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Natalie Daher

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Two men shot during brawl early Saturday in downtown Minneapolis

Officers responded to reports of mass fighting and gunshots early Saturday morning.
Chris Thile, shown in 2016, expressed Saturday his heartbreak over news that Garrison Keillor had been dropped from MPR earlier this week after allega

Chris Thile addresses scandal around his 'Prairie Home' predecessor Garrison Keillor

Tradition fell to the wayside on the Saturday edition of what was formerly known as "A Prairie Home Companion."
“There was a different attitude throughout the county of anti-something — anti-taxes, anti-incumbent, whatever,” said Barbara Marschall, a Scott

Elections turned into an anti-incumbent rout in Twin Cities

Spillover from presidential election hit local ballots, leading to many going-away celebrations in December for local government officials.
Dick Voss

Dick Voss was a cyclist, champion for AIDS, and a veteran

Voss died on Dec. 5 at age 77 after an eight-month battle with brain cancer. He'd most recently lived in Minneapolis and spent winters in Arizona. He's survived by 15 siblings.

Dakota County nonprofit adopts first "victim support dog"

Ranger previously assisted victims of the Sandy Hook massacre.
Earlier Saturday, it was the snow-covered landscape putting a grimace on a face in northeast Minneapolis. Later, it will be the extreme cold, with tem

Saturday: Snow emergencies on as temps plunge

Snow emergencies have been declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Both cities had about 6 inches of snow by 6 a.m. And there's more: Air temperatures will drop to 20 degrees below zero Saturday night.
Tyler Otte and his parents Chicky and Blake won “Minnesota Farm of the Year” for their Square Deal Dairy Farm in Dakota County. The farm was selec

For Dakota County family, milk is lifeblood

The Randolph-based dairy farm was awarded "Minnesota Producer of the Year."
Prof. Bosco Tjan.

USC professor stabbed to death began his career in Minnesota

Bosco Tjan of the University of Southern California was fatally stabbed on Friday afternoon in the building that houses his lab.
Minnesota Orchestra violinist Deborah Serafini dances with trumpet player Manny Laureano in Plaza de la Catedral in Havana, Cuba on May 14, 2015.

'New day is dawning': Minn. leaders, artists reflect on Castro's death

The former Communist president died on Friday at the age of 90.
Renee Hentges visits the cemetery every day to commune with the husband and son she will never see again. Hundreds of farmers have come to her aid wit

Neighbors rally after a double farm tragedy near Jordan

The week after Mark and Travis Hentges were electrocuted, a Shakopee farmer who didn't even know the family called out on Facebook for volunteers to help bring in their harvest. "Farmers always help each other out," he wrote.

Jordan hopes to spur growth with new 57-unit hotel

City Council will meet Tuesday to vote on 57-unit site proposal.

Chicken products sold in Minnesota are subject of recall

A Georgia-based farming company has recalled 4,059 pounds of chicken products, some of which were sold in Minnesota. Wayne Farms recalled the poultry because of…
President and CEO William Rahr, shown at the Rahr’s new malt house in Shakopee, said the facility “would have done better someplace else, competit

Rahr debuts world's largest single-site malting facility in Shakopee

The company chose to develop this facility in Shakopee because of its deep ties to the community.

Prior Lake couple sentenced for tax fraud that targeted immigrants

The couple's criminal history spans from Florida to Minnesota and dates back to 2004.

One dies, two injured in Pipestone County crash

The head-on crash involved two drivers and one passenger from South Dakota.

Technology delayed election results in Scott, Dakota counties

Early voting and new technology were cited as contributing factors.
Nelson Geovanny Soto-Lopez

Suspect, 5-year-old missing after Blaine toddler found dead

The suspect is a 24-year-old man who was last seen in Arden Hills and may have left the Twin Cities area, authorities said.

Partisanship popping up in usually nonpartisan local races

The presidential election's polarizing tone is trickling down, observers say.
Jordan city officials will consider moving City Hall to the historic St. John's School.

In Jordan, problem property could help ease senior housing crunch

The rundown property owned by St. John the Baptist Parish could find new life as an unusual hybrid — a new City Hall combined with retail space and senior housing.

