The 170 hunters who joined Gov. Tim Walz took a total of 44 roosters, including the governor’s bird. Credit: Governor's Office

1st time hosting Governor's Pheasant Opener, Walz bags a rooster

DNR says Minnesota's pheasant population is down from last year, but birds are still abundant in some areas.

One year later, hometown closes ranks again to support Jayme

October 13
Kidnapping victim Jayme Closs, second from left, appears with her family and supporters to receive a "hometown hero" award from the Wisconsin Assembly
Barron, Wis., looked for the teen after her abduction. Now they look out for her.

Fatally stricken Esko football player got to his feet, collapsed again, announcer says

Jackson Pfister would have turned 16 late this week. Credit: Facebook
Jackson Pfister, 15, had a heart defect, family says.
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Passengers boarded the eastbound Empire Builder train to Chicago at St. Paul's Union Depot in 2016. Rail backers are pushing a plan to add a second da

Rail backers plot their push for Duluth line, second Chicago train

Backers say legislative support is needed for the Chicago, Duluth proposals.
St. Paul
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Brian Henderson owner of the Highland Park BP station in St. Paul replaced a box of cigarillos. A proposed St. Paul law raising the tobacco purchasing

St. Paul's Tobacco 21 ordinance won't penalize buyers

Under proposed St. Paul ordinance, retailers could lose license for selling to customers under 21.
University of Minnesota researchers will use a smartphone app called BrainHQ to see if it can improve cognition, and the PRIME social networking app t

U tests new apps to help teen brains fight psychosis

Teens, young adults test a new non-drug treatment.
South Metro
An ice sculpture at the opening of a Cub Foods in Oakdale in 2017.

Cub Foods joins other stores in asking customers not to openly carry guns

The grocery chain also said it would no longer sell e-cigarettes or vaporizers.
MnDOT is testing a system of beacons and detectors during morning rush hours to catch carpool lane cheats. A blue light flashes if a motorist has a va

MnDOT pilots technology to catch carpool lane cheats

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing new technology that is giving state troopers a better chance to catch carpool lane cheats. Nearly one in…
MnDOT tests new way to catch carpool lane cheaters

MnDOT tests new way to catch carpool lane cheaters

MnDOT is testing a system of beacons and detectors during morning rush hours to catch carpool lane cheats. A blue light flashes if a motorist has a valid tag. An amber light flashes if no tag is detected.

Pickup moving at high speed goes airborne, crashes into roof

Police say a Wisconsin man was arrested after crashing a pickup truck into the roof of a Beloit home.

Fire officials: 2 die in early-morning Milwaukee duplex fire

Fire department officials and family members say a grandmother who worked in the home health care field was one of two people who died in a fire on Milwaukee's north side.
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October 13

Minnesota woman admits falsely collecting $108K in Postal Service disability benefits

While collecting the money, she was recorded on video "running around arenas" during dog competitions, according to her guilty plea filing.
October 13
Across Minnesota, DNR biologists, game wardens and volunteers have surveyed pheasant populations every August since 1955. Their findings this year wer

Where are all the pheasants? Habitat loss is tied to more farming

Pheasants, other wildlife decline as millions of acres returned to production.
October 12

Minnesota briefs: Peace Plaza artwork forum in Rochester is set for Friday

Four artists selected by the Heart of the City design team to develop installations for Peace Plaza will make a public presentation Friday at the…
October 12

Metro briefs: The Link nonprofit raising funds to buy Passageways building

The Link, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that works with impoverished youth and families, is raising money to buy the building that it leases for its Passageways…
October 12
Trump supporter Chris Windego, of International Falls, and Jennifer Fairchild, of Minneapolis, had a civil conversation as Windego shared his umbrella

Brooks: Trump rally, aftermath show it's going to be hard to hug our way out of this

Those with experience in finding common ground say it starts with finding us, not us and them.
October 12
From left, Mohammedamin Kahin, Mukhtar Yusuf, and Mahamud Sharif Abdi on Friday at Village Market mall discussed their reactions to President Donald T

Somali-Minnesotans wonder about their welcome after Trump's speech

Somali-Minnesotans, GOP hear different messages in Trump's speech.
October 12

14-year-old Little Falls girl found safe, is back at home

Emily Gerwing's family had expected her to return home after the Little Falls high school football game.
East Metro
October 12
Keegan Lund, an aquatic invasive species specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, held up the shell of a native mussel covered i

Zebra mussels discovered in two more Ramsey County lakes

Ten lakes in the county are now infested with the invasive mussel.
October 12
The Rev. Antony Skaria celebrated a weekday morning mass at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in South St. Paul.

Catholics turn to foreign priests to ease clergy shortage

An estimated one in six Catholic priests in the U.S. now hail from other countries, including more than 50 of the 203 full-time priests active in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese.
October 12
Many schools are broadening math coursework, integrating the subject into lessons focused on problem-solving and real-world applications. Above, Apple

As test scores drop, Minnesota educators seek a 'new conversation' about math

Many education leaders say the sobering statistics don't tell the full story of Minnesota students' performance.
October 12

Esko High School football player dies after collapsing during game

Police say the 15-year-old had a serious medical condition.
October 12
Moorhead razed much of its historic downtown in the 1970s and replaced it witha city hall building set in a mall. Now it might sell the building and s

With Fargo envy, Moorhead looks to revitalize its downtown

The city on the Minnesota side will team with a local developer.