on DACA program nears, activists push for solution for young immigrants.


Minnesota traffic deaths in 2017 were the lowest since 1943

State credits 2017's total to better driving habits. DWI arrests for the year increased somewhat.


Igloo rises while temperatures fall in Minneapolis front yard

The below-zero cold doesn't matter much when there's a colorful ice-block igloo to be built in the neighborhood. At least it's not too warm.Martha Palm,…


Shelters work overtime to protect homeless from dangerous Minnesota cold

After a slight warmup Thursday, weekend high temperatures will be below zero.


Freeman defends time being taken on Damond death investigation

"There is good reason to take real care in our review," the Hennepin County attorney said in a statement.