Excessive solitary confinement scars Minnesota prison inmates

Prisoners are punished with long periods of isolation, often for minor offenses, that can cause lasting mental health problems. Other states are moving to limit the practice.

Special report: Mighty Mississippi faces mounting environmental threats

Dan Jenniges, a cattle farmer based out of Glenwood, Minn., took in a moment along the Chippewa River, which snakes in and around his property in Pope County.

The Star Tribune examines the health of Minnesota's rivers and whether we can save one of our greatest natural resources, the Mississippi, before it's too late.

Michelle Kennedy grabbed a pack of cigarettes behind the counter for a customer at Vernon BP gas station in Edina, which along with St. Louis Park and Bloomington have raised the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.

Cities across Minnesota begin to tackle tobacco regulations

Recount set for Tuesday in Minneapolis City Council race between Warsame, Noor
'Blackout Wednesday' in Minnesota nets nearly double typical arrests
Minneapolis police teaching officers to be more compassionate

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Vikings quarterback Case Keenum completed a pass during the first quarter at Ford Field

No painful ending this time: Vikings start fast, hold off Lions

Souhan: By now, you'd have to pry Vikings QB job away from Keenum
Craig: Vikings' motor doesn't stall in Detroit
Wild's Niederreiter goes where the goals are

Cousins Dianna, left, and Eleanor Lenz rode on the cart holding a 50-inch flat-screen television pushed by Dianna’s mom, Sarah Lenz, on a shopping trip to Target's Ridgedale location on Thursday night.

'Twas the night before Black Friday, and the sales were brisk

United Way wants to expand its fundraising out of the office
Were you a victim of Russian propaganda? Facebook will help you find out
Will a corporate tax cut lift worker pay? A union wants it in writing

Sales were brisk — especially for the hot item of TV sets — when the Ridgedale Best Buy store in Minnetonka opened for Black Friday last year. The day after Thanksgiving offers traditions like shopping at nonstandard hours.

Ode to Black Friday: Such tradition, so many memories

Back to the future with Dayton's on Nicollet Mall
Sack cartoon: Reacting to harassment news
Readers Write: P.J. Fleck's contract extension, sexual misconduct, school lunches, eating disorders

The nuns rally around Deloris Van Cartier (Regina Marie Williams, foreground) in “Sister Act” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Nuns in Chanhassen's 'Sister Act' forge a true sisterhood

Minnesota comic Chad Daniels makes his mark both at home and abroad
Sense and Santability: Jungle Theater's holiday show is a gift for Jane Austen fans
Filmmaker explores the joy of outrage in 'Three Billboards'

Reacting to harassment news

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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, on her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is accused of forcibly kissing a woman while rehearsing for a 2006 USO tour; Franken also was photographed with his hands over her breasts as she slept wearing a flak vest. He has apologized, while maintaining that he remembered the rehearsal differently. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Franken vows to regain trust of Minnesota after harassment allegations

Split from Trump indicates Flynn is moving to deal with Mueller
Trump credits troops, and himself, for military advances
Franken apologizes for making some women 'feel badly'

Since the national background check system was created in 1998, it has prevented 1.5 million people from buying guns.

Hundreds of thousands of names purged from background check database for gun purchases

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among U.S. girls, study says
Were you a victim of Russian propaganda? Facebook will help you find out
Texas trooper killed during traffic stop; suspect in custody

The charges, made possible by new German legal guidance allowing the prosecution of former Nazis who can’t be tied to specific killings, represent a new and vital chapter for survivors such as Judith Meisel, of St. Louis Park.

Minnesota Holocaust survivor's help leads to new criminal charges against Nazi guards

Sound heard in Argentine sub search was likely 'explosion'
Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change
Britain faces longest fall in living standards on record

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum completed a pass during the first quarter at Ford Field

No painful ending this time: Vikings start fast, hold off Lions

Craig: Vikings' motor doesn't stall in Detroit
Souhan: By now, you'd have to pry Vikings QB job away from Keenum
Thielen joins Vikings' 1,000-yard club — first since Rice in 2009

Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague and Orlando guard Elfrid Payton battleed for a loose ball during the second half.

Wolves' fourth-quarter failings reason for concern

Timberwolves welcome four-game homestand
Fans annoyed and frustrated with the above-average Timberwolves
Wolves nearly blow 26-point fourth-quarter lead in victory over Orlando

The Wild's Nino Niederreiter has been on a scoring tear.

Wild's Niederreiter goes where the goals are

Wild set for critical three-game stretch vs. Central Division
Ex-Wild winger Pominville, back with Sabres, sees better days ahead for Buffalo
Wild wins by being less 'ugly' than Sabres

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys in 2016 at Xcel Energy Center. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ - December 5, 2016, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, KDWB Jingle Ball

Nick Carter 'shocked,' 'saddened' by singer's assault claim

Christopher Plummer has this to say about retirement _ never
Pioneering jazz singer Jon Hendricks dies at 96
Teen idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, dies at 67

SXSW 2015: Full Coverage

Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, Texas, March 14-19, covering his 26th visit to the 31st annual South by Southwest Music Conference. Check here for daily updates and photo galleries. Follow his tweets: @ChrisRstrib.

A Matter of Dignity: A five-day special report

How Minnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities.

Police being forced to front lines of growing mental health crisis

At a time when police are facing intense scrutiny over the use of force, more law enforcement officials agree with Beckie O'Connor that officers need more training. Yet no one is taking charge.

Question of risk: Medtronic's lost Infuse device study

Medtronic collected data on thousands of patients given its Infuse device, uncovering complications. The problems went unreported for years – even as scrutiny intensified.

Mesabi Norsemen (many from points south) chase elusive dream

Most of the 44 young men from faraway places in Mesabi Norsemen jerseys had never heard of the Iron Range before they signed up to play college football.