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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald was high-fived early Friday in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Rice Lake, Wis., by an investigator who

'This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!' Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old found alive

Three people east of Gordon, Wis., described the dramatic moments when the 13-year-old was found almost three months after she disappeared: dirty with matted hair and wearing shoes too big for her.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald addresses the media about the recovery of Jayme Closs Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Timeline of events in Jayme Closs case

Oct. 15: Barron County Sheriff’s Office receives a frantic 911 call at 1 a.m. asking for help at a home just outside Barron, Wis. When…

Minnesota foundation created after tobacco lawsuit settlement announces grant recipients

The Ciresi Walburn Foundation was renamed this year to recognize the lawyers involved in the case.
Halle Martin, 22, a student at Concordia University, looked for a book at the Rondo Community Library in St. Paul on Monday afternoon.

St. Paul library late fees scrapped

Patrons in St. Paul no longer have to pay late fees, and the policy gets rave reviews.
The Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3 hunts will take place in the large swath of land in permit zone 346, part of Houston and Winona counties where diseased de

DNR plans late-season deer hunts in Southeastern Minnesota to curb spread of CWD

The Minnesota DNR said the Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3 hunts will take place in the large swath of land in permit zone 346, part of Houston and Winona counties
Warm weather brought a ice kiter to Bde Maka Ska as temp soared into the 40s Friday in MInneapolis.

Friday's metro high plows through old record of 41 to 47

A January thaw gave Minnesota the strange luster of spring, and the mild weather is expected to continue through the weekend.
The area of Minneapolis where a police car hit another vehicle, which smashed into a liquor store.

After hitting Minneapolis police car, vehicle smashes into liquor store

No one was seriously hurt, but broken wine bottles littered the entrance to Hums.
Former Brooklyn Center Mayor Myrna Kratness was greeted by Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot before the start of Elliot’s inauguration ceremony Wedn

Brooklyn Center welcomes new mayor who reflects its growing diversity

Mike Elliott, who came from Liberia at age 11, said the city he will lead "put arms around us."

Minneapolis Park Board seeks state money for youth, Mississippi River projects

The board will discuss its 2019 legislative agenda at Wednesday's meeting.
Al Bangoura would lease a portion of the house, sharing some areas with the public.

Park Board poised to approve Wirth House lease for new superintendent

Lease arrangement with previous superintendent was a bit controversial.
Jerome Spann

Suspect in Hibbing slaying is arrested in St. Paul

Man found in St. Paul and held in Ramsey County jail; charges are pending.
Northern Minnesota gets more than foot of snow; metro mostly spared

Northern Minnesota gets more than foot of snow; metro mostly spared

Rain closes ski resorts, causes crashes, including one that killed 1 and injured 9.
Come Jan. 10, sales and large discounts will take over Sixth Chamber Used Books as it pushes to clear inventory ahead of its closure in March.

St. Paul's Sixth Chamber Used Books closing in March

A sister store, Fox Den Books in River Falls, Wis., will remain open.
Blanca Mendez carefully placed the meat in the tamales.

For many Minnesota families, tamales are a taste of 'home' at Christmastime

Many Mexican-American families in the Twin Cities spend hours preparing a traditional holiday specialty: tamales.
Al Bangoura is set to start Jan. 20 after Wednesday's vote.

Al Bangoura is new Minneapolis Park Board chief

He is expected to begin on Jan. 20 after an unanimous vote that capped a monthlong national search.
Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Jon Olson hugged superintendent Jayne Miller before the start of the 2017 City Council meeting where Miller's resi

New Minneapolis parks chief expected to earn $10,000 more than predecessor

Current contract would offer Al Bangoura $175,000, just below salary cap.
A St. Paul police officer holding the found finial on Tuesday night.

Como Park finial stolen from up on the rooftop turns up in a stocking

Someone had scaled the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, grabbed the globe and climbed back down.
A ball of flame erupts after part of the remains of the Globe Elevators collapses at 2 Banks Avenue after catching fire Monday afternoon in Superior.

