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Pat Pheifer

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Pat Pheifer covers the Twin Cities metro area.
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Hennepin County Medical Center says it plans to cut staff in 2017

Hennepin County Medical Center says it plans to cut staff in 2017

The hospital said it must respond to a "financial challenge."
Minimum-wage workers take daylong fight to streets of Dinkytown

Minimum-wage workers take daylong fight to streets of Dinkytown

Coordinated actions included arrests, an Eden Prairie mall lockout and a U of M demonstration.

Brooklyn Center man dies days after motorcycle-pedestrian crash

A Brooklyn Center man died Sunday afternoon, four days after he was hit by a motorcycle at Brooklyn Boulevard and County Road 10, the Hennepin…
Men wrongly targeted in Wetterling, Decker investigations to sue

Men wrongly targeted in Wetterling, Decker investigations to sue

The two men who were named "persons of interest" in each case sat side by side with their attorneys to announce plans to sue over being wrongly targeted.
Report of man with a gun at St. Cloud's Crossroads Mall leads to hour-plus lockdown

Report of man with a gun at St. Cloud's Crossroads Mall leads to hour-plus lockdown

Police converged on the mall, site of a mass stabbing attack on Sept. 17, after a report that a man had displayed a gun to a couple outside. The shopping center is now closed.
Prince's estate sues Jay Z over streaming rights to late star's music

Prince's estate sues Jay Z over streaming rights to late star's music

The battle has festered for months in Carver County District Court, but on Tuesday, NPG Records Inc. and NPG Music Publishing — Prince's music entities — escalated it with the federal lawsuit.
St. Paul protest is among several in country after Trump victory

St. Paul protest is among several in country after Trump victory

After a rally outside the State Capitol, some protesters marched in downtown St. Paul, blocking some traffic.

Bloomington raid seizes record amount of fentanyl in Minnesota

The 2,754 milliliters had an estimated street value of $275,000, authorities said.
911 transcripts of Crossroads Mall stabbings reveal chaotic scene

911 transcripts of Crossroads Mall stabbings reveal chaotic scene

Transcripts reveal chaos as people hid from attacker.
'Two Kisses for Maddy' author turns wife's loss into legacy

'Two Kisses for Maddy' author turns wife's loss into legacy

Minnetonka native Matt Logelin was here for a benefit Saturday.

Four suspended from Gophers wrestling team until Jan. 1

The university would not confirm if the discipline was in connection with drug ring allegations.
Edina mayor and City Council apologize over police treatment

Edina mayor and City Council apologize over police treatment

An overflow crowd complained about last week's incident between a white officer and a black man caught on video.
Target pulls clown masks from stores, website due to 'crazy clown' scares

Target pulls clown masks from stores, website due to 'crazy clown' scares

The big retailer cited "sensitivity" for removing masks ahead of Halloween.

Minneapolis Roosevelt High senior is in ICU with soccer game injury

A Roosevelt High School student was seriously hurt during a soccer game Monday in St. Paul and is hospitalized in intensive care, according to a post on the Minneapolis school's Facebook page.
At vigil, a plea for information on shootings of baby, 'Uncle Gus'

At vigil, a plea for information on shootings of baby, 'Uncle Gus'

Police said no one has been arrested in connection with the crime, but they have released few other details.
Man and baby dead after south Minneapolis shooting

Man and baby dead after south Minneapolis shooting

A man and an 8-month-old infant died Sunday afternoon in a shooting near a Stewart park in south Minneapolis.

Man gets two life terms plus 12 years in prison for double homicide in St. Paul

Jamaine Jamie Williams, 25, was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life sentences plus another 12 years for killing two men and almost killing a third…
Floatplane pilot lands in hot water at Ryder Cup

Floatplane pilot lands in hot water at Ryder Cup

Small plane that put down on Lake Hazeltine Sunday was met by Chaska police.
Sir Neville Marriner, former Minnesota Orchestra music director, dies at 92

Sir Neville Marriner, former Minnesota Orchestra music director, dies at 92

Sir Neville Marriner, outspoken music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1979 to 1986, died early Sunday in London. He was 92.Marriner, who returned to…
In Falcon Heights, a discussion on community policing

In Falcon Heights, a discussion on community policing

More than 100 people came together in Falcon Heights to sort out the options.

Missing Minnetonka woman's body is found in Mississippi River in Dakota County

Dakota County authorities are asking for help in finding her car.
Falcon Heights City Council votes to support police policy task force

Falcon Heights City Council votes to support police policy task force

City also joins two others in new review panel

St. Cloud has been a hot spot for anti-Islam sentiment

St. Cloud has dealt with tensions between Muslims and some non-Muslims for the past seven years, with incidents including bullying of Somali and other East…
Oromo Olympian draws big crowd at his Minneapolis appearance

Oromo Olympian draws big crowd at his Minneapolis appearance

Marathon silver medalist seen as a hero for his running as well as his political statement.
St. Paul loses a civic giant: Larry Cohen, mayor, advocate and judge

St. Paul loses a civic giant: Larry Cohen, mayor, advocate and judge

Landmark Center stands as a lasting legacy in city he loved.
DFL asks Minn. Supreme Court to order Trump, Pence off ballot

DFL asks Minn. Supreme Court to order Trump, Pence off ballot

The party's petition asks that the secretary of state be forced to remove Trump and Pence from the ballot, saying the process that put them on it broke the law.

