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Jennifer Brooks is a regional reporter who covers stories around Minnesota and beyond.
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Minnesota state Sen. Richard Cohen joins mass exodus from presidential arts council over Charlottesville

Minnesota state Sen. Richard Cohen joins mass exodus from presidential arts council over Charlottesville

The President's Committee on Arts and Humanities resigned to protest Trump's response to Charlottesville
Minnesotans in Congress react to latest Trump comments on Charlottesville

Minnesotans in Congress react to latest Trump comments on Charlottesville

A handful of Minnesota’s members of Congress, including several DFLers and one Republican, tweeted in response to President Trump’s comments on Tuesday suggesting that counter-protesters…
Minnesota Voters Alliance plans to file suit to get access to voter registration data

Minnesota Voters Alliance plans to file suit to get access to voter registration data

Among other things, the group wants to examine names, addresses and voting history in search of fraudulent votes that may have been cast.
Senate signs off on legislation to fight scammers who target the elderly

Senate signs off on legislation to fight scammers who target the elderly

The Seniors Fraud Prevention Act, which passed unanimously, strengthens the federal reporting system for fraud complaints and requires the FTC to monitor fraud schemes targeting seniors.
Minn. lawmakers go to bat for Canadians making solar panels on Iron Range

Minn. lawmakers go to bat for Canadians making solar panels on Iron Range

A simmering trade battle could endanger a solar-panel plant in Mountain Iron, Minn., in a region eager for jobs other than the boom-or-bust work in the taconite mines.
Minnesota's Lori Swanson joins 18 attorneys general in asking Congress to block transgender troop ban

Minnesota's Lori Swanson joins 18 attorneys general in asking Congress to block transgender troop ban

The proposal would violate American values, as well as the Constitution and would harm transgender residents in their states as well, the officials wrote.
McCain's heads-up to Klobuchar: 'I'm voting no'

McCain's heads-up to Klobuchar: 'I'm voting no'

The Republican senator tipped off Amy Klobuchar before casting his vote against 'skinny' Obamacare repeal.
National group sets up shop in Minnesota to support Paulsen

National group sets up shop in Minnesota to support Paulsen

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a deep-pocketed national super PAC, gets a jump on the fierce campaign battle for the seat 15 months before the election.
Trade watchers wary as Minnesota politicians support steel tariffs

Trade watchers wary as Minnesota politicians support steel tariffs

A tariff on imported steel that President Donald Trump says will shore up the sagging U.S. steel industry enjoys growing political popularity in Minnesota, even as those who specialize in trade policy warn that it could injure other critical parts of the state's economy.
White House's Made in America week puts MyPillow founder next to Trump

White House's Made in America week puts MyPillow founder next to Trump

The president trumpeted U.S.-made goods at the White House this week — and put in a plug for the Minnesota pillow company.
Congress narrowly rejects proposal for military to conduct a 'strategic assessment' of Islam

Congress narrowly rejects proposal for military to conduct a 'strategic assessment' of Islam

The Pentagon won’t be conducting a threat assessment of Islam after all. Tucked into a massive military spending bill was a provision that would have…
Sen. Klobuchar on Trump panel's try for voter info: 'Jump in Lake Superior'

Sen. Klobuchar on Trump panel's try for voter info: 'Jump in Lake Superior'

That came as Senate Democrats called on the Trump administration to rescind the request.
Dayton says walleye restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs could be eased

Dayton says walleye restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs could be eased

Two days after protest, Dayton says the DNR will survey Mille Lacs this fall.
Medical marijuana clinics opening doors to PTSD patients

Medical marijuana clinics opening doors to PTSD patients

State will enroll them, but VA urges caution.
As he runs for governor, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz aims for middle ground

As he runs for governor, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz aims for middle ground

Now mounting his first statewide bid, Walz is a kind of endangered political species: the rural Democrat.
Minnesota lawmakers share their wish lists for rest of 2017

Minnesota lawmakers share their wish lists for rest of 2017

WASHINGTON – Every Minnesota lawmaker has a wish list. Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison wants to change the way rating agencies assign credit scores. His…
Congress tries to navigate coming drone economy