Mayor:Grain elevator fire in Superior, Wis., will 'burn for a while'

Firefighters in Superior, Wis., battled a large grain elevator fire late Monday afternoon, the city's second large fire this year.

Pregnant woman fatally hit after semi failed to stop at intersection in Stearns County

The suspect later told authorities he didn't see the stop sign.
The Theodore Wirth House, 3954 Bryant Av. S. was built in 1910 as a residence for the superintendent as well as the administrative offices for the Min

'Dump' or treasure? Mpls. Park Board weighs Wirth house's fate

With Al Bangoura, the incoming superintendent, likely to move in, questions are swirling about the future of the house. A historical group that gives tours may have to pack up its items and leave. And the Park Board begins debating next week how much rent Bangoura will pay, a controversial issue for the last superintendent.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda and predecessor John Nienstedt.

Archbishop 'troubled' that allegations vs. Nienstedt are unresolved

Archbishop Bernard Hebda wrote in a letter to Twin Cities Catholics that he's pushing for full investigation of allegations against his predecessor.
Workers installed “Purple Raindrop” at Farview Park.

Two new sculptures installed in north Minneapolis parks

One of the pieces was created to honor Prince.

Cross-country skier rescued from Roseville lake

Authorities say ice was too thin this early in the season.
A man looks at his phone while driving down Woodall Rodgers Freeway on July 16, 2015, in Dallas.

Minnesota lawmaker proposes tougher laws on distracted driving

Efforts to toughen state laws stalled in the Legislature this year.

Cass County man jailed after his mother fatally stabbed

The 34-year-old from Bena also was held in connection with attacking and assaulting several patrons outside a bar, the Sheriff's Office said.
Al Bangoura

Divisive board overshadows naming of Mpls. parks leader

A clash over a contract for a lobbyist dominated the meeting where new Superintendent Al Bangoura was announced.

St. Paul psychiatrist surrenders medical license after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography

He pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography in July.
The sign on the Chipotle restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

St. Paul Chipotle manager says she was standing up for her employees

Dominique Moran asked for time to decide if she will return to her job.
The sign on the Chipotle restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

Chipotle fires St. Paul restaurant manager, retrains staff after viral video

UPDATE: Chipotle offers manager job back after St. Paul dine-and-dash viral video A manager at a St. Paul Chipotle was fired this week after a…
Ann Loring Woodworth Meissner

Ann Loring Woodworth Meissner, psychologist and lifelong learner, dies at 93

She had a penchant for helping others, her family said.
Al Bangoura, left, the recreation superintendent for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, and Seve Ghose, the Metro Parks and Recreation Departmen

Two interview for Minneapolis Park Board superintendent

One is a longtime former Minneapolis Park Board employee and the other a newcomer.
Joseph "Nicholas" Williams, director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Development in Oakland, California

One of three finalists for Minneapolis Park Board leader steps aside

A candidate for the Minneapolis Park Board superintendent dropped out of the race Tuesday, leaving two others still in the running. Interim Superintendent Mary Merrill…
Jeff Johnson made his concession speech at GOP headquarters. ] GLEN STUBBE ï glen.stubbe@startribune.com Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Republican Electio

Jeff Johnson to retire from politics at the end of term

His term as Hennepin County commissioner ends in 2020.

Chronic wasting disease found at quarantined Crow Wing County farm

The farm was quarantined in 2016 after two deer were infected with the fatal disease.
Minneapolis Park Board superintendent job down to three

Minneapolis Park Board superintendent job down to three

Goals include diversity, serving a wider public.
In 2017. Michael Engel, with Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning, used a gas analyzer to test for elevated carbon monoxide levels in a heater's exhaust

Danger period begins for higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, Minn. officials say

Now is the time to check furnaces, CO detectors, health officials say.

Mpls. Park Board members to learn this week if panel recommends a pay raise for them

Recommendation to be shared on Wednesday.

Green Line train hits, injures pedestrian in St. Paul

Train service was resuming after a halt from Hamline to Western as police investigated.

