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Babies named Thea and Rhett are trending up in Minnesota, but how popular have they been over the last century?
More than 83 percent of students graduated on time, with some progress in narrowing the achievement gap.
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
With rents rising across the metro, cities find stable options to help, and keep, tenants.
Hundreds of Minnesota schools and child care centers face an increased risk of measles outbreaks because not enough of their students have been vaccinated.
"Herd immunity" is lost in one-third of state schools, several of which have had chickenpox outbreaks since 2017. That's the same year unvaccinated children helped drive a measles outbreak.
Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.
Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.
A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.
Find out how your community fared in our searchable Hot Housing Index for 2018.
As dozens more women have stepped forward to tell their stories, reforms are underway in Minnesota. Victim advocates and rape survivors say they are heartened by the pledges of reform by police leaders, prosecutors and lawmakers.
Utah's shift is a promising sign of how a state can do more to help rape victims get the justice that so often eludes them — if everyone involved is working with the same priorities.
Felons spend less time in prison in Minnesota, and the state says that's by design.
Minnesota's student body is rapidly becoming more diverse, while the teaching force remains mostly white.
Many sexual assault reports in Minnesota are poorly investigated.
Most don't result in charges or convictions. This one was different.
In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges. Prosecutors reject cases that include DNA evidence, witnesses, and sometimes even confessions, records show.
New plans in mix as more than 300,000 Minnesota seniors seek new coverage.
A Star Tribune analysis of standardized math and reading test scores can determine whether schools are doing better than their demographics would suggest. Look up whether your school made the cut.
New accountability system is designed to give better picture of overall performances.
A Star Tribune analysis reveals that Twin Cities STEM teachers make less than many other kinds of teachers.
POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.
Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.
More owners of affordable homes rent them out rather than offer them for sale.
More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
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.
Tim Pawlenty has the money and name recognition to skip an unpredictable GOP endorsement convention and head straight to the primary.
From 2007 to 2017, Minnesota jurisdictions made at least 933 payouts for alleged misconduct. And they're on the rise.
While interest in the east metro district is high, there are limits to how much it can grow.
In Minneapolis, the overall graduation rate dipped by one percentage point; St. Paul graduation rates inched up one point. A wide gap between white students and students of color persists.
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?
In-demand communities have affordable homes along commuter routes. Low-key Little Canada and Brooklyn Center posted the biggest gains in the index compiled by the Star Tribune.
Black motorists also were almost three times as likely to be frisked or searched.
Large imbalance in money raised last year has some in the GOP worried.
As of the most recent filing, the DFL's gubernatorial candidates are out-raising the GOP.
Minnetonka school officials criticized on two fronts: Race and numbers.
A Star Tribune analysis shows the Vikings do unexpectedly lose a significant number of postseason games, but aren't necessarily the worst.
Try your hand as demographer and draw where you think the trend lines go.
The state's businesses stand to get large tax cuts, while limits on deductions for state and local taxes could pinch individuals and families who itemize.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates how much students influence poverty rates.
U.S. Census Bureau data released last week sheds light on demographics and economics of counties and other small areas.
Officers with convictions – which might have cost them their careers in other states – can exploit weaknesses in Minnesota's licensing rules to keep their jobs.
In Oregon, police officers can be disciplined for infractions that wouldn't even trigger a state review here. The northwestern state has become a national model for rigorous licensing, with lessons for Minnesota in police accountability and improving public confidence.
Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state. More than 140 are still on the job.
The state rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.
Parents are going the distance to enroll their children in schools that offer the programs and services they want, effectively redrawing the map of district boundaries in the process.
Reasons for leaving the district range from safety concerns to a belief that academics elsewhere are better than in Minneapolis, which has struggled for years to close the achievement gap between white and black students.
Black, Hispanic and American Indian households in Minnesota made modest economic gains last year, but remain far behind whites and Asians, according to new census data.
In Minneapolis and St. Paul, a third of the students are now leaving for other districts. The student flight is magnifying budget pressures and transforming the racial diversity of metro-area schools.
The trend seems to reflect more restrictive licensing laws and changes in teen interests and behavior.
"It's frustrating to see test scores slowly increasing over time, but there's more to providing a student with a well-rounded education than can be seen in a test," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement.
Use the database to track your school's proficiency in math and reading.
Before Wednesday’s explosion at Minnehaha Academy, gas distribution lines have experienced at least 41 major accidents in Minnesota since 2004, federal data show. The most…
State leaders set aside $2.5 billion for the program over the past decade, allowing the state to more aggressively tackle a backlog of bridge repairs. It also has left the state with one of the lowest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the nation.
President Trump's vow to renegotiate the trade pact with Canada and Mexico could have big impact on Minnesota's economy.
A lot has changed in the 150 years since the Star Tribune began as the Minneapolis Tribune. Here's a look at why the 1860s were a pivotal decade of change for Minnesotans.
More than 20 percent of metro homeowners who have a mortgage wouldn't clear enough money in a sale to cover real estate commissions and other selling costs and to make a down payment on another home, according to a Star Tribune analysis.
More than 20 percent of Twin Cities mortgaged homeowners don't have enough equity to cover the cost of selling and moving up, stifling house listings.
The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters about distracted driving. Here's what they said: table…
The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of Gov. Mark Dayton's…
The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about their healthcare and debates surrounding the…
The most recent Star Tribune Poll, conducted April 24 to April 26, asked registered Minnesota voters several questions about President Trump's foreign policy proposals and…
To mark President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Star Tribune polled registered Minnesota voters between April 24 and April 26. Highlights from…
The most recent Star Tribune poll, conducted between April 24 and 26, asked registered Minnesota voters if they approve or disapprove of the job performances…
Data on sheriff's sales in each county show how the foreclosure crisis has slowed, although hot spots remain.
A Star Tribune analysis found that metro and greater Minnesota taxpayers each provide about half the money for Minnesota's roads and bridges, but greater Minnesota gets twice as much back in projects.
Affordable areas near urban amenities are in demand – like Richfield.
Are you living in a hot housing market? To find out, the Star Tribune’s housing market index combines four key housing metrics for cities with…
Data on births in Minnesota show how the rate of multiple births rose over the past three decades.
Find out what your lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate were reimbursed for job-related expenses in 2016.
The two sides spent much of the money on fewer than two dozen legislative races, with totals on some topping $1 million.
Campaign finance data show where Minnesota candidates and outside interest groups are raised and spent the most money.
We look at how Minnesota has changed during the Obama years, from economic indicators to gay marriage to professional sports teams' success.
Newly-released data showed an increase in women dying on the job and in farm-related deaths.
New U.S. Census Bureau data on frequency of surnames shows the changing racial makeup of the nation.
Black leaders said the findings provide empirical weight to the anecdotes and troubling police encounters the black community has long experienced.