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Google takes students on exotic field trip at no cost

Google takes students on exotic field trip at no cost

Google virtual reality headsets will visit 100 Minnesota schools.
Minn. man discovers rare film of late 1920s Minneapolis

Minn. man discovers rare film of late 1920s Minneapolis

A treasured glimpse of late 1920s life in Minneapolis has been buried in a box in a basement. "I didn't realize what I was going to find," says the man who found a slice of his father's childhood.

Semitrailer truck hit by train in northern Minnesota; driver escapes injury

A driver of a semitrailer truck escaped major injury after he drove through a railroad crossing and was struck by a train. The State Patrol…
School dean makes 12 baskets in a row before improbable half court shot

School dean makes 12 baskets in a row before improbable half court shot

Justin Balvin loves basketball and the school he leads in Brooklyn Park. His passion for both is the driving force behind the Beating the Odds Challenge.
School stays open so students can learn about MLK

School stays open so students can learn about MLK

"We hope that it is a contagious disease and the children catch it."
First-graders offer Vikings kicker Blair Walsh encouragement

First-graders offer Vikings kicker Blair Walsh encouragement

Northpoint Elementary first-grade teacher Judie Offerdahl thought Walsh's difficult situation would be a great way to put empathy into practice for her students.
TV series featuring Minn. hockey moms debuts Saturday

TV series featuring Minn. hockey moms debuts Saturday

They are the moms screaming in ice arenas, driving their would-be-Wayne Gretzky to practice at 6 a.m.
Radio host Brian Oake announces departure from Cities 97

Radio host Brian Oake announces departure from Cities 97

Well-known Twin Cities radio host Brian Oake is leaving Cities 97. He announced his departure from the radio station Friday morning on his daily show with Keri Noble.
Navy seaman apprentice surprises siblings at Academy of Holy Angels

Navy seaman apprentice surprises siblings at Academy of Holy Angels

A Christmas concert turned into a surprise holiday homecoming.
Bloomington mom wins half off daughter's tuition with half-court granny shot

Bloomington mom wins half off daughter's tuition with half-court granny shot

The video highlight was the culmination of a project in which Bethany Academy families packed more than 40,000 meals for the organization Kids Against Hunger.
Minnesota woman wins grocery shopping spree, donates it to food shelf

Minnesota woman wins grocery shopping spree, donates it to food shelf

Two minutes to grab anything you want off a grocery store shelf — that’s what Aimee Bortnem won in a contest. Instead of filling her…
In giant new store in Bloomington, Bauer aims for ultimate hockey experience

In giant new store in Bloomington, Bauer aims for ultimate hockey experience

Bauer's new hockey store in Bloomington includes a real ice rink.
Virtual reality marketing goal is to build stronger ties to consumer

Virtual reality marketing goal is to build stronger ties to consumer

SapientNitro dedicated two rooms at Minneapolis office to develop experiences for clients.
Epilepsy Foundation head: Coach Kill is an inspiration to thousands with epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation head: Coach Kill is an inspiration to thousands with epilepsy

About 60,000 people in Minnesota must make adjustments for epilepsy.
YouTube star Bethany Mota visits Twin Cities for bullying prevention campaign

YouTube star Bethany Mota visits Twin Cities for bullying prevention campaign

Moms and dads may not know the name Bethany Mota, but ask a tween girl and you will most likely get a different answer.
Minneapolis firefighter wins international track cycling events

Minneapolis firefighter wins international track cycling events

Daniel Casper says hard training helps keep him young.
St. Paul aviation team rescues injured Stillwater hiker on North Shore

St. Paul aviation team rescues injured Stillwater hiker on North Shore

The Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team helped move an injured Stillwater woman who was stranded at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
Minnesota man builds Eiffel Tower replica for cancer-stricken wife

Minnesota man builds Eiffel Tower replica for cancer-stricken wife

The symbol of the city of love has made its way to Minnesota because of a man's deep love for his ailing wife of 57 years.
General Mills recruits millennials with a high-tech virtual tour

General Mills recruits millennials with a high-tech virtual tour

General Mills is trying new approach to show students what it's like to work at company.
Local 'Hockey Moms' reality TV show searching for stars

Local 'Hockey Moms' reality TV show searching for stars

Four hundred hockey moms answered last year's casting call, which has been scrapped. Now submissions will be accepted until Sept. 9.
Ducklings in road? Don't stop, State Patrol says

Ducklings in road? Don't stop, State Patrol says

A State Patrol spokeswoman knows her advice will not be popular with animal-loving Minnesotans who think they are doing the right thing when they slam on the brakes.
Former candidate Stewart Mills cuts trademark locks after grilling 'incident'

Former candidate Stewart Mills cuts trademark locks after grilling 'incident'

Former candidate cut off his signature long locks after his hair was singed by a gas grill on July 4th.
South Dakota ad campaign: Why die on Mars when you can live here?

