Cigarettes seen behind the counter at a Vernon BP gas station in Edina.

Minnesota asks Big Tobacco firms: Where's the money?

Shortfalls in historic 1998 settlement putting Minnesota's quit-smoking efforts in jeopardy.
Local

Ruling: Shakopee officer justified when he killed man aiming gun at him

February 17
This image from Shakopee police officer Thor Carlson's body-worn camera shows James Hanchett raising a gun in his hand.
Video from the officer's body-worn camera captured as part of the Nov. 2018 encounter.
Local

Legionnaires' sickens 4 at NW. Minnesota hotel; pool and spa closed

February 17
Crookston Inn
Legionnaires' infection in Crookston left four ill.
Local
12:10am
A close-up photo of police lights by night.

Snowmobiler hits tree, dies in northeastern Minnesota; 'speed and alcohol' factors

The wreck occurred just after sunset Saturday on the Cook Area Snowmobile Trail near Buyck, roughly 50 miles northwest of Ely, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.
Local
12:10am
White-tailed deer.

Deer with chronic wasting disease found near Brainerd

Discovered near Brainerd; Walz proposes $4.5M fix.
Local
February 17
A close-up photo of police lights by night.

Two killed in a 2-vehicle crash near Elk River

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle collision Sunday on Hwy. 169 near Elk River. The State Patrol has not released the names of the…
Local
February 17
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to the overflow crowd at a campaign event at a mall Saturday in Mason City, Iowa.

Klobuchar's first campaign trip underscores Iowa's importance

Gatherings like Sunday's will be the focus of Klobuchar's presidential campaign until Iowa picks its presidential nominee Feb. 3. For Klobuchar, who lacks the national name identification and fundraising prowess of some of her competitors for the Democratic nod, a strong showing in the state is crucial.
Local
February 17
Former Minnesota First Lady Terry Ventura, left, wrote a card that was found by Hope Walz, daughter of Gov. Tim Walz (seen above talking with her fath

Walz family finds letter from former first lady, calls it an 'amazing gift'

Gov. Walz's family finds undiscovered message from former first lady
Local
February 17
Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed budget includes a “down payment” on education funding. Inauguration Day. Tim Walz will be sworn in as Minnesota's 41st

Walz faces pressure from all on first budget

Gov. is pushing campaign priorities, but is up against opposition, constraints.
South Metro
February 17
Todd Weldon, 47, overdosed and died at Minneapolis’ navigation center in early January.

Second person dies at navigation center in Minneapolis

Resident is the second to overdose in tents at the homeless services center.
Local
February 17
An actor portrayed George Washington at Presidents' Day festivities.

What's open, closed on Presidents' Day

What’s open on Presidents’ Day Post offices: Closed. No regular mail service. Banks: All Bremer Bank branches will be closed. TCF traditional branches and in-store…
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West Metro
February 17
A rendering of the proposed water park beside the Mall of America shows what the $250 million facility might look like when it’s completed.

MOA's water park plan a deep dive into creative accounting

Bloomington has spent months devising an intricate plan that officials say will both lower borrowing costs and shield property taxpayers from risk.
Local
February 17
the Minnesota Department of Transportation completed the final segment of Hwy. 610 through Maple Grove in 2016.

Expand Hwy. 610 in Maple Grove? Not just yet

When the Minnesota Department of Transportation completed the final segment of Hwy. 610 through Maple Grove two years ago, the agency built a ramp for…
Local
February 17
A billing mix-up cost Isaiah Breen his health insurance, a story that he shared on Twitter. Others chimed in.

Brooks: Fighting for health care in a system that doesn't care

Every American knows the only thing worse than our health coverage is losing our health coverage.
South Metro
February 17
Terri Stephenson, Michael Serres

Couple's Valentine's Day crash: She's dead, he's in jail suspected of being drunk

The wreck occurred about a quarter-mile from their home shortly before 11:20 p.m., according to the State Patrol.
Local
February 17
Most of the Minnesota River basin land is agricultural, and water quality is tainted by aging septic systems and animal runoff.

To clean murky Minnesota River, must control septic systems, livestock manure

Cleaning up bacterial pollution will cost $4 million to $10 million over two decades, according to a new MPCA plan, the state's latest effort to solve a decades-old pollution problem.
Local
February 17
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, a limousine, left, has landed in the woods following a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., that killed 20 people.

Despite horrific NY crash, MnDOT didn't audit some limos for more than year

After a horrific limousine crash killed 20 people in upstate New York last fall, the Minnesota Department of Transportation assured the public that state regulations…
Local
February 17
Joined by her daughter Abigail and husband John, Sen. Amy Klobuchar made her first campaign appearance as a presidential candidate Saturday in Eau Cla

Klobuchar points to importance of Midwest in Wisconsin, Iowa campaign stops

The Minnesota Democrat pledged to work across the aisle and make rural issues a priority as she made the first stops of her 2020 presidential campaign.
East Metro
February 16
Central Midway building

Concordia withdraws request for tax-exempt bonds to buy Midway building

College had proposed tax-exempt bonds to buy Central Midway building.
North Metro
February 16

Family, friends identify man shot to death in Crystal as 20-year-old

Authorities have identified a person of interest in the shooting but have not yet taken the person into custody, said Crystal Deputy Chief Brian Hubbard.
Local
February 16
Maria Iraheta Martinez cared for her daughter Sarai after a recent emergency visit to HCMC.

Minnesota provides medical safety net for asylum-seekers in need of care

A Medicaid program covers some costs for noncitizens
Local
February 16

Coal train derails near Cloquet, sending 40 cars off tracks

Crews were working Saturday night to clean up coal spilled when a BNSF train derailed by the frozen St. Louis River near Cloquet, Minn. Forty…
Local
February 16

BCA identifies victims, suspect in deadly Nevis shooting

Bryce Bellomo killed two of his wife's sisters before dying by suicide.