“For us, Jacob was alive until we found him,” Patty Wetterling said at a wrenching news conference in September, consoled by her son Trevor. Trevo

Biggest news stories made 2016 an unforgettable year in Minnesota

It was a year marked by joy, profound sadness and shock. Lives were changed and new political and cultural landscapes emerged.
Lizzo posed for a photograph at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before a show.

From jubilation to tragedy to quiet beauty, these photos told the story of 2016

December 28, 2016
Star Tribune photographers captured moments that define 2016, from the death of Prince to the wrenching finale to the search for Jacob Wetterling. See and feel the sweep of events, through the lenses of our visual journalists.
The mastermind: As director of the Ryder Cup, Jeff Hintz was responsible for all major decisions. He moved his family from Michigan to Minnesota in 20

Ryder Cup director Jeff Hintz's drive thrilled the state

December 29, 2016
Jeff Hintz's vision as director made for a 2016 Ryder Cup that won't soon be forgotten.

10 Minnesotans we lost, but whose legacies endure

May 24, 2017
These 10 people we lost in 2016 left an outsized imprint on our state: A superstar who made dancing irresistible, a former governor whose accomplishments landed him on the cover of Time hoisting a northern pike, advocates for equality and those who delighted in life.

What were the top 10 Twin Cities restaurant dishes of 2016?

December 30, 2016
Critic Rick Nelson looks back at the year's most impressive fare, one dish at a time.

The most popular Minnesota news stories of 2016

December 23, 2016
From Prince's death to finding the remains of Jacob Wetterling to the traffic-stop shooting of Philando Castile, 2016 was a year of major news stories in Minnesota. We revisit 15 of the most-read on StarTribune.com over the past year.

Restaurant of the Year: Upton 43 serves up Swedish modern masterpieces

December 19, 2016
At Upton 43, Erick Harcey updates the flavors of the Old Country with a spin of his own.
January 17, 2017
A pine-covered island framed by a rocky shoreline shows a tranquil beauty on Minnesota’s North Shore. This shot was taken at Split Rock Lighthouse S

Viewfinders event: Best Star Tribune reader photos

Minnesotans travel the globe, and they've got the photographs to prove it.
December 31, 2016
Last winter's solo performances were some of Prince's most personal ever.

Prince dominated the Minnesota cultural landscape in death as in life

The world loved Prince and his music. The day he died, the world was lit purple. He is the Star Tribune's Artist of the Year for 2016.
December 30, 2016
ZuluZuluu (clockwise from upper left): Just Nine, MMYYKK, Greg Grease, Proper T and Trelly Mo, at the City Wide Artists gallery in Minneapolis. The

Top Minnesota album of 2016? Newcomers ZuluZuluu edge out veteran Haley Bonar

Twin Cities Critics Tally 2016: The cosmic hip-hop sextet's debut record edged out Haley Bonar in our year-end poll.
December 30, 2016
DeParis Frazier, 6, watched boxer Dwight Lewis do abdominal work at Circle of Discipline, a Minneapolis gym that provides alternative activities for k

The best feature photos of 2016

There was no shortage of great photography gracing the pages of the Star Tribune's feature sections in 2016.
Stage & Arts
December 23, 2016
Bhavesh Patel, Caroline Kaplan, Kevin Isola and Austene Van in "Disgraced."

'Disgraced' topped a season to savor on Twin Cities stages

2016 served up muscular, resonant, well-crafted theater.
Stage & Arts
December 23, 2016
Traci Allen Shannon and David Murray in “Ragtime” by Theater Latte Da.

'Ragtime' and 'The Shining' helped make a shining year in Twin Cities theater

From big to small, "Jews" to "Christians," here are 10 favorites from 2016.
TV & Media
December 23, 2016
O.J. Simpson during his 1995 murder trial.

10 best TV shows of 2016: O.J. Simpson, 'Crown,' Aziz Ansari and more

Fallen superstars and rising new voices stood out in a stellar 2016.
Eat & Drink
December 23, 2016
Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis.

Look back at the Twin Cities' biggest restaurant openings of 2016

Yes, there were a lot of closings, but the restaurant scene saw a massive amount of openings, too.
Eat & Drink
December 22, 2016
Esker Grove is part of the Walker’s new lobby.

In stellar year for restaurant design, these Twin Cities hot spots stood out

From the Hewing Hotel's Tullibee to Hi-Lo Diner, many new restaurants served up delicious design (as well as food).
Eat & Drink
December 20, 2016
Nye's Polonaise Room closed in April.

Was this the worst year ever for Twin Cities restaurant closings?

Brasserie Zentral, Nye's, Ichiban, Beek's Pizza and many, many more: Here's a blow-by-blow account of a distressing year for Twin Cities eateries.
Eat & Drink
December 17, 2016
Steven Brown in St. Genevieve.

Chef of the Year: At St. Genevieve, Steven Brown transports Minneapolis diners to Paris

The prince of south Minneapolis is putting his formidable imprint on yet another local landmark.