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After 20 years at the Star Tribune and almost nine years as a columnist, Jon Tevlin writes his last column.
The fire that wiped out the Kidders' possessions also brought new opportunities, including a chance to look at life a little more closely.
Shortly after George Latimer was sworn in as St. Paul’s mayor 1976, he arrived to work to learn of a broken water main. “It…
Some of Gloria Perez’s earliest memories include filling the family’s old Buick with day-old bread and delivering it to poor families in the San…
The Giant of the Senate, as Franken jokingly referred to himself in his latest book, is now the Ghost of the Senate.
Sawyer Stevens' $100,000 scholarship won during the Big Ten title game doesn't compare to the story of his rise from the bus crash near Cottonwood, Minn., in 2008.
When local authorities initially dismissed the issue of the missing pets, a group of neighbors turned into part-time sleuths -- and it led to a felony case.
Chairs and tables were overturned, doors were broken open. Vandals had spray-painted gang graffiti on the walls, on a washer and dryer used to clean the clothes of students who may be homeless, and on the art projects of the 45 students who see Center School as a second home, maybe even a first home.
"There is no question it was the greatest experience of my life," the group's founding director says of a recent trip to Cambodia.
The two are all that remain of a blood-brothers group of World War II veterans who gathered at the former Glen's Bakery and Deli for years.
The good news this week is that Democrats and Republicans are finally on the same page about something. The bad news is that it’s sexual…
For 20 years, 11 as council president, Johnson has been one of the more powerful people in the city.
In March 2010, a fire ripped through McMahon’s Pub on East Lake Street, killing six people in the apartments above the bar. The victims included…
Just as the Minneapolis City Council is meeting Wednesday to come up with a strategy to disrupt sex-trafficking statewide in advance of the big game, the exotic dance industry is ramping up for a bigger surge in business.
The attack on Melvin Carter is a dangerous, and perhaps unprecedented, abuse of the power of the police federation for political means.
"It's extremely embarrassing to be in the news for this," said Natalie Ringsmuth, director of #UniteCloud, a nonprofit that seeks to ease racial, religious and cultural tensions in St. Cloud.
Jacobo Gabriel-Tomas is no bad hombre. He is beloved by his family, his church, his employer and what he considers his hometown of Worthington,…
Across the Twin Cities, from Arden Hills to Shakopee, city planners are huddling with developers and Mad Men to put together the biggest "welcome basket'' the state has ever seen.
Some might see him as an atypical example of America's opioid crisis, but Sean Higgins will tell you his story is very common.
After St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop, Gov. Mark Dayton created the Council on Law Enforcement and Community…
Law Prof. Richard Painter, who was George W. Bush's White House ethics chief, considers himself a loyal Republican.
If you work at the VA and met Mike Krueger, you should know that he appreciates you more than you can imagine.
Jason Jones is the first in his family to go to college, and he said the U's TRIO McNair Scholars program has been instrumental in getting an advanced degree.
They call it "Suicide Hill" because the homeless and addicted people who gather there sometimes pass out and roll down the embankment into traffic.The area,…
When Franklin Avenue shuts down near I-35W to rebuild a bridge, MnDOT's detour for the nearly 15,000 cars that use Franklin Avenue each day will go to 26th and 28th streets, facing restrictions.
What does it say about the political temperament of America when an argument over politics gets a senior citizen volunteer fired from the Minnesota Zoo?
"If our story can help bring awareness that even brilliant people like my husband can be afflicted with this disease, it will be worth it," Kim Meshbesher said.
He was honored for his pioneering vision and his determination to transform the once ghostly Warehouse District into a legitimate destination spot, now known as the trendy North Loop.
Hodges better hope the race doesn't come down to the main blunder on her fundraising trip: the menu.
Lee and Bev Bahr have turned management of the Lunch Box over to the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, but on Tuesday were still there before first light.
The basement fire started by a burglar has closed the neighborhood joint for 40 days and counting.
This is now the world in which we live.
Praise for Arradondo at last week's hearing was one of the few genuinely hopeful moments in the recent history of relations between police and the public, but it's a tenuous one.
The shooting death of Jonathan O'Shaughnessy has left his family reeling and asking for anyone who knows what happened to step forward.
Phillips knows it's an uphill battle against Rep. Erik Paulsen, but he's been there before.
"It didn't matter what the speaker said, I identified it as an enormous failure of leadership by the adults who were there," said John Rowell of Moorhead.
It happened at the ColorWheel Gallery, a combination hair salon and gallery in south Minneapolis where local artists sell their wares and neighbors often gather for folk music.
