Qingfeng Cao, a U postdoctoral associate from China, worked on measuring the airflow patterns of pleated filters in the Particle Technology Lab. BACKG

U's academic work with China chilled by federal concerns

Collaboration with China has long been a linchpin of U research, but the work has been shaken recently by federal investigations.
Special Report: Rising from Poverty

Shortage of affordable housing forces tough choices on the poor

December 30, 2016
Kendrick Bates walked with apartment agent Courtney Urman to look at a house in New Richmond, Wis., as his 6-year-old daughter, Charisse, spied some p
PART 3: Small towns are good places to raise kids, but more jobs and education opportunities are in the metro area -- where lower-income housing in desirable neighborhoods is hard to find.
Special Project: Way Down in the Hole

Excessive solitary confinement scars Minnesota prison inmates

December 8, 2016
Excessive solitary confinement scars Minnesota prison inmates
Prisoners are punished with long periods of isolation, often for minor offenses, that can cause lasting mental health problems. Other states are moving to limit the practice.
March 7, 2017

SXSW 2015: Full Coverage

Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, Texas, March 14-19, covering his 26th visit to the 31st annual South by Southwest Music Conference. Check here for daily updates and photo galleries. Follow his tweets: @ChrisRstrib.
September 15, 2016
Scott Rhude, 33, sits spread-eagled in a field of garbage, reaching for a piece of trash while on a work assignment with a sheltered workshop "enclave

A Matter of Dignity: A five-day special report

How Minnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities.
November 2, 2015
Damon Thibodeaux and his girlfriend, Veronika Castellanos, strolled down the Midway during their first visit to the Minnesota State Fair in August 201

Life after death row: Damon Thibodeaux's resurrection

After spending 15 years on death row for a murder he did not commit, will Damon Thibodeaux be able to find his place in a world that raced ahead without him?
October 7, 2015
Deadliest workplace: The family farm

Deadliest workplace: The family farm

Training is scarce, rules lax — and deaths are rising. A four-part series.
July 30, 2015
Guests took to the dance floor, including Lizeth's mother Patricia Oman during her Quinceañera celebration at the West St. Paul Armory, Saturday, Jun

As sun sets on a summer Saturday, Minnesota comes alive

In summer, Saturday nights are beguiling. Easy. An evening stroll. A glass of wine on the porch. A sweaty night on the town, when the coldest it gets is under an air conditioning duct at a club. Join us as we witness a typical Minnesota Saturday night in all its wild, free glory.
July 12, 2015
Joseph Simenstad in his room at the Eagle's Healing Nest in Sauk Centre.

The new goal at the VA: Treating the root causes of veterans' pain

A BATTLE WITH PAIN, PART TWO: The VA is kicking veterans off of pain medications in favor of alternatives such as yoga and acupuncture, but it isn't keeping up with the demand.
July 12, 2015
Zach Williams’ gravestone sits in the sea of white granite at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. After his pain meds were cut off, he died of an overd

Cut off: Veterans struggle to live with VA's new painkiller policy

A BATTLE WITH PAIN, PART ONE: VA doctors freely handed out pain medications to veterans for years. Then they stopped. The results have sometimes turned tragic.
May 21, 2015

Soundset 2015

One of the nation’s biggest all-hip-hop fests has only one household name this year (Ice Cube, who's due to have a very big year), but the lineup does boast a wide variety of acts on the verge, including J. Cole, Big Sean, Vince Staples, Vic Mensa and Logic, plus reliable locals such as Brother Ali, Dessa, Sean Anonymous and hosts Atmosphere. The fest lands again Sunday, May 24, at Canterbury Park Festival Field in Shakopee, $68, SoundsetFestival.com.
May 21, 2015

Talking Volumes: 2014

Talking Volumes is a literary collaboration between the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio that brings high-profile authors to the Twin Cities for a live interview, later broadcast on MPR, accompanied by in-depth stories about the writers in the Star Tribune. Here's the 2014 lineup.
May 13, 2015
Minnesota Orchestra musicians line up to check in at the Delta counter at Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Minnesota Orchestra goes to Cuba

The Minnesota Orchestra carries state’s banner to Havana, Cuba.
April 28, 2015
Kristelle Werdier(shown riding a toy in an earlier, family photo) was almost six-years-old when she was killed in an ATV accident. ] JIM GEHRZ •

Risky Riding: ATV safety hazards for children

As ridership has grown nationwide, hundreds of children have been killed riding all-terrain vehicles built for adults. The Star Tribune published a five-part series in November 2014 examining how the industry, government and families have failed to heed the warnings about risks that off-road vehicles pose to children.
April 22, 2015
On 15 occasions, day-care workers and others told Pope County authorities that they suspected Eric Dean was being hurt. But it was not enough. His dea

Project: The children they couldn’t save

A Star Tribune examination found that child-protection authorities have failed to respond to thousands of child-abuse reports while funneling thousands of others into a program where the abuse is never investigated. The system's shortcomings have had deadly results.
June 28, 2014

Special report: Bees at the Brink

Neither side is waiting for conclusive science on what’s killing the honeybee. They’re taking their fight straight to the public in an intensifying battle for the support of the nation’s consumers.
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