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Minnesotans only have to look across the St. Croix River to see what a state-mandated "stay-at-home" order looks like.
Seven-year-olds who beg for a play date now video chat. Gym rats work out to YouTube videos. Book clubs, yoga classes and church groups connect via videoconferencing apps. Commuter congestion is gone.
Governor's order to stay home is economic blow for many local businesses.
"It's a situation that no one has lived through in my lifetime," said Kris Howland from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
The specter of the virus outbreak has forced organizations to shut down events, including St. Patrick's Day parades. The Twin Cities archbishop issued a dispensation to are Catholics for going to Sunday mass.
The Chippewa Falls man will face the families of the victims in court this week.
It's the first step in choosing delegates to conventions.
Minnesota's top elected officials made it clear this week that they're siding with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in a long-standing and often emotional…
Homeowners scramble to buy insurance, but waiting too long can be risky, too
Because of a "technical error," applicants to the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.received acceptance letters Thursday afternoon when they shouldn't have.
The two males and a female went to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, after they were discovered huddled without their mother under a homeowner's deck.
Henderson hopes raising roads can save its only school.
Tyler R. Janovsky, 37, is charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair.
"It's like a ghost town out there," said one bait shop owner on Leech Lake.
Price, who also served as pastor at Rochester Community Baptist Church, moved back to Mississippi after stepping down from the school board.
Waseca high school hockey players will honor a local police officer shot in the line of duty — a tribute that likely won't run afoul…
A Minnesota state senator pushed back Friday against the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) after it said Waseca high school hockey players couldn't wear…
The garment can be worn at practice, but not during actual games, league says.
But many unknowns remain in Arik Matson's recovery.
Despite strong debate performances, the Minnesota senator hasn't pushed her poll numbers up in pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hospital officials say improvements have already been made to stop such tragedies.
Education Minnesota says plan could open the door for state-funded vouchers for private schools.
Alan Page, a former Minnesota Supreme Court justice, and Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed, propose guaranteeing all Minnesota children the fundamental right to a quality public education.
Thousands of relatives and friends of soldiers anxiously await the next development, hoping hostilities ease and their loved ones stay safe.
Saturated soil, high rivers could spell trouble come spring.
Case files released Friday show Jake Patterson thought about "taking a girl" for two years.
These students eventually may become the volunteers Minnesota needs to respond to disasters.
The victims of the Black Hawk crash will be buried in the next few days.
Hundreds paid tribute Saturday to three Minnesota National Guard members who died when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed this week in a snowy Stearns County farm field.
Charlie Nord, 30, was piloting the UH-60 Black Hawk on a routine maintenance test flight when it fell into a field shortly after takeoff. He was killed along with two other Guard members aboard, who were named Saturday morning.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced the deaths of the crew members, which came during a maintenance test flight. The copter took off from St. Cloud and went down in a tree-lined farm field near Cold Spring. "My heart breaks for the families," Walz said.
Advocates for those who rely on the SNAP program say the change will push more people to food shelves.
Hospital officials called police after situation got "out of control."
Officials at Buffalo Community Middle School denied the allegations in the lawsuit.
A seemingly inconsequential encounter on a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis led to violence and a loss for the loved ones of 75-year-old Shirwa Hasan Jibril.
The U.S. Attorney's Office charged four women with fraud in a case involving Catholic Charities.
Charges against the man accused in the attack were immediately amended from felony assault to second-degree murder.
Morrison County man's death three years ago was an intentional act, sheriff says.
Two boys who now face charges told police that their casual mishandling of a gun resulted in an accidental shot that killed 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jones-Morris.
Children are in peril and survivors of sexual abuse are suffering, Jeff Anderson said.
The theater will contribute $500,000 to start a fund to support survivors.
The smiling, bucktooth rodent was first modeled after a chipmunk.
Omar was one of three members who voted "present" as the House voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure in a clear rebuke to Turkey.
It appears Minnesotans have been misled about their beloved gophers. We try to unravel the gopher mystery.
With snow not far away, the Twin Cities could end the year as the wettest on record
The last man standing saluted and brought an end to an era
Growth of endowment started by Twin Cities businessman allowed managers to convert loans to grants for 31 students.
The search for 6-year-old Ethan Haus brought dozens of emergency workers and more than 600 neighbors, friends and strangers from miles around.
Barron, Wis., looked for the teen after her abduction. Now they look out for her.
Bradford, a one-time reporter, believed weeklies were a vital link to keeping small towns connected.
None of the students will be allowed to return to school this year, administrators said.
Twin Cities metro is drenched, but Rochester's 47 inches has shattered its rainfall record.
The boy was alert when he was taken to the hospital.
Matthew Amiot's "whereabouts are unknown," a probation officer said.
Visitors return to Fort Snelling park in search of nature, healing
After a 5-year renovation, State Theater set to reopen later this year
"It should be brilliant," the DNR's Val Cervenka said, adding that all the rain helped trees stay healthy and green.
A UMD student went missing near that area earlier this week.
The Maple Plain woman, staying on a remote island in Ontario, went to check on her barking dogs when she was attacked.
Minnesota bear experts say that black bear attacks are rare -- and fatal attacks even more so.
Wildlife experts who examined a photo of the animal say it's likely a coyote.
As his horrified son watched, a 65-year-old Circle Pine man lost his footing and fell.
Man, 65, and his son were climbing highest points around country.
Minneapolis parks officials did a quick about face after limiting tailgating and parking space at East River Flats Park.
Vikings express interest in hosting the massive event again, and NFL draft, too.
Barry Bennett, a former NFL player and Long Prairie physical education teacher, and his wife, Carol, were found dead in their home on Wednesday.
News about the deaths of Barry and Carol Bennett spread quickly among those living in Long Prairie.
Charting vulnerable areas could protect lives, property, waterways
Many longtime residents have made peace with the timber rattlesnake, content to coexist. Others, not so much.
"It's an important step in making sure we're not normalizing the use of e-cigarette tobacco use," Minnesota Rep. Laurie Halverson said.
The Twin Cities German Immersion School is readying a $5.1 million addition to replace the former St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
A barrage of recent storms flooding streets, swamping basements and casting parked cars afloat is adding to one of the soggiest years on record.
Bruce Laingen was often seen on the news bound and blindfolded. His wife tied a yellow ribbon around the oak tree in the front yard of their home. He was 96.
"This is one of the coolest things we have historically uncovered," Glensheen's director said regarding a diving bell recently brought to the surface.
"There are no limitations," Stefanie Horvath said shortly before a ceremony in front of family, friends, Minnesota Guard colleagues and dignitaries that included Gov. Tim Walz.