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The Twin Cities CIA office was a mystery 40 years ago. It had a local phone number but listed no address, and when you called,…
An all-white jury in the Minneapolis ISIL trial raises questions, even among the jurors themselves, but the much-studied answers are complex.
Papa Faal, who lives in Brooklyn Park, will not go to prison, receiving a sentence of "time served," plus two years of supervised release.
Forty-six years ago this month, the nation’s campuses erupted in a series of student strikes, the largest student uprising in American history. Triggering the…
The revelation came Tuesday during testimony in housing court.
Walking up the narrow stairway to the second-floor office of Ed Felien, the publisher and editor of the Southside Pride, is a little like entering…
The attorney general said she lacks authority to make such a move.
Stephen Frenz's trial resumes Thursday after allegations of fake tenants, staged apartments and false leases.
Demonstrators blocked streets and light rail tracks near Target Field
Jordan Kushner had been arrested during a demonstration at U. The city attorney said the charges were valid, but she wants to focus on other priorities.
Minneapolis' chief from 1980 through 1988, Bouza also says he believes the two officers were acting in good faith.
The stakes are highest on the North Side, where many residents fear a decision not to indict the officers in the death of Clark is a foregone conclusion.
Case involves arrest of attorney Jordan Kushner at U demonstration.
A coalition of civil rights groups called for a rally and march Saturday in Minneapolis, ahead of a pending decision about whether to prosecute police in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.
A series of articles and videos about “wage theft” appeared last month on a University of Minnesota website, describing how a large number of workers…
Landlord Stephen Frenz has been accused of fabricating leases.
The group will host a community meeting Saturday.
Attorneys said they would no longer represent one of the city's biggest landlords after he was accused of submitting phony leases to a Hennepin County housing court.
City records show Stephen Frenz has more violations than other landlords with large apartment buildings.
Stephen Frenz is on trial in Hennepin County housing court, accused of fostering substandard conditions at a south Minneapolis apartment building. City records show he has more violations than other landlords with large apartment buildings.
The elder statesman of the DFL Party in Minnesota acknowledges that he’s aghast at the level of discourse in the Republican Party debates. “I’ve watched…
Wayne Wittman devoted his life to social causes."He had a passion for helping folks in the community unlike anyone I have ever been around," recalls…
Protesters turned out at the Mall of America in large numbers that December day, but they left to demonstrate at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without holding a rally at the mall.
Group leaders say that St. Paul officials have addressed their demands.
Skip the grand jury and charge cops in police shooting, activists say.
Appearances can be deceiving when you meet Polly Mann. “She dresses up like a Southern lady,” said Mary Beaudoin, the editor of the newsletter for…
The Hennepin County attorney said "a number of things were not completed and they were sent back [to the BCA] to get done." He still hopes to have decision on charges by the end of March.
The demonstrators plan to rally weekly at the Government Center.
There were signs outside the Mankato house saying there was a room for rent, but when the Mankato State College student knocked on the door…
Jordan Kushner, who has clashed frequently with the city attorney's office, maintains he's innocent and is being politically targeted — something the city attorney's office denies.
For nearly four years, B. Todd Jones was one of the nation’s top law enforcement officers, overseeing the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives…
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., will be among the speakers at a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on behalf of Syrian refugees at the Minneapolis…
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.
Want to look up a federal-court case, read the indictment or lawsuit, evaluate what the prosecutor and the defense attorney had to say, or review…
A brainstorming session in the summer of 2014 led investigators to arrest a ''person of interest'' in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
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.
Joe Balzer says he is a very different man from the one I covered 25 years ago. Back then Balzer was one of three Northwest…
Ventura says he is prepared to fight the case again if retrial is ordered.
Top news corporations have enlisted prominent First Amendment attorneys in an attempt to overturn the $1.8 million verdict.
Legal expert calls state Appeals Court ruling an "important constitutional decision."
