Virginia Piper in 1972 after her release.

50 years later, the Virginia Piper kidnapping remains a Minnesota mystery

In some ways, her abduction was a story with a happy ending — but also one that left two nagging questions.
Local
May 17
Apprentice carpenter Breanna Dornsbach, who works for Knutson Construction, at a construction project at the University of Minnesota on Monday.

Hennepin County job training program pays people on probation to learn construction skills

Hennepin County's program is only in the state that pays for job training.
Local
May 17
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How popular is your first name (or any other) in Minnesota?

Track the popularity of any first name in Minnesota over the past century.
Music
May 17
Fans placed their bets on Old Crow Medicine Show at the Canterbury Park Concert Series in 2021.

Canterbury Park concert series returning in 2022 with Etheridge, Shorty, Cloud Cult

From the promoter behind the sidelined Music in the Zoo gigs, the Shakopee series kicks off July 29 with Everclear.
Gophers Football
May 17
Robbinsdale Cooper’s Jaxon Howard has received more than 60 scholarship offers.

Gophers among final four for Cooper football standout Jaxon Howard

The top football recruit in Minnesota for the 2023 class has Minnesota and three traditional football powers on his list of four schools.
North Metro
May 16
Adam H. Pattishall

Man allegedly steals pickup and flees police, causing fatal crash in Brooklyn Park

A motorist in an SUV was killed and his wife was critically injured.
Local
May 16
Ninth-graders Macy Sirek, left, and Haylie Starr run through things to say to discourage people actively using hateful language during an “Upstander

Students take lead as Minnesota schools work to confront racism

The efforts come in a year when allegations of racism in schools repeatedly made headlines.
Politics
May 15

DFL endorses Moriarty, Witt for Hennepin County Attorney, sheriff

Runner-up for county attorney said he will not suspend campaign
East Metro
May 14

Twin Cities metro police blotter, May 15

ANDOVERAPRIL 25Missing child. An officer responded to a report of a missing child at a home in the 3600 block of 174th Avenue NW. The…
Local
May 14
The Minnesota River, seen from Mendota Heights.

Metro briefs: Eroding Shakopee riverbank gets federal funding

A project to stabilize the eroding banks of the Minnesota River in Shakopee has received $3.5 million in federal funding. Representatives from the city, Scott…
Weather
May 13
Homes and garages were flattened and vehicles tipped over on the south side of Lake Darling in Alexandria, Minn.

1 killed as severe storms cause damage across western Minn.

The death occurred in Kandiyohi County where a grain bin fell onto a car.
Photography
May 13

The Royal Canadian International Circus comes to town

The Royal Canadian International Circus performed on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Magnificent Big Top outside Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. The circus will perform two more days of shows this Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15.
Weather
May 12
A tree toppled by high winds from a thunderstorm smashed into a house, splitting it in two Thursday in Coon Rapids.

Tornadoes move across Minnesota for second night; one dead

A person was killed inside a car in Kandiyohi County after wind topples grain bin on top of it.
Local
May 12
Elliott Tanner, 13, adjusted his tie while standing among his fellow physics graduates in a holding area before his graduation.

'Just a normal kid going to a different school': 13-year-old U student earns physics degree

St. Louis Park's Elliott Tanner is one of the youngest college graduates in American history. He starts post-graduate studies in the fall at the U.
May 12

13-year-old University of Minnesota student earns physics degree

Elliott Tanner, a St. Louis Park 13-year-old, got his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Minnesota Thursday, one of the youngest college graduates in American history. He starts post-graduate studies there in fall.
Local
May 12
To qualify for consideration for National Merit scholarships, students must score high on the PSAT and then earn another high score on the SAT or ACT

Nearly a third of Minnesota's 2022 National Merit Scholars come from 3 schools

The students each won $2,500 scholarships.
Local
May 12
Two students from Minnesota have been honored as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Two Minnesota students honored as U.S. Presidential Scholars

The award recognizes 161 students nationwide.
West Metro
May 11

Motorcyclist dies in collision with a car in Wright County

The crash occurred at an intersection north of Buffalo.
Local
May 11
Anne Saxton, left, of the Metropolitan Airports Commission answered questions of people at an MSP job fair in 2020.

MSP Airport looking to hire 700 workers in anticipation of jump in summer travelers

Job fair hopes to help hire 700 employees to meet the surge.
Gophers
May 10
Gophers center fielder Natalie DenHartog, from Hopkins, has 18 homers going into the Big Ten tournament.

Golden slugger: DenHartog looks to add to her Gophers home run record

Nobody in Gophers softball history has hit more than the 57 homers that the Hopkins High School graduate has in her four years on campus.
West Metro
May 10

Motorcyclist dies after crashing on rural road in Carver County

The wreck occurred about 5 miles northwest of Norwood Young America.