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A hearing Tuesday is to determine whether John LaDue should be tried as an adult, as prosecutors want, or keep him in juvenile court.
The case, in which Byron Smith killed two teens who broke into his home, became a flash point nationally in the debate over “castle doctrine” laws.
The North Dakota landowners who are fighting the selling of an easement to the Sandpiper oil pipeline have lost a battle in district court.A North…
The expansion will help firefighters battle North Woods wildfires as well as help bolster the local economy.
The company sued, citing its rights to the land under North Dakota’s eminent domain law, giving them power to condemn land for a right of way.
Judge in Byron Smith trial closed courtroom before ruling on teens’ testimony.
His lawyers argue in papers filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court that Smith, convicted of killing two teenage intruders in his Little Falls home, shouldn’t have even been on trial for first-degree murder.
A group that seeks to free shooter Byron Smith meets regularly; others see it as misguided effort.
On the back of her electric wheelchair, Audrey Benson left an entertaining compilation of messages in her wake. “Why be normal? Be free,” read one…
The caves, which open to the public Saturday, were on display in a preview. Going? Share your photos with us!
Those making the one-mile walk atop frozen Lake Superior will be facing an extremely treacherous but spectacular trek, officials warned.
A private lab in Texas will perform DNA tests on old biological material from a 1980s Minneapolis serial killer case, a Hennepin County judge ruled…
Owner of Sven & Ole’s pizza aims for pies for sale in all of Minnesota, parts of Iowa and the Dakotas, Wisconsin and maybe even into Michigan.
Attorneys argue over who should test sperm sample tied to serial killings in Minneapolis.
Lonnie Dupre, on his fourth attempt, became the first to make a solo summit in January up North America’s tallest peak.
In a plea deal, former Gophers QB would face 90 days in jail and a fine in near-fatal Mankato brawl.
An August 2013 from an Education Department senior investigator said that, based on all of the available information, “the preponderance of evidence does not support [that] the Teacher is responsible for maltreatment of the Student in the form of sexual abuse.”
The prosecution want charges reinstated that a lower court judge dismissed.
Despite state’s strong safety record, rural areas treacherous.
Chad Akerson switched districts over that time, raising questions about what school officials can share about an employee under investigation.
Waseca bar owner frustrated that council won’t let bars there stay open until 2 a.m.
Despite opposition from Duluth mayor and others, commissioners approved half-percent sales tax Tuesday.
A permit would have required couple to install a “gray water system.” It’s a modern convenience that, the couple argues, doesn’t comply with their religious beliefs.
Collection would go to road repairs, but opponents say it’s happening too fast.
The man jailed for life in the Thanksgiving Day murders of two unarmed teenagers testified for 15 minutes as he fights how much he must pay the families of his victims.
Found guilty of killing two teenagers, he also will contest restitution..
Accident in North Dakota community was second in less than a year, fifth in past decade.
Schell’s brewery, which owns the brand, will buy the bottlecap icon and plans to work with preservationists to get it relit.
In Huatulco, Mexico, our adventure-loving correspondent lands an all-inclusive vacation even she can embrace, beaches and all.
A controversial ordinance in Winona capping the number of rental houses could result in a slippery slope on city zoning powers, attorneys argued before the…
Winona dispute could affect homeowners statewide.
Hennepin County prosecutors stand by conviction in 1980s killings despite new DNA evidence.
The 70-foot spruce will have a long trip to Washington, visiting sites around Minnesota.
These modern-day vagabonds, who travel in RVs, call themselves work campers. They are becoming a workforce that American Crystal Sugar Company is relying on more heavily as the North Dakota oil boom lures workers away from the Red River Valley.
Legislative auditor's report does not take sides in controversial firing of Mankato State coach Todd Hoffner but finds process troubling.
Outside magazine put the question to online voters: Which is the country's best outdoors town?
Duluth’s recreational lands chief is ready to make city a national destination.
The once-vibrant mining hub appears to be on the rebound with a new library, the reopening of an outdoor clothing manufacturer and the planned expansion of a winter boot manufacturer.
Huge crowds last year prompted consideration.
