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Jennifer Brooks is a regional reporter who covers stories around Minnesota and beyond.
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Obituary: Sister Anne Condon, 102, led life of prayer, joy and adventure

Obituary: Sister Anne Condon, 102, led life of prayer, joy and adventure

Sister Anne Condon lived much of her long, joyful, prayerful life apart from the world. But the cloistered nun saw more of the world, and…
Small doses of hope in early days of medical pot in Minnesota

Small doses of hope in early days of medical pot in Minnesota

The first months of medical marijuana in Minnesota have seen quiet success stories but also questions of cost and access.

Meeker County deputy allegedly stole drugs, toys, charges say

Deputy Travis Sebring faces multiple felony and misdemeanor counts.
Minnesota's ice fishing season gets off to a late start

Minnesota's ice fishing season gets off to a late start

Ice fishing enthusiasts edge back onto the lakes after the slowest start that most people remember.
For those who survive mass shootings, the trauma persists

For those who survive mass shootings, the trauma persists

In the aftermath, much of the focus is on those who died. But for the survivors, the grief and horror endure.
Survey: Some Minnesota doctors remain leery of medical marijuana

Survey: Some Minnesota doctors remain leery of medical marijuana

Most tell task force they don't enough about it.
DNR: No charges from deer herding allegation near Dr. Palmer's land

DNR: No charges from deer herding allegation near Dr. Palmer's land

The agency said witnesses couldn't ID who might have been involved and that Palmer and others associated with the land chose not to assist the DNR.
Patients celebrate first months of Minnesota's medical marijuana program

Patients celebrate first months of Minnesota's medical marijuana program

They say price is worth it for relief they've gotten from the drug.

Man's bells hit sour note in Morris, Minn.

For years, chimes rang out across this small college town, tolling the hour and playing hymns and patriotic songs at funerals. Now the Navy vet who set them up will move them to Arizona.
Human Rights Campaign ranks Minnesota's largest cities by their LGBT policies

Human Rights Campaign ranks Minnesota's largest cities by their LGBT policies

St. Paul and Mpls. get perfect scores; other cities beat the national average
World's lakes are warming up, even Superior, scientists warn

World's lakes are warming up, even Superior, scientists warn

One expert says the thick sheets of ice that blanketed Lake Superior for the past two winters did nothing to change the fact that it, too, is growing ever warmer.
Minnesota's medical pot firms tout new, potent strains

Minnesota's medical pot firms tout new, potent strains

Plants that are richer in key compound could be better for patients, less expensive.
Hundreds of nativity sets spring up in Wadena after legal challenge

Hundreds of nativity sets spring up in Wadena after legal challenge

When town scene was forced to move out of city park, residents responded.
Minn. to allow pain patients to use medical marijuana

Minn. to allow pain patients to use medical marijuana

State health commissioner said that intractable pain will be added to the shortlist of conditions that allow Minnesotans to legally use medical marijuana.
On boom-or-bust Iron Range, this downturn feels different

On boom-or-bust Iron Range, this downturn feels different

With 2,000 miners facing layoffs as rest of state rebounds, the Range is slumping again.
Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospitals re-examining security after St. Cloud shooting

Hospital officials say the number of nurses and aides injured by patients or visitors spiked last year.
While Wisconsin debates hunting rights bill, Minnesota quietly hands out tickets

While Wisconsin debates hunting rights bill, Minnesota quietly hands out tickets

The right to fish and hunt is protected, and harassment can end in a fine.
Obituary: Soil scientist Kermit Larson helped feed the world

Obituary: Soil scientist Kermit Larson helped feed the world

Kermit Larson helped feed the world.For eight years, the soil scientist with the bright smile and the kind eyes traveled the fields of India and…
Minnesota pain patients plead case for expansion of cannabis program

Minnesota pain patients plead case for expansion of cannabis program

Health commissioner will decide by year's end whether to expand cannabis program.
Report blasts St. Cloud hospital in death of deputy killed by patient

Report blasts St. Cloud hospital in death of deputy killed by patient

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the raving, hallucinating, suicidal patient didn't get proper psychiatric care.

Health chief seeks added input on pain, medical marijuana

Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger is giving the public more time, and more opportunities, to weigh in before he decides whether to expand Minnesota’s medical marijuana…
Panel opposes opening Minnesota's medical marijuana program to intractable pain patients

Panel opposes opening Minnesota's medical marijuana program to intractable pain patients

A state panel that spent months studying whether to expand Minnesota’s medical marijuana program to pain patients came out in opposition to the idea Wednesday.…
No easy answers for state task force studying pain and pot

No easy answers for state task force studying pain and pot

Task force members will make a recommendation next week.
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.
Pain patients driving plead to expand medical marijuana program

Pain patients driving plead to expand medical marijuana program

Broader eligibility rules could enroll thousands in state's program, which now has 618 participants.
Red Wing calls for hate crime protection for police officers

Red Wing calls for hate crime protection for police officers

After City Council resolution vote, officials say they may consider calling for similar protection under state law.
Minn. medical marijuana producers offer patients a price break

Minn. medical marijuana producers offer patients a price break

Both of state's medical cannabis companies offer lower prices.

