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Part 4: One family shows how the threat of illegal firearms hangs over life on North Side.
Federal law enforcement officials say their limited presence in the state and significant constraints in federal law present serious obstacles to cracking down on illegal gun trafficking.
Thousands of illegal guns flood city streets, moving easily from hand to hand.
Two young lives are swept away in Minneapolis by a relentless flow of illegal firearms.
After scrambling to head off two autopsies, tribal advocates urge public officials to honor Indian religious traditions.
A restraining order is keeping Albert Gates away from city meetings until June.
Transportation funding falls short at many vast outstate school districts.
It's the latest state to kick up the speed on interstates. But safety experts warn that increased speed brings increased crashes and fatalities.
Somali students upset by being spit on while praying and other bullying.
100 students leave Tech High School over alleged racism on social media.
Cheap and easy to get, it has made a big comeback in western Wisconsin.
Jac Fleming was forced to resign in August, after a yearlong state investigation found probable cause that he had discriminated against female students. But an arbitrator Services later ruled that Fleming be reinstated.
City Council takes no action against firm of mayor’s brother.
David Berglund argues that state Agriculture Department regulators are intruding on his constitutional rights.
Accidents involving drunk students freezing to death have shaken campuses in Minneapolis, Duluth, La Crosse and beyond, but particularly here, at this 5,000-student campus along the shores of Lake Bemidji.
Philip Nelson was facing up to 20 years in prison and a ruined athletic career after he took part in a drunken fight that nearly killed another man. On Wednesday, he got his future back.
Iowa water utility threatens to sue three counties over fertilizer runoff.
Burn injuries among North Dakota workers have surged to more than 3,100 over the past five years. The Twin Cities have the closest burn centers.
Ryan Larson sues a Sauk Rapids officer who posted on Facebook that he was likely involved in Thomas Decker’s death.
Despite better technology, units can still spark tragedy if not operated properly.
The Osakis, Minn., School District is investigating allegations that bullies tied up a high school student with an electrical cord during class while a teacher…
A next-door neighbor who discovered the bodies and notified police said Sunday that the deceased were David Crowley, his wife and their 5-year-old daughter. Police said they didn’t know how long the bodies had been there, but the neighbor theorized it may have been since before Christmas.
University of Minnesota math Prof. Donald Kahn, husband of longtime state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, died unexpectedly Friday night. The couple had been married for 58…
Twenty-two people died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning last year, according to a preliminary calculation by the Department of Health. That’s the highest number since at least the 1990s.
The 15 deaths were the highest since 2010; speed and alcohol among the leading factors.
Neighborhood Involvement Program offered low-cost dental, medical, mental health services.
The city literally can’t even give away lots to attract new residents
Farmers and safety groups are at odds over how to prevent casualties.
Man, 40, goes into Lake Superior to cool off and is swept away by large waves; a second man, 66, dies during a rescue attempt.
Minnesota’s oldest resident was an enthusiastic user of technology right up until she died in her sleep Sunday at age 114.
Frances Naftalin, the wife of former Minneapolis Mayor Arthur Naftalin and an avid reader whose passion for books and public service led her to preside…
Thieves allegedly tailed a van of jewelers 350 miles from a Chicago trade show — then nabbed them at an interstate rest stop near Rochester and escaped with at least $500,000 in jewels.
In face of Bakken oil boom, Williston State College offers free tuition to boost enrollment numbers.
“Blackout Wednesday” and distracted drivers make Thanksgiving a dangerous time to drive.
Mayo’s expansion is driving more deals, higher valuations.
Overweight loads pose significant safety risks on crowded roads around the oil fields. And the frenzied pace of the industry and spotty enforcement by authorities have encouraged the rise of overloaded trucks.
Rochester police are proposing the use of predictive analytics to identify at-risk teens, but community members have worries.
As breweries open and expand around the region, and interest in craft beer intensifies, Minnesota tourism leaders are trying to encourage people to travel farther to experience them.
