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More than 3,400 rape kits collected from victims were never tested and sit in law enforcement storage around Minnesota, with some dating to the early 1990s.
This is not the highly publicized, illicit trafficking in such goods as ivory and rhino horns. Millions of vulnerable wildlife specimens are legally admitted through U.S. customs each year.
Vulnerable but coveted, animals and plants at risk of being endangered are traded into the U.S. every year, and it’s completely legal.
Long before he was accused of poaching an African lion named Cecil, Walter Palmer was stalking suspected poachers on his private hunting land in northwestern Minnesota.
Extradition moves slowly; Walter Palmer’s whereabouts a mystery a month after shooting research lion Cecil.
On Monday, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer said that "everything is just fine,” but he refused to disclose his whereabouts.
U.S. wildlife officials say a representative for Walter Palmer contacted the agency late Thursday, before wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe called for his extradition to their country.
"Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Zimbabwe's wildlife minister said at a Friday news conference.
Minnesota trophy hunter Walter Palmer is being severely judged in the court of public opinion, but he appears unlikely to face prosecution in the U.S.
Entrepreneurial nonprofit is struggling to contain rising expenses
Iron Range legislator says it’s needed, but neighbors question use of state funds.
Accused of duping the public, the international thrift store chain agrees to change its practices.
The fees for Joseph Dixon III, despite a ‘substantial discount,’ will add to mounting bills for archdiocese; no offers yet for real estate.
Some call Silicon Energy rebates a win, while others cry foul.
The lawsuit accuses the foundation of misleading the public about the extent to which the used goods they donate to Savers thrift stores actually benefit the charity.
Attorney General Lori Swanson said the for-profit retailer makes misleading claims about how much donated clothes and merchandise benefits charities.
Report to the Legislature notes there is ‘‘inadequate oversight’’ by lawmakers.
A state agency’s support of a company devoted to Democratic fundraising and campaigns is generating criticism, but it might not run afoul of state law.
Iron Range agency’s loans to call center for DFL spurred inquiry and demand for restrictions.
An obscure state agency lent $625,000 to a call center that raises money for Democratic candidates.
During the 30 years it’s been owned by a state agency, Giants Ridge has never made money. In the past decade, those losses have totaled almost $40 million. A $12 million chalet is the next addition.
The investigation into the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board follows Star Tribune stories about the agency’s spending.
Driven by stock options, Ameriprise’s chief rose to the heights of pay rankings not just in Minnesota.
Read the story: State-subsidized Giants Ridge ski resort leaves trail of red ink.
Phone companies run into backlash promoting plan to shed some oversight.
Lawmaker said he wanted students to avoid blizzard.
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Mark Phillips to run the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, an influential development agency powered by mining taxes.
A statement said the mall, one of three mentioned, “implemented extra security precautions,” and "some may be noticeable to guests and others won’t be."
The man arrested Saturday in connection with the north Minneapolis burglary has served time for previous assaults. Andrew J. Neal, 43, was arrested Saturday afternoon…
Local task force aims to gather 132,000 pounds to help children ravaged by the outbreak.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it owes creditors $15.9 million and has assets of at least $42.5 million, according to a bankruptcy filing. The schedules offer a rare glimpse of the holdings and financial operations of the archdiocese, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Jan. 16.
Local Catholic Church officials created nonprofit foundations, funds to potentially keep them out of creditors’ reach.
What happens when an archdiocese files for bankruptcy?
Eight of the 10 limo passengers were injured in a crash on Oct. 17, three seriously. Now the group is caught in a dispute with the insurance company for an Eagan-based limo operator over who should pay medical bills, estimated at more than $100,000 so far.
Baby Yaw is Twin Cities’ first of the new year.
The thrift store chain expressed “great regret” at the decision of the Courage Kenny Foundation.
“Everything’s up for review,” TIES interim director says.
Son and daughter of former executive director were on the payroll.
The state was responding to what he called the “serious concerns” raised by a forensic accountant’s report of TIES. The audit, ordered by the school technology group’s board because it was losing money, revealed widespread spending irregularities and lack of documentation.
