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In this Monday Aug. 6, 2018 photo, a dead Snook is shown along the water's edge in Bradenton Beach, Fla. From Naples in Southwest Florida, about 135 m

Reeking red tide catches Minnesotans in Florida

Gulf Coast snowbirds hold their noses during southwest Florida's state of emergency.
Nicolle Peltier testified Thursday about her children’s injuries. Beside her were her father, Tim Brinkley, and her husband, Kyle.

Nearly 3 years for driver who smashed into toddler on Mpls. playground

Refusal to apologize stuns injured children's family.
Norm Coleman outside his Washington, D.C. office in 2015. The former Republican U.S. senator is backing state Sen. Karin Housley in the special electi

Former Sen. Norm Coleman says cancer's return has 'shaken my soul'

Coleman was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. He survived an earlier bout with neck and throat cancer in 2015.
Desiree Collins recounts the day then-St. Paul police K-9 Gabe attacked her as she was taking out the garbage on Sept. 23, 2017. Collins is suing the

Federal judge: St. Paul must pay woman bitten by police dog in 2017

Judge said facts aren't in dispute and jury will decide damages.
The decision means officers Daniel Gleason and Jordan Wild won’t face criminal prosecution in the fatal encounter on Euclid Street in the Dayton’s

No charges against St. Paul officers who fatally shot man in October 2017

Phumee Lee had been in a domestic dispute before exchanging gunfire with police in the street.
Railroad workers prepare to try and get a Union Pacific train engine back on the tracks at the Hoffman Bridge after it derailed and a fuel car spilled

Derailed train dumps 3,200 gallons of fuel into Mississippi

The derailment happened on a railroad bridge linking two rail yards near the St. Paul Downtown Airport, downstream from downtown St. Paul. Boaters were advised to avoid the area.
Ramsey county corner loaded the body of a person that was shot and killed by St. Paul Police in the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue Sunday August 5, 2

Man fatally shot by police in St. Paul's Summit-University area

Police said officers shot an armed man after responding to a 911 call from a multi-unit building in the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Cater called the shooting a tragedy for the city.

Hennepin County investigating fuel leak at Metro Transit operation in Brooklyn Center

Complaint leads county, state investigators to Brooklyn Center garage.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf left and chief operating office Kevin Warren watched practice during Minnesota Vikings training camp at TCO Performance Center

New day dawns for Vikings with training camp in Eagan

A sold-out crowd of 5,000 joined the Vikings in Eagan on a beautiful summer Saturday for the beginning of the 2018 season and a new era of training camp.
Minneapolis skyline (left) and Target Center

WNBA All-Stars descending on downtown Minneapolis

The game will be played at Target Center on Saturday for the first time, providing a chance to see the best active players and future legends live on the court at the same time.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Northtown Railroad Yard in Fridley, shown in December 2009.

Hennepin judge fines BNSF $4.6M for injury lawsuit misconduct

The railroad plans to appeal the claims from a $15.3M personal injury lawsuit.
Robert Brown, a water resource specialist for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, tested the water at Webber Park Pool earlier in the month.

Ducks get blame as Webber pool closes again after failing another water quality test

Pool closed for 15th day. "We just need to find a way to keep it open," says park commissioner.
FILE- In this March 16, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon discusses election security issues in his office in St. Paul, Minn.

Minnesota secretary of state must hand over voter data, judge rules

Ramsey County judge sided with group claiming widespread voter fraud.
Yohance Simon, part of the Super Bowl Host Committee, poses for a photo on Nicollet Mall.

Super Bowl organizers hand out leftover cash to 52 youth programs

Host Committee gave $5.5 million to youth health, fitness programs throughout the state.
Lillianna and Kayden Peltier share a smile.

Fleeing driver in playground crash enters surprise guilty plea, agrees to harsher sentence

Two siblings were seriously injured in the crash at Jenny Lind Elementary School last month.
Maria Ellis, 20, right, splashed water on DaKayo Lattimore, 9, at the Webber Park pool after it reopened Tuesday in Minneapolis.

Webber Park pool in Mpls. partially reopens after 13 days

The deeper portion of the pool, including the lap area and diving dock, reopened, but the shallow "upper pool" remained closed.
Minneapolis North athletic director Leo Lewis watched from the sidelines during a boys' junior varsity basketball game on Jan. 6, 2017.