Janee Harteau certainly doesn't own all the crises that have tarnished the police force the past few years, but political expediency made her departure inevitable.
We are international news, again, for all the wrong reasons.
Two weeks after a major profile in the Washington Post brought huge attention, Ayaz Virji is still working through his emotions.
Ray Dehn scored a victory over an incumbent mayor in Saturday's DFL convention, but that certainly doesn't make him a lock.
The run-up to celebrate all that's good in this country comes with plenty of reasons to fear that things we once celebrated are now targets.
David House brought his 8-year-old granddaughter, Lily, to Minnesota this month for a three-week stay. She got to visit the Mall of America and a…
The Minneapolis golf course, much of it under sea level and with fairways undulated like a spongy bog following the rain, is under threat.
A number of South Side small business owners find themselves emotionally and politically conflicted between their progressive values and the city's push for a mandatory minimum wage of $15 an hour.
In the end, it seemed like all parties could agree on something: Jeronimo Yanez should not be a cop.
Despite low energy and the need for an oxygen tank, Joe Minjares has kept his creativity and his sense of humor.
Jurors will face the unenviable task of sorting through a myriad of sometimes contradictory recollections and infinitesimal details to affix blame and perhaps find justice.
Rep. Keith Ellison, a Fifth District Democrat, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd in the Third District, about the proposed changes to health care.
Minneapolis, the 1990s are calling, and they want their gangsters back. The cops and lawyers who have been around the police blotter for a while…
An eighth-grade English assignment is a heartbreaking view of life coming apart for a 14-year-old girl, and a stark reminder that violent acts have many victims.
Thanks to their yearlong campaign, the Minneapolis school board will vote June 13 on whether to keep Ramsey or rename it Justice Alan Page Middle School.
A measure buried in a state budget bill would limit the funds that cheated investors could recover from charities and religious organizations.
Authorities say former Community Action of Minneapolis CEO William Davis stole more than $800,000 from CAM's coffers and spent it on luxuries, trips and five girlfriends.
The coach who rebuilt the Staples-Motley Cardinals after a five-year losing streak did not have his contract renewed. After the school board vote, the superintendent and five other football coaches said they were resigning.
With America in a health care crisis, the solution shouldn't be winning the lottery.
April is the cruelest month. You don't have to trust T.S. Eliot on that, just look to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. To be fair, March didn't end so swell either.
A group of Lyn-Lake business owners is angry with the city's plan to add protected bike lanes to two popular east-west corridors.
On a gorgeous Saturday morning, Lisa Goodman sat alone on a grassy hillside in Bryn Mawr, collecting her thoughts. She was about to go…
When the 15-year-old ninth-grader first met Dr. Uzma Samadani, her back pain was so severe she couldn’t participate in gym class at Richfield High…
When Jakob Rumble filed suit for what he saw as discriminatory treatment during a hospital visit in 2015, the tide was turning in favor of…
Their special, albeit unusual friendship began six months ago with a call for a ride to the grocery.
"I didn't volunteer for this," Elverd said of his work with addicted vets. "I was drafted."
The Trump dystopia is clearly motivating people to do something, and at the local level that means running for office, even against your own party.
In the days before the current legislative session, Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, was cajoling his colleagues to remain vigilant, and healthy, because they only…
A homegrown cafe that helped resuscitate Main Street in Dodge Center is now shuttered after the owner was convicted of burglary.
Fixing one of the jewels of downtown Minneapolis promised the inevitable collision of two issues — preservation and accessibility.
Funny, self-deprecatory and guileless, Lee Sjolander may be the male Marge Gunderson, the cop from the movie "Fargo," only in the internet age.
The U.S. Department of Justice report on the occupation of the Fourth Precinct police station is a 108-page confirmation of what most people already…
If you are young and healthy, or rich, or both, this column is not for you. You are bullet-proof. The government has your back.…
Nearly a year ago, I wrote about two veterans, James Hudson and Richard Greggersen, and their relentless efforts to move or shut down a…
The event was fittingly labeled a forum, not a debate, because it was largely a pillow fight between besties. This race seems like it will be less over direction than voice.
Ray Kmetz never should have been armed. By the time the 68-year-old mentally ill man walked into the New Hope City Council chambers with…
SAN DIEGO – Across America they were rounding up undocumented workers and promising to build that wall, but 10 floors above and a few…
They are emerging from the ashes, one by one, along Madelia’s Main Street. Last month, it was the Culligan Water shop, with its eight employees.…
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