Shakopee student arrested in alleged sexual assault of classmate

The 18-year-old male student was arrested on Tuesday.

Former Shakopee festival director sentenced to community service

He was accused of theft, fraud after charges found on festival debit card.
Dana Logan

2 people found shot in separate cars in Minneapolis die early Saturday

A woman was shot in a car at 36th and Queen avenues N. A few hours later, a man was found shot to death in a vehicle at 48th and Bryant avenues N.

Man, 23, dies in rollover crash in Cass County

The victim was a passenger in a car whose driver may have been intoxicated, according to the State Patrol. The driver survived.
A supporter took a selfie with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson after he addressed the rally in Shakopee Thursday night.

Libertarian Gary Johnson charms crowd in Shakopee

Supporters praised his support of small government, his wit and his demeanor.

Scott County in line to get first residential treatment centers

It has no inpatient options for people with addiction, mental health needs.

Two dead in six separate Anoka County heroin overdoses Saturday

A wave of heroin overdoses in just a 12-hour period Saturday in or near Anoka County left two people dead and four others taken to hospitals, one of them in critical condition.
District Judge Rex Stacey spoke to the bailiffs at the Scott County Courthouse in Shakopee.

Scott Co. judge runs drug court after losing daughter to heroin

Judge Stacey, whose daughter OD'd, was instrumental in starting drug court.

Minnesota treatment courts get federal funds

New grants will support judicious sentencing, help for drug defendants.
The director of the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women, Mary Ann Bigaouette, took over the organization from her mother, who founded the netw

Battered women's alliance works to curb abuse in Scott, Carver counties

There were 34 domestic violence homicides in Minnesota last year, but help is spreading.
Raquel Welch, an employee at the Rach-al-Paca farm in Hastings, combed sheep’s wool.

'Buy local' movement raises stakes for local fibers

Fiber farmers embracing 'buy local' and humane treatment

2 men killed in weekend crashes in Fridley, Nicollet County

Two men died in separate crashes over the weekend in Nicollet County and Fridley. On Saturday morning, Joel Miller, 31, of Nicollet, was operating a…
Prior Lake opposes Dakota tribe's latest land trust application

Prior Lake opposes Dakota tribe's latest land trust application

The mayor warned that it could damage ties with the tribe, which owns Mystic Lake Casino.
Henry Isaacson made the most of his pumpkin portrait session at Anoka County Farms.

Anoka County Farms celebrates 10 years

The pumpkin patch has become a fall tradition for families.
These five towers, seen in 2006, are a remnant of the Gopher Munitions Works, a WW II-era munitions plant in Rosemount. They are being demolished to r

WWII smokestacks from Rosemount gunpowder plant will come down

Gunpowder plant ruins stood for decades at U research site.

Gov. Dayton expected to attend fundraiser for vandalized Shakopee daycare

Police say they have "a strong lead" in their investigation of burglary, theft and damage at Al Huda Child Daycare Center.

Shakopee police probe burglary, vandalism at mostly Somali daycare

Along with the theft of cash and electronics, several gallons of paint were poured inside.
Jeanette Schnoor prepared the barn for a wedding at Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard. The popular wedding venue and orchard filed a federal

Trust behind popular Scott County orchard sues over event rules

It comes as more barn owners recognize the payoff of transforming a space designed for rearing animals into a stage for a social gathering.

4 injured when squad car rear-ended during I-35W traffic stop in Mpls.

A driver rear-ended the squad car, which then hit the vehicle it stopped near 36th Street. The citizen's vehicle then swerved into traffic and struck again.
Jim Tatro, has been sprucing up Spring Lake Cemetery since December. The cemetery, in Nininger Township, dates to 1861.

Restless man is restoring forgotten cemetery near Hastings

Despite upcoming back surgery, Jim Tatro labors among the gravestones at Spring Lake Cemetery, owned by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in Nininger Township.
Donna Wold

Donna Wold, who inspired Charles Schulz's 'Little Red-Haired Girl' in 'Peanuts,' dies

Her hair was scarlet, and she was the one who got away. In 1989, Donna Mae Wold was outed around the world as the longed-for…
Orangetheory Fitness workouts make use of treadmills and indoor rowing for cardio, plus strength training.

