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If a save-the-fireworks effort doesn't come together this year, Grand Old Day Anyway plans to return the donations and try again in 2020.
For six straight hours, people in St. Paul smiled when they talked about garbage.
It's swarm season in Minnesota, when honeybees fan out in search of new homes. Sometimes, they pick the wrong neighborhood.
The Legislature's session ended with no emergency insulin aid. Some would die for a special session.
You can find a seat downtown, if you know where to look. You just have to navigate blocks of seatless streets and charmless plazas to get there.
Coming up with a banner to rally your town is exactly as hard as it sounds.
Rep. Angie Craig said there is a big difference between the topics her constituents care about and the ones that fascinate the Beltway.
During the Vietnam War, when airports could feel like hostile territory to troops traveling in uniform, a young sailor from Minneapolis dreamed of a warmer…
On a windy Wednesday in Uptown Minneapolis, people gathered to cheer the demolition of a Planned Parenthood clinic — a demolition that’s making way for…
Mile in My Shoes pairs residents with experienced runners from the community in the hope that everyone can find some joy and common ground.
Ramadan is a time to avoid conflict and quarrels, but anyone who follows U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar on Twitter knows conflict avoidance is not her style.
There have been zero cases of measles in Minnesota this year, no thanks to me. Measles is back in a big, dumb way.…
The city's attempt to put a price on Damond's life — like everything else about her death — stirred painful questions about whose lives we value and which deaths we can explain away.
The murder trial was so tangled up in race and politics and public policy, it's hard to tell where justice begins for some and ends for others.
Two hundred years ago, somebody befouled a Minnesota lake with John C. Calhoun’s name. Now a state appellate court says we’re stuck with it until…
Eden Prairie kindergartners join the ranks of almost 4,000 Minnesotans who have spent more than 4,000 hours tidying metro storm grates.
There's a $4 million word on a sign at Fort Snelling.Bdote. The Dakota name for this spur of land at the confluence of the Mississippi…
In times of tragedy, which seemed to surround us this past week, we're reminded we don't have to go through them alone.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond was one of an estimated 987 people shot and killed by police in this country in 2017.
Mark Westpfahl stood in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last week and watched a planeload of his students take to the skies without him.
The river will rise this spring, almost everyone agrees on that. The question is, how high?
A comforting thought, straight from the admissions department at the University of Minnesota: 99.999 percent of those who get into college get in the right way.
Suddenly, Minnesota has an issue that doesn't break along party lines and doesn't spark a bitter debate: The time change affects everyone.
Naming things is hard. This is a land of 11,842 lakes, and a surprisingly large number of them are named Mud. Renaming things is harder.
Someone, somewhere in America, is yelling about Ilhan Omar. Right now, it's Congress.
At least 19 dairy barns collapsed across southern and central Minnesota during the month's storms, the Minnesota Milk Producers Association estimates.
Columnist Jennifer Brooks: This weekend, a group of people whose names aren't worth the ink it would take to print their names rolled into Minnesota and cast lie after lie.
Anyone can talk about the weather. Minnesotans prefer to do something about it.
Maj. Henry Courtney Jr.'s Medal of Honor is coming home to Duluth after long years in storage in a Pennsylvania vault.
Every American knows the only thing worse than our health coverage is losing our health coverage.
School leaders make the best call they can. And if they can, they turn the call into performance art.
We were so cruel. We had no idea how cruel, which is why this keeps happening.
Slapfights seem to break out at the Capitol every time Minnesota tries to pick an official state thing.
CBD doesn't fall on anyone's desk, and the tiny Board of Pharmacy couldn't crack down, even if it wanted to.
The worse the weather, the happier they are.
Maj. Henry A. Courtney's Medal of Honor is locked away in a vault in Pennsylvania.
