US downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

A large balloon drifts above the Kingston, N.C. area, with an airplane and its contrail seen below it.

The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions.

Ramsey County sheriff ordered to cut jail population immediately

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, shown in 2019, was told to reduce the jail population because of insufficient staffing.

A scathing letter from Minnesota's top corrections official says the jail has failed to comply with safety standards.

'I just want to go home': A Minnesota woman's fight to overturn a guardianship

Cindy Hagen has lived in a hospital room at Mayo Clinic hospital in Austin for more than six months. Hagen, 49, who has limited mobility because of he

Disability advocates say Cindy Hagen's case demonstrates that change is needed to protect rights of disabled people.

Commutes lengthening as congestion returns to Twin Cities freeways

Drivers made their along a congested Crosstown Hwy. 62 in Edina during the evening rush hour on Thursday Feb. 2, 2023.

Last year, Twin Cities drivers spent 26 hours stuck in snarls — nearly double the time spent sitting in traffic in 2021.

Hottest housing market: Buyers find suburban bliss in Lake Elmo

“We didn’t want cookie-cutter suburbia — we wanted a property that felt unique,” said Jessica Brockshus, who recently moved to Lake Elmo with

Buyers were obsessed with big houses and big yards, making far-flung suburbs the most popular places in the metro area last year, according to the Star Tribune's seventh annual Hot Housing Index.



Much of the research so far on the medical effects of marijuana has focused on young people, leaving unanswered questions about adult usage.

As Minnesota considers legalizing marijuana, what does research say about the risks?

What happened to Minneapolis' famous Weatherball?
Pilot suffers minor injuries in Washington County plane crash
Momentum building to add Minnesota to National Popular Vote compact

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At 6-3 and 170 pounds, Isaac Asuma does everything well in a style both smooth and forceful for Cherry’s boys basketball team.

Tiny-school standout Asuma puts Cherry on top in Class 1A, brings Gophers staff to his games

Blown out at the Barn: Gophers lose big again, falling 81-46 to Maryland
Which of these 18 Vikings will be back?
Gophers sophomore Rose Micheaux blossoms amid team's struggle

Uganda native Ian Oundo works behind the counter of his newly opened coffee shop, Rafiki Coffee & Cafe, in St. Paul. The African Development Center an

Projects blossom in Twin Cities from aid pledged after George Floyd's death

Ramstad: Building apartments in a factory saves time, attracts more people to construction
Finding the best local hardware store for your needs
Ways you can try to lower your mortgage rate

Gov. Tim Walz reviewed notes before speaking about the state’s budget in December.

Walz budget is ambitious, pricey

'We need more Dave Durenbergers'
The grayest generation
Readers Write: Light rail, state tax on Social Security, Emmer and crypto, librarians



Hometown favorite Big T, aka Terry Williams, entertained at Red’s Lounge in Clarksdale, Miss.

A trip to the Mississippi Delta reveals birthplace of the blues, and so much more

Yuen: Historians search for Minnesota's Black 'Rosie the Riveters'
Bookmark: Poet Donte Collins reflects on 5 years of darkness and light
Lileks: Ugliest building in town? Or just misunderstood?

Reusse: We lost another wrestling great, a guy who always lost: Kenny 'Sodbuster' Jay

One of the best "jobbers" we ever saw, Kenny Jay once even took on Muhammad Ali.

Souhan: Strength personified, Wiley powered many athletes, teams on way to honor

Sara Wiley, the Gophers' assistant athletic director for Olympic Athletic Performance and a performance coach on staff, was recognized publicly last week, after years of being an influential, behind-the-scenes MVP.

Neal: When 'the widowmaker' came to Twins fantasy camp

Jamie Green of Mounds View survived a scary scene on a baseball diamond in Fort Myers. His story is a familiar one for sports fans in early 2023.


President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris stand on stage at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Phil

Dems reshuffle primaries to stress diversity over tradition

Congress faces familiar questions on police reform
Momentum building to add Minnesota to National Popular Vote compact
Ramsey County sheriff ordered to cut jail population immediately


A train fire is seen from Melissa Smith’s farm in East Palestine, Ohio, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.

50-car train derailment causes big fire, evacuations in Ohio

'Died suddenly' posts twist tragedies to push vaccine lies
Single-use coffee pods have surprising environmental benefits over other brewing methods
China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

A vendor sits at a flea market in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

Dozens of soldiers freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Teenage girl killed by shark while jet skiing in Australia
Pope says South Sudan's future depends on treatment of women
Iranian director freed on bail after going on hunger strike

What happened to Minneapolis' famous Weatherball?

What happened to Minneapolis' famous Weatherball?

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Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson accepted their MusiCares Person of the Year awards at a celebration in their honor at the Los Angeles Convention Cente

Gordy, Robinson honored at reunion of Motown stars

Punk icon Lydon fails in bid to play Eurovision Song Contest
Dr Dre, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne honored at pre-Grammy event
Mexican actor Pablo Lyle gets prison for road rage death

Peggy Brenden of St. Cloud competed in a boys tennis match in 1972. Toni St. Pierre was cleared to run for Hopkins Eisenhower High School that same ye

In the 1970s, two Minnesota girls sued for their right to play sports

Kitchen Coalition expands beyond Twin Cities with restaurant-style meals to needy
Q&A: Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO recruits alumni as mentors
Skylar Little Soldier: Minnesota's highest-regarded wrestler has big goal