Orangetheory Fitness brings the heat at Minnesota studios

High-intensity interval workout gets you in the zone.
From the left, sisters Jacqueline, McKayla and Lydia Lucas have taken the rodeo world by storm by claiming top titles at the National Little Britches

Jordan family of champions wrangles a passion for rodeo

Five siblings' love of riding horses inspired their mother to found a Minnesota organization for competitors.

Shakopee teens test out 'real world' as students

Students in Shakopee will ditch their desks this fall for some real-world business experience at the area’s biggest attractions: Canterbury Park, Valleyfair, Mystic Lake Casino…
The city of Shakopee is giving Shutterfly more time to meet job-creation goals that qualified the digital photo company for a tax break when it opened

Shutterfly falls short of jobs pledge in Shakopee, gets extension

The photo company, which opened a manufacturing plant in Shakopee in 2014, fell 28 jobs short of the 258 jobs that it agreed to create within about two years under a tax-break deal that helped bring the company to town.
Balloons were released for Jaquan Oatis, who was shot and killed Friday in north Minneapolis.

Shooting victim found on sidewalk was 28-year-old Mpls. man, friends say

Authorities haven't released the victim's name, but friends gathered at the shooting scene on Saturday morning identified him as Jaquan Oatis.
Sachin Isaacs was elected to the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board. He is a first-generation immigrant from India.

New Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board member brings fresh perspective

Sachin Isaacs defeated six others in a special election on Tuesday.

Hastings revokes rule requiring citizenship to obtain a liquor license

Until last week, Hastings barred people who weren’t U.S. citizens or resident aliens from obtaining a liquor license. But that changed Tuesday, following a City…
Marjorie Moore Kadue

Obituary: Marjorie Moore Kadue, home economics teacher

Marjorie Moore Kadue got the bang for her buck and spent her time wisely.She'd listen to Twins games on the radio while gardening rhubarb and…
The synthetic mat set to be used at Buck Hill in Burnsville is made by a company called Neveplast in Italy, where organizers traveled last fall for a

Artificial ski slope to open at Buck Hill this fall

Construction began this month on a new surface that enables skiing without snow.
David Darr reeled in a fish — snack size — as he spent some time with his family at Lagoon Park in Jordan.

In Jordan, an old-country feel contrasts a desire to grow

City's growing population is prompting it to balance its history with its future.
Jordan police officer Shane Schultz visited Jordan Elementary school in 2013 before the “Cops In Schools” program was started.

Proposal to cut Jordan's 'Cops in Schools' stirs safety debate

The City Council scales back the program, which received national media attention after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, amid debate over police vs. resource officers.
Minneapolis Police Lt. Greg Reinhardt displayed two of the body cameras that will be tested by the department. Both cameras will record 9.5 hours of v

One obstacle to police body cameras: Money

Shakopee is among the cities pinning hopes on federal grant funding.

Prior Lake's decision on County Road 42 project agitates business owners

Plan to rebuild heavily traveled stretch at Hwy. 13 gets city OK.
Twenty-somethings Joe Kleason, left, and John Culligan enjoyed at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

Minn. casinos look to bring next generation to the table

Minnesota's 18 casinos, especially the most successful ones like Mystic Lake in Prior Lake and Grand Casino in Onamia and Hinckley, are at a generational crossroads.
Newlyweds Savannah and Jeremy Eckert posed for photographs following a 2015 wedding ceremony at a Cottage Grove barn.

Scott County moving to add rules for wedding barns

The county wants to regulate the rural venues that owners are renting out.
The Twin Cities awakened to a hazy Saturday morning filled with the strong smell of wildfires hundreds of miles to the north.

Twin Cities smelling effects of Iron Range, Canada wildfires

Smoke from fires on the Minnesota's Iron Range and those farther north in Canada triggered air-quality and health warnings, even affecting visibility in some areas.

Missing boater sought after falling in Mississippi River in St. Paul

A search was underway Saturday for the body of a boater who went overboard while fishing overnight in the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Authorities…

Alcohol suspected in fatal Orono crash

A 26-year-old man from Maple Grove died after rear-ending another car and spinning out into opposing traffic.
Inessa Hansen, founder and designer of OneSexyBikeChick, poses on the store front's motorcycle Friday afternoon.

