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Rosemount football coach announces DFL candidacy for Jason Lewis' seat

Football leader is running as a DFLer, hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis.

Annandale nursing home is faulted in patient's death

The Health Department cited the care center for neglect, pointing to policy shortcomings.

Crystal police officer shoots man wielding gun at Bassett Creek Park

The man refused orders to drop his weapon, city officials said. His condition is not immediately known.

Businessman raised in Wisconsin puts up $1 million for tornado relief challenge grant

The initial damage estimate from the deadly tornado is put at $10 million. NWS said the twister traveled "an incredible 83 miles."

School bus driver jailed, suspected of being on drugs when she dropped kids in New Hope

A witness called 911 and alerted authorities to the driver traveling "on the shoulder and erratically," according to the State Patrol.

Repeat offender reaches plea deal in Mpls. torture rape, avoids life without parole

However, the 37-year-old defendant could go from prison into confinement into the state's sex offender treatment program.

3 charged with chopping down tree near Faribault High that memorialized teen

Three southern Minnesota men in their late teens have been charged with chopping down several trees near Faribault High School and the neighboring soccer complex,…

Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

Eagan teacher Jon Mathson, 41, collapsed during the Superior Trail Race on the North Shore.

Happy birthday to the Minnesota driver's license lady

Gayle Elizabeth Sample, whose fresh-faced smile is among the most widely publicized visages in Minnesota, turned 59 Monday. For years, Sample's driver's license — albeit…

Probation is sentence for cutting tops off 2,700 trees in Minnesota forest for Christmas decorations

The 70-year-old defendant must also perform community service and make restitution for the damage he did.