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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.

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Minnesota sex offender program case

Attorneys urged 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 had challenged constitutionality of sex offender confinement.

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

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.

Overwatering lawns — and pavement — is the norm in the Twin Cities

A survey of 1,000 homeowners shows thirsty turf is sucking down the metro's water. On average, residents watered 500 square feet of pavement.

Mohamed Omar looked out the now-repaired window that was shattered from an explosive device at the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington.

Two months after explosion, Bloomington mosque leaders desperate for justice

Mpls. chief open to revisiting deal to aid community relations
Twin Cities' gravel needs grow, but there's less of it every day
Former tenants of Crossroads apartments in Richfield reach $650K settlement

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The Timberwolves are going to test your patience again

All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching
Pitino: Several key Gophers not yet cleared for full contact
Wild's Foligno back in action, Parise won't play this weekend

Target CEO Brian Cornell addresses reporters and investors at the Minneapolis-based retailer's new store in Manhattan's Herald Square.

Target to remodel more stores in battle with Amazon, Walmart

Downtown Mpls. businesses make push to swing Council races
Edina rejects height change for residential towers project
Target CEO says he appreciated Gov. Dayton reaching out about Amazon bid

President Donald Trump speaks at the Heritage Foundation's annual President's Club meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 in Washington.

The Marxist tactics of Trumpism

Regents should ensure U goes easy on out-of-state tuition hikes
Sack cartoon: He conquers the tough stuff without getting messy
Readers Write: Bid for Amazon's 'HQ2,' changing lake name, moderate politics

From the art exhibit "Bobby Rogers: The Blacker the Berry" at Public Functionary.

In regal portraits, Mpls. photographer portrays beauty, power of black lives

Kings of Leon regroup at X with help from another band of brothers
Today's culture wars foretold in tiny Floodwood, Minn., 70 years ago
Let pumpkin shine anew in a marbled brownie

He conquers the tough stuff without getting messy

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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.

Minnesota sample identification card and drivers license.

Minnesotans don't need new ID to board planes for a year

Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family
GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance
Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply in time

Thousands of NRA members snap photos as Executive Director of the NRA Wayne LaPierre, right, and Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Chris Cox introduce President Donald J. Trump for his keynote at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday, April 28, 2017, in Atlanta.

'Murder insurance' or protection in self-defense cases?

Las Vegas hotel security guard shares his story on 'Ellen'
Suspect in Maryland office park shooting is apprehended
Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

FILE -- Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite and television journalist, speaks to the crowd during opposition protests in Moscow, March 10, 2012. Sobchak, whose father was a close ally of Russia�s president, Vladimir Putin, declared her intention on Oct. 18, 2017, to challenge him in the presidential election scheduled for March of 2018, a move liable to split the already feeble liberal opposition. (James Hill/The New York Times) -- NO SALES --

Russian opposition divided over TV host's presidential bid

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid
Thousands march over 'Somalia's 9/11;' attack details emerge
Pink diamond that was a French crown jewel to be auctioned

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a devastating knee injury well over year ago. (JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com)

All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching

Vikings know Ravens get (and give) their share of turnovers
Zimmer on Bridgewater's return: 'We still don't know where it's going to go'
Hartman: Wins over Packers, Bears improve Vikings' division chances

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, drives around San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

'We just have to do better': Wolves open with a dud in San Antonio

Souhan: What happened to Teague in the 4th quarter?
Souhan: Passion for basketball unites Wolves' Thibodeau, Butler
The Timberwolves are going to test your patience again

Life is about to get hard for injury-riddled Wild

Olympic preview? U.S. Deutschland Cup roster includes 5 Minnesotans
Shorthanded Wild holds subdued practice; Boudreau updates injuries
Wild's Foligno back in action, Parise won't play this weekend

Chelsea Handler announced on Oct. 18, 2017, that she is ending her Netflix talk show after two seasons in order to focus on political activism.

Chelsea Handler ending Netflix show to focus on activism

Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor
Diana Ross to perform, be honored at American Music Awards
Country stars honor shooting victims at CMT Artists show

With 3 weeks to Election Day, who are you voting for? Find races and resources here

Who's on the ballot where you live? For major Minneapolis and St. Paul races, you'll get resources like campaign finance reports to help you research.

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.

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.