Display of raw power turns southern Minnesota horses into viral video stars

Display of raw power turns southern Minnesota horses into viral video stars

Wearing winter shoes to help with traction, two Belgian draft horses pulled a semitrailer truck up an icy driveway on a southern Minnesota ranch.

In Duluth visit, finalist for U's top job hears concerns about campus getting all that it needs

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Joan Gabel, sole finalist for University of Minnesota president, on the Twin Cities campus earlier in the week.
Joan Gabel was at her next-to-last stop on a tour of all five U campuses.

Metropolitan Council approves barriers to protect bus drivers from assaults

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The Metropolitan Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a contract to install barriers in buses intended to protect drivers from assaults.
The move comes after several high-profile assaults.
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Cops take on a statewide shortage of potential recruits

Chiefs try new tactics on recruiting and retaining.
East Metro
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Sgt. Dave Strecker with the St. Paul Police Department retrieved a package containing a GPS tracker in it that was placed on a resident's front steps

With porch piracy on rise, St. Paul police use GPS to find package thieves

The department believes there is a "substantial" increase this year in package thefts.
East Metro

Washington County OKs budget driven by public safety, state mandates

And in Anoka County, the approved 2019 budget includes the biggest tax levy hike in nine years.
St. Paul
After Wednesday's verdicts, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Erica MacDonald called the sex trafficking operation one of largest, most sophisticated transn

St. Paul federal jury convicts all 5 on trial in Thai sex trafficking case

International probe led to charges against 39 people accused of trafficking hundreds of women to U.S.
St. Paul
The new St. Paul police hires included in the 2019 budget approved Wednesday by the City Council will expand the force from 626 to 635 sworn officers,

St. Paul City Council approves budget that expands police force, despite opposition

The budget funds new programs proposed by Mayor Melvin Carter.
A quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board in 2017.

Group proposes changes in training police to handle sex assault cases

Gov. Dayton ordered the police board to draft improved training and investigation guidelines for handling of sexual assaults in the wake of a Star Tribune series documenting chronic breakdowns in rape investigations.
St. Paul
Patrons of this party bus clashed, and one of its passengers was shot and killed.

Man shot dead Sunday in St. Paul was in gang-related party bus mayhem months ago

The man was shot while sitting in a car, police said. No arrests have been announced.
West Metro
From left, Michael Hari, Joe Morris and Michael McWhorter have been in federal custody since March on charges out of both Illinois and Minnesota, whic

Attorney: Plea negotiations underway for one of 3 Illinois militia members accused of bombing Minnesota mosque

Michael McWhorter, 29, is second "White Rabbits" member to appear in federal court in St. Paul. He has previously told FBI agents that his group bombed Dar Al-Farooq in 2017.
Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, donated $2.5 million to Minneapolis nonprofit Simpson Housing Services, which plans to use the money to help ho

Amazon's Bezos donates $2.5 million to a Minneapolis nonprofit that serves homeless families

The gift is the largest ever received by Simpson Housing Services, which will use the money to help homeless families obtain stable housing.

William Posten, pioneering black Minnesota judge, dies at 87

In his 23 years on the Hennepin County bench, he overaw some controversial and chaotic cases.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
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Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark.
The Minneapolis skyline during previous air quality alerts. A new advisory lasts until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Air quality alert for Twin Cities until Thursday night expands to southern Minnesota

It lasts until 6 p.m. Thursday and also covers some areas of central Minnesota.
St. Paul
Malik D. Turner

Nearly two decade sentence handed to 19-year-old St. Paul killer who bragged on Facebook

The victim was pistol-whipped, shot through the heart and robbed.
East Metro

Fire chief: Severe burning of teen at Shoreview gas station appears 'not accidental'

No one else was with the teen, and the pumps showed no sign of malfunctioning, he said.

Photos of the year 2018

From communities facing tragedy to festive moments, our photographers covered it all.
West Metro
Normandale College

Normandale College student attacks two faculty members, is arrested with gun

A classroom dispute came shortly before the violence, police in Bloomington said.
St. Paul
Firefighters worked amid the home explosion scene on Nov. 23 in St. Paul.

Man trapped in St. Paul house explosion dies weeks later

The blast led to several other buildings being condemned.
Dennis Porter on a mountain bike trail along the Minnesota River Wednesday afternoon in Bloomington. ] JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com T
Special report Guide to best of Minnesota biking trails
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More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
West Metro
Ronald Klitzka

Officer's killing of suicidal gunman in Crystal was justified, prosecutors conclude

Investigators found that the man had his gun aimed at police, according to the County Attorney's Office.
East Metro

Scammers may have gained access to personal information of Ramsey County clients

The scam targeted the e-mails of county employees in an apparent attempt to divert their paychecks.
South Metro

Driver speeding in reverse fatally hits retired nurse outside Faribault hospital

Investigators are building a case for possible charges, according to police.
Thick smoke poured from the fire at the Husky Enery oil refinery in Superior, Wis.

Hole in valve triggered explosion, fire at Superior, Wis., refinery

The erosion in a slide valve created a hole that allowed air to mix with hydrocarbons, setting off last April's blast at the Husky Energy refinery.