Cate Barnes, second from right, a junior at Avalon Charter School in St. Paul, chants with a sign that reads “I don’t want to die” during a rall

Minn. students rally for gun control on 19th anniversary of Columbine

Hundreds converge on State Capitol for second gun-control rally in a month
Local

Target Center ice rink design flaws cost Minneapolis $1.1 million

April 20
The exterior of the newly renovated Target Center.
Flaws in the design have raised the price tag twice since the city accepted the bids.
Local

Investigative documents in Wetterling case must be released, judge rules

April 20
Soon, a Stearns County judge will review about 168 pages that Patty and Jerry Wetterling have asked to keep out of the public eye.
Family has no basis in law to block the release — but the Wetterlings are seeking to change that.
Local
April 20
This photo provided by the South Padre Island Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal deputy marsh

Lois Riess' arrest in Texas eases the what-ifs, but not the whys

Suspect in two murders remains in a Texas jail, but extradition may be near.
Prince
April 20
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.
Minneapolis
April 20
A drone will inspect the upper reaches of U.S. Bank Stadium’s exterior to ensure that the two-year-old building endured a second winter unscathed.

Drone inspection will make sure U.S. Bank Stadium stayed dry (inside) this winter

Stadium panels and moisture have been a visible problem.
Minneapolis
April 20
There are no public restroom facilities on Nicollet Island. Visitors either have to use the porta potty or walk almost half a mile to the nearest indo

Nowhere to go? Nicollet Island Inn owner wants Minneapolis Park Board to install public restrooms

Nicollet Island Park has only one portable toilet. Inn owner wants an attractive and permanent structure.
Local
April 20

Worthington man dies in crash on icy Nobles County road

A 26-year-old man from Worthington, Minn., was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on an icy road in southwestern Minnesota’s Nobles County, according to…
Local
April 20

Breckenridge father charged in death of 3-year-old son

Couple had blamed 2-year-old for causing bruises to 3-year-old who later died, the charges say.
East Metro
April 20

Threat leads to evacuation of Maplewood elementary school

A bomb threat at Weaver Elementary School in Maplewood led authorities to evacuate and search the building Friday afternoon before declaring the school safe. Maplewood…
Minneapolis
April 20
Tyrone Williams

Arrest warrant issued in slaying of Minneapolis activist Tyrone Williams

The warrant, filed in Hennepin County District Court, remains under seal.
South Metro
April 20
Canterbury Commons will eventually include 599 apartments.

Canterbury Park housing development to break ground this fall

Work will begin this fall on first stage of Shakopee housing, retail complex.
Don't Miss
April 20
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a message for superfan Katie Kelzenberg delivered via the morning announcements at Stillwater Area High School.

After fan sends prom invite, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises Stillwater student

The movie star has rented out a local theater for Katie Kelzenberg and friends to see his new flick, "Rampage."
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.
North Metro
April 20

Twin Cities school bus driver taken off route after leading kids in prayer

George Nathaniel says he has right to exercise faith.
Local
April 20
Tess and Rod Koster returned to Blooming Prairie, Minn., from Florida on Thursday night just in time to find out Lois Riess had been captured in Texas

Using 'Stormy Liberty,' Riess sought Minn. friends in Florida

Tess and Rod Kosters of Blooming Prairie believe they're the reason Riess fled to Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where Riess allegedly killed one of their neighbors, 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson. And they feared they were next.
St. Paul
April 20

Martha Meade Kaemmer, Cooks of Crocus Hill co-founder, dies

Martha Meade Kaemmer, co-founder of Cooks of Crocus Hill, was known for her wisdom, generous spirit and curiosity about food. For most of her adult…
Local
April 20
A billboard going up near Mebane from the North Carolina Council of Churches pits the Second Amendment against the Second Commandment.

N.C. churches join gun debate with billboard opposing gun violence

God's Ten Commandments outweigh 2nd Amendment, North Carolina churches say.
South Metro
April 20
Rohan Mukherjee, left, a libertarian, and Sharaka Berry, right, a liberal, discussed how they're working to bring those with differing political views

March: What happened to the campus Republicans at Carleton College?

Students, college leaders wary of lopsided politics.
Inspired
April 20
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.
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.
Local
April 20
Highland Park students honor victims of school shootings

Highland Park students honor victims of school shootings

Hundreds of Minnesota students walked out of their classrooms on Friday to push for stricter gun control and mark the anniversary of the deadly Columbine High School shooting.
Music
April 20
A woman waits for taxi fares in an antique American car in Old Havana, Cuba on Thursday, May 14, 2015. ] LEILA NAVIDI leila.navidi@startribune.com /

Minnesota meets Cuba: Take the audio tour

Join Star Tribune arts reporter Graydon Royce and staff photographer Leila Navidi for a museum-style audio tour featuring Navidi's finest photos from Cuba. These images were taken in Havana, May 13-17, 2015 during the Minnesota Orchestra's historic tour to the island nation.
Prince
April 20
Prince, center, entered the clinic of Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg's clinic on April 20, 2016. Kirk Johnson is behind Prince.

New documents give a clearer picture of Prince's final days

An emergency landing in Moline, Ill., was the beginning of the end, and even those closest to him said they didn't know painkillers had taken over his life. A week later, he was dead.
Local
April 20

John Plunkett, pathologist who battled shaken baby syndrome, dies at 70

While touring the country for a documentary featuring Dr. John Plunkett, filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith remembers strangers in every city greeting Plunkett as a hero."They would…