In the middle of a government shutdown, an agency that hadn’t cut a paycheck in four weeks held a job fair. Not the greatest…
The parents of a newborn are spending the first weeks of 2019 in the neonatal intensive care unit watching over their son, while the medical bills pile up and no paychecks arrive.
We didn't find Jayme. Jayme found us.
By the time you read this, former Gov. Mark Dayton will be off on his first vacation in eight years. On his way out the…
Minnesota’s newest members of Congress are getting ready to start work in a government that just stopped working. For weeks, our five newly elected lawmakers…
Pardon hearing day means four hours of high drama, heartbreak and small mercies for people who are trying hard to be better than they used to be.
Minnesota taxpayers won't know how much the Board of Regents will propose to pay Joan Gabel until a public offer is made, probably next week.
Even with the setback of an offensive display, the city has come far since Jamar Clark's death and the vigil held outside the Fourth Precinct station.
For small businesses, small setbacks — like the headaches from an ongoing, yearslong highway construction — can create huge problems.
Brooks: A story of two Christmas trees, law enforcement agencies and the places in their communities
While Wisconsin law enforcement uses a Christmas tree to bring a community together, a Minneapolis precinct does the opposite.
Congress banned head covering during its 20th session, in 1837. More than 180 years later, that might come to an end.
“Mami! Mami!” the little girl calls out when her mother returns home with bags of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and yogurt. “You filled up…
Hennepin County's $1.4 million HealthWorks program aims to save taxpayers money in the long run by easing stress, illness and burnout.
About 118,500 Minnesotans served in World War I and 3,607 of them died, and this year, like every year, Minnesota remembers.
Our government is divided and our electorate is divided and the 2018 attack ads and robocalls are still ringing in our ears. Good people…
Every ballots is a little miracle, an act of faith and hope, a show of strength and duty by citizens.
It could break your heart, if it hasn't already. This random, repetitive cruelty.
Every three years, Minnesotans spend one long day finding and talking with thousands of their unsheltered neighbors.
There's no reason to wait until Nov. 11 to remember that millions of U.S. veterans could use our help.
Erin was seven months pregnant when they locked her away. Her daughter turns 5 next month, and there’s a third-year law student from the University…
We're three weeks from Election Day and Minnesota is running on outrage.
Minnesota is trying to cope with just how much its climate has changed already.
Everybody was having a grand time. Especially the guy who started the whole acornmageddon after a BuzzFeed News report cracked the truth wide open.
To the grieving friends and family scattering rose petals on the lake last week, how David Sheridan died was far less important than how he lived.
The decades of records tells another story: They were trying so hard.
Worthington is a city of 13,000 people, and more than 40 percent of its population is Latino.
And under the yard, the mystery only grew. Still, Carrie Edberg of Zimmerman faces a repair estimate of $15,000.
Actresses, authors and grandmas ripped open old wounds and poured out their pain through a hashtag after President Donald Trump's tweet.
Sometimes, what you pay for health care in America depends on how loudly you scream when the bill arrives.
Happy World Car-Free Day, to those who celebrate. On Friday, Minneapolis is hoping some of its 160,000 downtown workers find a new route to work.…
Canada's legalizing recreational marijuana in October. In November, North Dakota voters will decide whether to follow suit.
The mystery of the stolen slippers gripped Grand Rapids and haunted the small Judy Garland Museum.
Annan in August at age 80, leaving his mark on international diplomacy and his name on Macalester's Institute for Global Citizenship.
John McCain lived a life overcrowded with great and terrible moments. But the one that got replayed over and over on the news after his…
The training made it hard not to think about Mollie Tibbetts or other local cases where a woman has come across danger while out by herself.
If there's another debate in the Third District race for Congress, maybe there will be time to talk about health care policy or for the audience to ask a few questions.
It may be difficult for the community to miss its paper if it doesn't really feel like it's gone.
As far as the national political analysts were concerned, the campaign postmortem was complete: Trump Train.
This is a story of bloodshed and cupcakes and our stupid-expensive health care system.
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