ICE frees Nelson Kargbo, who had been detained for more than 2 years, after magistrate judge's ruling.
Fifty federal prisoners will be released in the state on Oct. 30 and another 25 will be released in November, said Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim.
Novelist, poet and essayist Alvin Greenberg charmed generations of readers with his wit and cerebral musings and ability to manipulate the English language. “He was…
In the remote Alaskan arctic, Stephanie Jenkins felt cornered. The 29-year-old woman and her academic mentor, Ted Swem, had rappelled down a cliff to a…
Robert Cattanach is used to mixing with the big boys. So he didn't hesitate to sue BNSF, one of the nation's largest railroad companies, over a bike accident — his own — after the company refused to pay a few thousand dollars in medical bills.
U.S. judge ruled that law firm's filing was frivolous.
You open up your credit report and it says you have a bad debt but you know it isn’t true. How common is that? “It’s…
But it's unclear when the Minnesota high court justice will be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate.
As outsiders stir up the race for the White House, Minnesota's former governor is contemplating whether to take another shot at political office.
My father worked for Eliot Ness. Ness was the crime-busting government agent who organized a team called the Untouchables that brought down Al Capone and…
Attorneys applauded the ruling, which allowed them to continue to pursue their claims in federal district court in Minneapolis.
From public schools to private enterprise, transgender men and women — and youth — are challenging old restrictions and forcing changes.
Nelson Kargbo, a refugee from Sierra Leone, has a rap sheet, but would face torture if deported, judge ruled.
Even though Congress remains hobbled by partisan paralysis, judicial observers are optimistic that the state Supreme Court justice will eventually be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge in Minnesota.
Student says suspension forced him to change schools.
The phone call that came to the police dispatcher in Marshall, Minn., last January described a horrific situation. A man said he had taken a…
The defendants are active members of two street gangs known as the 10z and the 20z, which operated in south Minneapolis. They were charged in a shootout outside HCMC last year.
Jurisdiction was expanded illegally, plaintiffs say.
Attorneys and witnesses for Koua Fong Lee, driver of a 1996 Toyota Camry, contended that the car continued to accelerate even as he applied the brakes, and rear-ended a stopped car. The crash killed three.
The robbery occurred while Hoffman was on the run after fatally shooting his former domestic partner at an Arden Hills gas station.
Creditors' attorney tracked down jewelry hidden by bankrupt store owner in a four-year investigation that crossed state lines.
Call it historic, call it odd, call it a bit silly. But the ascension of a new chief judge for the U.S. District Court in…
The judge called his claims in a land rights lawsuit "frivolous."
Judge Ann Montgomery said a federal jury had sufficient evidence to show Toyota was at fault in fatal 2006 crash.
Guard members shared $2,000 bonuses with uniformed recruiters in a kickback scheme involving military enlistments.
Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge combines the serenity of pine-paneled cabins on a large, gorgeous lake with proximity to Bemidji, for easy runs to that city if rustic is not your thing.
Facing a torrent of negative publicity over the handling of a pay equity dispute in Minnesota, the Norwegian government has settled its long-running battle with a former consular employee by agreeing to pay $1.96 million.
Michael Griffin, the target of lawsuits, now faces nine criminal counts over bar fights.
Post-trial wrangling in the Toyota case is heating up, with a lawyer’s claim that Toyota Motor Co. played “the race card” by suggesting that an…
Michael Griffin, a patrol officer, has been the subject of 22 internal affairs investigations since 2007.
Multimillion-dollar scheme used homeless people to buy smartphones using stolen IDs, charges say.
Federal judge rules that a change in Washington County's wedding policy meant the suit was unnecessary.
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a district-court decision Monday, rejecting a suit by a Minneapolis police officer who accused the department…
Toyota’s appeal of the $10.9 million judgment in the Koua Fong Lee case returns attention to a clever strategy by his attorney Bob Hilliard. In…
Widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle reviews the case in her 334-page memoir.
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