Staff shortages, not infection rates, driving school closures

Minneapolis Public Schools moved into distance learning after a rash of educator absences left schools with little staff. The state’s 10 largest dis

Across the 10 districts with the largest share of Minnesota's K-12 pupils — which together educate one in four of the state's public school students — officials say they keep an eye on daily staff absences in order to predict whether they must move into distance learning.

Ramsey County faces 'big cliff' if funding for homeless temporary shelters runs out

Shuntay Thomas listened to music with his son Brandon, 10, in their room in the Project Home at the Provincial House in the Highland Park neighborhood

Leases on the county's four temporary homeless shelters in St. Paul, which house about 450 men, women and children, expire this spring.

Store owners wary, weary as robberies climb in Minneapolis

8th St. Market owner Woods Halley prepared to open. The market was robbed six times in November and now won’t accept cash from customers.

Some stores have been hit several times, making workers quit and scaring away customers.

US draws down Ukraine embassy presence as war fears mount

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks as he greets embassy staff at the U.S. embassy, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. The

The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion.

Weekend violence marks a bloody start to the year for the Twin Cities

So far this year, St. Paul has recorded five homicides and Minneapolis has recorded three.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman addressed the rise of crime in the city and the efforts to recruit police officer

Minneapolis Mayor Frey's plan to hire 190 police officers is 'a heavy lift'

After record year, Market Bucks program for low-income Minnesotans expands this spring
As Faribault has grown, its historic downtown has undergone a renaissance
Minnesota woman committed by husband wrote harrowing 'Poems From the Asylum'

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The Vikings interviewed 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans on Sunday, the team announced, a day after his defense helped San Francisco eliminate

Vikings interview 49ers coordinator Ryans after victory over Packers

Gophers women's basketball can't hang on to the end at Michigan State
Top scorers pile up points as Wild piles up victories
Souhan: How about a robot arbitrator to settle MLB's dispute?

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Carolina Saldaña sang with toddlers at the Rainbow Child Development Center in St. Paul earlier this month. The center is grappling with staffing sho

Minnesota's child-care providers face staff shortages, rising costs

What will best keep Xcel's grid reliable in a pinch: Gas plants or batteries?
Impact invests in print plant, solar power in North Minneapolis
Alexander: Keep copies of data on your computer and in the cloud

A memorial to George Floyd rests at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis in June 2020. This photograph, among others, is

Images of reckoning: The Floyd murder

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Never let a good rail merger go to waste
Readers Write: Rent control, growing up, bonds between siblings

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For these Minnesotans, life after drinking offers more joy and fulfillment

Lileks: It's unreal how real it is
Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett wastes no time in no-nonsense Palace Theatre gig
Yuen: Free tampons and pads in school? That's as radical as free toilet paper and hand soap

Souhan: How about a robot arbitrator to settle MLB's dispute?

The MLB owners and players union are too entrenched to reach a labor agreement. A neutral voice, real or hard-wired, could impose a solution that doesn't allow the sport to do any further damage to itself.

Impact invests in print plant, solar power in North Minneapolis

After surviving more than 30 years as commercial printing consolidated, owners of Impact design a transition plan.

Reusse: Collaboration? Nah. Give me an astute Vikings GM with broad power

Interference from the head coach just complicates matters and leads to too much back and forth. The next Vikings GM should have complete control.

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, representing the swing Second District, is one of the top targets for Republicans in the midterms.

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig faces midterm headwinds

Last straw: Fed-up Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Sinema
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Taliban talks in Norway raise new debate about recognition

University of Utah students McKayla Moore, left, and Emma Richards talked Jan. 12 during the first week of the spring semester in Salt Lake City, Utah

Omicron cases appear to peak in U.S., but deaths continue to rise

Wildfire along California's Big Sur forces evacuations
All 100 lab monkeys accounted for after several escape crash
Chicago girl, 8, dies after being struck by stray bullet

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride a a subway car in an underground in St. Petersburg, Russia, Frida

Russia sets another daily virus record amid omicron surge

Taliban talks in Norway raise new debate about recognition
Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk, dies at 95
Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

A vigil in Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park hours after three men were convicted of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder in November 2021.

In light of the Ahmaud Arbery murder, what is Minnesota's citizen's arrest law?

Why did Minneapolis' famous flour boom go bust?
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Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson wants to add underwater lodging to Burlington Bay, with the help of an anonymous adviser. The town’s city council vo

An underwater hotel on Lake Superior? Two Harbors' mayor is raising eyebrows

Winter is prime time on the northern border for migrants trying to enter the United States
Enbridge says it has fixed aquifer ruptured while building Line 3 oil pipeline in Minnesota
BWCA outfitters say Forest Service went too far in reducing permits

A sign for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” hangs at the Broadway opening at the Lyric Theatre on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in New York. The acto

Broadway's 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' actor fired

Once allies, Stormy Daniels and Avenatti face off at trial
Ian Alexander Jr., only child of Regina King, dies at age 26
Louie Anderson, comic, Emmy winner for 'Baskets,' dies at 68

Who inspires you? Readers reply with those who buoy us through tough times

Who inspires you? Readers reply with those who buoy us through tough times

White Bear Lake students raise money for charity, 'Shark Tank' style
Sending books to Rwanda turned Bloomington woman's grief to hope
Against all odds, teen gymnast in Bosnia excels