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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Eight assaults against Paynesville boys ages 12 to 16 take on new significance with the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling's disappearance.
Austin Port Authority approved the $2.9 million agreement, City Council gave the OK
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.
Family members, neighbors and about 2,000 law enforcement officers from across North America gathered Friday to honor Deputy Steven M. Sandberg.
The city ended Showboat’s lease at the park, saying site is meant for industrial use
In fifth grade, Veda Ponikvar decided that she would someday run a newspaper. She did — two of them, for nearly five decades. With them,…
"Everybody's hurting" after three experienced anglers went missing in the tight-knit community. Two bodies have been found.
Though center will be razed, aim is to staff American Indian site.
City Council voted to allow the change over some liquor store owners objections.
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…
On Monday, the City Council must weigh the trickier question of whether to extend off-sale hours for all, including liquor stores.
Linguist Sara Schmelzer Loss grew up in the area and wants to see how language changes
Some say the rentals have boosted the broader bike culture. But Nice Ride also has learned a few hard lessons.
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…
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.
The city attorney determined that petition to remove member from office was not valid
Smaller Minnesota cities are building better trail connections, revamping parks and finding other ways to draw folk to a sometimes overlooked river.
Agency cited for training errors in its rush to train 12 part-time officers.
Neighbors pledged pledged $18,000 through Kickstarter to keep Bonnie's Hometown Grocery in business.
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.”
The campaign stems from an earlier controversial move to can the city administrator.
A St. Cloud group has built the state’s first tiny house for the homeless; now the house needs a spot to call home.
Even before the sex abuse scandal made him one of the most embattled figures in the Catholic church, Archbishop John Nienstedt’s tenure was turbulent. His…
Driver speaks out after serving time for the ’14 crash that killed mother of two biking with her kids.
The Northwest Angle’s 119 residents, many from families that operate resorts and fishing outposts, treasure the Angle Inlet School.
Arlene Bush served on the Bloomington school board for so long — 33 years — that the group now meets in the Arlene Bush Boardroom.…
New Bonanza Valley Voice owner puts everything into small-town newspapering.
The 1.6 miles that crosses Randy Bowe’s land will close to hikers, forcing alternative routes.
The 1.6 miles that crosses Randy Bowe’s land will close to hikers, forcing alternative routes.
In Alexandria, there’s a new high school template — moving walls, no desks, and a new way to teach.
The city of Wyoming, Minn., is suing six makers of wet wipes, arguing that “so-called flushable wipes” are clogging their wastewater systems and costing them money.
After months of debate, the “loud noise” will still call folks to wake up, eat, go home.
Few have kept the handful of daily sirens that once dotted the workday in the factories and fields.
Authorities are investigating human remains found beside Interstate 90 near Albert Lea as a suspicious death. Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag said that the bones…
The cloths have increasingly plugged pipes and pumps in recent years, forcing Minnesota cities to boost their monitoring and invest in expensive grinders.
Bill would make prison work a formal training program.
The village of 98-square-foot-houses has inspired international curiosity and could become a template for similar projects. Activists, nonprofits and students from hundreds of cities — including Rochester, Duluth and St. Cloud — have inquired.
Victor Barnard, through his Brazilian attorney, says he’s innocent of abusing girls.
Competitors and question writers plan for KVSC's Trivia Weekend “364 days a year.” The champions for two years running knew that a victory this year would make them the winningest team in the contest’s 36-year history.
The changes could boost nursing homes in rural areas where Republicans, who now control the state House, campaigned on the issue.
A new state grant fund is bolstering 17 projects to build speedier Internet, with its biggest awards focused on the state’s far reaches.
Snow in southern Minnesota is creating difficult driving conditions, especially along Interstate 90. The State Patrol warned would-be drivers in southeastern Minnesota to avoid unnecessary…
The man who is suspected of buying guns on behalf of Raymond Kmetz, the man who shot two New Hope police officers Monday, is out…
With Donald Kahn, a quick question about math often inspired an hourlong conversation about something else entirely. Music. French politics. Photography. During his decades at…
Chad Koosman admits he is Christmas-light “crazy,” but thousands who come to see just bask in the glow.
Jon Stanley would love to be lacing up his skates. But on his way to a Monday night showing of “White Christmas” at the Riverview…
Police chief calls the rash of incidents ‘disheartening’ and has stepped up patrols
The Legislature has come close to raiding the Iron Range agency fund to solve budget shortfalls.
Aaron Purmort, 34, who has stage 4 brain cancer, and his wife, Nora, are thankful for the mystery hero who left word of their car's location in northeast Minneapolis.
Joey Neely grew up going to the mall in Albert Lea, when it held lots of stores, a full food court and crammed craft shows.“That’s…
Goal of $20 million grant fund is to bring broadband to areas that have slow or no service.
Minnesota, Wisconsin join a growing movement across the country to become better equipped to support and integrate the swelling number of Americans with dementia,
Jerry and Patty Wetterling have searched for answers alongside investigators who have vetted some 50,000 leads — tips, connections and even false confessions.
Alison Feigh was so moved by Wetterling’s disappearance that she made protecting children her profession.
Billboards will blanket the St. Joseph, Minn., area in a new effort to find Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted 25 years ago this month. The six billboards will feature a photo of Jacob as a kid and a picture of what he might look like at age 36.
A Brainerd-area native is gaining attention for taking aim at car-focused development, federal transportation funding and “gluttonous” infrastructure growth.
The Minnesota Historical Society is taking new look at burial site, closed in 2007
Last winter’s propane prices and this year’s wet weather have dried up the area’s supply of seasoned firewood.
Adrian Peterson told police the “whoopings” he gave to his 4-year-old son came from a switch similar to the ones used on him when he…
A woman who was a passenger on a motorcycle was killed Saturday afternoon in a crash involving two motorcycles and a pickup truck in Minnetrista,…
Council argues that it would be tough to draw the line when it comes to controversial requests.
When Blaine Harvey neared the microphone, so close his lips almost touched it, he became Dan Donovan — the doo-wop loving, wisecracking radio veteran whose 52 years on the air included interviews with Frankie Valli and John Lennon.
Conservationist who wrote a history of the BWCA remembers the fight for the Wilderness Act.
Outraged family says he trespassed and committed animal cruelty. Official says he was responding to repeated complaints.
Ministers, St. Paul mayor, police chief reviewed tasering of black man after he waited in lounge.
50 U.S. senators have joined Minnesota mayors in the fight to save four processing centers.
The quick sale of the site, formerly the Potlatch and Wausau paper mills, was a pleasant surprise.
Since Muriel Krusemark took a part-time gig as Hoffman’s economic development coordinator, businesses have filled the city’s main drag, in contrast to economic forces that have emptied out similar Main Streets.
Victor Barnard played the shepherd, wearing linen clothes and sometimes wielding a shepherd’s crook. And he warned his followers against those who might turn against him — calling them wolves in sheep’s clothing.
From charismatic kid to wanted fugitive, friends recall how a kid from Minneapolis fell in with The Way and lost his way.
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