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After graduating with a master's degree in public affairs reporting, the Chicago native moved to Minnesota and fell in love with the outdoors despite being a Girl Scout dropout. Smith became an avid long-distance runner and cross-country skier, keeping her fit so she could backpack in the mountains and paddle the BWCA and Quetico wilderness areas with her husband and three children. Now that her daughters are adults, she gives them the heavier packs.


Abortion ban looms large in Wisconsin and the Dakotas

North and South Dakota are among more than a dozen where trigger laws were set to make abortion illegal once Roe v. Wade was overturned. Wisconsin has a law that bans abortion on the books dating back to 1849.


Rising gas prices may be a boon for Minnesota resorts

High prices may push families to scrub long-distance travel this summer, keeping vacations closer to home.


More than 300 Twin Cities high school students awarded Wallin scholarships

The scholarships is crucial aid for students from low-income families.


8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River goes home to its Native American descendants

The remains have been turned over to the Upper Sioux Community to be cared for.


Pent-up travel demand for this summer runs into higher costs

It will probably cost more to fly and drive this summer, but those wanting to hit the road are undeterred.


Summer travel is roaring back. Are higher prices and demand impacting your plans?

Airfares are rising, as is demand for hotel and car rentals. Understaffed airlines and bad weather have canceled or delayed numerous flights. And gas prices continue to inch upward.


Finally! Minnesota snaps out of persistent cold spell

Record high temperatures are possible by Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.


Minnesota parents should watch for hepatitis symptoms in children

Three Minnesota children who had liver inflammation may be part of a national cluster of hepatitis.


Minnesota Republicans question investigation into car crash involving two DFL leaders

State Auditor Julie Blaha was cited for failing to yield in the August 4 rollover crash.


Most Minnesota moms use unpaid leave after having a baby

The Minnesota Department of Health report was released Thursday at a time when Minnesota lawmakers are debating competing proposals for paid family leave.