In an era of policies geared toward reducing prison populations, Minnesota has bucked national trends by incarcerating more people, according a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which shows how 35 states simultaneously cut crime and prison rates. In contrast to Minnesota, the prison rate nationwide dropped 11 percent, according to the study, which looked at data from 2008 to 2016.
A winter storm will smack the Twin Cities on Monday with heavy snow and strong winds that are expected to hit the south metro and a broad swath of southern Minnesota especially hard. For many districts and schools, this is the winter's first snow day.
Law enforcement agencies have not been called to a fatal crash along the dangerous segment of Hwy. 23 between Milaca and Foley in central Minnesota for about a year, and that's definitely something to celebrate.