Congress tries to navigate coming drone economy

Minnesota's Jason Lewis backs bill to give counties, cities some legal oversight.
Rep. Erik Paulsen: Charity game should be held, plans to be on field

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Charity game should be held, plans to be on field

Paulsen is on congressional baseball team targeted by gunman, but wasn't at practice; roommate Scalise was among those wounded
Limits on journalists in U.S. Capitol pulled back after Klobuchar, others weigh in

Limits on journalists in U.S. Capitol pulled back after Klobuchar, others weigh in

Klobuchar called for access after hallway ban issued.
First DFLer jumps into southern Minnesota congressional race

First DFLer jumps into southern Minnesota congressional race

The former state senator is first DFLer to join the race.
At Capitol, final bills take shape as push is on to finish Minn. budget

At Capitol, final bills take shape as push is on to finish Minn. budget

In a special session, Gov. Dayton and lawmakers work to finalize the state's $46 billion budget.
Special session starts now: Last-minute budget deal reached

Special session starts now: Last-minute budget deal reached

"We've got a framework. We still have details to work out," Dayton said, calling a special session for 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to end at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
Dayton signs bill to bring Minn. driver's licenses in line with federal rules

Dayton signs bill to bring Minn. driver's licenses in line with federal rules

No budget agreement, but the battle over ID bill appears to be over, along with worries that passports would be needed to fly.
GOP bill to overhaul state's troubled teacher licensing system passes

GOP bill to overhaul state's troubled teacher licensing system passes

GOP hopes overhaul will ease staffing shortages; DFL critics worry standards will slip.
Legislature cracks down on female genital mutilation

Legislature cracks down on female genital mutilation

The Minnesota House voted to impose harsh new penalties on doctors who subject little girls to the painful ritual.
Minnesota's medical cannabis providers have lost $11M in two years

Minnesota's medical cannabis providers have lost $11M in two years

MinnMed and LeafLine Labs have lost $11 million in the past two years.
St. Olaf: Racist note that spurred student protests was 'fabricated'

St. Olaf: Racist note that spurred student protests was 'fabricated'

The college president made the revelation after first not disclosing the validity of the note but saying its author had confessed.
Klobuchar visits Iowa as the 2020 presidential rumors swirl

Klobuchar visits Iowa as the 2020 presidential rumors swirl

With a 2018 re-election race in Minnesota still in front of her, Klobuchar sidestepped the presidential question. Still, with a 72 percent home-state approval rating in last month's Minnesota Poll, she offered herself as a national voice for a political party trying to find a path back to power.
St. Olaf students boycott classes in protest of new racial incident

St. Olaf students boycott classes in protest of new racial incident

The college president signed off on student demands to address concerns about racism on the campus of the Northfield college.
Historic Hibbing school auditorium to get a remake

Historic Hibbing school auditorium to get a remake

Hibbing High School prepares to renovate its storied stage

Klobuchar, Emmer team up to fight proposed cuts to humanitarian aid

Fighting a catastrophic famine in the Horn of Africa is a "nonpartisan" issue, they say.
Gators, goldfish show how Minn. struggles to keep pets out of ponds

Gators, goldfish show how Minn. struggles to keep pets out of ponds

The involuntary invaders are crowding Minnesota lakes, dumped there by negligent owners.

Woman, children report seeing an alligator roaming Rochester

But a 45-minute search by police netted no reptile.
20 years later: Grand Forks reshaped by Red River flood

20 years later: Grand Forks reshaped by Red River flood

Even as the 20th anniversary of the Great Flood approaches, few in Grand Forks care to look back. When they do, they recall the fear, the heartbreak and hard work.
Oh my Darling: Search for church arsonist continues

Oh my Darling: Search for church arsonist continues

The little white church was a community's last link to the past.
Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide

Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide

Worthington is the latest town to win a grant from the legacy fund
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner plans to retire in April

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner plans to retire in April

Sheriff's long career was shadowed by the 27-year search for 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling.
David O'Connor, decorated veteran and beloved teacher, dies at 92

