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Jenna Ross

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Jenna Ross covers state news. She previously reported on higher education, including the University of Minnesota, for more than four years. She tweets at @ByJenna.
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Largest U.S. exhibition of Cuban art in 70 years coming to Walker

Largest U.S. exhibition of Cuban art in 70 years coming to Walker

Arriving November 2017, "Adiós Utopia" boasts more than 100 works by dozens of artists — offering a complex portrait of life on the island since 1950.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson named chair-elect of Minnesota Orchestra board

Marilyn Carlson Nelson named chair-elect of Minnesota Orchestra board

The businesswoman has a long history with the orchestra, and even funded its trip to Cuba.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra adds Francisco Fullana on principal violin

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra adds Francisco Fullana on principal violin

Fullana will split his duties with Kyu-Young Kim, the orchestra's artistic director and other principal violinist.
The final push to finding Jacob

The final push to finding Jacob

Blogger's quest and DNA clue reversed nearly three decades of false starts, missed opportunities, bad tips and dead ends.
Jared Scheierl gave voice to Jacob Wetterling, and new life to case

Jared Scheierl gave voice to Jacob Wetterling, and new life to case

"That day in court … there are no words for it," he said Thursday. "It was so long awaited, so necessary and so moving."
In court, loved ones confront awful truth of Jacob's last hours

In court, loved ones confront awful truth of Jacob's last hours

"On Oct. 22, 1989, did you kidnap, sexually assault and murder Jacob Wetterling?" Danny Heinrich's answer filled the federal courtroom in Minneapolis with tears and bitter questions.
Paynesville is reeling as search for answers is just beginning

Paynesville is reeling as search for answers is just beginning

As residents tried to make sense of the news, they wished that it might offer some closure to Jacob Wetterling's parents, Patty and Jerry, with whom they've worried and hoped for years.
Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Jacob Wetterling's remains found on a farm

Danny Heinrich, a suspect in Jacob's disappearance 27 years ago, provided authorities with information about the location.
Retired Minn. teacher's final assignment: Giving back his students' stories

Retired Minn. teacher's final assignment: Giving back his students' stories

Richard Roach retired from teaching 23 years ago, but he's still passing back "autobiographies" he assigned decades ago.
Hooks fly as Northfield debates downtown fishing ban

Hooks fly as Northfield debates downtown fishing ban

Pub owner wants to limit casting from Riverwalk; anglers push back
Obituary: Charles Wetherall, author, adventurer and a lot more, dies at 76

Obituary: Charles Wetherall, author, adventurer and a lot more, dies at 76

In 1979, a reporter had some fun with Charles Wetherall’s many careers: “He’s been a charter boat captain, photographer, writer, inventor, publisher, designer — and…

Police ID victim shot by elderly housemate in Northfield

"Initial information was that the shooting was related to an intruder in the home ... but that turned out not to be true," Police Chief Monte Nelson said.
Willmar cafe welcomes folks living with dementia

Willmar cafe welcomes folks living with dementia

New outstate 'memory cafe' modeled after Twin Cities gatherings.
Patty Wetterling brings clout to board working to prevent clergy abuse

Patty Wetterling brings clout to board working to prevent clergy abuse

She joins effort to prevent abuse by Catholic priests.
Soudan Mine lab faces uncertain future as it loses research projects

Soudan Mine lab faces uncertain future as it loses research projects

The lab's signature experiment — an enormous detector that captures glimpses of neutrinos fired at northeastern Minnesota from Illinois — recorded its final data in late June.
Obituary: Stephen Frank, St. Cloud State professor and pollster

Obituary: Stephen Frank, St. Cloud State professor and pollster

Professor Stephen Frank started the poll as a class project, a way for his students to understand research methods.Over the years, the St. Cloud State…
The Inadvertent Cafe is a hit, but who will keep lights on?

The Inadvertent Cafe is a hit, but who will keep lights on?