May 17: Globe University/Minnesota School of Business to close 4 Twin Cities locations

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business said Monday that it is closing campuses in Lakeville, Brooklyn Center, Elk River and Plymouth and moving students to other…
Castile protesters angry with Falcon Heights police task force plan

Castile protesters angry with Falcon Heights police task force plan

After the mayor and council members left the meeting, residents and protesters engaged in an emotional dialogue.

Motorcyclist dies in collision in Burnsville

A motorcyclist died Thursday afternoon when its driver collided with a delivery truck near Burnsville Parkway and 143rd Circle in Burnsville, authorities said. Burnsville Parkway…

One killed, two wounded in St. Paul shooting

Officers heard about 10 gunshots before finding the victims in the Frogtown neighborhood.
Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Two in Michigan-based crew on its way to Utah died in wreck.

No body cam footage in officer-involved Eagan shooting

Three police officers involved in Sunday’s fatal shooting in Eagan were not wearing body cameras, though footage may have been taken on a dashboard camera…
One man dead in officer-involved shooting in Eagan

One man dead in officer-involved shooting in Eagan

Three police officers are on administrative leave after the shooting.

BCA investigating after inmate dies at Beltrami County jail

An inmate at the Beltrami County Jail in Bemidji, Minn., died Thursday morning, authorities said. Tony Edward May, 26, of Red Lake, had been held…
'Push! Push! Push!' Ex-Gophers swimmers gather to cheer their medal winner

'Push! Push! Push!' Ex-Gophers swimmers gather to cheer their medal winner

"We're all living vicariously through him tonight," said Zach Wood, one of a dozen of David Plummer's friends and former teammates who commandeered a table at Sally's Saloon in Dinkytown. "This is the dream for all of us. But he's the one — he can dig deeper than anyone."
Sid Applebaum, Rainbow Foods co-founder who powered dynasty, dies at 92

Sid Applebaum, Rainbow Foods co-founder who powered dynasty, dies at 92

He took on his father's work, drawing national attention.
Obituary: Massimo Bonavita, co-founder of Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis, dies at 67

Obituary: Massimo Bonavita, co-founder of Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis, dies at 67

Massimo Bonavita, co-founder of the Italian Cultural Center in downtown Minneapolis and a member of Italy’s Senate for 12 years, died July 2 in his…
Services for Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup set for Friday

Services for Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup set for Friday

Services for Jim Northrup, an award-winning Ojibwe storyteller, poet, playwright and author, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sawyer Tribal Community Center.…
Connection, not conflict, dominates National Night Out

Connection, not conflict, dominates National Night Out

North Minneapolis is ground zero for efforts to improve police-community relations.
Ojibwe storyteller and writer Jim Northrup dies at age 73

Ojibwe storyteller and writer Jim Northrup dies at age 73

Jim Northrup, an Ojibwe storyteller whose books, plays and poems were widely published and produced, died of complications of cancer Monday night. He was 73.…
Five tons of trash collected at Minnehaha Creek Cleanup

Five tons of trash collected at Minnehaha Creek Cleanup

The 10th Minnehaha Creek Cleanup netted a record 5 tons of trash.
Black church leaders rally the faithful against violence, for unity

Black church leaders rally the faithful against violence, for unity

A Unity Service in Minneapolis seeks "peace, strength and solace" in light of recent events.

DNR plans state's first 4-wheel-drive touring trail

The 400-mile adventure route is seen as a way for families to explore the state in a leisurely fashion.
Proposal for copper mine near BWCA draws divided response

Proposal for copper mine near BWCA draws divided response

Debate at a "listening session" in Duluth focused on pollution vs. jobs.

Tornadoes, major flooding cause damage in central Minn.

Heavy rain prompted warnings in the northeast to stay away from flooded roads and abandon flooded camps.
Heavy rain, high winds hit across state

Heavy rain, high winds hit across state

A tornado hit Watkins, Minn., and the National Weather Service warned of flooding in the Brainerd lakes area.
Monday: Riot charges filed against 46 protesters in I-94 melee

Monday: Riot charges filed against 46 protesters in I-94 melee

Hundreds of people protested in connection with the gathering late Saturday and early Sunday that turned violent and injured 21 law enforcement officers after protesters began throwing rocks.
Children march for Philando Castile in St. Paul

Children march for Philando Castile in St. Paul

After a night of protests, violence and arrests, hundreds of men, women and children of all races gathered peacefully around the Twin Cities on Sunday…
Aftermath of fatal Falcon Heights officer-involved shooting on video

Aftermath of fatal Falcon Heights officer-involved shooting on video

A man identified by relatives as Philando Castile, 32, a St. Paul schools employee, died Wednesday night at HCMC. The shooting followed a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. On the video, Castile is slumped next to a woman, his T-shirt soaked with blood.
Thousands lose power in strong storms

Thousands lose power in strong storms

Xcel Energy reported that 70,000 customers were still without power this morning as the Twin Cities cleaned up after severe thunderstorms flooded roads and downed trees.
MPR reporter and news editor Toni Randolph dies at 53

MPR reporter and news editor Toni Randolph dies at 53

During her news career, she had a passion for teaching aspiring writers and young journalists.
Mom of wounded Mpls. 10-year-old describes life in the battle zone

Mom of wounded Mpls. 10-year-old describes life in the battle zone

Jon'tayasia Dillon-White wasn't safe in her bedroom from the violence outside.