South Dakota ad campaign: Why die on Mars when you can live here?

A new South Dakota ad campaign is getting national attention.
Bauer Hockey plans first Minneapolis 'retail experience' store

Bauer Hockey plans first Minneapolis 'retail experience' store

  Twin Cities hockey players could have one more option for gear starting this fall. Bauer Hockey plans to open its first “retail experience” store…
Hubble telescope spots smiley face emoji

Hubble telescope spots smiley face emoji

NASA's Hubble telescope spotted what appears to be a smiling face in a galaxy cluster. NASA posted the picture on its website.

Jan. 16: Squad car video of Nelson: 'I didn't kick anybody'

Isaac Kolstad suffered serious brain injuries in the fight on a street in Mankato on May 11, after bar closing time. Nelson is charged with assault in the case.
Special delivery: Como Zoo orangutan gives birth to baby girl

Special delivery: Como Zoo orangutan gives birth to baby girl

Baby orangutan born via C-section at University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center for Como Zoo.
Frostbite: How to identify symptoms and how to treat it

Frostbite: How to identify symptoms and how to treat it

Last winter saw a big increase in frostbite injuries. Doctors offer advice on staying safe in the cold.
Holidazzle Village with carousel, shops opens this afternoon

Holidazzle Village with carousel, shops opens this afternoon

In place of the Holidazzle parade, families will be able to take a carousel ride, watch local celebrities read stories and see live reindeer, as well as buy food and gifts. "It will really be this amazing experience," said one of the organizers with the Minneapolis Downtown Council.
Hundreds descend on L.L. Bean grand opening at Mall of America

Hundreds descend on L.L. Bean grand opening at Mall of America

Hundreds of people waited in line this morning at L.L. Bean's new Mall of America store, the only one in the country that has its trendy Bean Boot in stock. Total Wine also made its long-awaited debut in Bloomington.

Maple Grove ranks No. 2 on Money's 'Best Places to Live' list

Home prices, a good medical community and a mix of local and chain shopping vaulted Maple Grove to No. 2 on Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list. Eagan ranked No. 11 and Woodbury No. 12.

Crisis expert says Vikings botched Peterson case

A local crisis communication expert says the Vikings could have done a better job of handling the Adrian Peterson abuse charge and its fallout.
Several Minnesota gay couples celebrating their first anniversary

Several Minnesota gay couples celebrating their first anniversary

Gay couples who said "I do" on Aug. 1, 2013 in Minnesota are celebrating their first anniversary today.
Ponders release picture of newborn girl

Ponders release picture of newborn girl

Christian and Samantha Ponder release picture of newborn baby girl named Bowden.

Crew member falls ill, forcing London-bound airliner to land at MSP

Flight 268 was flying from Los Angeles to Heathrow Airport, when it was diverted overnight.
Family photo shows beating victim Isaac Kolstad with newborn daughter

Family photo shows beating victim Isaac Kolstad with newborn daughter

The family of Isaac Kolstad released a picture of the injured former Minnesota State, Mankato football player holding his infant daughter. Isaac’s wife, Molly,
What's a perfect Saturday? Star Tribune staff writers tell us theirs

What's a perfect Saturday? Star Tribune staff writers tell us theirs

Star Tribune columnists and critics reveal their favorite restaurants, parks and art events — plus other weekend hangouts.

StribCast: Vikings stadium can move forward

Wilf family finances are good enough, commission says. Also in StribCast: West metro McDonald's employees forced in freezer and Minnesota has a new tourism video.

Stribcast: AP reporter discusses Brodkorb list

Plymouth fire displaces residents, reporter Mike Russo discusses Wild moves, and we preview a new light show at the Sculpture Garden.

Stribcast: Paulsen and Kline navigate immigration issue

Aaron Schaffhausen learns his fate today, China's economic woes reverberate in Minn.; Why are we less productive in the summer? Hear more about today's breaking news from the Star Tribune newsroom.

StribCast: Synthetic drugs are big concern

State lawmakers tackle synthetic drugs and a Strib reporter highlights the synthetic drug problem. We preview the U sports facilities plan and Dylan concert. Hear more about today's breaking news from the Star Tribune newsroom.

Stribcast: Will the Minn. Orchestra return this year?

A preview of the B. Todd Jones confirmation vote, a local attorney in hot water, and are you stream cheating on your spouse? Take our poll.

StribCast: Heat advisory for Twin Cities

Washington DC reporter Kevin Diaz reports on Bachmann aide and Pam Louwagie has a look at what's next for Aaron Schaffhausen.

Farmington woman charged with smothering infant son

A recent incident involving the woman's daughter led investigators to file charges.

Watch: Reporter Pam Louwagie previews Schaffhausen sentencing

Reporter Pam Louwagie previews the sentencing and analyzes what Schaffhausen may face in prison.
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