Former North High athletic director Leo Lewis was fired, supporters say

Ex-Vikings receiver was among three top sports administrators to leave the Minneapolis schools without explanation.
Robert Brown, a water resource specialist for the Minneapolis Park Department, tested the water at Webber Park Pool, Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Minneap

Webber Park pool in north Minneapolis closed at least until Tuesday

Latest water tests showed improved conditions, but not enough to reopen.
One of the dolls seized at International Falls port. Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Feds seize 60,000 mermaid dolls at International Falls port

An estimated $600,000 in counterfeit dolls were headed to city of Ranier in Koochiching County.
Robert Brown, a water resource specialist for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, tested the water at Webber Park Pool on Thursday. Webber Pool

Popular north Mpls. pool closed during heat due to water quality

Webber Park pool, first in the nation to use aquatic plants for cleaning rather than chlorine, has been swamped by heavy rains.
New Ulm is assessing how to repair its famous monument.

New Ulm's Hermann the German is in need of a renovation

Monument's 70-foot-tall base is showing its age.
This photo provided by the South Padre Island (Texas) Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal depu

Florida will seek death penalty for Blooming Prairie woman

Lois Riess is accused of killing a woman she met at a Fort Myers restaurant in April. She was being sought by Minnesota authorities in the murder of her husband.
Adrielle Bedessem, cq, 3, of Brooklyn Park showed her mother Delaine Bedessem how well she fared at swimming and keeping cool in a Lake Nokomis beach,

Minnesotans swelter as high hits 99, more heat coming for 4th

After that extreme heat and humidity, Saturday's high will be in the upper 80s.
U.S. Bank Stadium's huge swaths of glass have to be covered for the NCAA Final Four in 2019.

Blacking out U.S. Bank Stadium for Final Four could hit $5.2M

The public board that oversees U.S. Bank Stadium will be asked today to authorize spending of $4.6 million, with the potential of another $600,000 for final negotiations on the "darkening solution."
Towns, Diggins strut their naked stuff in ESPN Body issue

Towns, Diggins strut their naked stuff in ESPN Body issue

In the issue, available online Monday, the Olympic gold medalist from Afton and the Wolves' All-Star center talk about how hard they work to push their bodies to world-class performances.
In this December 2016 file photo, University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle spoke to the media about the suspensions of 10 Gophers football

Accused football players sue U over sexual misconduct case

The lawsuit against the University of Minnesota seeks unspecified damages for "being falsely cast as sex offenders."
Cydni Bickerstaff, VP of event operations with the Fan Jam truck. Staff members shot baskets on the side of the truck. from left, Cordell Smith, Jack

College hoops fans can jam and slam with the touring Final Four truck

Fan Jam truck to give Minnesotans a summertime taste of March Madness.
Gretchen Carlson, shown in October. The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast. Carlso

Backlash greets Miss America bikini ban, Gretchen Carlson says

"It's kind of a no-win situation," said 1988 Minnesota winner now running pageant.

Orono man pleads guilty to conspiracy and tax fraud in $13 million scheme

No sentencing date has been set for 55-year-old Scott P. Flynn.
Jess McIntosh

Former DFL Party spokeswoman writes of 'date' with disgraced New York AG

Jess McIntosh hopes her Eric Schneiderman story goes beyond #MeToo.
Childhood abuse survivor Jamie Heutmaker embraced bankruptcy attorney Brittany Michael after Thursday's news conference detailing the settlement reach

$210M settlement was long time coming for clergy abuse victims

For many, the announcement was closure as they continue to heal their scars of emotional trauma.
Childhood clergy abuse survivor Marie Mielke gestured while speaking about her abuse and the settlement reached between abuse survivors and the Archdi

Victims of clergy abuse settle with archdiocese for $210M

More than 400 victims of sexual abuse will share in the settlement, which ends a protracted bankruptcy dispute, attorneys said. It still must be approved by a judge.
Levi LaValle leapt a snowmobile over Nicollet Mall for the Polaris UpsideDown stunt on Feb. 3.

Super Bowl LII brought $370 million to Minnesota, report says

The results, sure to be disputed by detractors, came in $50 million over pre-event projections, the analyst said.
Mike Kohler en route to his full marathon finish.

Runner mistakenly runs full Fargo marathon after planning for a half

The 26-year-okd plumber from Detroit Lakes decided to go for it at the 8-mile mark and didn't look back.
Levi Brown, 5, squirted his new friend Elijah Coleman, 5, at Cliff Fen Park in Burnsville. See more photos at

Mid-90s? It's weather whiplash for holiday weekend

Memorial Day weekend is going to be the hottest in more than a decade, with temperatures in the 90s for much of it.
The turkey had been hanging out for at least a month at the intersection of 16th Street and Mayowood Avenue Southwest in Rochester.

