September 15, 2016
Scott Rhude picked up trash near a landfill in Willmar, Minn. He makes $2 an hour and dreams of a better job.

A Matter of Dignity: A five-day special report

How Minnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities.
February 18, 2016
Mesabi Range players sat in the visiting team locker room moments before their season kicked off against Ridgewater in Willmar in late August.

Mesabi Norsemen (many from points south) chase elusive dream

Most of the 44 young men from faraway places in Mesabi Norsemen jerseys had never heard of the Iron Range before they signed up to play college football.
November 2, 2015

Life after death row: Damon Thibodeaux's resurrection

After spending 15 years on death row for a murder he did not commit, will Damon Thibodeaux be able to find his place in a world that raced ahead without him?
October 7, 2015

Deadliest workplace: The family farm

Training is scarce, rules lax — and deaths are rising. A four-part series.
September 30, 2015

From the heartland to jihad: Heeding ISIL's call to terror

No state in the country has provided more fresh young recruits to violent jihadist groups like Al-Shabab and the Islamic State than Minnesota.
July 30, 2015
The night glittered with music and dancing as Patricia Omaña and guests celebrated her daughter’s coming-of-age party.

As sun sets on a summer Saturday, Minnesota comes alive

In summer, Saturday nights are beguiling. Easy. An evening stroll. A glass of wine on the porch. A sweaty night on the town, when the coldest it gets is under an air conditioning duct at a club. Join us as we witness a typical Minnesota Saturday night in all its wild, free glory.
July 12, 2015
Joseph Simenstad in his room at the Eagle's Healing Nest in Sauk Centre.

The new goal at the VA: Treating the root causes of veterans' pain

A BATTLE WITH PAIN, PART TWO: The VA is kicking veterans off of pain medications in favor of alternatives such as yoga and acupuncture, but it isn't keeping up with the demand.
July 12, 2015
Zach Williams’ gravestone sits in the sea of white granite at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Cut off: Veterans struggle to live with VA's new painkiller policy

A BATTLE WITH PAIN, PART ONE: VA doctors freely handed out pain medications to veterans for years. Then they stopped. The results have sometimes turned tragic.
May 21, 2015

Soundset 2015

One of the nation’s biggest all-hip-hop fests has only one household name this year (Ice Cube, who's due to have a very big year), but the lineup does boast a wide variety of acts on the verge, including J. Cole, Big Sean, Vince Staples, Vic Mensa and Logic, plus reliable locals such as Brother Ali, Dessa, Sean Anonymous and hosts Atmosphere. The fest lands again Sunday, May 24, at Canterbury Park Festival Field in Shakopee, $68,
May 21, 2015

Talking Volumes: 2014

Talking Volumes is a literary collaboration between the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio that brings high-profile authors to the Twin Cities for a live interview, later broadcast on MPR, accompanied by in-depth stories about the writers in the Star Tribune. Here's the 2014 lineup.
May 13, 2015
Minnesota Orchestra musicians line up to check in at the Delta counter...

Minnesota Orchestra goes to Cuba

The Minnesota Orchestra carries state’s banner to Havana, Cuba.
May 12, 2015

SXSW 2015: Full Coverage

Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, Texas, March 18-22, covering his 25th visit to the 29th annual South by Southwest Music Conference. Check here for daily updates and photo galleries. Follow his tweets: @ChrisRstrib.
April 28, 2015

Risky Riding: ATV safety hazards for children

As ridership has grown nationwide, hundreds of children have been killed riding all-terrain vehicles built for adults. The Star Tribune published a five-part series in November 2014 examining how the industry, government and families have failed to heed the warnings about risks that off-road vehicles pose to children.
April 22, 2015

Project: The children they couldn’t save

A Star Tribune examination found that child-protection authorities have failed to respond to thousands of child-abuse reports while funneling thousands of others into a program where the abuse is never investigated. The system's shortcomings have had deadly results.
June 28, 2014

Special report: Bees at the Brink

Neither side is waiting for conclusive science on what’s killing the honeybee. They’re taking their fight straight to the public in an intensifying battle for the support of the nation’s consumers.
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