U.S. appeals court issues mixed ruling in Indian lands case

Federal court backs suit's dismissal, but removes attorney sanctions.

St. Paul 18-year-old charged with murder in Indian Mounds Park killing

Police and prosecutors believe it was Rayvion Trebor Brooks, 18, who fired the shot that killed another St. Paul teenager who was picnicking at Indian…
Hundreds turn out to dedicate state's second veterans cemetery

Hundreds turn out to dedicate state's second veterans cemetery

The second state veterans cemetery spreads across verdant hills.
Public weighs in on eve of Minneapolis superintendent vote

Public weighs in on eve of Minneapolis superintendent vote

Minneapolis school board is to select either state's education commissioner or educator from Alaska to be new superintendent.

Prescribed burn in Superior National Forest jumps containment lines

A planned-burn fire in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota escaped its boundaries Thursday afternoon and was burning just south and west of the…

St. Paul police, Catholic Charities leader hear neighborhood's frustration over girl's sexual assault

The conversation at the meeting was raw at times, and the anger of Ramsey Hill residents was quick.

Milkweed Editions to open new chapter, bookshop in Open Book building

The publishing house will open Milkweed Books in early July at 1011 Washington Av. S.

Wildfires continue to burn across northern Minnesota

A handful of wildfires continued to burn Sunday in northern Minnesota, the largest of which has charred about 1,000 acres east of Hoyt Lakes in…

First-grade teacher in St. Paul is hurt when student throws chair in class

A first-grade teacher at Cherokee Heights Elementary School in St. Paul was injured Wednesday when an agitated student flung a chair at the teacher, school…

Toddler who drowned in Corcoran holding pond is identified

The toddler who drowned Tuesday in a Corcoran holding pond has been identified as 2-year-old Charlie J. Vollrath, of Loretto, officials said Thursday. Deputies from…

2-year-old drowns in holding pond in Corcoran

A 2-year-old boy drowned Tuesday in a holding pond outside a farmhouse in the 22900 block of Strehler Road in Corcoran, authorities said. Hennepin County…
Light-rail trains moving again in downtown Minneapolis after suspicious package is found

Light-rail trains moving again in downtown Minneapolis after suspicious package is found

A "suspicious package" had been found at the U.S. Bank Stadium stop, Metro Transit said.
South Dakota wildlife artist Terry Redlin dies at 78

South Dakota wildlife artist Terry Redlin dies at 78

Redlin won the Minnesota Duck Stamp competition twice and created an art center in his hometown of Watertown, S.D.
St. Paul officer delivers big assist with 44 pairs of basketball shoes

St. Paul officer delivers big assist with 44 pairs of basketball shoes

The giveaway was the brainchild of Tom Reis, who while working off-duty security noticed some were on the court with loafers and moccasins.
After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

It was not clear whether the shootings Sunday night and Monday were related. "We're still trying to figure that our ourselves," St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster said.
NE. Minneapolis fundraiser fights hunger one bowl of soup at a time

NE. Minneapolis fundraiser fights hunger one bowl of soup at a time

Serving soup in artisan bowls, Empty Bowls NE raised more than $8,000.
Nonprofit seeks $34M to reinvigorate historic Fort Snelling

Nonprofit seeks $34M to reinvigorate historic Fort Snelling

It is asking for $34 million for a new visitors' center.
Town to stay cleared overnight after train-tanker crash and fire

Town to stay cleared overnight after train-tanker crash and fire

Residents of Callaway in northwestern Minnesota may be allowed to return Friday afternoon.

2 teens severely burned by bonfire in northern Minnesota

They were injured when a gas can exploded as they fed fuel to the fire.
Boy who took cement truck on high-speed chase was just 11 years old

Boy who took cement truck on high-speed chase was just 11 years old

One of the officers who gave chase recalls the frightening incident.
Valspar shares jump sharply after Sherwin-Williams deal

Valspar shares jump sharply after Sherwin-Williams deal

Sherwin-Williams intends to keep a "significant presence" in Minneapolis but its executives were short on specifics in their first explanation of the $11.3 billion deal.
Roseville pastor reinstated to ministry after investigation into abuse allegations

Roseville pastor reinstated to ministry after investigation into abuse allegations

St. Paul police and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis found no evidence to support allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ex-megachurch North Heights Lutheran closes its doors

Ex-megachurch North Heights Lutheran closes its doors

Internal schism proves fatal to North Heights Lutheran, which once boasted more than 7,000 members.
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