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Visitors return to Fort Snelling park in search of nature, healing
After a 5-year renovation, State Theater set to reopen later this year
"It should be brilliant," the DNR's Val Cervenka said, adding that all the rain helped trees stay healthy and green.
A UMD student went missing near that area earlier this week.
The Maple Plain woman, staying on a remote island in Ontario, went to check on her barking dogs when she was attacked.
Minnesota bear experts say that black bear attacks are rare -- and fatal attacks even more so.
Wildlife experts who examined a photo of the animal say it's likely a coyote.
As his horrified son watched, a 65-year-old Circle Pine man lost his footing and fell.
Man, 65, and his son were climbing highest points around country.
Minneapolis parks officials did a quick about face after limiting tailgating and parking space at East River Flats Park.
Vikings express interest in hosting the massive event again, and NFL draft, too.
Barry Bennett, a former NFL player and Long Prairie physical education teacher, and his wife, Carol, were found dead in their home on Wednesday.
News about the deaths of Barry and Carol Bennett spread quickly among those living in Long Prairie.
Charting vulnerable areas could protect lives, property, waterways
Many longtime residents have made peace with the timber rattlesnake, content to coexist. Others, not so much.
"It's an important step in making sure we're not normalizing the use of e-cigarette tobacco use," Minnesota Rep. Laurie Halverson said.
The Twin Cities German Immersion School is readying a $5.1 million addition to replace the former St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
A barrage of recent storms flooding streets, swamping basements and casting parked cars afloat is adding to one of the soggiest years on record.
Bruce Laingen was often seen on the news bound and blindfolded. His wife tied a yellow ribbon around the oak tree in the front yard of their home. He was 96.
"This is one of the coolest things we have historically uncovered," Glensheen's director said regarding a diving bell recently brought to the surface.
"There are no limitations," Stefanie Horvath said shortly before a ceremony in front of family, friends, Minnesota Guard colleagues and dignitaries that included Gov. Tim Walz.
"It's a challenging year," said Mike McLean of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, which is doing its best to take the sting out of the threat.
Doctors plan to remove part of his lung where cancer has re-emerged.
Minneapolis park officials plan to retest the bacteria levels on Wednesday.
Fans want the official designation for the old water tower in hopes of keeping it standing in its spot.
Bruin's plight is sign of a wider problem — people feeding wild animals.
If approved by the courts, the $34 million settlement will be the third in Minnesota.
His awkward gait, the result of cerebral palsy, made the Duluth man instantly recognizable walking down the street.
Federal aid will be available to 51 counties and four tribal governments.
"I was no hero," George Siefried said 75 years after he landed in France as part of the Allied invasion, turning the tide of World War II. "We just did what we had to do."
A St. Cloud wind turbine idled by problems will be demolished.
"You are the embodiment of evil," Barron County District Judge James Babler told the kidnapper of Jayme Closs and the murderer of her parents. Closs' statement called Patterson "a coward."
Minnesota serviceman's remains ID'd, returned to family on the Iron Range.
Jayme's aunt Jen Smith spoke on the teen's behalf, thanking the Assembly for the tribute.
The remains were found in an area where a New Mexico man had planned to camp through the winter.
His abrupt announcement came after faculty protests over his leadership style.
The former senator thanked his Facebook followers for providing books and money for the reservation school's library.
Authorities found them in an area where a New Mexico man had planned to camp for the winter.
The Hennepin County medical examiner listed the cause of death for both of them as "multiple gunshot wounds," and ruled Alexandra Jacobs' death a homicide and Irwin Jacobs' death a suicide.
While Irwin Jacobs was widely known for his business dealings, Alexandra avoided the limelight that her husband often relished.
As the Twin Cities area wrapped up host duties for the men's basketball tournament, it proved once again that it can host a national megaevent.
A $5 million project will replace a DNR building that's riddled with problems.
"What people are seeing now is the power of the river," said Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney.
Hospital officials say the severance package is typical for such jobs.
The plea deal stipulates that Jake Patterson will not be charged with any offenses in Douglas County, where he held Jayme. The agreement means she won't have to testify at any trial.
Marvin Borkenhagen likely was clearing debris from a culvert before he was swept away.
Minnesotans prepare to collect layers of litter that piled up over the winter.
For years, officials have invested millions of dollars, which should make this spring less daunting than the 1997 and 2009 flooding.
A steady, two-day rain expected to drench the knee-deep snowpack across much of Minnesota is raising flood concerns and sending crews to work to find a place for all that water.
No initial reports of any injuries as rain fell on the already wet and heavy snow.
A spike in temperature and rapid melt could create even more trouble in Minnesota in coming weeks.
Removed from ministry in 1985 and the priesthood in 2009, Thomas Adamson lived out his final days in Rochester. He died last week at age 85.
Children's Theatre founder was jailed for sexually abusing boys.
Authorities, however, note that the public is not in danger because the assault appears to be an isolated case.
A slow, steady melt is what's needed to keep spring deluge at bay. Right now, all that can be done is wait and see.
Use of genealogy sites can open doors on cold cases, but at what cost?
Investigators said there was no sign of trauma or violence and don't suspect foul play.
The Barron, Wis., teen and her family posted a note of thanks on Facebook.
A steady, and sometimes heavy snowfall, will continue through most of Thursday before tapering by the evening, Up to 12 inches is forecast for north central and northwestern Minnesota.
Jay Mitchell says about his reunion with his best friend, Hero: "[He's] all I have in the world right now."
As Legislature weighs heftier penalties, advocates focus on cellphone use.
Jay Mitchell thought he would die in the relentless, brutal cold. Then he got help and treatment. But there's still a chance doctors might have to amputate one or both feet.
Temperatures landed into positive territory only early Friday after a 78-hour stretch of sub-zero cold in the Twin Cities area.
Jay Mitchell was stunned by the generosity of those contributing to a GoFundMe page set up to help him during his recovery from frostbite.
Temperatures were rising Thursday inside and out, bringing a return to routines. But the deep freeze left some pain, especially frozen plumbing.
All Xcel Energy natural gas customers are urged to lower thermostats to 63 because of "significant strain" on the utility's natural gas system. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin schools will be closed Thursday.
It was the latest in the long list of closings due to the extreme cold. The temperature is expected to dive to minus-29 in the Twin Cities by Wednesday morning for the first time since 1996.
While national researchers worry about higher speeds, state studies have found something different.
He is credited with improving graduation rates, restoring stability, and raising the school's profile as an undergraduate teaching institution.
The randomness of a meticulously planned crime has shaken residents of Barron, Wis.
The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl told authorities that the suspect first killed her father at the front door of their house, and then broke down the door to the bathroom where she and her mother were hiding.
Three people east of Gordon, Wis., described the dramatic moments when the 13-year-old was found almost three months after she disappeared: dirty with matted hair and wearing shoes too big for her.
The state's current Safe Harbor law focuses primarily on young victims.
Player awarded $20,000 in pioneering business discrimination case.
Erik R. Johnstone, 48, of Fridley, was hit after he stepped off a median at University and 40th avenues NE.