Brainerd votes to lay off full-time firefighters

Cost savings win out over concerns about longer response times.
Brainerd budget cuts could hit fire department

Brainerd budget cuts could hit fire department

After abandoning the idea in 2010, rising costs prompt another look at staff cuts
South Dakota tribal chairman faces impeachment for drug testing his employees

South Dakota tribal chairman faces impeachment for drug testing his employees

Bruce Renville will face council over his order to surprise-check administrative employees.
Public invited to weigh in on $2B Fargo diversion project

Public invited to weigh in on $2B Fargo diversion project

The proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion has been a source of tension between the Minnesota and North Dakota sides of the river

Minnesota medical marijuana enrollment remains low

Minnesota has the second-lowest patient numbers in the country.

Nearly half of young Minnesota children live in areas of 'high risk,' report finds

Report finds 200,000 Minnesotans under 6 live in counties with pockets of poverty.
Sandstone family prepares to take beaten 3-year-old off life support

Sandstone family prepares to take beaten 3-year-old off life support

Noting that the boy was "treated with particular cruelty," the Pine County attorney said he's prepared to change the charge to murder should the crushing head injuries prove too much for the little victim.
Sandstone family prepares to disconnect 3-year-old from life support after brutal attack

Sandstone family prepares to disconnect 3-year-old from life support after brutal attack

Dante Sears, 3, suffered a catastrophic brain injury after a brutal beating.
Minnesota State Fair opens with nice weather, big crowds

Minnesota State Fair opens with nice weather, big crowds

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Thursday Ye Old Mill day in honor of the ride's first century.
Minnesota State Fair doubles the price for All the Milk You Can Drink

Minnesota State Fair doubles the price for All the Milk You Can Drink

Dire news from dairy land: The price of All the Milk You Can Drink at the Minnesota State Fair just doubled.The Midwest Dairy Association dropped…
Familiar touches are cherished at Great Minnesota Get-Together

Familiar touches are cherished at Great Minnesota Get-Together

Crop art, livestock barns, butter sculptures, rides and, of course, food, are State Fair staples that draw us back year after year.
State Fair sellers focus of debate over Black Lives Matter protest

State Fair sellers focus of debate over Black Lives Matter protest

One vendor at the Minnesota State Fair calls a planned protest by Black Lives Matter valid, and its organizer says he sees few who look like him at the annual gathering. The fair's director says race isn't part of the vendor application process.

Black Lives Matter plans State Fair protest

Racial equity group plans march down Snelling Av.

Sherburne County man to serve a year in prison for killing his girlfriend's dog, Draco

Man shot video of himself smiling as he tortured his girlfriend's pet, Draco.
Internet Cat Video Festival draws thousands to St. Paul

Internet Cat Video Festival draws thousands to St. Paul

Baseball and cat videos came together in weird harmony for the 4th annual Internet Cat Video Festival at CHS Field.
Video appears to show abuse of pigs at Christensen Farms; 7 workers suspended

Video appears to show abuse of pigs at Christensen Farms; 7 workers suspended

The farm is one of the nation's largest pork producers.
Obituary: Elaine Davis, St. Cloud State University professor and author

Obituary: Elaine Davis, St. Cloud State University professor and author

Elaine Davis — mother, author, dancer and teacher — made the most of every moment of her too-short life. Davis, a longtime professor at St.…

Enrollment for Minnesota's medical pot program is steadily rising

More than 500 certified to use new treatment.

Storm-torn Martin County gets $44K in state aid

Nearly $45K in relief is from a new state fund for less costly disasters.
Federal judge sides with Fond du Lac band in casino dispute with Duluth

Federal judge sides with Fond du Lac band in casino dispute with Duluth

City sought $10 million in back payments from Fond du Lac band over downtown casino.

Doctors still outnumber patients in Minnesota medical marijuana program

Patients struggle to find doctors willing to help.
A lake by any other name ... requires a lot of paperwork.

A lake by any other name ... requires a lot of paperwork.

