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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.
A reckless moment, a horrific loss and a father's quest for atonement.
But good news: The forecast of the latest storm is fizzling, at least in the Twin Cities area.
"I just figured my friends would get a good laugh, and then it escalated," said Jesse Roscoe, who is the superintendent at the Ortonville Golf Course on South Dakota border.
Nan Herman walked into the women's prison in Shakopee looking for a part-time job. Little did she know that she would rise through the ranks and become a mentor over the next 20 years to the women and the staff who oversaw them.
Tuesday's daylong snowfall slowed commutes, sent hundreds of cars skidding and forced folks back into their boots and winter down. But mostly the 8-plus inches of new snow and temperatures that barely eked above 30 broke the spirits of those yearning for spring.
On Madeline, residents accept their seasonal fate and wait for the ferry.
Zoning Board rejects rink argument after neighbor's complaint.
Some neighbors say it's a great place for kids. Another calls it an eyesore.
Billy Glaze, who was convicted of killing three women, died in prison but his attorneys continued to push for his exoneration.
The snow will melt, but more could be on the way, combined with rain, next week.
The problem is growing even as speeding and DWI cases stay steady or decrease.
Stillwater is facing a frigid conundrum: Disposing of a massive ice cavern.
Robert Gerhart, board chair of one of the metro area's largest school districts, floated the idea Tuesday, saying he's tired of all the talk but no action about protecting students.
Citizens got a peek at the plans on Thursday night.
A driver who had stopped to help shot the knife-wielding man as he assaulted others involved in the crash, police and witnesses say.
Charges this week against Lakeville Principal Chris Endicott are one of several criminal investigations involving Minnesota school principals.
Tom Henschel, Don Crisman and Gregory Eaton have been at every game.
Friday evening's commute was improved after epic traffic jams Wednesday and Thursday, commuters said.
Ice sculptures rising on Nicollet Mall will fare well as temperatures dip once again.
The man, stopped for walking in the street, demanded to know why the officer detained him. He was later charged with disorderly conduct.
Leaders are shifting tactics ahead of election, but loss of visibility worries some.
Trekkers to the prohibited area can get a beautiful snapshot – and a day in court.
Despite the stretch of biting cold temperatures, the winter season, at least so far, has been deemed mild by those who track the so-called Winter Misery Index. And relief is on its way as temperatures warm up on Sunday.
Lawsuit seeks $22,000 from caterer, alleging "horrific" food.
A Minneapolis man used excrement in a box to teach the porch bandits a lesson -- and exact a little payback.
He drowned in rough waters in Panama City, Fla.
Moments after Al Franken stood on the U.S. Senate floor and announced his resignation Thursday, a red-eyed staffer answered the senator’s locked St. Paul office…
Growers say state has a hearty crop but inflation and shortages in other parts of the country could mean higher prices.
Milder winters could spell trouble for those who celebrate cold and snow.
"It'll be gone in 6 months on crack cocaine," the sheriff's deputy and City Council member tweeted.
Overwhelming demand and production glitches slowed down delivery, but anxious customers can expect orders to be delivered soon.
"It was pretty cool at first," the hunter said of the oddly friendly deer. "Then it got old."
Nicollet Mall reopened at noon Thursday, marking the end of a construction headache that's cost millions of dollars and closed the downtown Minneapolis corridor for more than two years.
Team wins $25,000 and a spot in record book with fizz-fueled rocket.
Complaint says Minnesota policy perpetuates gender-based discrimination, violates Title IX.
But next week's warmth will have die-hard golfers back on the course.
Carter spent much of the night with 50 percent of the vote in the mayor's race, outpacing Pat Harris. In Minneapolis, Jacob Frey led early among a tight and crowded mayoral race.
Election officials estimate that 43 percent of the registered voters turned out at the polls, up from 33 percent four years ago.
The limited season will open Dec. 1; "We'll take it," says one resort owner.
The stadium will be closed for running and skating in January with preparations underway there for the Super Bowl.
Dennis Banks was remembered as a leader who brought pride and progress.
After getting lost in the BWCA and eluding rescuers, John Lundquist's pet is back home in Minneapolis.
For generations of Minnesotans, Roger Erickson was the first voice they heard in the morning.The WCCO-AM radio legend, along with his co-host Charlie Boone, were…
Failed effort is the latest by part-time professors to organize on state campuses.
"I feel blessed," recipient says of the extraordinary gift. "You don't owe us a thing," donor says.
More Minnesotans may be calling in sick this week. Blame it on a string of higher than normal temperatures that has folks keeping their shorts…
Rain and a soggy landscape are causing minor damage along rivers.
The protests will pop up as the evening commute begins, including near freeway entrances.
The flames consumed structures within just a few blocks of their Sonoma winery.
The deaths appear to be accidental, according to police.
Aar Maanta has performed twice before in Minnesota without problems.
Friends and family of a Minnesota man learned Tuesday that he is among the dead after Saturday's mass shooting in Las Vegas. Steve Berger, a financial adviser in the Twin Cities, is a father of three kids ages 8, 11 and 15.
Beverly Burrell was convicted of third-degree murder in the overdose deaths of Max Tillitt and Luke Ronnei in a statewide push to get heroin off the streets by going after distributors.
I used to be that runner — someone who squeezed in a run nearly every day to take a break from the rest of life and feel the outdoors. I long for those days.
Courtney Godfrey fell overboard and her foot became entangled in the boat's propeller.
The predicted high of 93 degrees will make it one of the hottest days of the year.
A single mussel was found in Lake Harriet on a boat recovered from the bottom. Five were found in Lake Marion.
Police Lt. Elisa Umpierre filed the claim after she said she was suspended for comments she made on Facebook.
The store shut down Saturday after the threat and reopened Sunday.
Show at State Fairgrounds has banned Nazi artifacts, citing changing times.
The agency now has more than 100 different advisories, warnings, watches.
A $74K investigation into who leaked confidential information about a University of Minnesota athletic official has ended — with no culprit in sight.
The college's Brooklyn Park campus is expected to reopen Friday.
A car hit officer William Mathews, who had pulled over to the side of the eastbound highway to clear the road. The driver stopped and was cooperating but has been booked into jail.
Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to become a legislator, is one of 46 influential women to break barriers.
Rocori school officials announced the ban after students flew the Confederate battle flag last spring.
The Club Jäger employees became collateral damage in the wake of the news.
The baby primates are named after Gopher coaches P.J. Fleck and Richard Pitino.
Performers, Huge Improv Theater blast landlord's political donation.
The battle against addiction has been a constant on the reservations in northern Minnesota. But recently, the demons have escalated to deadly mixes of heroin.
The settlement with Nova Classical Academy should be a lesson to other schools, Dave and Hannah Edwards said.
Two Minnesotans serving in the military expressed disappointment at President Donald Trump.
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