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A seemingly inconsequential encounter on a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis led to violence and a loss for the loved ones of 75-year-old Shirwa Hasan Jibril.
The U.S. Attorney's Office charged four women with fraud in a case involving Catholic Charities.
Charges against the man accused in the attack were immediately amended from felony assault to second-degree murder.
Morrison County man's death three years ago was an intentional act, sheriff says.
Two boys who now face charges told police that their casual mishandling of a gun resulted in an accidental shot that killed 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jones-Morris.
Children are in peril and survivors of sexual abuse are suffering, Jeff Anderson said.
The theater will contribute $500,000 to start a fund to support survivors.
The smiling, bucktooth rodent was first modeled after a chipmunk.
Omar was one of three members who voted "present" as the House voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure in a clear rebuke to Turkey.
It appears Minnesotans have been misled about their beloved gophers. We try to unravel the gopher mystery.
With snow not far away, the Twin Cities could end the year as the wettest on record
The last man standing saluted and brought an end to an era
Growth of endowment started by Twin Cities businessman allowed managers to convert loans to grants for 31 students.
The search for 6-year-old Ethan Haus brought dozens of emergency workers and more than 600 neighbors, friends and strangers from miles around.
Barron, Wis., looked for the teen after her abduction. Now they look out for her.
Bradford, a one-time reporter, believed weeklies were a vital link to keeping small towns connected.
None of the students will be allowed to return to school this year, administrators said.
Twin Cities metro is drenched, but Rochester's 47 inches has shattered its rainfall record.
The boy was alert when he was taken to the hospital.
Matthew Amiot's "whereabouts are unknown," a probation officer said.
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.