Ji Chen skied the cross country course Wednesday at Theodore Wirth Park.

Tired of endless winter? Twin Cities skiers can't get enough

Deep snow, fresh tracks, freezing temps: Winter's staying power delights some.

New videos show 'coldblooded killer' Lois Riess in Ocala, Fla.

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Taken at a happy hour on April 5 at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers, Fla., video showed Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., talking to
Blooming Prairie fugitive used dead woman's credit cards, authorities said.

Dead wolves or live foxes? State Patrol pulls over vehicle on I-494 to check

The State Patrol escorted a vehicle that an investigator mistakenly suspected was carrying dead wolves.
A trailer of foxes or raccoons was thought to be euthanized wolves.
Many fire and rescue calls “leave scars. …The job can really just be a dark look at life.”
Brian Cristofono, above, doing homework at a coffee s

Minnesota firefighters grapple with 'silent epidemic'

Researchers estimate that anywhere from 7 to 37 percent of firefighters have PTSD, yet the work culture overwhelmingly views treatment as a sign of weakness.
St. Paul
Macalester College student Emma Wise pointed out birds for Sai Chang, 16, left, and Marquise Tatum, 15, during an Urban Roots program on April 10. The

St. Paul's underfunded after-school programs raise equity questions

St. Paul wants to fight racial, income disparities in youth programs by making them affordable.
St. Paul
St. Paul's Grandview Theater, built in 1933, will close for several weeks for renovations that will replace seats, draperies, carpeting and create a M

St. Paul's aging Grandview Theater closed until mid-May for renovation

A forgivable city loan will help historic Grandview get needed renovations.
St. Paul
Crews working with Sm+RT Homes moved two modular houses from tractor trailer trucks and set them on foundations with a huge crane in East St. Paul. ]

St. Paul leaders want more housing built - now

The city's new Fair Housing Work Group is delving into the housing shortage, but City Council members say they're ready to act now.
State + Local
April 18
Thomas Duvall was convicted of a series of brutal rapes of teenage girls in the 1970s and has admitted to more than 60 victims.

Minnesota Appeals Court to consider release of serial rapist

Appeals panel to decide if Thomas Ray Duvall is no longer a public danger.
April 18
Shriners continually work to raise awareness of the free care at their hospitals. Now they are rethinking treatment plans.

Shriners Hospital for Children planning to shift to outpatient care only

Goal will be less hospital care, more outpatients and same-day surgeries.
April 18

Charles McDew, civil rights activist and Metro State adviser, dies at 79

Charles “Chuck” McDew spent the early 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while the group was engaged in some of its…
April 18

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…
April 18

Minneapolis' Earth Day Clean Up is postponed until May 12

With temperatures still a dozen degrees below normal and several inches of snow still blanketing the ground, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has postponed…
April 18
Sterling V. Smith

Man charged with assaulting bus driver in north Mpls. after false racial accusation

The defendant's girlfriend had accused the driver of making racial comments; video reveals none, according to the charges.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
updated 15 hours 26 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.
April 18
Dalton McFadzen, 21, and Denise McFadzen, 42, were victims of “homicidal violence” Tuesday in a rural home near Perham, Minn., according to the Ot

Double murder mystery: Mom, son ID'd as victims in rural Minnesota killings; man jailed

Authorities have yet to say what led to the killings; suspect has yet to be charged.
West Metro
April 18
The damage inside Muddy Paws Cheesecake was significant following a break-in at the bakery on Saturday.

Community rallies for burglarized St. Louis Park cheesecake bakery

Friends of St. Louis Park business raise $20,000 after destructive break-in.
East Metro
April 18
Hussain Saeed Alnahdi

Mpls. man acquitted of murder, guilty of battery in killing of UW-Stout exchange student

The defense claimed self-defense during the trial in western Wisconsin.
April 18
Prince fans gathered at the Prince mural on the side of the Chanhassen Cinema on April 21, 2017, marking the first anniversary of Prince's death.

Prosecutor to announce Thursday whether charges will be filed in Prince's death

To date, no one has been charged or publicly implicated in the musician's death.
April 18
This artist rendering shows what Park Nicollet intends for the Mann Theaters building to look like upon taking over the structure.

Mann Theatres in St. Louis Park will soon close for good, as will Bruegger's next door

Park Nicollet is taking over the space, the property's landlord said.
Campaign Finance: U.S. House
April 18
Fundraising totals for first and second house district candidates after the first quarter of 2018.

Minnesota Congressional races, among nation's most competitive, already draw millions

No state is home to more toss-up Congressional races than Minnesota, and fundraising in the state's four most competitive districts is already off to a blistering start.
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
updated 11 hours 20 mins. ago
More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
Campaign Finance: Governor
April 18
Where the Minnesota governor candidates stood on total fundraising as of their 1Q 2018 filings.

Walz leads money race in bid for governor, Pawlenty close behind

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has quickly eclipsed the rest of the Republican field in the race for governor. The crowded fundraising field is led by Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz.
April 18
Heidi Vader, who showed a guitar pick she got at a Prince concert, said she wanted to turn her grief into something positive.

Prince fans hope to carry on his 'legacy of giving' via Purple Playground

With volunteers from all over the globe, the Purple Playground is planning the inaugural Prince Academy at St. Paul's High School for Recording Arts.
April 18
Tony Webster

Supreme Court: Hennepin County illegally kept records from public

Government watchdog sought access to sheriff's use of biometric tools.
April 18
Dalton McFadzen, 21, and Denise McFadzen, 42, were victims of “homicidal violence” Tuesday in a rural home near Perham, Minn., according to the Ot

2 people killed in Otter Tail County home; suspect arrested

The victims were found before dawn in a home near Perham.