David O'Connor, decorated veteran and beloved teacher, dies at 92

David O’Connor had one last medal pinned to his chest near the end of his life. One final honor for a man who served on…
Pierre the Voyageur in Two Harbors disarmed by windstorm

Pierre the Voyageur in Two Harbors disarmed by windstorm

The towering statue in Two Harbors, Minn., lost its entire right forearm to high winds that raked the Lake Superior shoreline on Tuesday. The same storm spawned early tornadoes, downed trees and knocked out power to thousands of people across the state.
Scientists think they've solved the mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls

Scientists think they've solved the mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls

Half of the Brule River vanishes into a hole in the ground. Now scientists think they've figured out where the water went.
Minnesota city of immigrants braces for raids, deportations

Minnesota city of immigrants braces for raids, deportations

In Worthington, some families are "living in fear" while others applaud an emphasis on stepped-up enforcement of immigration rules.
Warm weather is melting winter economy in Minn., Wis. towns

Warm weather is melting winter economy in Minn., Wis. towns

Small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in danger of being curtailed or canceled, jeopardizing needed tourism dollars.
Iron Range residents look to Trump to 'get something done'

Iron Range residents look to Trump to 'get something done'

Amid the protests and legal battles early in the Trump administration, his northern Minnesota supporters hope he'll honor his promise to make America's steel industry great again.
Flood forecasters keeping watch over the Red River

Flood forecasters keeping watch over the Red River

After several dry springs, the Red could be due for another flood.
Former 'maiden' sues elders of cultlike Pine Co. church over sexual abuse

Former 'maiden' sues elders of cultlike Pine Co. church over sexual abuse

Victor Barnard, now in prison, held sway over 'maidens.'
N.D. bill would protect drivers going through Standing Rock protests

N.D. bill would protect drivers going through Standing Rock protests

Legislation is a response to Standing Rock rallies near Dakota Access Pipeline.
It's a dirty job: Tracking Minnesota's elusive lynx

It's a dirty job: Tracking Minnesota's elusive lynx

Missing cat? Not while wildlife biologists are on the trail, carefully collecting the traces they leave behind.

Minn. abortion debate fires up with call to defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood clinics in Minnesota could lose $13 million from Medicaid.

Former suspect in Cold Spring police death sues Stearns County

Ryan Larson, who was arrested, then cleared in the November 2012 slaying of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker, has sued Stearns County law enforcement,…
Cookbook from tiny town of Huntley warms hearts and ovens

Cookbook from tiny town of Huntley warms hearts and ovens

Huntley recipe collection offers big serving of nostalgia
Woodbury man to buy, raze house belonging to Jacob's killer

Woodbury man to buy, raze house belonging to Jacob's killer

Developer Tim Thone said he plans to tear down Danny Heinrich's home as a Christmas present.
One more foe for those who are fighting Dakota Access oil pipeline

One more foe for those who are fighting Dakota Access oil pipeline

As a blizzard pummels the North Dakota prairie, some depart and others dig in.
Amid jubilation, N.D. pipeline protesters still wary of future

Amid jubilation, N.D. pipeline protesters still wary of future

Pipeline company called the Corps' move "purely political" and expressed confidence that project will go forward under Trump.
Standing Rock protesters celebrate Army Corps move

Standing Rock protesters celebrate Army Corps move

Opponents, joined by several thousand veterans, celebrated a victory after the feds pushed pause on the final Dakota Access link. North Dakota's governor called move "a serious mistake."
Curious crowds drawn to crumbling Nopeming Sanatorium near Duluth

Curious crowds drawn to crumbling Nopeming Sanatorium near Duluth

Ghost hunters, history buffs visit facility that once held TB patients.
Officials prepare to sort, release 'Wetterling Room' evidence to public

Officials prepare to sort, release 'Wetterling Room' evidence to public

Authorities prepare to release 30 years' worth of gathered evidence to the public.
Minnesota women left shell-shocked

Minnesota women left shell-shocked

The mood went from celebratory to somber as the night wore on.
Pain patients make up half of marijuana program

Pain patients make up half of marijuana program

Despite influx of new enrollees, Minnesota's medical cannabis firms continue to struggle.
What a world, what a world: Ruby slippers still missing from Minnesota's Judy Garland Museum

What a world, what a world: Ruby slippers still missing from Minnesota's Judy Garland Museum

In D.C., the Smithsonian is seeking $300K to repair their famed ruby pair.

