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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.
A 63-year-old man died of cardiac arrest in connection with a home invasion.
Federal officials opened a path for a second mine just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The tree along the Namakan Lake shoreline in Voyageurs National Park makes Minnesota the home to four of the 783 national champions and co-champions.
Backers of the mail-only ballot say it will make it easier to administer the election.
Jerry Hennessey, who now faces a mail fraud count in federal court, told a friend he was "in big trouble" before fleeing to Iowa.
That makes it the top health issue on campus, according to a student survey released this week.
Town and family struggle while investigators keep hope alive: "The motive isn't there. The reason isn't there. I wish, wish, wish every night before I go to bed that we find a clue."
Creative and talented, Braun always had a thousand ideas, those who knew him said.
The 29-year-old man is in jail after allegedly shooting a man in his mother's home in Audubon, Minn.
Authorities say there is no threat to the public.
County negotiators called for a pause in hopes of returning to negotiations later.
The family of Terry Brisk is desperate for answers in his 2016 death.
The four victims of last weekend's horrific hit-and-run crash along a highway in northwestern Wisconsin will be laid to rest over the next two days.
The alumni donation gets college's $400 million fundraising drive off to a strong start.
When Ashley Goette stood over her husband Andrew's lifeless body and pushed down on his chest, he was 28 -- and she was 39 weeks pregnant.
Officials renew efforts in search for Wis. teen whose parents were murdered.
Despite the turnout of about 100 volunteers, Thursday's ground search ended in frustration.
The clock is ticking on whether Brainerd’s landmark water tower can be saved. A citizen committee has about two years to cobble together enough donations…
The 27-year-old Bloomington man survived the fall but is now headed to jail.
Six soldiers and a helicopter will head to Florida as it recovers from the Category 4 hurricane.
The Red Cross also said it's in need of blood donations from around the nation.
As people age, they lose lean muscle mass, flexibility and cardiovascular ability.
For many in a generation hooked on running and recreational sports, artificial joints are a godsend.
Saga Vanecek found the sword after stepping on what she thought was a stick.
She made a name in her own right helping "execute a lot of Alan's wishes and dreams."
Mortuary lost appeal after being cited for a dozen violations.
Officials are seeking ways to minimize gaps in care.
The deputy, who was shot in the arm, suffered noncritical injuries.
Health officials need more information about where dead bats were found.
Sheriff issues preliminary findings; additional test results awaited.
Over the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, 2,046,533 fairgoers streamed through the gates.
A young mother from Wisconsin was pulled from the water after her family's kayak capsized. Three children and their father died.
No serious incidents were reported during the hourlong disruption.
Corrections officials dispute complaints about inhumane conditions.
Christensen Farms says third-party vendor may have hired illegal workers.
An inmate who had just been through intake elbowed him in the face, authorities say.
Medicine Lake infested with starry stonewort.
Repatriation of Korean War remains renews Minnesota nephew's hopes.
The afternoon outage hit police and county law enforcement departments across the Twin Cities metro area and around Minnesota. Officials are sharing alternative numbers to call in case of emergency.
"I think everyone feels this loss," Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said of the killing of Joseph Gomm at Stillwater prison.
The 10-year plan is designed to provide more transparency, balance interests.
Cops called in over dispute over nursing in the kiddie pool.
Prosecutors said they are awaiting end of BCA investigation before deciding on charges against inmate.
One deputy's personnel information includes four disciplinary actions and several awards.
Police are investigating the validity of the 911 call that prompted the incident.
As birthday wishes rolled, she's betting on the Vikings again.
High winds, hail and rising waters smacked parts of Minnesota Tuesday, washing out roads and flooding homes, while the threat of more rain on Wednesday…
Protesters rallied outside General Dynamics Mission Systems' office for its role in the federal immigration crackdown.
The first in an expected surge of unaccompanied minors, forcibly removed from their parents, are making their way to distant relatives in Minnesota and surrounding states.
The battle of over separating immigrant children from their parents may be over but Minnesota activists and others say the bigger fight over proposed immigration reforms and policies is still on.
Edward Fletcher was a rocket scientist — until he saw more possibilities in the sun. Now generations of solar scientists are following in the footsteps…
The motorist allegedly ran nearly two dozen stop signs while pursued. "Residential streets just aren't made for people driving 80 mph," the Hennepin County attorney said.
The motorist remains jailed as charges are pending.
He traveled coast to coast and "didn't go very long before impregnating somebody," said one daughter.
For many, the announcement was closure as they continue to heal their scars of emotional trauma.
Building was too heavily damaged to allow crews inside to investigate.
It may just be an average season for ticks. But one icky tick may be one too many.
Park police on duty knew the Minnehaha Falls area and found the three — still gripping the gate.
Colon cancer claims David Weinlick, whose friends picked the bride for the 1998 wedding at the Mall of America.
The man reportedly was struck in the head by a piece of metal.
The protest is sparked by Chippewa tribal members' opposition to an oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.
University officials have not yet decided where the cuts will be made.
The red flag warning for most of the state is in effect for Friday until 7 p.m.
"The community loves Paul so much," said Todd Sandberg, who started Pedals for Paul and raised $24,000.
Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts will stay the course and remain a girl-only organization.
Marina operators are making waves to break massive chunks of ice into smaller pieces.
Matthew Stark, a longtime voice for the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, didn't care if he ruffled feathers. It went along with the job.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning. Other areas of Minnesota could get more, with rain and ice tossed in the miserable mixture.
Some parts of Minnesota will be buried by a foot of snow. Other parts will be slapped with a rain-ice-snow combo.