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 will address a cybersecurity conference in Lisbon in May.

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

April 22
In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a man uses his cell phone as he drives through traffic in Dallas.
Just Drive Day, in its fourth year, came about after its founder lost his son to a distracted driver.

Late-night fire closes Loring Station post office in downtown Minneapolis

A small fire broke out late Saturday at this downtown Minneapolis post office.
Station will be closed during repairs.
TV & Media
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Sinclair Broadcast Group's headquarters.

Sinclair's TV editorials worry media watchdogs as debate unfolds

Debate over the TV spots is playing out on screens in the Upper Midwest.

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.
The Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota Poll: Gun limits a tough sell at Capitol

Most Minnesotans favor wider background checks, reporting of lost or stolen guns.
South Metro

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.
State + Local
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 of his tax plan.
An underground web of tunnels beneath downtown Minneapolis channels stormwater to the Mississippi River. But with more concrete surfaces and bigger ra

Mpls. hopes to grind out new tunnel deep below downtown

State aid is being sought to augment old conduits deep below the city. The $38 million project to dig a new passage 70 to 100 feet beneath Washington Avenue would be the largest of its kind downtown since the system was built about 80 years ago.
Interstate 35E in downtown St. Paul during some recent roadwork.

Closures begin today for motorists on I-394, I-94

The quip that Minnesota has just two seasons — winter and road construction — will take on more than a touch of reality starting Monday when the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) closes some well-traveled freeway ramps, one week after the historic April blizzard.
April 22
Students held signs as they gathered at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul on March 24 before matching to the State Capitol protesting gun viole

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.
April 22

Minneapolis storm tunnels feeling squeezed

Deep below the streets of downtown Minneapolis, a tunnel built more than a century ago to move stormwater to the river is bursting at the seams each time it rains.
April 22
Tour aging storm sewers deep below Minneapolis

Tour aging storm sewers deep below Minneapolis

The Star Tribune accompanied public works officials deep below Minneapolis' Como neighborhood for a look at the city's storm tunnels.
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.
April 22
Rachel Ratner sang with the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale during their performance Sunday afternoon.

'Seventy years ago we didn't have that': Jewish community celebrates state of Israel

With face paint, traditional food and music, thousands of Jewish Twin Cities residents marked the 70th anniversary of Israel on Sunday.
April 22
A police officer wrote a citation, something Eden Prairie police are looking to do less often with juveniles in their city with the Juvenile Diversion

Eden Prairie police program gives young offenders a reset button

Police say most juveniles in diversion program do not reoffend.
West Metro
April 22
After a long trip from Turkey, George rested comfortably in the back seat of a vehicle that will deliver him to his foster home.

Homeward bound: Minn. group rescues golden retrievers in Turkey

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.
April 22

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,…
April 22
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.
April 22
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.
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.
April 22
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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April 22
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.
April 21

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 reported.
April 21
St. Paul School Superintendent Joe Gothard said if the district and its supporters fail to persuade voters to invest more in their schools, “the lik

Chronic deficits dog Minneapolis, St. Paul schools

Districts say state, federal aid falling short, so voters will be asked to come through with more money.