Minn. town wonders who among them is alleged killer in supposedly solved cold case

The town of Magnolia is waiting to learn which of its 200 residents is a suspect in a 25-year-old Pennsylvania killing.
Cleanup isn't over yet after Minnesota's summer of strong storms

Cleanup isn't over yet after Minnesota's summer of strong storms

State has steered almost $10 million in disaster aid to 22 counties.
Accused cult leader Barnard gets 30 years

Accused cult leader Barnard gets 30 years

Accused Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard pleaded guilty to sexual assault Tuesday in Pine County and will serve 30 years in prison, under the terms of a plea agreement. The former target of an international manhunt was accused of raping young girls in his congregation.
Minnesota, North Dakota at a standoff over $2 billion Red River project

Minnesota, North Dakota at a standoff over $2 billion Red River project

Minnesota's opposition limits North Dakota's options.
St. Cloud mall attacker before stabbings: 'You won't be seeing me again'

St. Cloud mall attacker before stabbings: 'You won't be seeing me again'

The off-duty police officer who shot and killed a man who stabbed 10 people last month at a St. Cloud mall was justified in shooting the man, who may have been inspired by Islamic terror groups, authorities said Thursday.
St. Cloud officials to release more details from mall stabbing investigation

St. Cloud officials to release more details from mall stabbing investigation

Local and federal authorities plan to discuss the investigation into the Sept. 17 attack at the Crossroads Center mall.
Isaac Kolstad sues 2 attackers, Mankato bars over injuries

Isaac Kolstad sues 2 attackers, Mankato bars over injuries

The former football player suffered a traumatic brain injury after an altercation outside a Mankato bar in 2014.
11 candles lit as thousands join Wetterlings to remember Jacob

11 candles lit as thousands join Wetterlings to remember Jacob

The community that linked arms nearly 27 years ago to search for the sandy-haired boy who was snatched at gunpoint by a masked man came together Sunday morning to celebrate his life, console his family and say goodbye.
Wetterling family invites community to Jacob's memorial service

Wetterling family invites community to Jacob's memorial service

The Wetterling family has finalized plans to lay 11-year-old Jacob to rest. Jacob, who was kidnapped and murdered 27 years ago, will be remembered at…
St. Cloud crowd rallies after mall stabbings as a show of unity

St. Cloud crowd rallies after mall stabbings as a show of unity

As FBI takes over investigation, the rally at St. Cloud State seeks to show the city's tolerance of diversity.
Family, friends stunned by Dahir Adan's attack in St. Cloud mall

Family, friends stunned by Dahir Adan's attack in St. Cloud mall

St. Cloud investigation finding no terror ties in mall attack. Suspect's family calls for unity.
Dayton warns that Minnesota might not support $2B flood diversion for Fargo

Dayton warns that Minnesota might not support $2B flood diversion for Fargo

Dayton scolds diversion supporters for rushing the flood project
Casinos are boost to Minnesota economy, new tribal report says

Casinos are boost to Minnesota economy, new tribal report says

While the state doesn't get a cut of the profits, the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association says the whole state has cashed in the past 25 years.
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.
Unsealed documents detail search for Jacob Wetterling

Unsealed documents detail search for Jacob Wetterling

One neighbor weathered years of suspicion and searches after the boy was abducted in front of his house.
Heinrich confesses to abducting, killing Jacob Wetterling that day

Heinrich confesses to abducting, killing Jacob Wetterling that day

After Danny Heinrich's detailed, horrifying courtroom confession on how he kidnapped and killed Jacob, Patty Wetterling said, "It's incredibly painful to know his last days, his last minutes."
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