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An author's 40-year fascination (and theory) about Duluth's Congdon Mansion murders

BRIAN PETERSON • brianp@startribune.comDuluth, MN - 6/26/2007The Glensheen mansion is located on a 7.6 acre plot just east of downtown Duluth on the Lake Superior shore. Millionaire Chester Congdon built his home here to foster his thriving iron mining business. The mansion was started in 1905 and finished in 1908, with an then-estimated value of $865,000 dollars. It is possibly one of the most beautiful homes ever built in the United States, and is today a historical landmark open to the public, administered by the University of Minnesota. On June 27, 1977, Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse Velma Pietila were found murdered. Pietila had been beaten to death with a candlestick and Elisabeth was found suffocated in her bed.

Double homicide case became a career-long quest for this Twin Cities reporter and writer.

Guthrie Theater's 'Sunday in the Park' is an elegant stroll with art and heart

The cast of “Sunday in the Park With George.”

Review: Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park With George" is a beaut at the Guthrie.

Minnesota has its own 'adventure cat' – Max the paddleboarding kitty

Nanakuli, a Hawaiian surfing cat featured in the book "Adventure Cats."

Whether it's a paddleboard, pontoon boat or kayak, Max the cat will ride it.

Force not with all of St. Paul during one-man 'Star Wars' revue

Charles Ross faced some unexpected resistance at Ordway Center.

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10 Minnesota eateries with spectacular food and waterfront views

With 10,000 lakes, we've got plenty of waterside dining.

Summer serial: Embark on Great Lakes adventure in 'Redemption's Run'

When a mysterious young captain arrives in her hometown of Bayfield, Wis., 12-year-old Kacie stows aboard his boat, Redemption, searching for answers about the father she has never known.

Minnesota metal 'detectorists' track down rings, keys and memories

Metal detecting is a quirky hobby, but if you ever lose a wedding ring, these Minnesota enthusiasts are the ones to call.

Mpls. designing sisters specialize in working with what you already have

"We edit a lot — not that we don't like their stuff, but most people have too much," says one of two designing sisters in Minneapolis who specialize in repurposing what their clients already have.

Mason Jennings returns with a chilly, sullen performance at the Minnesota Zoo

The enduring Minneapolis strummer has scaled back on his schedule in recent years and proved low-key on stage Saturday.

'Pretty Little Liars' cast prepares to tweet goodbye

Tuesday's finale of "Pretty Little Liars" will be packed with "OMG moments," but there's no mystery about one thing: It's a social media powerhouse.

Rock star naturalist leads 'wonder' walks at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Volunteer's enthusiasm is contagious: "If you fall in love with nature, you'll never be bored a day in your life."

Rosenblum: Even with 'Option B,' grief remains a stubborn companion

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg co-wrote “Option B” after her husband, Minneapolis native Dave Goldberg, died in 2015.

Sheryl Sandberg explores how we best face adversity, build resilience and reclaim joy after loss or tragedy.

Dakota elders meet to ponder fate of 'Scaffold' materials

It was dismantled and removed from Sculpture Garden.

TV picks for June 26: 'Can't Stop Won't Stop,' 'NBA Awards,' 'Mommie Dearest'

Ask Amy: Mom's aimless dating might not be good for the kids

Hax: Resources to cope with Dad's dementia

A Fox News host confronted Jesse Ventura about his 'American Sniper' lawsuit

Jesse Watters approached him with a video camera this month after Ventura spoke at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition.


Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize winner and dissident, released from Chinese prison
On Books

Liu Xiaobo's "June Fourth Elegies" was published by Graywolf Press

John Oliver flubs joke about Garrison Keillor
Artcetera

HBO's 'Last Week Tonight' took aim at Minnesota in Sunday's show


The patio bar at Psycho Suzi's in northeast Minneapolis takes full advantage of its site along the Mississippi River.

10 Minnesota eateries with spectacular food and waterfront views

Find a memorable burger at newest entry in the Mpls. food truck scene
Minnesota State Fair reveals 31 new foods including pizza burritos, cookie dough
Minnesota's star chef cooks lunch for the Dalai Lama

Homeowner Lisa Griebel, center, with sisters Liz Knutson, left, and Kathy Keehn of One Day Design.