New Ulm man struck by car, fatally injured

A man from New Ulm, Minn., died Thursday afternoon after being hit by a car while crossing a main street in the Brown County city.…
Keegan Lund, an aquatic invasive species specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, showed off a concrete block covered in zebra m

Zebra mussels confirmed in five more Minnesota lakes

Lake Riley in Carver County had 91 of the 100 mollusks the DNR found.
Former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley, shown this summer.

Tom Foley registers as write-in candidate for Minnesota attorney general

The former Ramsey County attorney said "a number of people" asked him to run so their votes could be counted.
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Minnesota records 300th traffic fatality of the year

With drunken driving leading the way, state is ahead of last year's toll.

Minneapolis Park Board wants to hear your vision for Hiawatha golf course property

What is your vision for the future of the Hiawatha Golf Club, the nearby lake and surrounding area?Perhaps a food forest, or a place filled…
A rowing crew skimmed across a placid Lake Nokomis with fall colors and the Minneapolis skyline Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Minneapolis.

After a golden day in Minnesota, cooler weather lies ahead

Friday promises sunshine, but a brisk wind, rain and maybe snow will follow.
Interim Minneapolis Park Board Superintendent Mary Merrill.

Interim Minneapolis Park Board superintendent proposes $120.1 million budget for 2019

Property tax hike, overdose plan, new focus on youth programming part of plan.
Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Dayton resting at Mayo after a second back operation

Surgeries were similar to ones governor underwent in 2012 and 2015.
Zebra mussels have been found in lakes in Grant, Stevens and Wright counties, adding to a list of Minnesota waters that have recently reported infesta

Zebra mussels found in three more Minnesota lakes

The mollusks turned up as equipment was removed from lakes for the season.
"Ronnie's. Killer." a killer-clown character at Scream Town, high-fived Tarynn King, 5, and her brother Hunter, 6, of Carver as they waited in line Fr

Scream Town reopens after deal with Carver County

Visitors were greeted by a sign that read, "All are welcomed here."
A photo of a previous year at Scream Town. Carver County has terminated its contract with the Halloween attraction after a controversial Facebook post

Carver County briefly shuts down Halloween haunt Scream Town

Carver County administrator promised enforcement action if Halloween attraction violates stop order.
Gov. Mark Dayton

Water use is targeted in state sustainability report

Update on sustainability finds progress in cutting emissions and waste.
A scene from Scream Town in a previous year. The popular Halloween attraction is on 30 acres near Chaska.

Popular Scream Town apologizes for targeting Somali customers

The owner wrote a public apology on Scream Town's Facebook page saying safety is a top priority and the first post "seemed to generalize."
Man running across tracks fatally struck by Green Line train in St. Paul

Man running across tracks fatally struck by Green Line train in St. Paul

The man and a friend were crossing the tracks on Syndicate Street, about a block east of the Hamline station. The friend made it.
Christopher White

Body of missing Mpls. man believed to be found in Austin, Texas

Christopher White was visiting college friends and attending a music festival in Austin, Texas.

Decomposed body found in St. Paul drainage ditch

An Xcel Energy maintenance employee found the body around 4:30 p.m. near Randolph Avenue and West Seventh Street, police said.

Detroit Lakes bicyclist dies in Hwy. 10 crash

A man from Detroit Lakes, Minn., riding a bicycle across Hwy. 10 in Wadena was fatally struck by a pickup truck Thursday night. The Minnesota…
Shut down for hours after fatal crash, Hwy. 12 reopens near Maple Plain

Shut down for hours after fatal crash, Hwy. 12 reopens near Maple Plain

The highway was closed between Valley Road and Railroad Avenue west of Maple Plain in Independence, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Minneapolis Park Board President Brad Bourn, shown in 2017, is asking the panel of former and city officials to give its recommendations about raises

Minneapolis Park Board asks panel to consider raises for board members

The board also extended the contract of interim leader Mary Merrill.

