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Portrait of Dan Stock one of the owner and founder of Zubaz.

Zubaz pants are back

The outrageous baggy duds created by two Minnesotans were loved and scorned. Now, a new generation gets the chance to be passionate about the pants.

Burnsville schools gauging impact of technology on learning

The district has ramped up its use of technology in a slower, more-targeted way than some neighbors. A presentation Thursday looks at how it's been going.
FILE -- DJ Baauer performs at the Glasslands Gallery in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sept. 1, 2012. Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" and Baauer's "Harl

Mound Westonka reduces suspensions of hockey players

But Mound Westonka High School officials' effort to quell anger for "rushing to judgment" over Harlem Shake dance failed.
In the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, police investigated the scene at an apartment on Victoria Ave. where three people were found dead.

St. Paul police investigating deaths of 3 at Victoria St. apartment

Police said they were not searching for a suspect and that the public is not in danger.
New Prague Area Schools administrators cancelled classes on Wednesday after an unfounded report of a shooter prompted a lockdown at the middle school.

School-shooting hoax means tense morning for New Prague

In the wake of a massive police response, a 12-year-old boy was held for making hoax calls about a shooter at a New Prague school.

South school briefs: Burnsville school board has vacancy for 2-year term

Burnsville School board has vacancy for two-year term The Burnsville School District is looking for a new board member after Paula Teiken resigned with about…

Dakota Technical College has major impact on area economy

The college accounts for 1,500 jobs and $160 million in economic impact, study finds.
At Crosby Farm, many searchers including Megan Perzichilli and fiance Nick Conrad, peaking in the trunk of a dead tree for clues, looked for the body

Searchers fan out once more for missing St. Paul woman

Kira Trevino was last seen Feb. 21 and is presumed to have been killed. Her husband, Jeffrey Trevino, has been charged and remains jailed in her death.

Aug. 8, 2001: Boy dies, brother hurt in St. Paul shooting

A 15-year-old boy was killed and his 14-year-old brother was wounded Tuesday in St. Paul in a shooting that their father said grew out of…

Feb. 10, 2001: Man charged in St. Paul home invasion

He and a man who was shot to death were trying to steal drugs from the house, police say.
Bob Ertl

Lakeville North activities director seeks transfer after second DWI arrest

Bob Ertl was convicted of DWI in December and faced possible downsizing due to budget cuts next year.
Chef Marshall O'Brien urged students at Westwood Intermediate School in Blaine to scoop up fresh fruits and vegetables while getting lunch on 10/10/12

Food fight in the school lunchroom

Students don't like to be told what to eat and say portions are too small. Lunch staffers seek patience and buy-in to the goal of healthier kids.

St. Paul crime lab puts 350 cases at risk so far

Three county attorneys say they're looking to drop drug charges and "take corrective action" in light of St. Paul police crime lab's troubles.
At a news conference Thursday, St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith said he was not aware of major issues with the department’s crime lab until this w

St. Paul crime lab director replaced

The troubled St. Paul police lab has already suspended testing of drug evidence, and will seek outside help to improve the lab.
Tornado damage was extensive in the neighborhood near Clearview and Hughes in Columbia Heights. Two trees came down on Theresa Pyka's home and two veh

May 22, 2011: Deadly tornado crashes through north Minneapolis

Powerful storm blew into metro, killing 1, injuring 30 and putting North Side under curfew.
Steven A. Cross arrived at the Dakota County courthouse for a hearing.

Feb. 23: Court denies visitation for Lakeville dad

But the judge will consider joint custody of son who was left behind by Steven Cross and led to believe his mother was dead.

Burnsville weighs shorter school weeks as part of cost-saving plan

Looking for savings, district may lengthen days, use four-day weeks.
Finn Edevold, 6, and his dad, Eric, got the best of two seasons Monday, playing a little soccer aboard their cross-country skis at Theodore Wirth Park

Skis? Skates? Try shorts, kites

Winter took a Christmastime holiday Monday, with the temp hitting an un-Twin Cities-like 52 degrees.
St. Paul, MN, Wednesday, June 4, 2003 -- The illuminated red letters of KSTP studios light up the Hubbard Broadcasting building at 3415 University Ave

KSTP hit with $1 million defamation verdict

A holistic healer said she was defamed by a 2009 news story.
Crystal Poole has given up using her sink, which she said broke months ago. She said that apartment management has brushed aside her complaints. Sewag

Litany of complaints plague owner of rental properties

At the Wayzata apartment complex owned by Lindahl Properties, swarms of ants and other insects led to a court complaint.
Dr. Keith F. Ostrosky

South St. Paul dentist with 'lewd' record keeps license

Complaints against Dr. Keith Ostrosky include touching women's breasts.
Alexis Pratley, 16, got a hug from her father, William, as they celebrated after she passed her driver’s license test at the Driver and Vehicle Serv

State reopens: Relief, hard feelings

As workers returned to state offices, the people they serve aren't sure what the shutdown accomplished.
Sabrina Gorr held her daughter Georgia-Bella Gorr, 8 months, at her St. Paul home. Gorr, who recently changed her Virgin Mary tattoo into an image of