Minneapolis regulators negotiate array of conditions with owners after violent incidents and shootings. Police are still looking for a suspect in the 400 Soundbar shooting last weekend.
Minneapolis works with bars, restaurants to adjust laws that require a majority of sales from food – tough in era of craft beer.
Nine months after Obama’s health care law expanded medical coverage for millions of people, the promised benefits are slow to reach some Indians, who already face disproportionately high rates of obesity, diabetes and mental health problems.
Move will make it legal for about 60 percent of the U.S.
In a quiet Wisconsin town with few homicides, a robbery ends with a slain victim.
Woman said Cambridge official was intoxicated.
Two children are set to return home to Pine County after their father, Peter Kunze, was taken into custody in Kansas nearly two weeks after…
Record crop, delayed shipments raise the risk of more Midwest farm accidents this year.
While Minnesota’s higher minimum wage took effect last month, Wisconsin has kept its base rate of $7.25 for most workers and a third of that for tipped employees.
After a decade, the ramp at Walker Art Center is not meeting projections.
The Minneapolis community clinic cited “extraordinary financial” problems brought on by the national health care overhaul. Dental and mental health services will remain open.
New arrangements could help the city meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Explosive growth has raised concerns over whether more affordable housing is needed and prompted worries that the very people who give Uptown its hip and funky vibe could be priced out.
Plan would target more spending on public safety.
A project to transform a decrepit building on W. Broadway into a workforce training center and retail shops is closer to getting about $500,000 in…
One contest in each party has drawn attention from beyond Minnesota.
Minneapolis, with a close eye on how even the most routine practices affect minority groups, is hoping to make workforce more diverse.
The Minneapolis legislative candidates are making late pitches to voters one at a time.
Minneapolis city officials and developers are targeting empty spaces along the North Side corridor as debates are playing out at City Hall and in the local neighborhoods about whether those are the kind of fixes Broadway truly needs. Already, the city has poured $14.3 million into the area over the last five years and several new projects are underway.
Tainted peanut butter killed three Minnesotans six years ago. Now, the trial against food executives brings hope of justice.
After low-key first few months in office, mayor faces challenge and opportunity as she hammers out initial budget.
City moved election judge to area where she won’t have contact with voters.
A significant reward is being offered for information that would solve who fatally shot 3-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr. in his north Minneapolis home on the day after Christmas in 2011.
With All-Star fans pouring into town, Betsy Hodges is urging folks to take to social media to show off the city.
DFL primary for legislative post has divided Minneapolis’ Somali-American community.
Move follows a crowded Mpls. mayor’s race with 35 last year.
The plant just around the corner from Minneapolis’ public works yard can churn out 175 tons of hot asphalt an hour – but very little of it ends up on city streets.
Steve Meldahl has persisted despite bankruptcy, an unfavorable ruling from a state appeals judge last year, and countless afternoons mired in municipal minutiae that take him away from his business of running investment properties.
A team of experts will look at how to improve the lives of children of color by focusing on their early health and education.
Parking and traffic issues have struck the mall at E. 24th Street and 10th Avenue S. particularly hard in recent years. Somali-American shopkeepers even raised the matter to Mayor Betsy Hodges when she visited last month.
On a Midwestern odyssey, a woman from the East Coast discovers her Minnesota roots — and a deeper connection to the power of family.
While I love grand adventures that take me new places, sometimes the perfect Saturday involves no innovation, unfolding along one mile-long stretch of Uptown.
A proposal restricts the use hard-to-recycle containers.
Minneapolis officials are taking early steps toward joining Seattle and San Francisco in becoming “zero waste” cities where just about every scrap of trash is recycled.
It is suing Minneapolis on behalf of a planned street festival.
In a rare display of emotion, Barb Johnson said she’s frustrated and angry at the time City Hall employees are spending on a plan to close racial disparities, noting the rampant gunshots and other problems afflicting her North Side ward.
Part of a building near Lake Street and Pillsbury Avenue gave way around 8:45 a.m.