Conductor J.R. Long walked by the Northstar Commuter Rail at Target Field

Efforts to extend Northstar Commuter Rail to St. Cloud begin — again

Nearly a decade after Northstar began service, the 40-mile line still stops short of its originally planned route between Minneapolis and St. Cloud.
Politics

Minnesota Senate passes bill to tighten sex offender, mental health commitment rules

April 23
Acting Human Services Commissioner Chuck Johnson (right) and Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, discussed a bill that would make it more difficult for
The legislation is in direct response to a court decision earlier this year that permitted the full discharge of a 51-year-old sex offender who has admitted to molesting more than 30 boys and girls.
Local

Mpls. detective moves into new role as homeless liaison

April 23
Sgt. Grant Snyder, the Minneapolis Police Department’s nationally recognized human trafficking expert, is taking on a new role as the department’s
Sgt. Grant Snyder says his work against sex trafficking sets him up well for role.
St. Paul
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Caregiver who stole from prominent St. Paul philanthropist gets two years in prison

Nicholas Lofquist-Sprangel said he should be ordered to pay restitution and community service instead.
Local
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Firefighter catches baby thrown from balcony in North St. Paul fire

The baby's father tossed the child to a waiting firefighter from a second-floor balcony as smoke surrounded the pair.
Local
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Prairie Lake

4-wheeler falls through ice near Duluth; man, 82, killed and son injured

The two were on the way to go fishing early in the afternoon, a family member said.
Local
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Record numbers of sexually transmitted diseases reported in Minn., again

State health officials hope that aggressive testing and treatment efforts will eventually result in a sustained decline in sexually transmitted diseases.
St. Paul
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Shawn M. Konder

Charges: Machete-wielding drunk man led police on 80 mph chase before killing barber

Shawn Konder faces third-degree murder and other charges.
South Metro
3:18pm

Shakopee school board appoints Tomczik to fill vacancy

She replaces Mary Romansky, who abruptly resigned last winter.
Local
3:17pm
FILE - This March 20, 2016, file photo shows Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash. Oregon child welfare offici

Years of abuse allegations gathered on Oregon parents who drove over ocean cliff with kids

Six incidents were alleged against Jennifer and Sarah Hart when they lived in Minnesota with their 6 adopted children.
Local
2:53pm
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.
Celebrities
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Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, will host a new documentary series on Lifetime.

Gretchen Carlson to host TV series built around #MeToo movement

Along with her own experience, the project will also focus on "inspirational stories of everyday Americans."
Local
2:44pm
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.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
updated 1 hours 6 mins. ago
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.
West Metro
2:38pm
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.
Local
2:36pm
Rescued from Turkey, golden retrievers now call America home

Rescued from Turkey, golden retrievers now call America home

Nine golden retrievers who completed a trek of more than 5,000 miles from Turkey to Minnesota will have new homes in America thanks to RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest).
Local
2:13pm
Puppy auditions? What's not to love?

Puppy auditions? What's not to love?

When clients are looking for just the right animal to showcase in their advertising, there's one agent they know to call: Debi Pool.
South Metro
1:26pm
Fairview Health Services employees visited Hastings High School as part of a program to train staff and students on handling trauma situations.

In the aftermath of U.S. school shootings, Hastings High School students learn how to stop bleeding in metro's first trauma class

In an era bedeviled by school shootings, trauma training enters more classrooms.
Local
1:14pm
California has nation's most aggressive drivers; Minnesota ranks 39th study finds

California has nation's most aggressive drivers; Minnesota ranks 39th study finds

Minnesota has some of the most relaxed drivers on the roads when compared to motorists in the rest of the nation according to a new study looking at the frequency of aggressive driving behaviors.
West Metro
11:31am
Beverly Burrell

A third murder conviction for notorious Twin Cities heroin dealer

Two more cases are still pending against Beverly Burrell, who began serving a prison sentence last fall.
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.
Inspired
11:20am
Margaux Granath, a moderate, enjoyed a lively debate at a meeting for a bipartisan student group at the U of M. This is bucking the national trend, br

Nurturing a new diversity on campus: 'Diversity of thought'

Professors and students seek to bridge political differences with civil exchanges.
Local
9:41am
May, 2016: Illinois airport video shows Prince's plane and emergency responders

May, 2016: Illinois airport video shows Prince's plane and emergency responders

In this surveillance video from May, 2016, the Quad City International Airport shows Prince's plane being met by emergency vehicles.
Local
9:27am
A look at Minneapolis' aging storm tunnel system

A look at Minneapolis' aging storm tunnel system

Tunnels running very deep beneath Minneapolis carry away storm and waste water. Here's a look at the aging system and how it works.
Minneapolis
9:23am
Tributes from Prince fans adorned the memorial fence outside Paisley Park in Chanhassen on Thursday.

Prince family sues Illinois hospital, Walgreens chain

Suit claims Illinois medical staff could have done more to prevent later overdose.