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More residents get around on foot, often on well-traveled roads
In a state known for its snowy, cold months, more Twin Cities nonprofits are stepping up to diversify winter activities and make them more accessible to people who wouldn't normally try them.
We asked Star Tribune readers to send us their cold weather questions. Here's what we found out.
Her book, "It Only Takes One Yes," pushes children to make a difference in the world no matter their age.
It's the first time in 35 years that the property in Tofte, Minn., has been listed for sale.
Leigh Meska, 31, turned up Thursday in Rockford, but authorities did not say how she got there.
But many are worried that it will happen again Feb. 15.
Tom Hedges was working as St. Peter’s city administrator when Loren Law showed up at the 27-year-old’s doorstep in 1976 with a pitch: Would he…
It's unclear when the canceled cases will be rescheduled.
• Voyageurs National Park: Some ski trails will be open at Voyageurs, thanks to special funding from the Voyageurs National Park Association, the nonprofit friends…
Steve Soyka, who started his new job last week, is the first new sheriff in the central Minnesota county in 16 years.
The indefinite government shutdown is tightening its grip on federal workers, their families and local economies.
Minnesota state parks are getting a bit brighter again this winter. Starting on New Year’s Eve, state parks from Blue Mounds in southern Minnesota to…
Awareness efforts, smoke alarm campaign may have helped
Claas Relotius no longer works for Der Spiegel, a news magazine that said he fabricated at least 14 of nearly 60 articles.
Starting next month, city leaders plan to lobby legislators.
No arrests have been made in the Minnesota native's 1995 disappearance.
Before he died in March at his home in Nevada, Steven Williams, 70, who grew up near Montevideo, told his family he wanted to donate almost his entire estate to charities.
The man who kidnapped a 15-year-old Alexandria girl, holding her captive for 29 days in 2017 while repeatedly assaulting her, has been sentenced to…
The 18-year-old woman said she and Adam Christopher had sent hundreds of text messages starting when she was 17, but his messages became sexual this month.
The St. Cloud City Council will have two new members in January.
Justice G. Barry Anderson said the decision expands potential liability to Minnesota schools.
The confirmation caps years of political wrangling over the new driver's licenses.
Winona-Rochester is dealing with 121 cases of sex abuse by clergy.
It’s the Black Friday special all Minnesotans can score without standing in any lines: free access to any state park. For the fourth year in…
Surveillance video led police to a 14-year-old St. Cloud boy leaving the dead deer on the cars while his 62-year-old father looked on, authorities said.
The 20-year-old has a Minneapolis address.
The insurgency that swept Democrats into power in the U.S. House was led by suburban voters, both in the Twin Cities area and across the country.
Stauber becomes the second Republican to hold the seat in 71 years.
He easily won a third term against Democratic challenger Ian Todd, a first-time candidate and Air Force veteran.
In Minnesota's midterm election, there's an open race for governor, two U.S. Senate elections, a vicious AG race, several hotly contested congressional races and control of the Legislature up for grabs.
The northern Minnesota contest draws national attention as GOP aims to flip seat.
Stauber, Radinovich clash over character, issues in tight and testy contest.
As Election Day nears, the competitive race for the Third Congressional District seat is becoming increasingly contentious.
Jason Lewis touts tax cuts and Angie Craig warns of entitlement cuts to pay for deficit reduction during their debate in Rosemount.
More than 100 nonpartisan billboards and messages have gone up across the state.
48 percent of Minnesota voters said they opposed Trump's trade moves; 46 percent said they believe tariffs will raise costs on imported goods and hurt economy.
Paulsen's first ad highlighted how he's breaking with Trump, but now he's being endorsed by the president.
Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio among GOP stars visiting to boost House candidates.
Simon wants more access; Howe would fight fraud.
In one of their final debates before the Nov. 6 election, the candidates clashed over issues ranging from health care to taxes.
The report is critical of both Democrats and Republicans.
Union previously backed Democrat Mark Dayton.
WILLMAR, Minn. – Jim Newberger steered his black SUV into a nearly empty parking lot, relishing an hour of downtime in a whirlwind…
But DHS says there's no evidence that personal info was viewed or downloaded.
With less than a month before the election, the race is heating up.
In a wide-ranging speech in front of a capacity crowd at Mayo Civic Center, President Donald Trump touted his achievement along with Minnesota GOP hopefuls. The rally also drew a large group of protesters.
Big data and technology have transformed how campaigns target voters or reach out to volunteers.
State is at the epicenter of battle for control of Congress, with the Second and Third Districts under extreme focus.
It's the fourth visit to the state in a few months by the top two members of the Trump administration.
Early voting will continue through Nov. 5 before the Nov. 6 Election Day.
Minnesotans are evenly split on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in a new Star Tribune-MPR News Minnesota Poll taken before an allegation of sexual assault against him surfaced.
John Howe and Tim Droogsma were injured in GOP parade float crash.
Swanson seeks to recommend investigative reforms to Legislature by December.
"We're just so thankful; it could have been so much worse," Howe said.
The spike comes after the state in August saw the highest primary turnout since 1994.
Congressman says feds should reverse decision on mining exploration.
They rip Paulsen's foe for wealth, business practices.
When her cover was blown, she became a CIA executive before retiring to Minnesota, where she led the Woman's Club of Minneapolis.
Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the American Legion convention comes after the Legion and the White House clashed over President Trump's response to the death of Sen. John McCain.
It was the first policy forum that DFLer Dean Phillips is holding as he challenges U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen in the west metro congressional district.
National Organization for Women calls for him to drop out of race for the Minnesota attorney general's race, while top DFL leaders say they still back him.
According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, 22.7 percent of eligible voters participated. In Minneapolis, the city broke a 48-year record for turnout in a midterm primary, with 93,500 voters casting ballots.
Their opponents will be political newcomer Dan Feehan and St. Louis County Board Member Pete Stauber, respectively.
It was the two candidates' first appearance together.
Kelliher and Torres Ray emphasize experience; Omar offers new voice.
The charges were pleaded down in Hennepin County District Court to a petty misdemeanor, with a fine of about $200.
Rep. Ilhan Omar violated House rules by accepting speaking fees.
Nearly 30,000 ballots have been submitted so far, up 151 percent from this time in 2016.
Class teaches rookies the increasingly popular sport of rowing — and provides a full-body workout.
Dean Phillips hopes his campaign tactics boost energy — and votes.
The move solidifies a five-member progressive majority on the court.
Tribes embrace gardens and traditional foods to combat health crisis.
It's part of a nationwide crackdown on fraudulent veterans charities.
Two of the three leading candidates get behind a single-payer approach.