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Joyce Irene Acosta, an 'emphatic storyteller' topped with a colorful hat, dies at 84

Joyce Irene Acosta

She was walking a favored route when she was struck by a car.

Irene Allen, Star Tribune's 'obit queen,' dies at 56

Irene Theodozia Allen, née Bestilny

Allen's generous heart was a comfort to grieving families.


A MNDOT Survey worked along Arcade Street, in St. Paul on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning to redesign

St. Paul's Arcade Street may be due for makeover

New Rochester school district's strategic plan hailed as major improvement
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Twin Cities parks work to diversify park programming

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Chris Archer and four Twins relivers held Colorado to one hit.

Archer, Twins bullpen toss one-hitter in 6-0 victory over Colorado

Connelly: Draft will have little impact on what Wolves do in free agency
Little Course On The Prairie: Tepetonka will be state's newest golf destination
Lynx coming off back-to-back wins, but defending WNBA champions are next up

Dave McNulty sold this cottage on Big Ripley Lake near Shell Lake, Wis., for $27,000 more than the asking price after getting more than a dozen offers

Looking for a lake home in Minnesota this summer? Get in a long line

Developer goes with the flow with $20 million makeover of Riverplace
Restaurants' improvised patio space in pandemic becomes permanent in some Minn. cities
Minnesota has the nation's second-lowest jobless rate. Is that good?

A Minneapolis police officer investigated an automobile crash. The city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, writes that he’s “been pushing an aggressive plan f

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey: City will play a leading role in reshaping policing

Ruling should end cop funding nonsense
Abortion ruling: A disaster for America, suicide for the court
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A second location of Cardigan Donuts opened in the IDS Center and debuted the doughnut shop’s new line of ice cream treats.

Headed downtown for work or play? What's new in dining in Mpls. and St. Paul

Yuen: Taking your husband's last name doesn't need to be 'til death do you part
'Gay Pride was invented here': The origins of Pride in the Twin Cities
Minnesota's community theaters adjust to the times, seek new audiences

Brooks: Walter Mondale's urn rich in family and history

Made by Stillwater potter Warren MacKenzie, the urn once held the ashes of Mondale's wife, Joan

Reusse: Whether 'Pretty Boy' or 'The Axe,' Larry Hennig was an original

Before making a name for himself on the pro wrestling circuits, Larry Hennig was a Minnesota state wrestling champion at Robbinsdale High School in 1954. He died this week at age 82.

Obituary: Entrepreneur Elliott Royce was a remarkable retiree

At age 96, Elliott Royce attended trampoline class three times per week. The hobby fit with his retirement routine of falling five times every morning…


President Joe Biden signs the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Washin

Biden signs landmark gun measure, says 'lives will be saved'

Minnesota abortion battle turns to November and the ballot box
'Hero Pay' applications flood into Minnesota
Are the Jan. 6 hearings changing minds in Minnesota?

The FAA control tower at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport

Airlines aim to shift blame for flight problems to FAA

Police: 5-month-old girl in car fatally shot in Chicago
Biden signs landmark gun measure, says 'lives will be saved'
Alaska Supreme Court ruling keeps Sweeney off House ballot

Clockwise from left, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Mario Draghi, Prim

'We have to stay together': Biden on alliance behind Ukraine

Russia fires missiles across Ukraine, cements gains in east
Norway shaken by attack that kills 2 during Pride festival
Iraqi caretaker PM in Iran to rekindle talks with Saudis

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This shot shows Birch Lake near the site of the planned Twin Metals copper mine. A federal study released Thursday found hardrock mining in the Superi

Long-awaited federal study finds threat to Boundary Waters from hardrock mining

Duluth sees surge in gun-related incidents — including one Wednesday night
New Split Rock Lighthouse campground shines on the North Shore
Water Is Life Festival returning Sept. 4 to Duluth with Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Low

Paul McCartney, from left, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen perform at Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset, England, Saturday, June 25, 2022

Paul McCartney wows Glastonbury with Dave Grohl and The Boss

Prince Charles denies any wrongdoing over bags-of-cash claim
Vonn urges athletes use platform for good
BET Awards return Sunday with Doja Cat as leading nominee

The Norwood Young America bandshell is back in its original location in the city’s Legion Park.

Norwood Young America's bandshell back home after nearly a century in private hands

University of Minnesota medical students create program pairing mentors with challenged youth
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Popular Fenway fixture Drago the German shepherd dies at 10

No dog ever had a better yard to play in than Drago.


Former Viking McElhenny, a Hall of Fame halfback, dies at 93

Hugh McElhenny, the elusive Hall of Fame halfback who starred in the San Francisco 49ers' "Million Dollar Backfield" in the mid-1950s and later played for the Vikings, has died. He was 93.


Speedway Motorsports founder Bruton Smith dies at 95

O. Bruton Smith, who emerged from North Carolina farm country and parlayed his love of motorsports into a Hall of Fame career as one of the biggest track owners and most successful promoters in the history of auto racing, died Wednesday. He was 95.


Tony Siragusa, who helped Ravens win Super Bowl, dies at 55

Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who was part of one of the most celebrated defenses in NFL history with the Baltimore Ravens, died Wednesday. He was 55.


Protesters turn Supreme Court front into forum on abortion

A steady stream of protesters has turned the street in front of the Supreme Court building into an open-air forum encapsulating the fierce national debate over abortion after the leak of a draft opinion suggesting the justices would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.


Got a savings goal? Consider forming a savings circle

A breezy January morning made the mid-30 temperatures feel even chillier. But it was an important day for the young man pushing 30 himself . He was about to face his entire family to ask for a loan to seed his new business idea.


Steve Truax, a Marine in Vietnam, diamond cutter, business owner and volunteer, dies at 75

Truax had a passion for reading, walking and fly fishing.


Polish man who rescued Jews during the Holocaust dies at 102

Józef Walaszczyk, a member of the Polish resistance who rescued dozens of Jews during the Nazi German occupation of Poland during World War II, has died aged 102.


'It always wins': North Korea may declare COVID-19 victory

It's only been a month since North Korea acknowledged having a COVID-19 outbreak, after steadfastly denying any cases for more than two years. But already it may be preparing to declare victory.


Father of teen killed on Florida ride fears death forgotten

The father of a Missouri teenager killed after falling from a towering Florida amusement park ride said Monday that he fears his son's death will be forgotten, with tragic consequences for future ride patrons.