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Portrait of Dan Stock one of the owner and founder of Zubaz.

Zubaz pants are back

The outrageous baggy duds created by two Minnesotans were loved and scorned. Now, a new generation gets the chance to be passionate about the pants.
Police adjust crime scene tape at the intersection of Dan Patch Ave and Cooper St. at the State Fair where a knife stabbing incident occurred Sunday e

Two men stabbed at State Fair; no arrests

Two men stabbed at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday were treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul for injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

2 fights reported at State Fair

Two fights at the Minnesota State Fair over the weekend resulted in one police officer being injured, one man arrested, one man being hurt and a couple of citations, fair officials reported Monday night.
The new fire station in Eagan is certified by Green Globes, which rates projects for energy and environmental efficiency. Among the station's features

Nation's first 'green' fire station opens in Eagan

The new $8 million safety center includes a dorm where some firefighters will live -- a move that should cut response times dramatically -- and is eco-friendly.

Burnsville schools give HR chief $255,000 to go away

Tania Chance was seven months into a new contract and had worked for the district only 18 months.

Burnsville schools gauging impact of technology on learning

The district has ramped up its use of technology in a slower, more-targeted way than some neighbors. A presentation Thursday looks at how it's been going.
In 2012, Tania Z. Chance was paid more than $250,000 by the Burnsville school district to leave her human resources director's job.

Burnsville schools chief defends Chance hire

He lauds former HR director's "professional qualities," but won't divulge her complaint against him. She was paid $254,000 to leave.
Woynshet Woldemariam

Tangled lives preceded two shooting deaths in Apple Valley

Abuse may have led to murder-suicide, but by whom?

Drinking incident is last straw for Apple Valley DECA club

The principal disbands business club, citing "a history of illegal and other inappropriate activities."

Orono delays decision on disorder clinic

The City Council directed its staff to look into a compromise permit that would allow the clinic to open.
Gregg Steinhafel

Clinic: Target CEO pressuring Orono

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has told the city that a former school across the street from his house is no place for an eating disorder program.
Mound Westonka reduces suspensions of hockey players

Mound Westonka reduces suspensions of hockey players

But Mound Westonka High School officials' effort to quell anger for "rushing to judgment" over Harlem Shake dance failed.
In the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, police investigated the scene at an apartment on Victoria Ave. where three people were found dead.

St. Paul police investigating deaths of 3 at Victoria St. apartment

Police said they were not searching for a suspect and that the public is not in danger.
School-shooting hoax means tense morning for New Prague

School-shooting hoax means tense morning for New Prague

In the wake of a massive police response, a 12-year-old boy was held for making hoax calls about a shooter at a New Prague school.

South school briefs: Burnsville school board has vacancy for 2-year term

Dakota Technical College has major impact on area economy

The college accounts for 1,500 jobs and $160 million in economic impact, study finds.
At Crosby Farm in St. Paul, several dozen searchers including Megan Perzichilli, beagle hound Orville, and fiance Nick Conrad peaking in the trunk of

Searchers fan out once more for missing St. Paul woman

Kira Trevino was last seen Feb. 21 and is presumed to have been killed. Her husband, Jeffrey Trevino, has been charged and remains jailed in her death.

Aug. 8, 2001: Boy dies, brother hurt in St. Paul shooting

Feb. 10, 2001: Man charged in St. Paul home invasion

He and a man who was shot to death were trying to steal drugs from the house, police say.
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Lakeville North activities director seeks transfer after second DWI arrest

Bob Ertl was convicted of DWI in December and faced possible downsizing due to budget cuts next year.
Curious students asked Jordan police officer Shane Schultz questions during a recent visit to Jordan Elementary school, where the Jordan Police Depart

Jordan answers Newtown by sending police into schools

A bold new security plan relocates police to offices in all of Jordan's schools.
The theater students at Visitation School are putting on a play at school in conjunction with Interact Center for the Arts, a theater company that hel

At Visitation High, adults join students onstage

A group of handicapped performers from Minneapolis joined Visitation High School's recent student production.

Henry Sibley principal resigns -- with $64,590 payout

The $64,000 question in and around West St. Paul is why a popular high school principal was paid tens of thousands of dollars to resign.

Lakeville looks at doing more with online learning

The district wants to tap into a growing, and potentially lucrative, market of students working via the Internet.

