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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.

Minnesota mental health crisis hot line closing Friday

Crisis Connection manager and psychotherapist Laura Weber worked with a volunteer speaking to a caller who was in a mental health crisis. Crisis Connection call center in Richfield is being forced to close at the end of the week due to lack of funding.

Crisis Connection service helped 20,000 callers a year, but suffered chronic financial losses.

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.

Minnesota Rep. Omar to appear on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'

The nation's first Somali-American legislator, is scheduled to be on with host Trevor Noah on Thursday.

Minn. sex offenders petition U.S. Supreme Court

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.

State says 3M is reneging on 10-year-old cleanup deal for polluted water

Drinking water for several hundred homeowners is at stake in recent standoff.

Ladislas Mihigo, left, is among a growing number of Congolese arriving as refugees in Minnesota. Here he walked with some of his family around a block near their St. Paul home. For more photos, go to startribune.com/galleries.

Congolese seek a community in Minnesota

Bicyclist fatally hit in Mpls. was U researcher, avid runner, volunteer
Vintage farm truck survives 76 years, then is totaled by drunken driver
Hennepin County's latest service offering is … a pay phone?

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Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario was congratulated by Max Kepler and Brian Dozier, right, following his grand slam off Arizona’s Braden Shipley on Sunday at Target Field.

Nine-run first inning propels Twins to sweep of Diamondbacks

Vikings, in need of another quarterback, sign former Gophers QB Mitch Leidner
Lynx can't maintain momentum, fall to Liberty
Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race

Cirrus Aircraft's Vision jet customer at the new Duluth Vision Jet Finishing Facility. B&M designed and engineered the 68,000-square-foot office and manufacturing center expansion for Cirrus Aircraft, which needed more space to produce its new single-engine Vision jet.

Employee ownership is secret sauce at rapidly growing Burns & McDonnell

Target's Nicollet Mall store makeover gives glimpse into plan to retool stores
SBA head sees businesses held back by lack of loans, workers
Why remote working succeeds at some companies and not others

FILE - A Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, file photo of the Thufa hill in Reykjavik, Iceland. A recent CBS news report revealed that Down syndrome has been virtually eliminated in Iceland.

An awful way to eliminate Down syndrome

Be wary of changes in police governance in Minneapolis
Readers Write: Violence in society, payday loans, Enbridge pipeline, Lake Calhoun, the American flag
U.S. workforce participation rises, and women are leading the way

Jessica Metcalfe on the North Dakota prairie. When she started the blog “Beyond Buckskin,” she didn’t know it would become a force for Native American fashion.

Top American Indian stylemaker's home base: a tiny N.D. town, pop. 29

Kendrick Lamar proves he's worth the wait, and the hype
How Minnesota State Fair is winning the battle with casinos for grandstand acts
John Legend surprises kids at Fine Line in Minneapolis

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.

Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, Tues., Mar. 25, 2003--Trucks line up at the Canadian border near Emerson, Manitoba to cross into the United States at Pembina, N.D. For a time there were 60 trucks in line to cross the border. GENERAL INFORMATION: How does the war with Iraq affect the Minnesota-Canadian border.

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

Former health chiefs to Trump: Avoid new 'Obamacare' crisis
Congressional Democrats say Confederate statues are not educational tools
FCC's decision on 'net neutrality' looms; advocates push back

A sign alerts people to the Powerball jackpot for Saturday's drawing at Bodie's convenience store on 13th Street in Augusta, Ga., Friday afternoon Aug. 18, 2017.

No Powerball winner, jackpot swells to $650M

No bond for suspect in officers' fatal shooting in Fla.
Boston 'free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest
Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Mourners gather at Las Ramblas, where a deadly van attack took place Thursday, in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 19, 2017. Spain has a reputation as one of Europe�s most dogged counterterrorism operators, and officials are struggling to answer how a group of youths carried out a deadly attack. (Samuel Aranda/The New York Times)

Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

Turkish political refugees flock to Germany, seeking safety
Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin
Congolese seek a community in Minnesota

Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario was congratulated by Max Kepler and Brian Dozier, right, following his grand slam off Arizona’s Braden Shipley on Sunday at Target Field.

Nine-run first inning propels Twins to sweep of Diamondbacks

Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race
Miguel Sano headed to disabled list because of stress reaction in left tibia
MLB Insider: Rebuilding White Sox waiting for tide to rise

Former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner ran a drill at the NFL scouting combine in March at Indianapolis.

Vikings, in need of another quarterback, sign former Gophers QB Mitch Leidner

Keenum improves standing as Vikings' No. 2 quarterback
Dalvin Cook, Ifeadi Odenigbo stand out in Vikings' loss to Seahawks
Boldin abruptly retires 2 weeks after signing with Bills

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's social media blank-out sparks frenzy of speculation

Leah Remini slams Tom Cruise as 'diabolical,' not a good person
Robin Thicke, model expecting baby on Alan Thicke's birthday
C.J.: Brenda Langton has a milliner for a daughter

Sculpture near stadium tells story of birds, climate change

The idea for "Orbacles" was in part inspired by the bird controversy at U.S. Bank Stadium, which looms over the sculptures on the east side the park.

U scientists say Trump is overhauling EPA advisory panel

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

Dayton signs Minnesota to pact that honors Paris accord

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

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.

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

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