Outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken looks over at his wife Franni and thanked her for always being at his side at an event, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Minn

Forum 'privileged' to host Franken's first public appearance since he resigned

He has chosen a cybersecurity conference in Portugal.

ID'd: Motorcyclist who hit car that pulled into his path in south metro and died

The crash occurred in southern Dakota County over the weekend.

Chronic deficits dog Minneapolis, St. Paul schools

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Districts say state, federal aid falling short, so voters will be asked to come through with more money.
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In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a man uses his cell phone as he drives through traffic in Dallas.

The Drive: Observe Just Drive Day by putting down your cellphone

Monticello must be the place to start big movements. It was in the 1970s that an editor of the town’s newspaper championed Minnesota’s first Don’t…
Interstate 35E in downtown St. Paul during some recent roadwork.

Ramp closures begin Monday for motorists on I-394, I-94

And so it begins. The quip that Minnesota has just two seasons — winter and road construction — will take on more than a…

Minnesota Class AA and Class A speech tournament results

Apple Valley, Moorhead and Roseville Area high schools each won two gold medals in the 2018 Class AA Minnesota State Speech Tournament. In Class A,…
A small fire broke out late Saturday at this downtown Minneapolis post office.

Late-night fire strikes post office in downtown Minneapolis

No one was hurt, but firefighters broke down door in pursuit of the flames.
Jim Hagedorn campaigned in Sleepy Eye in 2014. He won the Republican endorsement for the First Congressional District U.S. House seat on Saturday, Apr

Jim Hagedorn, Dan Feehan endorsed in First District

Hagedorn and Nelson will square off in the Aug. 14 primary. The winner will compete with Feehan to succeed U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat who is running for governor.
Prince, center, entered the clinic of Dr. Michael Schulenberg's clinic on April 20, 2016. Kirk Johnson is behind Prince.

Those close to Prince worried about his use of painkillers for years

The star's insistence on privacy may have kept help at bay.
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Mark Dayton called BS on Republican criticism of his tax plan.

WCCO bleeps Dayton's retort on live radio to GOP critics of his tax plan

Gov. Mark Dayton won’t be given a Good Neighbor Award from WCCO Radio for his live on-air word choice when he responded to GOP criticism…

Late-night highway crash near northern Minnesota resort kills 2, injures 2 others

The Sheriff's Office has not revealed which of the four in the vehicle was driving.
Rep. Tom Emmer, left to right, U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, enjoyed a light moment during a ceremony to present the Congre

Tina Smith settles into Senate, but big political challenge looms

Minnesota's newest U.S. senator settles in, raises $2M for campaign.
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Tributes from Prince fans adorned the memorial fence outside Paisley Park in Chanhassen on Thursday.

Unfinished requiem: Enigmatic Prince leaves mystery in death

He cherished his privacy. There were a lot of things we didn't know. We certainly didn't have a clue — and maybe he didn't either — that trying to ease the pain would bring his demise.
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.
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Jasmine Kelly, left, an Eden Prairie freshman, and Emory Solomonson, right, a senior at Wayzata High School, joined hundreds of students at a gun-cont

Strong majority of Minnesotans support stricter gun control

A majority of Minnesotans support stricter gun laws in the United States, including wide backing for a ban on military-style rifles and for raising the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found.
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Motorcyclist killed in Dakota County crash

A motorcycle rider was killed Saturday in a crash with a sedan on County Road 50 near Hampton in southern Dakota County, the State Patrol…
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After a long trip from Turkey, George rested comfortably in the back seat of a vehicle that will deliver him to his foster home.

Minnetonka group brings the gold(ens) home

Nine golden retrievers completed a trek of more than 5,000 miles this weekend, from Turkey to Minnesota, in hopes of finding a new home. Volunteers…
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Minn. House Republicans release plan to cut state income tax rate

Reduction would be the first in state since 2000.
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Police in South Padre Island, Texas, said Lois Ann Riess was arraigned early Saturday, April 21, in municipal court and is being held in the Cameron C

Florida seeks extradition of Minnesota grandma accused of killing two

Minnesotan is accused of killing husband, then Florida woman.
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Nurse practitioner Hannah Balfanz went over the results of Sam Talbot's physical exam at the University of Minnesota Nurse Practitioners Clinic. Talbo

Growth of nurse practitioner field changing patient care in Minn.

Since the Legislature enacted state licensing standards for advanced practice registered nurses in 2014, the number of licensed NPs has increased by more than a third.
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.
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The scene of a violent crash late Friday in St. Paul that killed a 41-year-old driver passing by and injured a suspect fleeing police. The crash also

Man killed when fleeing suspect slams into his car in St. Paul

After a long day of work at a St. Paul barbershop, Lashay Whittaker headed home to his wife and two children late Friday.He didn't make…
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey toured the Public Works Department’s Traffic and Parking facility on April 10.

Jury still out on Frey as he completes first 100 days in office

Will Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey's words turn into actions?
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A teen speaks with recruiters from Kelber Catering, a local catering company, during the 13th annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair on Saturday, April 21,

Minneapolis job fair is by teens, for teens

Students meet potential employers face-to-face with real jobs on the line.
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Northern Minnesota man dies in rollover

A 34-year-old man from Lancaster, Minn., died early Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover in northwestern Minnesota about 20 miles from the Canadian border.Adam T. Norskog…