In small-town Clinton, Minn., the grant-funded eatery is nearing its four-year end date. Brent Olson never intended to run a small-town cafe.
Willmar mourns the drownings of two fourth-grade boys

Willmar mourns the drownings of two fourth-grade boys

Dozens of women crowded the homes of fourth-graders Ahmed Hashi and Idris Hussein, whose families live not far from one another in Willmar, to offer the families comfort and prayers.
'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case won't get venue change for child-porn trial

'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case won't get venue change for child-porn trial

Danny Heinrich's attorneys had sought the move for his federal trial.
Austin's Hormel Institute cancer research center expands again

Austin's Hormel Institute cancer research center expands again

Expansion at Austin facility will add jobs, accelerate cancer research
Prosecutors push back against request to move Danny Heinrich's trial from Minnesota

Prosecutors push back against request to move Danny Heinrich's trial from Minnesota

Court documents filed Wednesday outline similarities between Jacob Wetterling's abduction and a Cold Spring assault.
Smaller family resorts becoming a threatened Minnesota species

Smaller family resorts becoming a threatened Minnesota species

The loss of a summer tradition is lamented, even as one young Detroit Lakes family bucks the trend.
The cafe that never closes: Lange's Cafe in Pipestone sticks to tradition

The cafe that never closes: Lange's Cafe in Pipestone sticks to tradition

PIPESTONE, Minn. – The old glass door to Lange’s Cafe has been repaired, its hinges replaced. But not once in 55 years has it…
Danny Heinrich, 'person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case, is sued by 1989 kidnapping victim

Danny Heinrich, 'person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case, is sued by 1989 kidnapping victim

The suit, filed Wednesday in Stearns County District Court, claims that Danny Heinrich grabbed Jared Scheierl, forced him into his car and sexually assaulted him.
Wetterling 'person of interest' appears in court for hearing in child pornography case

Wetterling 'person of interest' appears in court for hearing in child pornography case

The pretrial hearing in Danny Heinrich's federal case focused on a search warrant.
'Person of interest' in Wetterling case wants child porn trial moved

'Person of interest' in Wetterling case wants child porn trial moved

Motions in child porn case to be heard Wednesday in Minneapolis federal court.
Linda Doebbert: Teacher, painter, artist

Linda Doebbert: Teacher, painter, artist

Linda Doebbert's soft paintings of cabins hang in many Detroit Lakes homes. Those commissions might have constituted her career. But Doebbert loved experimenting, pushing her…
Canning its old location, Austin's new Spam Museum opens

Canning its old location, Austin's new Spam Museum opens

It was relocated within Austin in an effort to boost local business.

Body found in Lake of the Woods 6 months after 3 boaters went missing

The discovery comes six months after three boaters went missing on the massive lake when their boat capsized. The bodies of two of the men were recovered last fall.
Mankato home of beloved Betsy-Tacy character on, off market

Mankato home of beloved Betsy-Tacy character on, off market

Neighborhood draws Maud Hart Lovelace fans from all over country

Lawsuit challenges ICE's detention of immigrant at Sherburne County jail

The case challenges ICE's "blanket" policy for holding immigrants.
Duluth tries out new tiny house for homeless

Duluth tries out new tiny house for homeless

A nonprofit developer has big plans for a 336-square-foot prototype

Fire tears through late 19th-century church in south-central Minnesota

No one was in the church at the time. Sanctuary is "a total loss," authorities said.
Surfers discover the icy appeal of Lake Superior's winter waves

Surfers discover the icy appeal of Lake Superior's winter waves

A good storm kicked up the big waves on Lake Superior's North Shore, drawing surfers in search of a chilly adventure.
Hundreds of bison bones in lake could reveal picture of early Minn.

Hundreds of bison bones in lake could reveal picture of early Minn.

