Recent content from Kelly Smith
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.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited several Twin Cities businesses Monday, touting tax cuts and technical careers while also talking up the chances of two fellow Republicans facing competitive congressional races this year.
Slayton and Tracy are among the cities hardest hit after some parts of southwestern Minnesota got 8 to 10 inches of rain.
Wet weather flooded basements, downed trees, jeopardized crops and closed roads.
Nearly half of U.S. companies surveyed are offering some type of the benefit this year — up from 21 percent three years ago.
It has fought to improve the city's parks and fought youth homelessness in the city.
More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
Saida Omar dreams of one day opening a salon in St. Cloud, Minn., and a new program launched this spring is designed to help her…
Campaign aims to get back students who have recently left the district.
President Donald Trump hailed the impact of his deregulatory policies and steel tariffs Wednesday, and predicted he would win Minnesota when he runs for re-election in two years.
While the number of students qualifying for federally funded free and reduced price meals has risen statewide, many still go without the extra help during summer vacation.
Hazel Dicken-Garcia’s impact in life is measured in the hundreds of former students who now fill newsrooms and university lecture halls nationwide.
It draws an estimated 150,000 visitors each year, a turnout that keeps growing.
Voters approved $249 million to expand or renovate all of the district's schools.
The first woman and person of color leading the west metro school district, Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed is part of a changing face of leadership serving a student body that is increasingly diverse, too.
Sophia's Law, which requires CO detectors on some boats, took effect May 1.
School board Chairman Leny Wallen-Friedman apologized and said he failed to back up teachers.
500-plus students will switch schools in a plan the Wayzata school board approved Monday night. The changes won't take effect until fall 2019.
The governor's $138 million plan may be a long shot since GOP lawmakers aren't backing it.
From Anoka-Hennepin to Wayzata, crowded districts drawing new borders.
Company tells Central Perk to drop the name and lose the orange couch.
Rocked by suicides and violence, students spearhead a quest for more resources.
A central Minnesota park is looking to tap into the growing popularity of archery by opening its first indoor archery range with hopes that it will become a regional attraction.
Metro school districts face a combined shortfall of more than $100 million.