Spirits of Oktoberfest: Go beyond the beer

Skip the beers and go for such German booze as apple schnapps and honey liqueur.

Vikings release WR Jerome Simpson

The Vikings announced they’ve released wide receiver Jerome Simpson after the organization became aware of a July 7 citation on Thursday. Simpson missed the first two games of the season, …

Edina adds new stadium rules after students drink at homecoming game

Citing evidence that students were drinking at last Friday’s homecoming game, the Edina School District on Thursday instituted new rules for students attending football games. The rules — the district …

Met Council committee terminates bus contract with West St. Paul nonprofit

Audit alleges negligent maintenance, falsified records.

Minneapolis chief won't show at listening session

The police chief of Minneapolis has canceled her scheduled appearance at a community listening session, citing threats of disruptions.


Fla. sheriff: 6 children, 2 adults shot to death

A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said.


Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.


General Mills to close Calif. cereal plant, Mass. yogurt facility

A day after General Mills Inc. said it would begin $100 million in new cost reductions due to flagging sales, it announced the closing of two manufacturing plants in California and Massachusetts, one that makes cereal and one that makes yogurt.


Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.


'Three Cups of Tea' author plans reluctant return

Greg Mortenson, a Minnesota native, doesn't want to talk about his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" book, but everybody else does — including his own charity.


Full closure of Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park scheduled for tonight

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut down both directions of Hwy. 100 at 36th Street in St. Louis Park from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.


Scotland's independence vote brings heavy turnout + Video

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England.


Memorial to drunken driving victim must be removed because of 1 complaint

State transportation officials say a memorial to a woman killed by a drunken driver must be removed in Sun Prairie because someone complained about it.


Body of missing St. Paul man recovered in Alaska

The body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man missing east of Cordova, Alaska, has been recovered.


Recruiting troubles, stay-the-course policies dragging down Big Ten football

The numbers don't lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape.


PureChoice founder indicted on fraud charges

Bryan Reichel founded and led the Burnsville-based company that once sold air monitoring equipment. He denies defrauding investors.


Minnesota deputy saved by bullet-resistant vest

Authorities say a northwestern Minnesota sheriff's deputy was saved by his bullet-resistant vest when he was shot by a suspect who was then wounded by police.


Around the world in photos + Photo Gallery

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