Mpls. designing sisters specialize in working with what you already have

Once-dreary lake cabin near Deerwood, Minn., gets a cheery makeover
Sisters who share St. Paul duplex tackle simultaneous kitchen makeovers
Rock star naturalist leads 'wonder' walks at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Mason Jennings returns with a chilly, sullen performance at the Minnesota Zoo

Remembering Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight, who found fame in his 60s
Fans have fun singing all night long with Lionel Richie
Kiss' Gene Simmons abandons bid to trademark 'horns' hand gesture

Lady Gaga performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Indio, Calif.

Gaga on gay pride: It's a time to shine light on equality

Schwarzenegger talks climate change with French president
Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger
Trumps attend wedding of treasury secretary and actress

Optimus Prime in a scene from "Transformers: The Last Knight."

'Transformers' unfolds in nonstop — but fun — bombast

Masterful Christopher Plummer isn't enough to save 'The Exception'
Mpls. child development expert says Disney-Pixar stole her idea for 'Inside Out'
'Han Solo' movie turmoil: Ron Howard steps in after directors fired late in filming

During a family portrait in 2000, Molly Nash gives her 4-week-old brother, Adam, a kiss. Molly Nash received some umbilical blood from her brother, saving her from a fatal genetic disease.

'Little Frankenstein,' conceived to save sister, is now a happy teen

'Human Project' study will ask 10,000 people to share life's data
Reaching deep into the brain to treat strokes
Franken tells Burnsville forum: GOP bill isn't about health care

The patio bar at Psycho Suzi's in northeast Minneapolis takes full advantage of its site along the Mississippi River.

10 Minnesota eateries with spectacular food and waterfront views

Bourbon, from barbecue sauce to iced tea, makes July 4th tasty
Fire up the grill for this Caesar salad
Minnesota's star chef cooks lunch for the Dalai Lama

Amazon is testing a new service for Prime members that allows them to try on clothes before they buy at no upfront charge. File photo of an Amazon worker at a distribution center in Nevada.

Amazon aiming to be the dressing room in your house

Ken gets a dad bod and man bun as part of Barbie world makeover
Hot new swimsuits for 2017 just won't work for most women
The Latest: Mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

Jessica St. Clair, Keegan-Michael Key and Lennon Parham in "Playing House."

After 'intense' cancer battle, 'Playing House' co-stars find 'deepened' friendship

'Pretty Little Liars' cast prepares to tweet goodbye
Home video: It's war out there in 'Hell in the Pacific'
Fortune Feimster gets ready to help kick off Pride Weekend in Minneapolis

A statue of Bacchus is on display at the Sissinghurst Garden and Manor in Kent, England.

How to spend the night in a quintessential British garden

Milwaukee's Summerfest celebrates 50 years
Changes afoot for travel to Cuba
Seeking your travel tales

Valentine (Mo Perry) with best friend Proteus (Christiana Clark) in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the Jungle Theater.

Faces on Minnesota stages are becoming more diverse — but hardly 'colorblind'

Painting of Philando Castile's death on display in New York's Whitney Museum
Walker exhibit raising new questions from American Indian artists
Guthrie Theater's 'Sunday in the Park' is an elegant stroll with art and heart

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize winner and dissident, released from Chinese prison

St. Paul is throwing a big party for F. Scott Fitzgerald, and you're invited
REVIEW: 'The Jersey Brothers,' by Sally Mott Freeman
Audiobooks: Alec Baldwin, Sarah Dunant and Yewande Omotoso

Once-dreary lake cabin near Deerwood, Minn., gets a cheery makeover

Big windows and crisp red-and-white interiors refresh a 1920s cabin on a lake near Deerwood, Minn.


John Oliver flubs joke about Garrison Keillor

HBO's 'Last Week Tonight' took aim at Minnesota in Sunday's show


Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal gives Springsteen run for his money in marathon St. Paul show

The international superstar didn't leave Twin Cities fans disappointed in weekend performance.


Dos Baritones: Dale Watson, Ray Benson charm with easy humor, hot licks

Watson and Asleep at the Wheel brought old-school country to a full house at the Minnesota Zoo.


Off-Leash Area dancers offer poignant meditation on grief

Review: Off-Leash Area's show illustrates cyclical stages of loss.