Executive director of St. Paul-based TIES, a school-funded group, left shortly before audit completed.
Attorney General Swanson questions how thrift store uses its proceeds.
The Savers thrift store chain is misleading the public about how much of the donations it solicits in the name of local charities, such as the Vietnam Veterans of America, actually goes to the charities. In some cases, Savers is pocketing all of a donation and not giving the charity anything, the Minnesota attorney general says.
Investigators stymied so far by cybermystery follow an elusive trail of digital crumbs.
Companies can no longer ask about a job seeker’s criminal history on initial employment applications. But some of the state’s marquee employers fumbled the new law, which took effect Jan. 1.
Court challenges to Minnesota’s residency rules rarely end in victory.
Seven of Minneapolis’ top 10 spots for parking violations are on the 3100 block of Girard Avenue S, with 1,086 handed out in front of the apartments at 3105 Girard Av. S.
Suit says card processor altered some contracts.
Tennis coach linked to affair with student, 15.
Small businesses are favorite marks, so state’s utilities try to fight back by launching the “Slam the Scam” campaign.
The U.S. Department of Justice blamed the lender for contributing to the nation’s costly housing collapse and epidemic of foreclosures. The bank did not admit any liability.
Eagan woman said it took nearly a year to get her refund after she canceled her contract.
No one really expects drug dealers to buy a Minnesota Department of Revenue tax stamp to stick on their illegal stash. But there it is…
At least 12,000 credit and debit cards believed stolen from Home Depot and linked to Minnesota ZIP codes are for sale at the underground crime shop Rescator, a local cybercrime professional says.
Don’t fall for it, state Revenue Department cautions.
Here is the comprehensive data on the money the state is holding for Minnesotans, current through the end of 2011
A state agency is holding lost money for 50,000 Minnesotans, including Prince, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, state Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and columnist Sid Hartman.
Minnesota’s Commerce Department has several tips for avoiding your property becoming unclaimed.
The simple “myRA” is expected to benefit young, low-wage and part-time workers the most.
Monitor your inbox and change passwords in light of Russian hack attack.
Twin Cities agencies have limited tools to make the delinquent landowners pay.
Here’s a list of the Top 10 for property tax debtors in each metro county, as of mid July. The numbers come from county property tax divisions. Amounts frequently change. Totals include accrued interest and penalties, except for Wright and Pierce which list only the delinquent tax amount. Most counties were able to exclude taxes that are late but are not considered delinquent because of an appeal to tax court, bankruptcy or confession of judgment that starts a payment plan. Some amounts shown may fall into those categories. The data cover real property only, and exclude personal property and manufactured homes.
Public retirement obligations are 74 percent funded, but new growth is shrinking liabilities.
Many longtime shareholders will face big tax bills after the company’s Covidien purchase.
Mark Mahaney, 26, of St. Paul, was among a group of six people, including two guides, believed dead Sunday following a rockslide or avalanche on Mount Rainier in Washington. Rescuers determined that it was too dangerous to try to recover the bodies, which are all believed to be on the Carbon Glacier.
Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital were accused of conspiring to drive down prices for companies they were buying.
The state continues Lake Wobegon-like above-average economic growth, mainly because of its thriving farming sector.
Wilbur Tate III, also suspected of taking bribes from a Florida debt agency, awaits sentencing.
Leonard Potillo, owner of United Credit Recovery, faces federal charges of fraud, bribery and money laundering.
A secretive Justice Department investigation spilled into the open as criticism intensifies.
The Fridley-based medical device maker holds $20.5 billion overseas, just one notch below Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with $21.4 billion.
Police are searching for suspects in the shooting death of a 17-year-old teenager in north Minneapolis. He was shot shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, but…
ATM innovators are thinking big, envisioning smarter machines that dispense a wider range of products.
Retirement funds claimed Wells Fargo made riskier bets in an investment program that was billed as a conservative play.
The Minneapolis bank is holding off on hiring and travel, and a technology unit has cut salaries.
MetLife and Transamerica will pay state $4 million over handling of insurance policy proceeds.