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Careless smoker ignites 60-acre fire on swampy land in west metro

The property owner was cutting trees at the time, the fire chief said.

Charge: Eagan day care provider inflicted 'severe and permanent' injuries on 1-year-old

The attorney for the unlicensed provider, who has children of her own, is denying the allegation.

Charges say Fridley mother of 8 rang up $118K in welfare fraud

The mom said husband had left and was no longer supporting the family, but he's found under blanket during law enforcement search.

Man pleads guilty to driving drunk on revoked license, killing Minn. motorcyclist

The driver with a long history of alcohol-related offenses fled the scene and resisted arrest after the crash last fall.

For 3rd straight year, Minnetonka school sending student to National Spelling Bee

Will Rooke turned away 48 competitors during last week's metro competition. Five others from the state also made it.

Motorcyclist identified in fatal I-35 crash after north metro police chase

The crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on southbound Interestate 35 just south of Hwy. 97 near Forest Lake, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Search resumes for missing St. Cloud State student

The St. Cloud State junior hasn't been seen since 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

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

Grand jury returned an indictment of first-degree murder.

Crying toddler's deadly beating lands Minn. mom's boyfriend in prison for 30 years

A 24-year-old man was given a 30-year prison term for beating his girlfriend's 3-year-old son in a western Minnesota residence during a "fit of rage"…

School cancels play after photo posted of New Prague High actors in KKK garb

New Prague principal said the out-of-context image was from a rehearsal of "The Foreigner."