With his city a different place, Shakopee mayor mends fences, finances

Voters in growing Shakopee returned Bill Mars to office, where he is trying to mend fences, finances.

Woman's body found outside Minnetonka apartment building

Minnetonka police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found lying outside her apartment complex on Saturday. Authorities arrived at 10441 Greenbriar…

Metro cities reach out in new ways to survey residents

As land lines keep losing favor, citizen survey methods change.

Plans for multifamily housing advance in Shakopee

Two plans for high-density housing in Shakopee are advancing as Scott County looks to house more people in less space. Preliminary requests for a 300-unit…
Protesters held up signs Saturday outside the annual convention of Safari Club International in Brooklyn Park.

Protesters target trophy hunters at Brooklyn Park safari convention

About 40 animal-rights protesters demonstrated outside of the annual Safari Club International convention at a hotel in Brooklyn Park Saturday afternoon.
Blue skies over Lake Hiawatha in South Minneapolis make for a very un-February scene. The Twin Cities reached 58 degrees Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, a re

It's a record: Twin Cities hit 58, joining others in record warmth

The metro area had its highest temperature on Feb. 27 since 1896.
Racers competed at Shakopee Derby Days in 2014. A community picnic might beorganized to replace the event this year.

Shakopee Derby Days canceled for 2016 amid police investigation

A popular summer celebration in Shakopee has been called off for 2016 as police have opened an investigation into the finances of the organization that runs Derby Days, city officials said.
Officials closed off the road near 86th Street and I-35W in Bloomington to check out a gas leak.

I-35W reopens in both directions after gas leak in Bloomington

The leak, which was quickly repaired, was caused by a crash that damaged a gas line, officials said.
As in many places across the country, coyotes are not protected in Minnesota; with some restrictions, they can be hunted without a license.

Minn. coyote-hunting tournament sparks conflict over its intent

A coyote-hunting tournament in southwestern Minnesota is drawing opposition from pro-animal activists, reprising a common conflict over whether such events help check the predators' overpopulation or constitute unnecessary cruelty.
Scott County Chief Deputy Sheriff Luke Hennen was appointed the county's new sheriff.

Scott County names Luke Hennen county's new sheriff

Scott County Chief Deputy Sheriff Luke Hennen will replace outgoing Sheriff Kevin Studnicka, the County Board decided Tuesday. The board voted 4-1 to appoint Hennen…
Police and the Plymouth Fire Department blocked off and investigated the intersection of Northwest Blvd. and Rockford Road in Plymouth near the site o

Plymouth police chief: Gunman shot woman who fled their car

At a Saturday news conference, Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein said the suspect pursued and fatally shot a woman in a busy intersection after 9 p.m. Friday.
James Cook died on Jan. 30, 2016 at 89.

Obituary: James Cook was railroad man, one of state's first black CPAs

Even as the train stopped running, James Cook gained steam. Cook worked for more than 20 years on the Great Northern Railway before becoming a…
Plymouth police officers and firefighters blocked off and investigated the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Rockford Road near where a body was

1 shot dead in road; 1 killed in shootout with Plymouth police

Authorities swarmed to two locations in Plymouth late Friday after a person was shot and killed near a busy intersection. "This was the most violent and intense thing I've ever seen," a witness said. Later, a man at a nearby apartment building was killed after a shootout with police.

Scott County sheriff to retire before term expires

Commissioners plan to appoint Studnicka's replacement next week.
Koryne Horbal started as a county-level, grass-roots political organizer and ended up being appointed to the United Natons by President Jimmy Carter.

Minnesota political pioneer Koryne Horbal looks back

Longtime DFL activist Koryne Horbal raised feminist issues in Minnesota and nation.
Asian Taste is located in downtown Minneapolis.

Bystander shot during argument at downtown Minneapolis restaurant

The male victim was wounded during the confrontation at Asian Taste.
Nathan Ziegler throws boiling water in the cold air as part of his Minnesota Cold YouTube series.

Mpls. principal embraces winter and becomes a YouTube star

A Minneapolis principal is a YouTube star, thanks to his pancake art and offbeat experiments.