It takes a lot of patience to rename one of Minnesota's 11,842 lakes.
Fewer than 100 enlisted in Minnesota's medical marijuana program

Fewer than 100 enlisted in Minnesota's medical marijuana program

Fewer than 100 patients have signed up so far for the new program.
First patients get medical marijuana in Minnesota

First patients get medical marijuana in Minnesota

When it became legal at the stroke of midnight, the first patients in the state were hopeful and happy.
As medical marijuana rolls out this week, sickest scramble for access

As medical marijuana rolls out this week, sickest scramble for access

Wyatt Hauser suffered seven seizures in the time it took his parents to explain why they've already booked an appointment to buy cannabis oil for their son this Wednesday, the first day it will be legal.
First look at Minneapolis's new medical marijuana dispensary

First look at Minneapolis's new medical marijuana dispensary

With legalization days away, state has just 65 patients enrolled.

Few sign up for medical marijuana, which is legal next week in Minnesota

Only 41 patients are certified for program that launches July 1.
Cottage Grove welcomes the cannabis business

Cottage Grove welcomes the cannabis business

LeafLine Labs shows off 42,000-square-foot medical marijuana manufacturing plant.

Patients still struggle to enroll in MN medical marijuana program

As of last Friday, 14 patients have enrolled in Minnesota's medical cannabis program.
Minn. health official leaves to lead medical marijuana company

Minn. health official leaves to lead medical marijuana company

LeafLine Labs, which is growing half the state's supply of medical marijuana, announced Assistant Health Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala as its new chief executive.
Desperate patients seek Minnesota doctors for marijuana sign-up help

Desperate patients seek Minnesota doctors for marijuana sign-up help

Many physicians, or their practices, are reluctant to certify people, and one storefront was shut down.
104 Minn. doctors apply to be certified for medical cannabis

104 Minn. doctors apply to be certified for medical cannabis

104 want to register patients for marijuana.
Princeton man pleads guilty to torturing, killing girlfriend's dog

Princeton man pleads guilty to torturing, killing girlfriend's dog

Videos showed Princeton man viciously attacking his girlfriend's husky mix.
Survey: Minnesota doctors uneasy about medical marijuana

Survey: Minnesota doctors uneasy about medical marijuana

In a survey, 68 percent of doctors said they were not planning to certify patients to participate in the state's medical cannabis registry.

Five patients sign up for medical marijuana in Minnesota, a slow start

A handful of patients and practitioners signed up for the program on its first day.
Registration opens for state's medical marijuana program

Registration opens for state's medical marijuana program

With one month to go before doors open, patients can now get certified in the tightly regulated medical marijuana program
Heroin traffickers created 'epidemic' on Minn. reservations

Heroin traffickers created 'epidemic' on Minn. reservations

Drug traffickers "have profited by poisoning a lot of people," tribal police say, after 41 people were indicted on a charge of running drugs to Indian Country.
Aug. 25: State's doctors will have little say in medical pot program

Aug. 25: State's doctors will have little say in medical pot program

Doctors won't write the prescriptions or decide how strong a dose of cannabis a patient will receive. Their only role will be to confirm that a patient has a qualifying condition.

Judge halts construction on key part of $2B Fargo-Moorhead flood control project

Court says Minnesota should be allowed to finish environmental impact review of $2 billion plan.
N.D. oil train derailment, town evacuation restart Minnesota debate

N.D. oil train derailment, town evacuation restart Minnesota debate

No one was hurt in the spectacular derailment and blaze near the tiny town of Heimdal, but it comes as Minnesota officials debate spending for rail crossings.
Minnesota's first marijuana crop now in bloom, set for July 1 sale

Minnesota's first marijuana crop now in bloom, set for July 1 sale

Medical marijuana firms say they're on track as legalization nears
Tensions rise over Red River flood control project

Tensions rise over Red River flood control project

People are unhappy on both sides of the river over plans for a $2B flood control project not yet approved by Minnesota.
South Dakota ready to roll out presidential hospitality

South Dakota ready to roll out presidential hospitality

South Dakota is the only state President Obama hasn't visited since taking office. But to residents, that just means the president was saving the best for last.

Minnesota approves labs to test state's medical marijuana

Goal is to ensure the state's cannabis supply is accurately labeled and free of contaminants.
Fight over, 'pot mom' now plans to leave Minnesota

Fight over, 'pot mom' now plans to leave Minnesota

Charges made Browns the "face of medicinal cannabis."
Marijuana activists light up and rally for legalization at State Capitol

Marijuana activists light up and rally for legalization at State Capitol

Hundreds turned out to "Yes We Cannabis" rally to support legalization of recreational pot.
In wake of oil slump, North Dakotans adjust expectations

In wake of oil slump, North Dakotans adjust expectations

The crash in oil prices hasn't turned Boomtown, U.S.A., into a bust, but life has changed.

Minn. 'pot mom' cuts deal to avoid trial; charges dropped for giving sick son medical marijuana

Angela Brown agrees to plea that will drop the child endangerment charges.
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