Colleen Wallin and her sled dog team take off first from the start line of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Sunday, Jan. 29, in Duluth.

Beargrease racers set off, as Ryan Anderson eyes fifth title

The 39th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog races started Sunday morning on the grounds of Billy's Bar on the outskirts of Duluth. Seventeen teams started the 300-mile race that winds up the North Shore.
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300 rally for police reform in St. Paul after Tyre Nichols killing

January 29
Toshira Garraway, left, comforted Amity Dimock, the mother of Kobe Dimock-Heisler, a 21-year-old man with autism who was killed by Brooklyn Center pol
Local

Driver shortage hits volunteer-run services, including Medlink

January 29
Medlink drivers posed for a photo with Anoka County commissioners during a luncheon in October.
The popular program is facing a driver shortage at a time when demand is rising.
Local
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 A fire deemed to be arson damaged the chapel at the Salvation Army center in Brooklyn Park.

Champlin man gets probation for setting fire to Brooklyn Park Salvation Army

Jack D. Heinrich, 33, opted for probation over mental health court.
Minneapolis
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A 1-year-old girl stopped breathing at the People Serving People shelter in Minneapolis last summer. Her 14-year-old sister was arrested.

Girl, 14, arrested and accused of involvement in toddler sister's death in Minneapolis shelter

The 1-year-old was the youngest among Minneapolis' 82 homicide victims last year.
Local
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Hilda Landy, left, and Luz Astudillo, both with Kitchen Coalition, packaged meals of tofu curry to be delivered to student housing last week at the Ca

Kitchen Coalition expands beyond Twin Cities with restaurant-style meals to needy

Second Harvest started the program to put restaurant workers and caterers back to work when kitchens closed at the start of the pandemic.
Local
January 29
Hollies Winston was elected as Brooklyn Park’s first Black mayor, and addressing crime, boosting economic development and improving living condition

Hollies Winston takes over as Brooklyn Park's first Black mayor

Building relationships is a top priority, he says.
West Metro
January 29
Alva Swenson, left, and friend Sue Strandberg, center, came prepared for a rain-soaked hike in September 2020 along Nine Mile Creek in Bloomington. Pa

Bloomington makes fresh pitch to Legislature for a local sales tax

Cities that did not get state approval for sales tax requests last year are trying again this legislative session.
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January 29
Dawn Williams, a volunteer, stocked a freezer with pork on Jan. 24, 2022, at the Southern Anoka Community Assistance Food Shelf in Columbia Heights.

Minnesota nonprofits seek a slice of state's $17.6 billion pie

The requests come as grants to nonprofits are under increased scrutiny because of the FBI's Feeding Our Future investigation and a new report reviewing state agencies' oversight.
Politics
January 29
Leigh Finke, center, the first transgender person elected to the Legislature, attends the first day of the 2023 legislative session.

State's LGBTQ lawmakers flex political power at the Capitol

The Legislature's first Queer Caucus is advocating for bills that would ban conversion therapy for minors and make Minnesota a refuge for the transgender community.
St. Paul
January 29

Man shot in both feet after interrupting car break-in in St. Paul

His injuries were not life-threatening, police said. No arrests have been made.
St. Paul
January 28

Teen shot in neck on St. Paul's East Side

The 15-year-old was reported to be breathing when taken to hospital after the Friday night shooting.
Local
January 28
Passengers rode a light-rail train in downtown Minneapolis earlier in the week. Metro Transit fare dodgers can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined

Lawmakers seek to reduce fare-dodging penalty on transit

Efforts in play at the Capitol to change system for penalizing those who don't pay.
Local
January 28
South Dakota lawmakers have proposed a ban drag shows and other activities “where a performer exhibits a gender identity that is different from a pe

Brooks: The Dakotas are a drag

Lawmakers in both Dakotas are working hard to turn their states into that dreary town from the movie "Footloose."
Politics
January 28
Attorney General Keith Ellison spoke after being sworn in for his second term on Jan. 2. He’s already thinking about a third term or another statewi

Ellison enters second term, seeking more funding, focus on civil tools to address crime

Attorney general says he's ready to seek third term or another statewide office in four years.
Local
January 28
Julia Bullard Nelson recruited one of her prized pupils — Jeremiah Patterson — to run her farm near Red Wing. They later ran a butcher shop.

Unlikely pair forged bond beyond race in 19th-century Red Wing

Prominent activist Julia Bullard Nelson and her former pupil Jeremiah Patterson ran the Equal Rights Meat Market.
Politics
January 28
Majority Whip Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., accompanied by other House GOP leaders, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, J

Minnesota's Emmer, still a crypto booster, says Congress needs to step up oversight of regulators

The influential industry — and the collapse of FTX — present Congress with a conundrum.
South Metro
January 28
Kathy Defor looked through books after hours at Elko New Market Library.

Twin Cities libraries embrace new self-service library hours — without librarians present

In Dakota and Scott counties, patrons can access the library during extended hours just by scanning a card.
Local
January 28
Stanislav Diborov, a recent Ukrainian refugee, hugged his housing case manager Hakizimana Emmanuel a hug as thanks for helping his family move into an

Normal refugee channels slowed dramatically, frustrating local immigrants with family in peril

While Ukrainian and Afghan immigrants are expedited in temporary programs, many others around the world wait.
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January 28
Queen Lucy walks alongside other dogs during the King Boreas Grande Day Parade Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 in St. Paul.

King Boreas Grande Day Parade

The King Boreas Grande Day Parade was held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 in St. Paul.
Politics
January 28
U.S. Reps. Brad Finstad and Angie Craig.

U.S. Reps. Finstad and Craig join together for rural manufacturing bill

The two Minnesota lawmakers support the bipartisan legislation.
Local
January 28
The F concourse in Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last summer.

Metro briefs: Record number of guns detected at MSP Airport

BloomingtonRecord number of guns detected at MSP airportTransportation Security Administration (TSA) officers discovered a record 58 handguns at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport checkpoints last year.…

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