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Daudt signs on with Scott Walker for President

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt endorsed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president Thursday, and will be state chairman of his campaign.

Twin Cities mental health agency to pay $4.5M in federal fraud case

Naomi Davis, a former employee at Complementary Support Services, said she felt "sick to her stomach" when the mental health agency asked her to falsify documents.

Mental health services company is accused of overbilling for client care.

Minn. sex offenders petition U.S. Supreme Court

Attorneys are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of Minnesota's controversial system of confining hundreds of sex offenders after they have already completed their prison terms.

Lawsuit claims Minnesota's sex offender program violates the Constitution.

Feds seize $2 million from mental health agency accused of bilking Medicaid

Rare forfeiture move follows evidence of a suspicious wire transfer.

Psychologist: Serial rapist obsessed with deviant thoughts, not ready to leave program

Expert witness appears on fourth day of Thomas Duvall's discharge hearing.

Would cutting out student fees make college in Minnesota more affordable?

In light of state legislation to make student fees optional, we analyzed data on tuition and fees at Minnesota's public colleges and universities.

U scientists say Trump is overhauling EPA advisory panel

Members of key science advisory panel told to reapply for posts when their term ends.

Cat Salonek, an activist with the Communication Workers of America, led a chant for a $15-an-hour minimum wage outside of the Minneapolis City Hall chambers Thursday afternoon.

$15 minimum wage plan draws crowd to Minneapolis City Hall

Hennepin County adds staff to confront soaring child protection reports
Hacker reports he struck U, in 3rd attack spurred by Yanez acquittal in Castile death
Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

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In trading for Jimmy Butler on Thursday night, the Wolves get a three-time All-Star and a physical perimeter defender who turns 28 in September.

Blockbuster: Wolves trade a haul to get 'a good fit' in Bulls' Butler

Scoggins: Adding Butler, keeping Wiggins gives Wolves steal of a deal
At No. 16, Timberwolves get improving player in Justin Patton
Soggy day all around: Twins wait out long delay and lose big to White Sox

The Sears store at Burnsville Center, shown in 2004, is closing by September.

Burnsville Center's Sears store will close in September

Mpls. child development expert says Disney-Pixar stole her idea for 'Inside Out'
Old Rainbow Foods store in Mpls. will be transformed into school, senior apartments
Vikings begin to market Eagan development around new HQ

Officers from Minneapolis and St. Paul led the Twin Cities Pride parade down Hennepin Avenue in 2015. This year, organizers asked officers not to march in the parade in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the trial of officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

Parade organizers should take no pride in decision to ban police

U.S. Bank Stadium's governing board cleans up its act
Sack cartoon: Pride parade and the police
Readers Write: Police participation in Pride parade, health care reform, University of Minnesota budget and public input

Pride parade and the police

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Artist Jimmie Durham at his studio and home, a former 12th-century convent, in Naples, Italy, Feb. 3, 2017. (Giulio Piscitelli/New York Times)

Walker exhibit raising new questions from American Indian artists

Fans have fun singing all night long with Lionel Richie
NY stars of Guthrie's 'Sunday in the Park' make a home in Twin Cities
Family-owned its entire 65 years, Dairy Queen on Snelling closes for good

Anderson: Ally of the outdoors, Dill will be dearly missed
Dennis Anderson

The state representative died this month of cancer.

Anderson: Dayton's waterways interest draws attention
Dennis Anderson

Mark Dayton's waterway conservation idea is in limbo following the governor's veto on Saturday.

Anderson: Millions on hold for fisheries projects
Dennis Anderson

The money was in the Legacy bill that the Legislature didn't pass.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, followed by Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, leaves a Republican meeting on health care Thursday.

Senate GOP health bill would cut Medicaid, erase raft of tax increases

Legislature says it will shut down by August if legal battle with Dayton continues
No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks
List of demands on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, other Arab nations

Sam Ricks has spearheaded the effort to identify hundreds of “unknown” military graves at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Volunteers identify the war heroes behind 'unknown' graves

Judges: 'Making a Murderer' confession improperly obtained
US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections
Student detained in N Korea is mourned at hometown funeral

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Popular French fitness blogger killed when whipped cream canister explodes

London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels
US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers
At Glastonbury, Depp asks about assassinating the president

Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar can't stop a hit by Chicago White Sox's Adam Engel, allowing White Sox's Matt Davidson to score from third in the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/John Autey)

Soggy day all around: Twins wait out long delay and lose big to White Sox

Hildenberger, Gee plucked from Class AAA to join Twins
Postgame: Turley learned the hard way about falling behind hitters
LEADING OFF: Darvish-Tanaka for first time in US; Felix back

Five position battles to watch in Vikings training camp

Norv Turner says he's open to a return to coaching
Vikings expect Morgan to push for roster spot as all-purpose tight end
Saints sign first-rounder Ramczyk; all draft picks signed

Actor Johnny Depp introduces a film at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

At Glastonbury, Depp asks about assassinating the president

Prince Harry: Rising to throne is more duty than desire for royal family
Popular French fitness blogger killed when whipped cream canister explodes
Olympic stars Phelps, Biles among finalists for The ESPYS

Dayton signs Minnesota to pact that honors Paris accord

A dozen other governors have pledged to uphold their own version of the Paris accord.

Minn. serial rapist testifies about violent history and fantasies

In tearful testimony, Thomas Duvall describes his violent past and pleaded to be released.

Rapist who wants out of MSOP tests how Minn. treats sex offenders

A panel is hearing testimony this week on whether Thomas Duvall, 61, is still a danger.

Salt levels mean Twin Cities lakes won't support fish by 2050

Twin Cities is a hot spot in a national study of lakes and road-salt runoff. It showed that salt concentrations in the Mississippi, mostly from road salt, have increased 81 percent since 1985.

Minnesota state parks, trails face major budget squeeze

Budget proposals moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would continue what park officials say is a decadelong dilemma: Operating funds for the state's 75 parks have declined, after accounting for inflation, while the number of Minnesotans who use them continues to increase every year.