Arden Hills and New Brighton beaches reopen Friday

Arden Hills and New Brighton beaches reopen Friday

Testing done showed safe levels of bacteria, officials said.

Feds contacted by representative for dentist who killed lion

Federal authorities say they've now been contacted by a representative for the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

Stillwater Lumberjack Days promoter sentenced for tax evasion

David Eckberg gets stayed prison sentence, must repay his debts; the festival’s name and copyright will transfer to city.
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Plymouth swimmer abandons English Channel crossing

Karen Zemlin was more than 3/4 of the way across when she gave up her attempt, according to an online tracker.
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Life after death row: The resurrection of Damon Thibodeaux

After spending 15 years on death row for a murder he did not commit, will Damon Thibodeaux be able to find his place in a world that raced ahead without him?
Cecil the lion, foreground, was shot and killed by a Bloomington dentist, whom Zimbabwe officials said they are looking for.

What we know about Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer

A Twin Cities dentist is at the center of a major international story.
East Metro

St. Paul man charged with first-degree murder in daughter's beating death

Cottage Grove girl was struck with fists and hit in the eye with a bottle, court records show. Angel Daniel Ramirez appears in court on Aug. 19.

Gallery: Cecil the lion remembered at Walter Palmer's dental office

People have been arriving at River Bluff dental today stuffed animals and signs to remember lion "Cecil" and lament his destruction.
Cecil the lion stands with his pride on the plains in Hwange National Park on Nov. 18, 2012 in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe official calls Twin Cities man a poacher, wants him extradited

U.S. wildlife officials say a representative for Walter Palmer contacted the agency late Thursday, after the agency had said earlier in the day that it had been unable to locate him.

Building a life

Thibodeaux begins again and finds freedom on the road.

The night life changed

He sees his booking photo for the first time.

Loss of walleye gives rise to old animosities on Lake Mille Lacs

Tensions reignite between anglers and Indians who have treaty rights, even as state scientists say tribal netting cannot be blamed for the lake’s vanishing walleye population.

New Minnesota laws get tougher on texting, looser on experimental drugs

Laws that take effect Saturday address driving, experimental drugs, license plate readers, etc.
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.

New texting law raises fines for motorists with 2 or more offenses

A new law that goes into effect Saturday will raise the fine for drivers who are caught texting for second time and subsequent offenses to $275 plus court fees.

I-94 and 394 closures plus half marathons to bring traffic challenges

Interstate 94 and 394 closures, sports events and theater equal traffic jams.

Expect delays with more road closures this weekend

Traffic reporter Tim Harlow shares the latest updates on road construction around the Twin Cities this weekend.
Minnesota Medical Solutions will be supplying half of the state's medical marijuana.

Still more doctors than patients in Minnesota's medical marijuana program

More than 300 health care professionals have signed on with the Office of Medical Cannabis, ready to enroll patients. But only 250 patients have made it into the program in the first month.
West Metro
This image of Cecil the lion strolling in Hwange National Park was taken from a November 2012 video.

Zimbabwe official: Extradition sought for Twin Cities man who killed lion

"Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Zimbabwe's wildlife minister said at a Friday news conference.
Stage & Arts

Canoes, kayaks and sailboats stage 'boat ballet' Friday

The free hourlong performance on the Mississippi in north Minneapolis is part of the third annual Riverfront Fest, designed to help revitalize an underused portion of the Mississippi corridor.
July 30

Boat ballet on the Mississippi

An array of boats choreographed with live music will take on the Mississippi River tonight at 7 p.m. at Ole Olson Park for a free show for the public.
South Metro
July 30
South St. Paul Police are looking for this man in connection with a ro...

South St. Paul credit union robbed

South St. Paul police are looking for a man in connection with a robbery Thursday afternoon of a credit union. Police were called about 3:30…
St. Paul
July 30

Judge upholds Aug. 3 deadline for claims against Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

U.S. bankruptcy judge says clergy abuse victims have had extensive notice of Monday’s deadline.
East Metro
July 30
Nhan Lap Tran, 34, of Oakdale

Oakdale man charged in 2013 shooting death of boy, 9, found incompetent to stand trial

Nhan Tran is charged with killing a boy in a 2013 shooting spree. He’ll spend another six months in the St. Peter mental hospital.