Saint of Death casts pall

Known as the patron saint of death, her presence in statues, candles and tattoos has mirrored the rise of Mexican drug cartels.
Eagan police on Wednesday checked out the side of the house where a double murder-suicide took place Tuesday night. Police on Thursday identified the

Eagan shooter known, but not motive

Robin C. Bhattacharyya shot himself Tuesday after killing his ex-wife and her husband, Eagan police said.
The Twins staff has looked in every nook and cranny of the Dome and assembled an array of the odd, the interesting and the collectible for Saturday’

Twins sale: Letting go, moving on

Like anyone planning a move, the Twins are getting rid of some things before they go.
Seniors participated in a yoga class at the Chaska Community Center.

Aging and active in Carver County

Carver County wins accolades as one of the best places in America to grow old in good health.

Man dies, another rescued in drama along Mississippi River

Rushing rainwater swept two urban explorers into the Mississippi River. A frantic rescue ensued, but one died.

Several killed, injured in crashes in region

A pregnant woman who was a passenger in a car hit broadside by a pickup truck Saturday in Scott County miscarried as the result of the crash, the Minnesota State Patrol reported Sunday.
Chaska Bakery owner Dave Blackowiak, greeted customers as he worked alongside his daughter Katrina Blackowiak, 19, during their last few days of busin

Chaska Bakery, open since 1884, sells its last bread today

Like many small bakeries, it has faced growing competition from supermarkets; the recession was the final straw.
Angel, above at 5 months old, was born hours after her mother was fatally injured in a car crash on Interstate 94 near Rogers last August. Her grandmo

Feb. 8: A lost daughter, but a new life

Kari Palashewski lost her daughter in a car crash but miraculously gained a granddaughter. "Nobody knew Jamie was even pregnant. I don't know if she even knew."

New potato plant raises some eyes in Chaska

A proposed potato-processing plant sparks opposition from folks who are fearful of odors, traffic and water-use issues.

Southdale is back to normal after Friday's shooting

It was business as usual at the Edina center after two boys were shot and injured in a parking lot.
Brian Honkomp and Christian Gilbert, at High Camp about 19,600 feet up on Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.

Waconia teachers turn winter break into higher learning

A world geography teacher and his Clearwater Middle School colleague used a two-week adventure on the tallest mountain in the Americas to create a compelling schoolwide event for students back home.

Assessor is the decider: What exactly is a farm?

How many chickens does it take to make a farm? How many cows must a landowner have to qualify as a farmer? And do grazing horses a real farm make?

Second food shelf opens in Chaska as times get tight

The city expects need to grow as economy has ripple effect.

I-94 traffic jams propel demand for more lanes

A coalition says bumper-to-bumper backups between Rogers and Monticello hurt businesses and fray drivers' nerves.

Delays could mean changes for Heights of Chaska

The economy has halted the ambitious project, which might be scaled back and reassessed.

Rumble strips are raising grumbles

Seen as a way to improve safety along rural highways, they have instead sparked noise complaints from residents and fixes by the counties that installed them.
Pastor Richard Mark, dressed as Paul Bunyan, lumbered around St. John’s United Church of Christ in Norwood Young America, where he preaches.

A preacher who stands tall and carries a big ax

In posting as Paul Bunyan, Richard Mark turns heads wherever he goes.

Homeowners are trapped in middle of a permit fight

Corinna Township is issuing shoreline construction permits that Wright County officials maintain are invalid and illegal.

Driver who killed teen in crash avoids prison again

Dylan Kaskinen was drunk when he killed his passenger. Now, after violating probation, he was sent for treatment.
Wild parsnip near Newport

Weed with bite eating acres across state

Watch out for wild parsnip: It can cause severe blisters.

New stretch of Hwy. 212 opens

The $238 million project -- more than 50 years in the making -- is expected to drive development in the southwest metro. A grand opening ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. today.
Michael Bayly is planning a lay service and a rally tonight outside St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church because the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapoli

Uproar over prayer service for gays grows

Protests are planned today at St. Joan of Arc in south Minneapolis over the archdiocese's order about a gay pride event there.

EPA tests: No vapor hazards in St. Louis Park

"The emergency is taken care of"; now the hunt is on for the source of the contaminated groundwater that led to the vapor alert.

Scientists, just plain folk, go batty for Bioblitz

The U's Bell Museum is hoping to make biology relevant and fun doing a nature census.

Stadium builder failing to meet minority hiring goals

Mortenson Construction has not met its goals for hiring minority workers and contractors so far in construction of the new Twins ballpark. But the company assured state officials it will honor its commitment.

Tainted ballpark dirt ends up near river

Tons of contaminated soil from the site of the new Twins stadium is piled in a flood plain beside the Minnesota River while the Ballpark Authority, contractors and the state wrangle over its disposal.

Firefighter talks about rescuing two children

Forest Lake deputy fire chief Bruce Wightman describes rescuing two children from a fire in a mobile home early Wednesday morning. Photo courtesy KSTP-TV