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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…
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.