Ness, who was first elected in 2007, announced Sunday he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2015. "I’ve tried to do this job well and I know the next person to hold the job will do the same,” Ness wrote in a Facebook posting.
Three Somali-American candidates are running for public office in this city known for past racial tension.
Big-earning workers making extravagant purchases are also leaving piles of money for local businesses and taxes in their wake.
Towns at the epicenter of the Bakken oil boom are struggling to counter the brazen sex trade at work in a small community flash-flooded with male workers.
Superintendent Valerie Naylor is on watch to protect Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is “a very special place,” she said.
The degree to which traffickers use violence as part of a structured business strategy surprised researchers studying the juvenile sex trade in Minneapolis.
Appeals Court asked to decide if John LaDue should face attempted murder charges.
The 17-year-old accused of a massacre plot wants to “find out what’s wrong with me.”
A district judge dismissed the most serious charges against John LaDue, the Waseca teenager accused of secretly plotting a school massacre this spring, saying prosecutors hadn’t shown that the boy’s actions went beyond “mere preparation.’’
Websites for videos of real violence, such as those that became an obsession for John LaDue in Waseca, have the attention of public safety officials.
The jury deliberated for about three hours in deciding that fate of Byron Smith, who shot Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, after they broke into his home.
Flashlight tours and behind-the-scenes nooks and crannies are among the attractions.
Victor Barnard, 52, accused of raping teenage girls, has reportedly been spotted in western Washington.
Victor Barnard played the shepherd, wearing linen clothes and sometimes wielding a shepherd’s crook. And he warned his followers against those who might turn against him — calling them wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Victor A. Barnard, 52, who ruled over a camp of “Maidens” in Pine County, has been charged with 59 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Barnard has yet to be apprehended but is believed to be in Washington state,
Three northern Minnesota outdoors lovers who were on a fishing trip in Canada died when their Cessna 182 float plane crashed on the shore of…
A Burnsville teenager and standout hockey player critically injured in an SUV crash Wednesday night in southern Dakota County made it through the crucial first…
WASECA, Minn. – Prosecutors announced in court Wednesday that they will appeal the dismissal of the most serious charges against a teenager accused of…
As the city of Rochester prepares to polish its downtown with sparkling new medical and public facilities, city leaders once again are trying to subdue…
A reinforcement project is set to get Dodd Ford Bridge back in working condition.
Following recession-crunched budgets, counties are increasingly sharing departments to save money.
"I think I’m just really mentally ill and no one’s noticed," said John LaDue, the 17-year-old who allegedly plotted to kill his family and set off bombs at his school.
Prosecutors say man sold plot suspect a pistol, 2 teens made explosives with him.
The 17-year-old's written account of his plans to kill his family and set off bombs will stay out of public view while attorneys argue about the validity of the charges against him.
Duluth did it. Residents awoke Monday morning to learn they had claimed the title of Best Town in America — at least in the eyes…
Innocence Project wants a new trial for man found guility of three murders.
Duluth is one step away from winning an online voting challenge for the best outdoorsy town in the United States. The city emerged late Sunday…
After beating out Minneapolis, it’s among final four nationally in Outside magazine poll.
The Minnesota Innocence Project said new DNA testing in the murders of three American Indian women the late 1980s found no link to the convicted man, Billy Glaze, who is serving three life sentences for the crimes.
The green-and-white road sign that will soon be erected along Pine Drive in St. Louis County will let travelers know they are passing “Side Lake.”…
Jablonski, now 18, has pushed himself to do a lot of things he’d never imagined. Now he's looking forward to college in California
Longtime chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr., who led the Chippewa band at the time of the 2005 school shootings, is being replaced by Darrell Seki.
Prosecutors have charged John LaDue as a juvenile with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree damage to property and six counts of possession of a bomb.
John LaDue's father is still struggling to make sense of the violent thoughts that apparently clouded LaDue's mind. He still can't believe the teenager would have carried out the murderous plan.
Steger Mukluks and Moccasins in Ely, now producing 14,000 pairs of footwear annually, is buying a disputed lot to expand manufacturing.
For Nick Brady’s grandparents, the shootings 17 months ago finally are behind them.
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