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Shaun Floerke uses empathy to guide his decisionmaking in drunken-driving cases.
An alluring image of green streaks in a dark sky above Lake Superior glowed across digital billboards in Chicago, Kansas City and Denver this summer.…
Solar garden is first in nation linked to an energy assistance program
Across most of Minnesota, overcast skies granted only glimpses of the much-anticipated solar eclipse, but throngs of people went out to get a look anyway.
Leaders in this scenic North Shore tourist town pride themselves on trying to run things green and clean, but town leaders find themselves fighting state and federal mercury regulations, a worthy goal to protect Lake Superior that leaders say is misguided and costly.
Since 2012, Mike Arturi has been running a nonprofit music school.
Tourism-based businesses across Minnesota are short on workers. It's likely to be an annual struggle, but a policy change on worker visas especially hurt this year.
He seemed to lead an ordinary southern Minnesota life in Waseca, until he was discovered planning a mass killing. Now he wants his life back — but unsettling questions about his case may never be answered.
Billy Glaze, who died in prison in 2015, was convicted of murdering three woman in 1989.
The school bus landed on its side in a ditch after being struck by a car early Wednesday morning.
Residents and visitors are seeing rebirth.
The new veterans memorial in Ely was coming along nicely near the shore of Miners Lake. Since starting construction last summer, flagpoles had gone up…
A spinal cord stimulator helps a man injured in a snowmobile crash to stand on his own and move his legs.
Daniel Rassier is claiming that law enforcement wrongly went after him, defaming him and inflicting emotional distress.
Partisan bickering continued over the issuance of driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Girls had been told they would have to submit photos of their dresses.
The nine-block-long stretch of Superior Street is heavy on hops.
Just a few years ago, the historic Glensheen mansion perched on Lake Superior’s North Shore struggled to lure tourists through the door. It was a…
The deaths happened in northern North Dakota near the town of Belcourt after a chase involving a stolen truck, according to reports.
Leaders seek proposals for historic building near Superior Street
Students disagree on sexual assault inquiry, process and punishment.
Marcella Isaac played under a stage name but was the real deal when it came to picking her guitar.
A gun range in the basement of a Hibbing elementary school sits empty while the school board ponders its fate, balancing modern-day fears with a rural Minnesota tradition that values hunting and the Second Amendment.
Danny Heinrich was sentenced to 20 years in prison
'To state that he never had any intention to commit this heinous crime is ludicrous,' Patty Wetterling said Friday of Jacob's killer.
If good weather holds, crowds could top last year's 270,000 visitors
The Republican president-to-be won in a number of greater Minnesota counties that were previously won by Barack Obama in 2012, while Hillary Clinton racked up her Minnesota-winning tally in the bigger cities.
Judge Toddrick Barnette ruled that attorneys for Billy Glaze hadn't yet proven his innocence with the evidence they introduced, meaning there was no "live controversy" to be resolved.
Victims spoke of the lasting effects of fear after the sexual abuse.
A wave of heroin overdoses in just a 12-hour period Saturday in or near Anoka County left two people dead and four others taken to hospitals, one of them in critical condition.
Bicycle-sharing programs called a success in Willmar and Austin.
ID of man arrested in 1991 slaying quells suspense in small Minnesota town.
"It takes a while before your head settles down. I don't know that mine is yet," said Patty Wetterling said.
The city is debating whether the primeval "Pillow Rock" should get a more visible home.
The community that linked arms nearly 27 years ago to search for the sandy-haired boy who was snatched at gunpoint by a masked man came together Sunday morning to celebrate his life, console his family and say goodbye.
Blogger's quest and DNA clue reversed nearly three decades of false starts, missed opportunities, bad tips and dead ends.
Lakeside and Lester Park have banned spirits sales since the 1890s.
After Danny Heinrich's detailed, horrifying courtroom confession on how he kidnapped and killed Jacob, Patty Wetterling said, "It's incredibly painful to know his last days, his last minutes."
