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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.
North Mankato is one of the latest Minnesota cities to adopt policies mindful of all
The owner of a onetime Duluth head shop and two shop employees have lost a federal appeal of their convictions for selling synthetic drugs. An…
Heading into Saturday night's drawing, the Powerball jackpot is officially in unchartered territory, soaring to an estimated $700 million, the largest in U.S. history. And Minnesotans from Warroad to Worthington are getting in on the action.
The Waseca teen was arrested for plotting a massacre at his local school. He will stay in Minnesota while being evaluated for treatment as part of his probationary sentence, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Long before he was named in the Jacob Wetterling abduction, Danny James Heinrich, now 52, led a troubled early life of burglary, drinking and financial difficulties, records and interviews show.
He was convicted in a series of murders of American Indian women, but attorneys for the Minnesota Innocence Project were working to exonerate him based on DNA testing.
John LaDue's defense attorneys have filed a motion to clarify or modify his probation terms.
The dismissal of charges tests the definition of "attempt." LaDue eventually pleaded guilty to one charge of explosives possession
Duluth can now officially lure climbers as it turns an old quarry into a park.
He pleaded guilty to a sexual relationship with student on hockey team.
Authorities are investigating a man's death in connection with a garage fire in Austin, Minn., on Thursday morning. Firefighters were called about 8:50 a.m. to…
The State Patrol now says weather wasn't a factor in Hwy. 52 crash near Rochester, but state had at least 90 crashes as drivers got a taste of winter.
As Minneapolis citizens and community leaders sat down to study dozens of options for a swath of land cutting from downtown to the airport in…
Authorities now believe the string of 1980s assaults of boys in Paynesville may be connected to more serious crimes that followed: the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in Cold Spring and the unsolved abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph.
Coach's idea to teach respect through videos was embraced by others, including Biden
A man identified last week as a "person of interest" in the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago will remain in custody on child pornography charges, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday morning.
Patty Wetterling said she and her husband were surprised when authorities told them they had identified a person of interest in their son Jacob's abduction 26 years ago.
Eight assaults against Paynesville boys ages 12 to 16 take on new significance with the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling's disappearance.
Jacob Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted while riding on his bike near St. Joseph, Minn., 26 years ago. Danny James Heinrich, who was charged with possessing child pornography, is a person of interest in the case.
St. Joseph, Minn. – Wherever there was a television, radio or computer screen on Thursday afternoon, eyes and ears in this central Minnesota town…
More commercial sites are weighed on popular trail.
Judge cites violent plotter's autism disorder, urges compassion.
Teens from Minneapolis spread wild rice seeds and glimpsed their heritage outside of the city confines.
After one freezing death and one near-death, Bemidji State groups mobilize.
After City Council resolution vote, officials say they may consider calling for similar protection under state law.
An unconventional high school football coach aims to teach life lessons beyond the Xs and Os.
Local Tibetans relieved to see Dalai Lama in good spirits after Mayo Clinic visit.
A Royalton, Minn., woman died Tuesday afternoon when her vehicle crashed in Benton County, just down the road from her home. Sheriff’s deputies responded to…
A building that many had considered a major blemish on Duluth’s downtown Superior Street is headed for revitalization. The structure that housed the now-shuttered head…
Pontoon driver allegedly harassed the buck.
The plea agreement calls for John LaDue of Waseca to go to a long-term secured treatment facility as part of five to 10 years' probation.
Detective cleared her drug case in exchange for sex and information, federal lawsuit alleges.
A 90-year-old Maplewood man is in the Ramsey County jail on suspicion of fatally shooting his 65-year-old son, police officials said Saturday night. Maplewood Police…
The Hennepin County medical examiner's office confirmed Brian Short's death was a suicide and the rest of his family died by homicide.
Such positive attention is the envy of midsize cities across America. So how did Duluth do it? City leaders started long, long ago with careful plans, lots of patience and, most recently, loud cheerleading.
Federal and state regulations govern truckers' driving hours, equipment maintenance and load sizes, but enforcement of those rules through surprise roadside inspections has been falling.
Mike Tomars spends most days inside his darkened St. Paul home, trying to stave off the headaches and nausea that have plagued him since…
Some ATV riders in northeast Minnesota are rejoicing after a couple of stretches of the state's iconic Gunflint Trail opened to them.
The court's order leaves in place the city's law capping rental properties to 30 percent per block in some neighborhoods.
Three men from a hard-hit area create their own rescue patrol.
Dive teams volunteer to help rescue victims in aftermath of hurricane.
After Katrina, some New Orleans residents can't come back, and others simply won't. Those who will return wonder about jobs, homes, schools.
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…
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