Two men killed in separate accidents involving semis in Rogers, Coon Rapids

  Two men died on Minnesota roads Tuesday afternoon in separate accidents. A Pillager, Minn. man was fatally struck near Interstate 94 in Rogers. As…

Charges possible in alcohol-linked death of man who died in Bemidji State fall

The 19-year-old man who died in an apparent fall from a residence hall at Bemidji State University was drinking alcohol at a large off-campus party…
Izetta Cooley

Warrant issued for Moorhead woman suspected of kidnapping her children

It's possible they are not all together, authorities said.
Jay Meekin and Steve Golat walked their dog Duffy on a walking path in the future home of a park next to the Graco factory with a view of downtown. Th

Settlement between Graco, Park Board means Minneapolis will get riverside park

The agreement ends a yearslong legal dispute over a parcel of land.
Last year, about 62 percent of Minnesota children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years received vaccinations last influenza season.

Vaccinate kids for flu, Minnesota health officials plead

New data underline how deadly last winter's influenza season was nationwide.
Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington said there are about 180-250 homeless people riding buses and light rail each night. “For one, transit is

Response team created for homeless on buses, light rail

It's also experiencing a rise in crimes, resulting in more officers on board.

Faribault prison locked down in most recent violence at state prisons

The state prison in Faribault, Minn., was placed on lockdown Monday after an inmate punched a corrections officer in the face. Three of the responding…
A small plane was ripped from its hangar and flipped by a tornado at Faribault Municipal Airport earlier Thursday night.

Severe storms cause 'significant' damage in southeastern Minn.

In the Twin Cities, residents sloshed through flooded streets in some areas. Clouds and storms are expected to clear out Friday, with clear skies and cool temperatures moving in.
Capt. Stephanie Christoffels, a chaplain, held son David, 4, after Thursday's departure ceremony in St. Paul. She will be deployed for 10 months to Ku

650 from Minnesota National Guard bound for Kuwait honored before sendoff

Ceremony at the St. Paul RiverCentre pays tribute ahead of deployment by the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.
Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, Park interim-Superintendent Mary Merrill, and Abdirahman Mukhtar the Parks' community outreach and access coordinator

Minneapolis Park Board will hold police listening sessions next month

Residents are invited to discuss park policing and safety at two listening sessions to be held next month by the city's Park and Recreation Board.
The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire Wednesday at Metal-Matic in Minneapolis.

2 injured in blast, fire at Minneapolis industrial building

The two employees were taken to a hospital with serious burns and other injuries after the blast at Metal-Matic.

Minneapolis Park Board wants to ask taxpayers for at least $3.5 million more in 2019

Board of Estimate and Taxation to make a decision on the $3.5M request on Sept. 26.
Kids jumped off the raft off Thomas Beach into Lake Bde Maka Ska in July.

Minneapolis residents will help pick next Park Board executive

Those who want to be on Mpls. selection committee must apply by Sept. 20.
Harvey Djerf

Harvey Djerf, naturalist and biology teacher, dies at 96

Born and raised in south Minneapolis, he became an avid outdoorsman who studied forestry in college before being drafted to serve in World War II.
In July, park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, Interim Superintendent Mary Merrill and Abdirahman Mukhtar, Minneapolis parks' community outreach and access

Minneapolis Park Board: Bodycam video of Minnehaha Park incident not public

The two park police officers involved are still on the job.
The under-construction Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park during snowy April.

Loppet Foundation owes $400,000 for Trailhead project in Wirth Park

Outdoors hub is to be donated to the city once payment dispute resolved.
I-90 near Austin reopens after flooding from heavy rain in southern Minn.

I-90 near Austin reopens after flooding from heavy rain in southern Minn.

Downpours have flooded streets in Rochester; a possible tornado was spotted near Albert Lea.
Augsburg Prof. Mzenga Wanyama and his wife, Mary, waited outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in April.

Augsburg University professor facing deportation gets to stay for now

Mzenga Wanyama will be teaching English literature this fall at Augsburg.