Fishing guide dies when snowmobile plunges through Lake Superior ice

James Hudson, 34, died after his snowmobile went through Lake Superior ice.
Firefighters at the scene of a fire on the 200 block of East Lake St. in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Man dies in Minneapolis apartment fire

An 85-year-old man died late Sunday afternoon in a fire at a small apartment building near Interstate 35W and E. Lake Street in Minneapolis, neighbors and authorities reported.
Jarrett Michie, 10, (left) with his twin brother Jack Michie (right) posed for a photo along with the other 5th grade students at Diamond Path School

Apple Valley fifth-grader takes on arthritis

Since being stricken, Jarrett Michie has become something of an ambassador.
Robotics on a roll in Minnesota schools

Robotics on a roll in Minnesota schools

Varsity teams outnumber boys' hockey as students' interest in the robot-building sport soars across Minnesota.
The lobby area of the Akin Road Elementary School is a security concern because the lockers block the direct sightline from the school's office.

Frank talk about school safety in Farmington

Parents in Farmington are seeking solutions to the problem of school security.
Aaron Schaffhausen

Father enters plea of insanity in deaths of River Falls girls

Aaron Schaffhausen, who's been silent at court appearances so far, will undergo a psychological evaluation.
Among the security features in the new Watertown-Mayer Elementary School are wide hallways and lockers with no doors.

Security focus now includes Minnesota's grade schools

No educators have endorsed the NRA's proposal to add armed guards or arm teachers at schools, but some districts are talking about adding resource officers or Wal-Mart-style greeters at elementary schools to keep an eye on entrances.

Minnesotans voice concerns over Russian adoption policy

Minnesotans also gathered Sunday to protest the Russian ban on U.S. adoptions.
Bob Ertl

Lakeville educator's credibility challenged after two DWIs

Lakeville athletic director plead guilty last month to drunken driving in a case stemming from his second DWI arrest in four years.
Rogers High School student Brittney Dorn joined other 10th graders from Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman schools who took part in a CPR class, as part

Students are taking CPR classes to heart

High schools are doing mass trainings to satisfy a new law, but more importantly to save lives.
Instructor Don Spano (left) and Larry Radatz (right) Dakota County Technical College is one of only four schools where someone can be trained to be a

Dakota County Technical College is filling the railroads ranks

Dakota County Technical College is helping to meet the demand for railroad conductors.
St. Paul couple beat likely ban on adopting Russians

St. Paul couple beat likely ban on adopting Russians

A proposed ban on the adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans has provoked an outcry in Minnesota and elsewhere. The protestations may fall on deaf Kremlin ears.

Red Wing schools on lockdown for a day

Threat made to school; bullets found on a bus.
School nurse Bernadette Bien assisted with 4th grade students Alex Higgins and Megan Rittinger (pink shirt) with their insulin pump at Hidden Valley E

Minnesota School Nurse of the Year: 'Bernie,' from Hidden Valley in Savage

Bernadette Bien found her true calling 21 years ago when she took a job as the school nurse at Hidden Valley Elementary in Savage.
High school freshman from left, Kaelyn Johnson, Emiliana Almanza Lopez and Christina Zaine talked about experiences on a science show and their love o

PBS 'SciGirls' program spotlights a local trio

Sibley High students hope more girls will want to study science.
Demo at Belle Plaine with students playing with KING TeC�s robot shooting and catching balls. Photo provided by Belle Plaine school district

Belle Plaine combined school introduces a robotics team

As a new entry in competitions, the team has got a lot to learn. It will pick up its robot kit in January and get to work.
On a hill at Lyndale Farmstead in Minneapolis, Julian Fischer and his son, Zavoli, 5, took advantage of the Sunday's snow.

Across metro, people cope, and some even have fun

Inconvenience and frustration abounded Sunday, but Twin Citians coped, helped each other out and, in some cases, even had fun.
Tim Burke; Farmington School board member; 2008.myVote id: 32264

Farmington schools turbulence was just what Burke had in mind

The departing Farmington school board member, long an administration critic, says he did what he set out to do.
Totino-Grace's Sasha McHale (32) in the Class 3A title game of the 2008 girls' basketball tournament. McHale, 23, died on Saturday.

McHale mourns loss of daughter

Sasha McHale, who helped Totino-Grace win a state basketball championship in 2008, was 23.
If fewer than 200 wolves are killed in the first season, the remainder will be added to the second season's quota. The second seasons starts Nov. 24.

Hunters bag 147 wolves as state's first season ends

The DNR had set a quota for the early season of 200 wolves.

Ideas to fix school budget? Farmington wants to hear them

The district has decided to ask for suggestions, no matter how zany, on how to save money and change the district.
Friends and classmates gathered on Sept. 7 at the site where 16-year-old Maddy Sake was killed the day before when her car and a pickup collided near

Hastings responds to spate of deaths with talk, education

Authorities have been scrambling to break a months-long string of suicides and rumors, which began after a fatal car accident.