A state archaeologist found that the number and condition of the bones found in an Alexandria lake hint at an American Indian gathering place — a bison kill site, hundreds or perhaps thousands of years old.
Detroit Lakes man discovers a new world walking every mile of Becker County's roads

Detroit Lakes man discovers a new world walking every mile of Becker County's roads

Lowell Deede trekked every public road, or 2,156 miles, in the northwestern county.
Bernie Sanders takes presidential campaign to Minnesota's Iron Range

Bernie Sanders takes presidential campaign to Minnesota's Iron Range

The candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination appeared at a rally in Hibbing Friday, saying 'if we can win here in Minnesota, we've got a real path to victory.'
Wetterling 'person of interest' pleads not guilty to porn charges

Wetterling 'person of interest' pleads not guilty to porn charges

Danny James Heinrich, in federal custody since October, faces 25 charges related to possessing and receiving child pornography.
Lake Pepin ice offers clues to start of shipping season, spring

Lake Pepin ice offers clues to start of shipping season, spring

For the first time this year, a team measured the ice thickness, stopping at 18 points in what many see as a truly Minnesotan sign of spring.
Fargo officer shot at domestic dispute dies hours later

Fargo officer shot at domestic dispute dies hours later

Jason Moszer was the first Fargo police officer to be killed on duty in 134 years. His suspected killer was found dead inside a home.

Minn. woman allegedly stole donations for missing boaters' families

Charges against the Baudette woman allege that she took funds intended for the families of three men who went missing on Lake of the Woods in October.
To save or raze? Austin debates future of power plant

To save or raze? Austin debates future of power plant

The old power plant that stands on the edge of the Cedar River here no longer cranks out electricity. The turbines were taken out years ago, the boilers broken down.
White Earth Band wants road signs to reflect Ojibwe language

White Earth Band wants road signs to reflect Ojibwe language

Becker County Board members want more details about a White Earth plan for bilingual signs

Victim identified in carbon monoxide death in Leech Lake fish house

Three others were sickened in an unventilated converted camper on Leech Lake.
Author and activist Robert Treuer dies at 89

Author and activist Robert Treuer dies at 89

The land was worth little. Robert Treuer bought it — 200 acres of barren, abandoned farmland near Bemidji, Minn. — in 1958 for about $2,000.He…
Another small-town Minnesota grocery store calls it quits

Another small-town Minnesota grocery store calls it quits

Aurora residents are saying so long to Zup's as rural shopping habits shift.
Northfield's last rail depot moving to a new home

Northfield's last rail depot moving to a new home

The depot, built in 1888, was saved from demolition by a group of concerned residents.
Jan. 1: Behind the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling investigation

Jan. 1: Behind the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling investigation

Long before he was named in the Jacob Wetterling abduction, Danny James Heinrich, now 52, led a troubled early life of burglary, drinking and financial difficulties, records and interviews show.
Wetterlings bring St. Joseph, Paynesville communities together

Wetterlings bring St. Joseph, Paynesville communities together

Residents affected by the latest developments in the Wetterling case came together.

Judge will decide whether to hear case on man who died in Stearns County custody

The 22-year-old had turned himself in. Jerome Deon Ladette Harrell went to Stearns County jail to take care of outstanding warrants for failing to have…
Report: State's homeless numbers drop

Report: State's homeless numbers drop

Fewer Minnesotans were homeless at the start of this year than in 2014 — the first drop in several years and one more dramatic than the national average.
Paynesville victims recount rash of attacks before Wetterling case

Paynesville victims recount rash of attacks before Wetterling case

Authorities now believe the string of 1980s assaults of boys in Paynesville may be connected to more serious crimes that followed: the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in Cold Spring and the unsolved abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph.
'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case to stay in custody

'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case to stay in custody

A man identified last week as a "person of interest" in the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago will remain in custody on child pornography charges, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday morning.
Patty Wetterling: 'We were caught off guard, like all of you'

Patty Wetterling: 'We were caught off guard, like all of you'

Patty Wetterling said she and her husband were surprised when authorities told them they had identified a person of interest in their son Jacob's abduction 26 years ago.
Assault victim seeks answers in Wetterling abduction

Assault victim seeks answers in Wetterling abduction

Investigators have long explored possible links between the Jared Scheierl assault and Jacob Wetterling abduction. "The whole reason I kept on continuing this was for the sake of the Wetterlings finding answers," Scheierl says.
String of attacks on Minn. boys in late 1980s draws fresh scrutiny

