University of Minnesota presidential finalists Dr. Laura Bloomberg, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham and Dr. James Holloway.

University of Minnesota president search will shape school's future

When regents meet Monday to select the next U president, they'll choose from three finalists with deep experience in different facets of higher education.

Minn. supporters of Ukraine mark a grim 2 years in war with Russia

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar helped hold a large Ukrainian flag on the Stone Arch Bridge at a rally to support that country on the second anniversary of Ru
The supporters vowed to fight on and made a plea for continued U.S. support.

Hennepin County workhouse will get solar panels as county expands renewable energy installations

February 25
Solar panels on the roof of the Rockford Road Library in Crystal will begin providing electricity to the building later this year. Hennepin County has
Governments across the metro have ambitious clean energy projects as they try to reduce their carbon footprints.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, pictured here greeting voters in New Hampshire, is facing pushback from some of his Minnesota constituents as he c

Dean Phillips' constituents have mixed feelings about White House run

Says one supporter turned critic: "It just seems like he has completely abdicated his responsibility for being our representative."
Campaign manager Daniel Cox held his 1-year-old daughter Tlameha at the Rondo Library on Sunday in St. Paul. Cox and his partner have experienced chil

Organizers launch campaign for St. Paul child care ballot measure

The ballot question would increase St. Paul property taxes to fund up to $20 million in child care subsidies for low-income families.
Lexington Restaurant at 1096 Grand Av. in St. Paul. The restaurant was listed in the Green Book, a travel guide during segregation era that listed des

The Green Book guided Black travelers safely through segregated Minnesota, too

About 80 restaurants, hotels and other places of refuge were listed in Minnesota during America's Jim Crow era. Most are gone.

Woman charged with murder in Faribault man's stabbing death

Arlene Bell, 32, is being held in an Iowa jail pending extradition to Minnesota.
Ramp closure gates in metro are part of MnDOT crash strategy pilot

Ramp closure gates in metro are part of MnDOT crash strategy pilot

The gates will be used only in emergency situations, a MnDOT spokeswoman said.
High Schools
Grace Zhan of Hill-Murray (top row) was selected Jori Jones Senior Goalie of the Year, and Ayla Puppe of Northfield was designated Ms. Hockey.

A future Gopher is Ms. Hockey, and a state standout is Senior Goalie of the Year

Ayla Puppe of Northfield was the state's leading scorer with 61 goals and 110 points. Goaltender Grace Zhan propelled Hill-Murray to the Class 2A title game.
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St. Cloud
Mayor Dave Kleis speaks with a small group during a 24-hour town hall inside St. Cloud City Hall on Saturday.

St. Cloud mayor's marathon town hall goes 24 hours

In an era when politicians seem hesitant to make themselves available to constituents, Dave Kleis goes all-in on accessibility.
High Schools
The Edina hornet mascot joined the Xcel Energy Center crowd Friday, when Edina advanced to the title game of the girls hockey state tournament.

State Tourney Insiders: Sights and sounds from the girls hockey championships

Discussed: Opting up holds no interest for 1A champ Warroad. Goalies were stories on both 2A finalists. Analysis of the much-pondered 2A seedings.
High Schools
February 24
Edina's players savored the moment after they defeated Hill-Murray to win the Class 2A state championship.

Edina puts on a third-period show, wins Class 2A girls hockey title

The Hornets defeated Hill-Murray by bringing a sudden end to a stretch of scoreless dominance by goalies and defenses.
High Schools
February 24
Jackie Bergeron of St. Michael-Albertville held a handstand on the uneven bars on her way to the Class 2A all-around title.

All around, St. Michael-Albertville's Bergeron is a Class 2A champion

The senior won every event but the uneven bars at the state championships.
February 24
Warroad players knocked over the net and each other as they celebrated their third straight Class 1A title Saturday.

Warroad lands in a familiar position: Class 1A champion

It's the third state title in a row for the Warriors, who defeated Dodge County in the latter's first trip to the state tournament.
February 24
Minnesotans meet for precinct caucuses Tuesday night, the official kick-off to political organizing around the 2024 election cycle.

Minnesota's 2024 precinct caucuses are on Tuesday: What to know if you go

Republicans, Democrats and the Legal Marijuana Now Party have precinct caucuses on Tuesday. Want to get involved? Here's what to expect.
February 24
Jagdish and Vaishaliben Patel, with Dharmik, 3, and Vihangi, 11.

Man accused of human smuggling in deaths of Indian family during blizzard near Minnesota-Canada border

The family froze to death during an attempted crossing; Harshkumar Patel, an Indian national, was arrested in Chicago.
February 24
Suni Lee performed on the uneven bars at the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup competition in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

Despite falls, Lee happy to be at Winter Cup after battling kidney issues

The reigning Olympic all-around champion fell on her events as she sought a spot at the upcoming World Cup, where a new skill would be named after her if she completes it.
February 24
Kelly Yun, a prosthetic technician and designer, demonstrated the Modular Prosthetic Ankle Feet System Thursday at Minneapolis VA Health Care System i

This prosthetic leg can wear high heels

VA researchers lead national study of female amputee population to prove that more style and variety in prosthetic designs have clinical benefits.
High Schools
February 24
North Branch's Dakota Esget competed on the floor exercise Saturday on her way to a state championship.

North Branch girl reigns at Class 1A gymnastics state meet

Junior Dakota Esget won the all-around title and repeated as No. 1 on the uneven bars.
February 24
Leah VanDassor, of the St. Paul Federation of Educators, said the union wants pay raises of $7,500 and 7.5% this year and next but is open to compromi

Minnesota teachers are winning their best pay raises in years

Suburban districts are settling contracts nearly equal in cost to the aid they received after 2023 session; legislative leaders say teacher pay has needed to grow.
February 24
Laurena Carrizales Guerrero Celeste with Mamas. The chef turned to the Minneapolis Animal Safety Net program when she and Mamas were facing homelessne

Brooks: After homelessness and heartache, Minneapolis Animal Control reunites a family

Here's a tail with a happy ending.
St. Cloud
February 24
A staff member conducts a room check at Avivo Village in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood in September 2022.

New homeless shelter with tiny houses proposed for St. Cloud

The low-barrier facility would be modeled after Avivo Village in Minneapolis.
South Metro
February 24
Burnsville police officer Paul Elmstrand

'A light in hard times': Burnsville police officer Paul Elmstrand recalled as loving husband, father with a unique laugh

Elmstrand, 27, was killed along with two colleagues responding to a domestic violence call in Burnsville on Sunday.

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