Aug. 21, 1860: Mississippi slave wins her freedom in Minnesota

Eliza Winston, 30, arrived as chattel and, thanks to a Minneapolis judge, left as a free woman.

Monday Becomes the Wettest Day of 2015; Slow PM Clearing

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Through 8AM, the Minneapolis airport tallied 2.70" of rain today alone making it the wettest day of 2015 so far. We have also set a new daily rainfall record beating the previous 2.32" set in 1883. Slow PM clearing is expected with cooler, drier and less muggy conditions by Tuesday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

Nicollet Mall redo puts Metro Transit routes on detour

July 5
Commuting patterns for thousands of Metro Transit riders will change Monday morning when a massive project to remake Nicollet Mall gets underway.
Twins
July 5

Postgame: Twins hope Royals realize they're competitive

Base-stealing remains a problem for Minnesota; Molitor has All-Star ambitions -- someday
Sports
July 5

Haula files for arbitration; Columbus player fires Twitter darts at Reilly

The Wild's unsigned center ensured he will settle on a new contract soon or an arbitrator will award him one.
Twins
July 5

Ervin Santana's first start as Twin is here

Steroids suspension over, the Twins get their first look today at their major free-agent acquisition.
Blogs
July 5

Sticky Sunshine Sunday; Strong Storms & Heavy Rain Overnight

The good news is that skies should appear a little more clear Sunday as upper level winds have become more westerly. Winds at the surface will favor a more southerly direction, which will keep the warm and muggy air streaming northward ahead of a storm system that will plow through Sunday night with scattered storms and heavy rain. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Sports
July 5

Axemen ready to set longevity record for Minnesota indoor football

The owners of Bemidji Axemen are making plans for a third season in 2016. That would be a state record (I think).
Twins
July 4

Postgame: Mauer says Blanton is tough, but results say otherwise

Takeaways from Saturday: Paul Molitor's hope of a seven-man bullpen is fading; Toma makes a cameo; Boyer takes on the mascot
Sports
July 4

Reusse: An indoor milestone for the Bemidji Axemen

The Bemidji Axemen have a chance to make history on the Minnesota sports scene.
Twins
July 4

Trevor May moves to bullpen to make way for Ervin Santana

The switch is probably only temporary, manager Paul Molitor says; May is happy that he gets to stay in the major leagues.
Variety
July 4

Book reviews: Laura Erickson excellent on nests

All about the mysteries of bird nesting, plus two other books
Vikings
July 4
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson (21) intercepted a fourth q...

Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson has pectoral muscle injury

Robinson declined to comment on the injury, but texted he was looking forward to “playing with the Vikings this season.”
Local
July 4

Nov. 18, 1903: The dangers of flash photography

F.B. Chapman, photographer, 438 Wabasha street, and Byron Gibbs, his assistant, 228 East Seventh street, were seriously injured last evening by the explosion of a carbide tank used by Chapman in taking a flash light picture of two bowling teams at Chris Miller’s bowling alley, 221 East Seventh.
Twins
July 4

Postgame: Alex Meyer's stay with Twins was brief, but helpful

Royals rookie made awful first-game blunder; Sano impressing Molitor with his hitting approach
Blogs
July 3

Spectacular 4th of July Weekend Ahead; Stormy Sunday Night

It'll be a warm weekend, but it gets a little more humid on Sunday as a storm system approaches from Canada. Much of the region will start the day dry on Sunday, but the holiday weekend could conclude with some heavy downpours and strong thunderstorms, especially overnight. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Twins
July 3
Thursday night June, 25, 2015, Twins pitcher Ervin Santana pitched fo...

Twins roster move imminent as Santana arrives

Ervin Santana - who will pitch Sunday - has arrived in Missouri, but he’s not allowed to be at Kauffman Stadium tonight as the Twins play Game No. 80 — the final game of his steroids suspension.
Eat & Drink
July 3

Burger Friday: Summertime nostalgia reigns at Minnetonka Drive In

The Minnetonka Drive In, a former A&W that has been in the same family for 54 years, keeps the chain's burger (and root beer) traditions intact.
Sports
July 3

$2 bet pays track record $161; Strib handicapper's Pick-4 pays $1,400+

79 to 1 longshot Congregation caught the race favorite at the wire -- paying $161 to win in the fourth race at Canterbury Park on Thursday -- and helping Star Tribune handicapper Johnny Love give out a $1,476.80 Pick-4 ticket.
Twins
July 3
Red Wings pitcher, Ervin Santana, during the second inning against Paw...

Section 219: Hey, Twins fans. A moratorium on whining for now, OK?

Maybe the Twins are catching Kansas City at the right time, the same way Milwaukee chewed on the Twins last month when they were struggling.
Local
July 3

Weekend traffic: Full slate of road work comes with fireworks, festivals

The three-day Independence Day holiday weekend looks to be warm and dry, just about perfect for watching the scores of Twin Cities area fireworks displays that will draw crowds to shows both large and small Friday and Saturday nights.
Sports
July 3

Reusse: Mauer hitting 3rd because he belongs there

Joe Mauer is far removed from what he was, and yet he's still the hitter that opposing teams are most likely to pitch around. And there's another big reason as well.
Local
July 3

Marquette demolition illustrates tricky economics of old buildings

A plan to demolish one of the last surviving clusters of sidewalk storefronts in downtown Minneapolis offers an important lesson in the tricky economics of some old buildings.