For 40 years, Rolland “Rollie” Ring sat — or paced — at every Edina High School home football game. A proud booster of the Hornets,…
It's unfathomable to residents of close-knit Watkins, Minn., that a 5-year-old girl could end up the victim of a homicide.
A Rochester golf pro turned to cutouts to scare off pesky birds
John LaDue has said he believes a felony conviction may not hurt his job prospects as much as he first feared.
Thousands gathered at the Cathedral of St. Paul for the funeral for Philando Castile, the St. Paul man shot and killed by police in Falcon Heights last week.
Colors of anger, hope crowd chalkboard at governor's residence.
Thousands of people headed to the governor's residence in St. Paul after the police shooting of Philando Castile.
The former Pine County religious leader waived his rights to a speedy trial during Tuesday's court hearing.
It's known as the Brainerd Lakes Area — not the Baxter Lakes Area. But ever since the Hwy. 371 bypass opened in Baxter in August 2000, Brainerd has struggled to lure people and businesses back.
Board by board, Cloquet structure relocated to park in Acme, Pa.
The Minneapolis school announced it will no longer accept new students.
A female was in critical condition Saturday after authorities found her with a gunshot wound to her upper torso at a residence in Rice County.…
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, along with tribal Chairman Wally Dupuis, announced that the band has agreed to pay $150,000 a year for services the city provides.
The push to attract a four-year school was launched when local business leaders complained they were having trouble filling technology positions, particularly those in cyber security, digital forensics and gamification.
The latest — and last — members of Prince's ever-evolving, elusive inner circle face a firestorm of questions about his apparent illnesses and sudden demise.
Parents welcome son home, but some in Waseca find massacre plans hard to forget.
An evaluation of John LaDue, who will be on probation said his risk to his hometown is now low.
What happened to Prince here in a middle-of-the-night medical emergency landing just days before he died? Did it prefigure his subsequent collapse inside Paisley Park? Those questions have made this city the unlikely center of a mystery riveting the world's attention.
Hours after learning about the pop star's death Thursday morning at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, fans around the world took to social media to pay their respects to Prince and his music. Thursday night, thousands gathered in downtown Minneapolis to remember the legend who was one of them.
The effort, called First Gift, is one of several new programs that Children's is sponsoring to engage with the community and break mistrust.
The project would be a key piece in efforts to revitalize downtown.
Minnesota cities look for legislative help to fix roads in dire need of repair.
It's a landscape-changing scene playing out in small towns throughout rural Minnesota and across the nation. Small-box stores with "dollar" in their names are opening new locations at a frantic pace, delighting residents with the convenience of big inventories and low prices while threatening local merchants who say they can't compete.
The cakes are often chocolate, frosted and decorated with delicate sugared leaves. For many recipients, especially those who are isolated and low-income, it may be…
The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Little Falls man serving life in prison for killing two teenage intruders at his home in 2012. "We're not done. We are far from it," his attorney said after the decision.
Byron Smith is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, pending the outcome of his appeal. The court said it will release a decision on Wednesday.
Campus officials say it's fine – just keep an eye on Mother Nature
Two teenage siblings found shot to death in a Meeker County house on Monday died as a result of a murder-suicide, officials said.
With the worst of his long and often very public recovery behind him, Jablonski is pivoting into adulthood with the same tenacity he once showed on the ice
Authorities have identified the woman who was injured in an officer-involved shooting last week outside of Duluth. Kristen K. Johnson, 48, of Cloquet, was still…
Residents swarmed City Hall to protect the lakeside town's home-grown charm.
A suicidal woman from Cloquet, Minn., was in critical condition Friday after an officer-involved shooting at a church near Duluth. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s…
Now that Glaze is dead, what happens to his case? It's a first-of-its kind question in Minnesota.
Teen will undergo treatment as part of his sentence; not even his parents know where he is being placed.
John LaDue was set to return home today until officials found a bed for him at a state-run evaluation facility.
Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources have found promising results in tests from soil near Tower and Soudan.
For the first time since authorities arrested John LaDue in April of 2014, there is a chance he could go home if a bed doesn't open soon at a state-operated evaluation facility.
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