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The five people who perished in the Nov. 27 blaze at Cedar High Apartments will forever be linked by the tragedy. Yet their lives, as well as their deaths, share a common thread.
The deadly blaze in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood broke out around 4 a.m. in a 25-story building. The fire was out within 30 minutes, the Minneapolis Fire Department said. Early signs are it was accidental.
Seven swaps have replaced current Star Tribunes with old issues chronicling notable events.
Some cities — usually large ones — don't use water towers, but they are an unmistakable part of the Minnesota landscape. What do they do and why do we have so many of them?
Food is the first course in health education program in St. Peter.
Minnesota pig farms and fields recently treated with manure blamed for the unappealing odor.
The third-generation business owner was a tireless promoter of his hometown and held several leadership roles in community organizations.
New owner could make Detroit Lakes country music event "king of the mountain again."
A suspect was apprehended, but police said there was no arrest.
The victims of back-to-back fatal shootings in St. Paul this weekend have been identified.St. Paul police said Anthony Martin, 25, of St. Paul was shot…
A bitter fight over school funding has become a flash point in a larger debate about immigration and its impact on this southwestern Minnesota prairie town.
"This has to stop right now," mayor says of the rash of gun violence.
Owatonna companies pledged nearly $25M for a new high school.
NONFICTION: A storyteller digs into a random 24 hours in America.
"We don't build widgets here," said Luke Becker, Braham Area High's agricultural technology and physics teacher. "If it doesn't have a purpose, we don't do it."
The city on the Minnesota side will team with a local developer.
Demand has exceeded expectations, with more than 200,000 sold so far
Joyful over a magical year, they're ready to take on the Yankees -- and hope to be in it for the duration.
Explosion, fire at the Superior, Wis., facility forced thousands to evacuate last year.
After two years, school board and organizers haven't been able to agree on a final plan for the proposed installation at Hibbing High School.
Jim Hunter claims he was the victim of a small-town vendetta, and three juries agreed. Now Hunter, the former mayor of Crosby, Minn., is suing…
He should have known he was being paid with ill-gotten money, court documents say.
A communitywide effort is aiming to bring a new flavor to this fishing and factory town some 370 miles northwest of the Twin Cities: A destination for entrepreneurs in the knowledge-based economy.
District staff and faculty explained that the theory of evolution has actually gotten stronger with further scientific discovery — for example, the study of DNA.
A new, 5,000-square-foot structure that's heated, air-conditioned and full of custom touches that the Winters' old barn, for all its charm, lacked.
Longtime Star Tribune columnist C.J., one of the most well-known media figures in the Twin Cities, has retired after nearly 30 years of writing about…
We're in for a "polar coaster," almanac says in its 203rd winter prediction.
It was a story John J. Harbinson never tired of telling: how he met his wife in bed. He was a young man in the…
Biggest Twine Ball town honors "Weird Al" with a new street sign.
51-year-old Gene Gruber is the only American "plowboy" ever to win the World Ploughing Championship.
Warren, Minn. Sounding groggy but calm, the Marshall County deputy sheriff radioed in from his patrol car at 2:19 a.m. on a lonely country…
The nonprofit mentorship program matches adults from the Twin Cities creative industry with low-income students, serving about 300 children a year in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Everything's pure, everything glistens. And not so crazy even. Others see it as a sign of how the whole 12-day stretch will go.
One of the Tucker cars will go on the auction block later Aug. 31, with the proceeds benefiting Mayo Clinic's cancer research program.
Residents protest $16,500 levy to fix drainage, erosion issues
A graduate student took the fish in Crystal Lake in Otter Tail County. Radiocarbon dating verified the fish's age, making it the oldest age-validated freshwater fish ever taken.
While some 2 million Minnesotans attend the State Fair each year, even more flock to 90 county fairs, where the vibe is more relaxed and less harried.
The "cake eaters" of Edina have been a target for generations. Why all the hate? Curious Minnesota tackles this reader question.
"A woman doing this? That's like a white buffalo," Yvette VanDerBrink says.
WATERTOWN, Minn. – Half a century later, Tony Vanderlinde remembers the sight “plain as day.” Baling hay on his family’s dairy farm near the…
The state's overcrowded driver testing system has forced some families to travel hundreds of miles and make overnight stays.
Rather than writing tickets and ordering cabin owners to dismantle docks, DNR agents are asking them to set up their docks differently next year.
It depends on what you consider a lake. But the Badger State may be overcounting.
Longville moves on without its beloved four-legged ambassador
WHIPHOLT, Minn. – As Minnesota gears up for cabin season, this placid vacation community some 200 miles northwest of the Twin Cities finds itself…
Who hasn't seen the last doughnut at the office cut in half, then halved again and again, until only a sliver is sitting on the plate? Is it Minnesota Nice at play, basic courtesy or something else?
Summerlike weather finally has arrived, but it will take time for the state to dry out.
"They pushed the wrong guy," co-owner of the Lonesome Dove saloon says about his fight with Mandan.
Lake City developer sues county after road maintenance costs hit $100,000.
Local authorities and Xcel Energy differ on whether stray voltage was involved in deaths.
NONFICTION: An acclaimed biographer turns his gaze onto his own family, and his father's fervent political life.
They climbed over a barrier meant to prevent falls and plummeted from the roof of the building on Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway.
Both children who fell were under the age of 4. They were taken to HCMC, with the death of one announced in the afternoon.
Woodbury family says 5-year-old Landen is no longer in critical condition and could return home by June.
Printing revenue, ad sales down for Warroad weekly.
Pastor said 5-year-old Landen shows "zero evidence" of brain damage.
It’s not often that students outnumber adults at a school board meeting. But on Monday, more than two dozen teens turned out in South St.…
State authorities are examining body camera and drone video footage after Cass Lake man was killed during a traffic stop.
The family of the 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third floor balcony at the Mall of America says new test results are positive for the "miracle child," though he remains in intensive care.
Police said he was found holding a knife next to dying woman.
A 20-year-old woman died in what police believe was a drug deal gone bad.
Boy's family says outpouring of support affirms "overall goodness of humanity."
The suspect was "looking for someone to kill."
The 5-year-old, who was thrown or pushed from the third floor, initially was reported to be not breathing. Police said they could find no connection between the suspect and the boy and his family.
The Hennepin County medical examiner listed the cause of death for both of them as "multiple gunshot wounds," and ruled Alexandra Jacobs' death a homicide and Irwin Jacobs' death a suicide.
While Irwin Jacobs was widely known for his business dealings, Alexandra avoided the limelight that her husband often relished.
The son of Norwegian immigrants, Skoog was a basketball star at Brainerd High School and the University of Minnesota, where he earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors.
Recently found among boxes of memories from 60 years as a photographer was a scarred case containing dozens of Minneapolis Lakers photos John Peterson took as a teenager.
Buckley taught American literature at the liberal arts college for 49 years.
State's swollen rivers could still flood if there is heavy rain in April.
You probably think electric cars are for tree-huggers who wear sensible shoes, eat organic root vegetables and recycle their used bath water. Have you driven…
Nearly 40,000 turned out at Target Field and enjoyed a festive afternoon in downtown Minneapolis.
The plea deal stipulates that Jake Patterson will not be charged with any offenses in Douglas County, where he held Jayme. The agreement means she won't have to testify at any trial.
As the 21-year-old Patterson heads to court, many in Barron hope he pleads guilty, sparing Jayme Closs and her family a lengthy trial.
Despite forecasts of the season's gradual, "perfect melt," people in the Minnesota River valley south of the Twin Cities are on edge.