21-year-old takes school board seat in Farmington

Jake Cordes suddenly is one of the youngest elected officials in the state.

Burnsville schools getting ahead of changes

Budget gap and changing student body could lead to new attendance boundaries, closure of senior campus.

Rosemount district's early start aims for better learning

The Rosemount School District assessed 13,000 students in an effort to make class more efficient.

West St. Paul schools build a heritage of good nutrition

The district was recently recognized by the federal government for its efforts to serve nutritious meals and promote physical education.

BCA investigating how Rochester man died during arrest

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the death of a man who died Friday while police in Rochester were attempting to arrest him on a warrant.
St. Paul Police investigators worked the scene in an alley on St. Paul's East Side Sunday afternoon where Naressa Turner, 20, was shot to death while

Woman shot to death in St. Paul

A 20-year-old St. Paul woman shot to death on Sunday had fled to Atlanta after receiving threats on her life via social media sites.
Food fight in the school lunchroom

Food fight in the school lunchroom

Students don't like to be told what to eat and say portions are too small. Lunch staffers seek patience and buy-in to the goal of healthier kids.

Refinancing of bonds saving taxpayers tens of millions

School districts across Minnesota are taking advantage of rock-bottom interest rates.

Chance's buyout still an issue in Burnsville district

Several candidates for school board focus on the $250,000 payout to the former human resources director.

Budget looms large for new Farmington school board

Candidates say inexperience won't hurt ability to tackle issues.

Charges pending against suspected shooter in Isanti road rage case

The victim and the suspect involved in the shooting in a police parking lot are expected to be identified on Monday.

Heightened ACT, SAT security will test students

Rules tightened in wake of New York ID-fraud scandal.
Colton Gleason

Family wants answers in St. Cloud death

Colton Gleason was felled by a punch in St. Cloud on Thursday night thrown by an apparent stranger who got out of a passing car.
Grace Kerber, 15, worked from her ipad during her Hybrid Health Class at Lakeville South High School, Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Lakeville school di

Lakeville flipping out over new technology

Students and teachers alike seem to like doing their homework in school and their school work at home.
Dr. Randall Clegg, the new superintendent in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district.

Departing Burnsville schools chief leaves ripple effect

Board candidates expected to make Randy Clegg an 'Exhibit A' for changes in district policy. hallengers still plan to make Burnsville schools superintendent an issue come November.
Randall Clegg

Burnsville school chief retires

Randy Clegg is leaving at the end of the school year. He has come under criticism, most recently in a lukewarm job review this month.
Randall Clegg

Burnsville superintendent is critiqued

Superintendent Randall Clegg is not meeting standards in some areas, the school board says.

Class size concerns Farmington parents

Some classes at Riverview Ele-mentary have 29 or 30 kids, above recommended levels.

West St. Paul schools' new leader gets started

Nancy Allen-Mastro joined the district this year from Bloomington.
Molly Dexter, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, unboxed toys and school room supplies in one of the class rooms at Crystal Lake Elementar

Change is a constant in South Metro schools this year

More iPads will be showing up in classrooms around the south metro.

St. Paul crime lab puts 350 cases at risk so far

Three county attorneys say they're looking to drop drug charges and "take corrective action" in light of St. Paul police crime lab's troubles.

Washington County offers deals in cases tainted by crime lab

Dakota, Ramsey may follow suit in hundreds of drug cases for which St. Paul crime lab did tests.

Pit bull not attacked after all, Savage cops say

Savage police believe the animal was hit by a car and not targeted because of its breed, but an animal welfare group is skeptical.
Medication disposal collection bin outside Dakota County judicial center in Hastings
Photo: Dakota County

Drug disposal is newest tool to fight abuse

Dakota County is the latest to set up bins to collect unwanted prescription medications.

Widow sues NRA over insurance denial

The gun group denied payment of a $150,000 death benefit for a Belle Plaine farmer killed while driving a tractor and under the influence.

Wanted: People to translate in court

State courts face a costly problem in dealing with dozens of languages: a dearth of certified interpreters.

Burnsville man indicted in New Year's Eve shooting of friend

The 23-year-old told investigators he and his friend were playing a game with a 9mm gun before it fired. killed h
Robin, a three-and-a-half-year-old pitbull, waited patiently for her meat treat from her current caretaker. Robin is currently being fostered at the H

Pit bull owners work to boost breed's image

Owners parade their pups at "pittie parties" to improve a bad rap.

Missouri man is charged in I-35W crash that killed two road workers in Burnsville

The driver was distracted before he hit 2 road workers.