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July 30
Minnesota youth could affect key November elections — if they turn out

Minnesota youth could affect key November elections — if they turn out

Minnesota ranks high on a 2018 ranking of states where young voters' participation could have the greatest significance, despite traditionally low youth turnout.
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July 15
Minneapolis police shootings since 2000: A deeper look at who and where

Minneapolis police shootings since 2000: A deeper look at who and where

Do areas with more crime see more fatal police encounters? Not necessarily.
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May 28
2017's most popular baby names: How popular is yours?

2017's most popular baby names: How popular is yours?

Whether you favor perennial favorites or trendier names, see how popular they've been in 2017 -- and in all the years going back to 1910.
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May 22
May 22, 2011: Aerial photo of tornado damage in north Minneapolis.

Minnesota on track for a record number of tornadoes this decade

More than 400 tornadoes have been recorded since 2010, including one that hit north Minneapolis seven years ago this week.
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March 29
Google tracked a year of my life in downtown Minneapolis

Google tracked a year of my life in downtown Minneapolis

It was an eye-opening experience examining the mass of data Google had collected.
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February 28
Hospitals have switched from handwritten prescriptions to computerized order entry, but one thing hasn’t changed over the past two decades: the smal

See which Minnesota hospitals had medical mistakes last year

Minnesota's hospitals have publicly reported preventable errors since 2005. Look up how many have happened by hospital, year or the type of error.
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February 26
Find the hottest Twin Cities housing markets of 2017

Find the hottest Twin Cities housing markets of 2017

For the second year, the Star Tribune compared home sale data in the Twin Cities to determine which cities had the hottest markets in 2017. How did your city fare?
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February 9
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The U.S. government's Friday, Feb. 9,

Minnesota's flu season is worse than expected, and it's not done yet

However, the flu seems to be taking an even harder toll on other parts of the U.S.
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February 9
Black drivers twice as likely as whites to be stopped by St. Paul police

Black drivers twice as likely as whites to be stopped by St. Paul police

Black motorists also were almost three times as likely to be frisked or searched.
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January 13
Sunrise over Lake Calhoun, Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Minnesota's weather in 2017 was warm, but not too warm

Minnesota's warmth was notable for how long it lasted rather than how hot it was.
Super Bowl LII
January 11
Die-hard Viking fans Heidi Clapp, Kindra Egge and Melissa Morissette were super disappointed after a shocking loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January 1

Are the Vikings the NFL's most tragic playoff team?

A Star Tribune analysis shows the Vikings do unexpectedly lose a significant number of postseason games, but aren't necessarily the worst.
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January 4
Can you guess how Minnesota's population has changed over time?

Can you guess how Minnesota's population has changed over time?

Try your hand as demographer and draw where you think the trend lines go.
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December 16, 2017
Students on the University of Minnesota campus.

How broke students are driving up poverty rates in small college towns

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates how much students influence poverty rates.
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December 15, 2017
Gravel roads in a rural area in Colgate, Minn.

Three things the latest census data tells us about the Upper Midwest

U.S. Census Bureau data released last week sheds light on demographics and economics of counties and other small areas.
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December 5, 2017
Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency ro

Minnesota's suicide rate has been rising steadily for nearly two decades

Minnesota's suicide rates have increased steadily in recent years.
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November 30, 2017
Hennepin Elementary's 2015-16 celebratory dinner.

These Minnesota schools with low-income students are beating the odds

A statistical analysis reveals high-poverty schools that did better than would be expected on standardized tests.
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November 20, 2017
The lines of food trucks along Hennepin Avenue, as seen from the upper level of Kitchen Window.

Why one in four Mpls. food trucks haven't been getting annual inspection

Think you have a hard time finding a specific food truck in the summertime? Try being an inspector -- in the off-season.
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November 17, 2017
As the polls were about to open for the day at the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 7, an election worker walked to place a flag outside the

Voter turnout bounces back in Mpls., St. Paul. Did ranked-choice play role?

This year's increases have broken the free fall in Twin Cities voter turnout in municipal elections, which crashed about 20 points between 1993 and 2009.
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November 10, 2017
Gloria Burt, of the American Legion Post 118 of Wayzata, was part of opening ceremonies for new veterans housing.

Big changes coming in the needs of Minnesota's veterans

In decades to come, the VA will be helping more women -- and more veterans with chronic conditions.
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October 28, 2017
About one-third of employers increased benefit offerings between 2016 and 2017, with many citing the need to stay competitive, according to annual sur

Employers, once poised for big changes, settle for benefit tweaks

Open enrollment won't feature the big changes that could have come with the repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act.
State + Local
October 24, 2017
St. Paul mayoral candidates including, from left, Melvin Carter, Elizabeth Dickinson, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris and Dai Thao, answered a question aske

St. Paul mayoral candidates draw cash from donors outside the city

Star Tribune analysis shows which candidates are favored in different St. Paul neighborhoods and what communities outside St. Paul — and outside Minnesota — are financially fueling the race.
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October 19, 2017
Todd Murawski, recreation specialist with the Anoka County Parks and Recreation, paddled down the Rice Creek Chain.

Park and rec land passes milestone, but growth has slowed

Regional parks are no longer acquiring land as aggressively, but the Twin Cities has now passed 200,000 acres of park and recreation land.
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October 18, 2017
Sand and gravel is scooped up by a front loader, sorted, washed and distributed by Dakota Aggregates in Rosemount.

Twin Cities' gravel needs grow, but there's less of it every day

The region is increasingly reliant on mines in the southeast metro to make our concrete and asphalt, a resource that's a lot cheaper if it's local.
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October 18, 2017
From parks and farms to housing, see how Twin Cities land has changed

From parks and farms to housing, see how Twin Cities land has changed

Met Council data illustrates how the region has evolved after the recession. Find where you live, and see before-and-after satellite views.
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October 17, 2017
Houses are being constructed on the former Lakeview golf course in Orono, near the northern shore of Lake Minnetonka.

Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

More than 900 acres of golf courses have been redeveloped across the metro.