Rochester town turkey got a name, then got gunned down

Jake sealed his fate when he chased a kid on a bike.
Carl Anderson

Fatal dispute over lake access ends in shooter's acquittal

Jury found neighbor's use of deadly force was justified in February 2017 shooting in Chisago County.
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren attends Politicon in Pasadena, Calif.

Trump praises Fox News' Tomi Lahren after Mpls. confrontation

Lahren was leaving Union's rooftop when customer tossed water on her Sunday, and the incident went viral.
The glass walls of U.S. Bank Stadium are being studies for the effects on the bird population.

U.S. Bank Stadium bird study reaches midpoint, with results due next year

Vikings and state pay $300K to study danger posed by building's glass walls.
Jim Farstad in 2009.

U.S. Bank Stadium interim executive director given job permanently

Technology consultant Jim Farstad has twice held the interim position of overseeing the downtown stadium.
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chairman Mike Vekich will recommend one of the three finalists to run U.S. Bank Stadium to the board at Friday's

Super Bowl LII operations chief among 3 finalists to run U.S. Bank Stadium

MSFA will vote Friday after recommendation made.
Large tract of trees and soil are burned in the Pagami Lake fire near Forest Center, Minn. Thursday Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. A forest fire that smold

"Do not burn" edict goes out for northern Minnesota

National Weather Service issues "red flag" warning for extremely dry conditions.

Minnesota third-graders challenged to 'Read to the Final Four'

NCAA's Minneapolis host committee announces tip-off for friendly contest.

Four arrested in three incidents of shots fired in St. Paul

Incidents came after or near Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
U.S. Bank Stadium, during the Vikings draft party.

Dayton pushes back against proposal to change stadium oversight

Governor calls proposed changes a one-person vendetta for publicity.
Jay Hazeman played electronic pulltabs at the 1029 Bar in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Electronic pulltabs push past rocky Minn. start, make record revenue

Minnesota legislators haggling over stadium reserve fund: Spend or save?
A rendering of how basketball could look in U.S. Bank Stadium, home of men's basketball Final Four 2019.

2019 Final Four to bring $142M, 94,000 visitors to Twin Cities, analysis claims

Event at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019 will attract 94,000 visitors — and their wallets.
Photo courtesy of Tom Emmer: Tom Emmer's prize-winning hotdish.

Rep. Tom Emmer's cereal-crusted hotdish crunches D.C. cook-off competition

Republican claims prize with classic ingredients.
Pipeline opponents rallied on the steps of the State Capitol to oppose the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline expansion. ] GLEN STUBBE ï gle

Appeals court allows climate change defense by Enbridge oil pipeline protesters

Pipeline protesters claim threat of climate change compelled them to act.
A drone will inspect the upper reaches of U.S. Bank Stadium’s exterior to ensure that the two-year-old building endured a second winter unscathed.

Drone inspection will make sure U.S. Bank Stadium stayed dry (inside) this winter

Stadium panels and moisture have been a visible problem.
Tony Webster

Supreme Court: Hennepin County illegally kept records from public

Government watchdog sought access to sheriff's use of biometric tools.
Mark Stenglein

Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein suffers brain injury in fall

Wife says Stenglein is expected to continue his campaign to return to the County Board.
Rendering of how basketball could look in U.S. Bank Stadium, home of men's basketball Final Four 2019.

Stadium authority pushes back deadline for NCAA Final Four drapes

The glassy U.S. Bank Stadium needs 'darkening' curtains for the 2018 Final Four. A decision on who will install the drapes - and for how much - will be made May 3.
Go to jail (almost) free in Chisago County

Go to jail (almost) free in Chisago County

Volunteers sought for a trial run at a new facility before inmates arrive would get $40 for the night.
Nan Bailly at her winery, Bailly Vineyards in Hastings, is the top plaintiff in the lawsuit against state law requiring Minnesota vineyards to have 51

Judge's ruling leaves bitter taste for 2 Minnesota wineries

Alexis Bailly, Next Chapter wanted to grow by selling wines with more out-of-state grapes.
Loyola-Chicago fans cheered during the NCAA semifinals Saturday in San Antonio. A similar throng will arrive in Minneapolis in 2019.

After San Antonio, what will Final Four bring to Minnesota?

A year from now, an estimated 60,000 fans from out of town — and more from the Twin Cities — are expected to flow into Minneapolis when it hosts the Final Four and all of its hoopla.
Cyndi Bickerstaff

A backstage pass to the Final Four, but it's all business

Operations whiz toils now to make sure Minneapolis is ready for next year's Final Four.
One of the suites controlled by U.S. Bank Stadium officials and used for marketing purposes.