String of attacks on Minn. boys in late 1980s draws fresh scrutiny

Eight assaults against Paynesville boys ages 12 to 16 take on new significance with the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling's disappearance.
Deal to remake Oak Park Mall in Austin moves forward after year

Deal to remake Oak Park Mall in Austin moves forward after year

Austin Port Authority approved the $2.9 million agreement, City Council gave the OK
Same-sex couple who filed historic case donate papers to U collection

Same-sex couple who filed historic case donate papers to U collection

The files chronicle the love story of Michael McConnell and Jack Baker, who in 1970 became the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license. They told the larger history of the fight for gay rights in Minnesota and elsewhere.
3,000 people pour into tiny Aitkin to bury slain deputy

3,000 people pour into tiny Aitkin to bury slain deputy

Family members, neighbors and about 2,000 law enforcement officers from across North America gathered Friday to honor Deputy Steven M. Sandberg.
Grand Rapids river theater tradition to end

Grand Rapids river theater tradition to end

The city ended Showboat's lease at the park, saying site is meant for industrial use
Influential Minnesota newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar dies at 96

Influential Minnesota newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar dies at 96

In fifth grade, Veda Ponikvar decided that she would someday run a newspaper. She did — two of them, for nearly five decades. With them,…
Lake of the Woods area mourns 3 lost fishing guides

Lake of the Woods area mourns 3 lost fishing guides

"Everybody's hurting" after three experienced anglers went missing in the tight-knit community. Two bodies have been found.
Plans to re-open Grand Mound move forward

Plans to re-open Grand Mound move forward

Though center will be razed, aim is to staff American Indian site.

Rochester OKs later weekday sales of liquor, growlers

City Council voted to allow the change over some liquor store owners objections.

Crash near Braham between car, dump truck leaves two dead

Two people are dead after a head-on crash midday Monday along Hwy. 65 south of Braham, Minn. The crash, between a 2011 Ford Fusion and…
Rochester taprooms, liquor store owners face off over off-sale rules

Rochester taprooms, liquor store owners face off over off-sale rules

On Monday, the City Council must weigh the trickier question of whether to extend off-sale hours for all, including liquor stores.
Ya, you betcha: Linguist tracks how folks speak on the Iron Range

Ya, you betcha: Linguist tracks how folks speak on the Iron Range

Linguist Sara Schmelzer Loss grew up in the area and wants to see how language changes
Nice Ride's Bemidji program tests outstate bike sharing

Nice Ride's Bemidji program tests outstate bike sharing

Some say the rentals have boosted the broader bike culture. But Nice Ride also has learned a few hard lessons.
Obituary: Gene Hennig had a life of adventure and caring

Obituary: Gene Hennig had a life of adventure and caring

Gene Hennig didn’t start a bucket list after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013, at age 65. He was already well on his…
Bemidji shelter will give homeless alcoholics a place to go

Bemidji shelter will give homeless alcoholics a place to go

A downtown church is being turned into a nighttime shelter for a set of homeless people who they say have too few options: chronic alcohol and drug users.
Effort to recall Willmar council member falls

Effort to recall Willmar council member falls

The city attorney determined that petition to remove member from office was not valid
Brainerd, St. Cloud lead cities back to Mississippi riverfront

Brainerd, St. Cloud lead cities back to Mississippi riverfront

Smaller Minnesota cities are building better trail connections, revamping parks and finding other ways to draw folk to a sometimes overlooked river.

Mankato police chief's license suspended after training errors

Agency cited for training errors in its rush to train 12 part-time officers.
July 12: Tiny Clinton, Minn., steps up to save its sole grocery store

July 12: Tiny Clinton, Minn., steps up to save its sole grocery store

Neighbors pledged pledged $18,000 through Kickstarter to keep Bonnie's Hometown Grocery in business.
43 years later, couple's fight for marriage vindicated

43 years later, couple's fight for marriage vindicated

Their intuition came from different sources: Jack Baker, from his time in law school, and Michael McConnell, from his belief that "love is the most powerful force in the universe."
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