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Local organizations are fighting for refugees

Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, rest inside a school compound at Kutupalong refugee camp.

Minnesota is at the forefront of dealing with the largest global refugee crisis since World War II.

A Minnesota couple's love story leads to a philanthropic legacy

Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst on their wedding day in 1950. Provided

Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst worked their way out of hard times with the goal of making a difference. Their legacy is GHR Foundation, one of Minnesota's largest philanthropic organizations.

"Love Power" Jesus mural in Minneapolis' West Bank neighborhood Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN.

Church behind West Bank's landmark Jesus mural seeks new home

After a 30-year absence, Minn. band in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Wet weather delays reopening of Braemar Golf Course in Edina until 2019
2 women say Sen. Al Franken groped them in Minneapolis

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Reiff returns to Detroit as quiet leader - and kangaroo court judge - of Vikings O-line
Wild wins by being less 'ugly' than Sabres
Fleck will hit recruiting trail with new contract extension

TVs are among the most sought-after Black Friday deals, and Hunter Harvey and his dad, C.J. ,were part of the trend last year at a Target in Massachusetts.

Want a TV on Black Friday? How to separate the doorbusters from the duds

North Side Minneapolis businesses promote 'Black Friday on Broadway'
Kwik Trip plans $300 million capital investment
Target limits 15 percent off Cyber Monday sale to that day, online this year

When communication took a lot of effort: This leather postcard from the early 1900s reads: “How would you like to hold my hand in Minneapolis?”

The disappearing blessing of speaking face to face

Giving thanks while remaining mindful
Sack cartoon: Just talking turkey
Readers Write: Nicollet Mall, retailers and chemicals, dynamic pricing, elder abuse, James Lileks on the holidays

Hola Arepa owners unveil new Asian street food spot in former strip club

Musicians, fans cram Triple Rock for punk haven's final blowout
Review: 'Waitress' serves up an unexpected slice of soulfulness at Orpheum
Thursday's Vikings game blitzing some Minnesotans' Thanksgiving dinners

Just talking turkey

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken held a roundtable discussion while touring Green Central Park Elementary School in October.

2 women say Sen. Al Franken groped them in Minneapolis

Schoen lawyer: DFL senator 'never meant to sexually harass anybody'
GOP Texas congressman told woman he would report her to Capitol Police if she exposed his secret sex life
For Franken, a rising trajectory, and then the accusations

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. The fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown put Ferguson in the national spotlight.

Ferguson leaders wonder if federal monitor worth cost

Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges
The turkeys not on your plate: They're out back, climbing the roof
Uber customers torn between scandals and service

FILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, a U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound approaches the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. A similar type of the U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

Ships, aircraft search Philippine Sea for 3 missing in crash

Unrepentant Mladic sentenced to life for Bosnia atrocities
British hospitals feel the pain of Brexit as health workers leave country
Dramatic video shows escape, shooting of N. Korean defector

Vikings Tackle Riley Reiff. ] Minnesota Vikings -vs- Los Angeles Rams, U.S. Bank Stadium
Minneapolis, MN 11/19/2017

Reiff returns to Detroit as quiet leader - and kangaroo court judge - of Vikings O-line

Souhan: Thank Vikings' Robison for good work off the field
Vikings' Sendejo and Remmers listed questionable for Thanksgiving in Detroit
Chad Greenway wins Big Ten humanitarian award

Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson and Orlando forward Evan Fournier chase a loose ball during the second half.

Wolves nearly blow 26-point fourth-quarter lead in victory over Orlando

Timberwolves welcome four-game homestand
Fans annoyed and frustrated with the above-average Timberwolves
Wolves-Magic game recap

Minnesota Wild forward Tyler Ennis (63) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Wild wins by being less 'ugly' than Sabres

Ex-Wild winger Pominville, back with Sabres, sees better days ahead for Buffalo
Wild sends struggling first-round picks back to minors
Wild play sloppy but hold off Sabres for win

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
Teen idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, dies at 67
CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

Two decades after tornado, rebuilt St. Peter, Minnesota, is a success story

  Todd Prafke had been city administrator of St. Peter, Minn., for four months on March 29, 1998, when the tornado struck. As emergency sirens…

Guide to organizations helping refugees

Resettlement AgenciesArrive Ministries: 612-798-4332; Charities, Twin Cities: 651-647-3100; Charities, Winona: 1-507-454-2270; Institute of Minnesota: 651-647-0191; Social Service of Minnesota: 651-642-5990;…

Roseville man broadens existence as Red Cross volunteer in Florida

When Robin Chattopadhyay signed up for the American Red Cross in 2014, he was seeking "kind of a three-way mix of altruism, adventure and networking."Check,…

For this couple, it's charity cup by cup

A heartbreaking 2015 trip to Haiti prompted Brandy and Steve Siewert to help children living in dire poverty.

Shakopee man helps fellow amputees live life to the fullest

After a 2007 accident changing a friend's tire changed his life, Aaron Holm started the nonprofit Wiggle Your Toes to help other folks in need.