After outcry, it's a whole new ballgame for stadium suites

Now under new management, the suites that caused such an uproar a year ago at U.S. Bank Stadium are getting fairly favorable reviews for how they are used.

Who's in the suite seats at U.S. Bank Stadium?

Here’s a sample from the MSFA’s year-round report, with client and guest, affiliation and reason. Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game Oct. 15 Pamela Brueck and…
Dancers performed during Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

Can state keep big-name parties coming after Super Bowl, Final Four?

A group of regional big thinkers is studying how and whether Minnesota should try to attract major cultural, arts and sports events more often.
The Minnesota Vikings new practice facility, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

Skol, Eagan! Vikings land in new practice center

The multistory white building with the Norseman logos outside is highly visible from I-494. The stadium is tucked behind the building, parallel to the highway.
From left, local executives Richard Davis, Maureen Bausch, David Mortenson, Mike Vekich, Kate Mortenson, Tom McGinnis gathered around Gov. Mark Dayton

Final Four gets ceremonial handoff from Super Bowl LII crew

Organizers want to generate similar excitement for college hoops' big event, coming to U.S. Bank Stadium in April of 2019.
Designed to be airy and light, U.S. Bank Stadium now needs massive curtains to block the sunlight during the 2019 NCAA Final Four — and they won’t

U.S. Bank Stadium needs 'expensive' blackout curtains for NCAA

NCAA insists environment in building must be consistent throughout Final Four. Stadium authority not releasing cost estimates, but chairman says "it will be expensive — obviously."
Items from Winter Park are prepared to be moved to the new Minnesota Vikings headquarters in Eagan and seen on the practice field in Eden Prairie.

Moving day at Winter Park: The Vikings turn into packers

Memories get packed along with papers, weights, uniforms for move to new practice facility in Eagan opening Monday.
In this April 2016 Star Tribune file photo, the Minnesota Twins honored Prince by adding a purple background and Prince symbol to the scoreboard stats

Twins will funk it up with Prince branding deal, special night

The Twins are going full-on purple with plans to sell co-branded merchandise all season.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Florida school named after Minnesota native, born in 1890, who championed Everglades

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was born in Minneapolis in 1890, died in Florida at 108
Johnny Price, 18, left, and Jake Flynn, 17, were killed in a crash.

Lakeville schools sued for death of two students during 2015 'Nerf Wars'

Dakota County lawsuit says administrators knew of the dangers and failed to protect students.
High school students such as Miles Chastain marched to Minneapolis City Hall on Wednesday to rally for safer schools in the wake of the Florida shooti

Calling for stricter gun laws, Mpls. students head to City Hall

A couple hundred Minneapolis students set out Wednesday afternoon on a march from Martin Luther King Jr. Park in south Minneapolis to City Hall to "voice our concerns about gun violence in schools," according to a Facebook post.
Former Gophers basketball star Reggie Lynch appeared at a press conference with his mom Marlene Lynch and attorney Ryan Pacyga.

Gophers' Lynch to drop appeal but denies sexual misconduct

"I did not commit any of the acts I'm accused of," the U of M basketball player said at a news conference just before the hearing over his expulsion was to begin.
Reggie Lynch

Lawyer for Gophers' Reggie Lynch plans Thursday news conference

It'll take place just before they're expected at the player's sexual misconduct appeal hearing.
Michael Vekich

U.S. Bank Stadium's chairman had cellphone stolen during Super Bowl fight

After trying to break up a fan fight, Mike Vekich still doesn't have his cellphone back.
McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul abruptly closed in December without paying staff.

McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul files for bankruptcy

St. Paul school closed abruptly in December without paying staffers.
Morris Day & the Time also performed for Super Bowl Live featuring the Revolution, Morris Day & the Time and Sheila E.

52 pickup: a look at the Super Bowl numbers

With Super Bowl LII over and visitors out of town, the counting is just gearing up.
Diana Gonzalez and Joseph Bonner from Philadelphia celebrated after the Eagles scored a touchdown in the third quarter.

'Bold North' Super Bowl was smooth showstopper

Super Bowl LII's 10-day celebration of all things winter — ice sculptures, ice skating and even ice in cocktails down Nicollet Mall — culminated Sunday with record-setting cold temps outside as a warm U.S. Bank Stadium cradled a hotly contested game inside.
A crowd walked through the Super Bowl Live events on Nicollet Mall on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Super Bowl Live security firm is fired over missed checks

Background checks of workers at Super Bowl Live raise questions. Others providing security Friday night said they were unaware of the firing.
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