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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.

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

Naomi Davis, a former employee at Complementary Support Services, said the mental health agency asked her to falsify documents.

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.

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.

A piece of equipment like this one spared a MnDOT road crew from harm early Thursday in a crash in Bloomington.

Driver strikes MnDOT 'crash truck' protecting workers in Bloomington

Arrest made in slaying of man, woman in Eden Prairie home
Man shot by police was mentally ill, had toy gun, mom says
Mpls. City Hall clock to chime Friday for upcoming anniversary of JFK's birth

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Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver Rodney Adams runs a route during the NFL football team rookies minicamp Friday, May 5, 2017, in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Vikings finally sign a draft pick: Fifth-rounder Rodney Adams

Don't overlook Molitor when dishing out praise for the Twins
Reusse: Ranking Gophers successes this season, from worst to first
Reeve needs improvement from Lynx in Friday's rematch with Sun

In this Monday, May 22, 2017, photo, customers walk out of a Best Buy store in Hialeah, Fla.

Best Buy stock soars after better-than-expected earnings

Medtronic quarterly, full-year earnings top expectations
Hormel earnings weaker than expected as turkey lags
Toro posts strong results for second quarter

FILE - In this May 21, 2017 file photo President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, in Riyadh. Four leaders are making their G7 premier in the Sicilian town of Taormina, southern Italy, on May 26 and 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump, France's Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Theresa May and the Italian host, Paolo Gentiloni. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, files)

Newt Gingrich: Trump is making history. The media can't see it.

State budget deal, though flawed, reflects Minnesota compromise
Sack cartoon: The glowing orb
Readers Write: Islamic terrorism, the Electoral College, Edina rent hike, Womenwinning

The glowing orb

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Brother Ali went on a deep spiritual exploration in the five years since his last album, heavy traces of which can be heard on his new album, "All The Beauty in This Whole Life."

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

Johnny Depp's latest 'Pirates' installment merits mutiny
Even Dwayne Johnson's coolness can't rescue 'Baywatch'
Giant blue bird comes to roost at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

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.

Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, tried to hold back a yawn at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday as the Senate neared its special session adjournment deadline with major bills unresolved.

Legislature adjourns for night, meaning another day of special session

Top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides
Rosemount football coach announces DFL candidacy for Jason Lewis' seat
Budget debates set to continue as special session drags on

In this Sept. 14, 2014 photo, honeybees work in a hive located in an apple grove at Hartland Orchard, a family farm near the the Blue Ridge Mountains in Markham, Va. A U.S. survey of beekeepers released on Thursday, May 25, 2017 found improvements in the outlook for troubled honeybees. Winter losses were at the lowest levels in more than a decade with only 21 percent of the colonies dying.

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

Fastest growing US cities are in South; 4 of top 5 in Texas
Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says
Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, arrive for a discussion event on democracy and global responsibility at a Protestant conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, May 25, 2017, when Germany marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Obama gets rock-star welcome in Berlin, praises Merkel

Victims of UK bombing: Parents, children, policewoman
N. Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation
The Latest: Brazil president withdraws troops after clashes

Jonathan Schoop of the Orioles reacted after striking out Wednesday to leave the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Twins catcher Chris Gimenez saluted pitcher Jose Berrios.

Berrios, Rogers pitch out of jams to cement Twins sweep over Orioles

Orioles manager Showalter: Twins 'not going away'
Hartman: Kepler moves about Twins' lineup and outfield, stays productive
Cruz's 3-run HR off Turner lifts Mariners over Nats 4-2

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs hauled in a pass during Wednesday’s organized team activities at Winter Park.

Vikings miss stubborn Zimmer, encouraged by determined Bridgewater

Vikings evaluating a handful of cornerbacks to fill important nickel role
Vikings' Floyd back in his comfort zone — on and off the field
Former Vikings No. 1 pick Michael Bennett gets five years in prison

Sarah Lacina returned a second time for this season of "Survivor."

Cop from Marion, Iowa, tops 19 others to win $1M on 'Survivor'

Chris Cornell's wife writes note: 'I know that was not you'
Man arrested inside Bullock's home convicted of stalking
Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

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.

No felony charge for east metro driver accused of texting when he killed motorist

Driver was on his phone before crushing a woman, prosecutor says.

Strong turnout for Minneapolis caucuses for mayor, council

It was chaotic in the Sixth Ward, where hundreds crowded into a small gym and later moved outside. About 800 people showed up to caucus at South High School, the site for all caucuses in the Ninth Ward.

Top DFLer's 'white male' remarks set off spat on Minnesota House floor

Melissa Hortman scolded male colleagues for playing cards during a floor debate.