- The art (and science) of making outdoor ice rinks: Whether you glide gracefully on thin metal blades or flail like a cartoon character, public rinks bring Minnesotans together in a season that encourages sequestering at home. And this year, outdoor ice should be especially popular, as COVID-19 restricts indoor gatherings.
- Walz to loosen bar, restaurant rules amid COVID progress: Gov. Tim Walz is planning to announce Wednesday that he will loosen restrictions on bars and restaurants in Minnesota, which emerged from the holidays with hopeful signs of declining COVID-19 hospitalizations and rising vaccinations.
- Trump says he'll "fight like hell" to hold on to presidency: With mounting desperation, Donald Trump declared at a rally Monday night in Georgia that he would "fight like hell" to hold on to the presidency and appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss to Joe Biden when they convene this week to confirm the Electoral College vote. Trump's announced purpose for the trip was to boost Republican candidates in Tuesday's runoff elections that will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate, but he spent much of his speech complaining bitterly about his election loss — which he insists he won "by a lot."
- What's on tap as Minnesota Legislature begins session: Minnesota legislators will gather Tuesday for the first day of the regular session. But it's kind of like they never left. The overriding theme of the new session will remain the same as it has since the spring: How to keep Minnesotans healthy and support the economy during the worst pandemic in a century?
- 84,000 people have received first vaccine doses in Minnesota: More than 84,000 people as of Tuesday morning had received first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota, amid a pandemic that has caused 5,461 deaths and 425,261 diagnosed infections in the state. The COVID-19 totals include 18 deaths and 1,612 infections newly reported Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health.
- For some Minnesota prisoners, vaccine could be difference between life or death: The respiratory disease has ravaged the state's corrections system, wheredata showthat more than half of the roughly 7,000 incarcerated have contracted the virus andnine have died. As the highest priority group, front-line health care workers and nursing home residents are up for the first wave of shots. But the Minnesota Department of Health also allocated around 400 doses of the vaccine to treat the state's highest-risk prisoners.
- Downtown Minneapolis parking lot made famous by Prince sold, will become offices: The Minneapolis parking lot adjacent to the notable musical score mural on the Schmitt Music building has been sold to Houston-based Hines and is expected to eventually become a high-rise office building.
- ACLU claims victory, settles suit with St. Paul over police data: The suit had alleged the city had "unlawfully refused" to provide public information regarding traffic stops, citations, arrests and use of force dating back to at least June 2018.
- Park Board winding down last Minneapolis encampment: The dwindling population of the last homeless encampment in a Minneapolis park has another three days to pack up, even as the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board began clearing the site.
- Careless smoking fueled rise in Minnesota fire deaths in 2020: More than 50 people died in fires in Minnesota last year, and for the fifth straight year careless smoking was the leading cause of fatal fires.
How golf balls are made: The factory where Titleist cranks out its ProV1 golf balls is a marvel of modern automation, with a lot of human oversight.
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- How families can address "failure to launch": Young adults are returning to their parents' homes at record rates thanks to disruptions in their jobs, living arrangements and health brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Shoreview psychologist Jack Stoltzfus says that young adults who had moved out and gotten jobs before the pandemic will resume those lives once the threat of COVID has passed. More concerning are the ones who never achieved independence in the first place.
- Minnesotan snags second-to-last rose on season premiere of "The Bachelor": Owatonna native Anna Redman has made the first cut of "The Bachelor." Barely.
- Go "Behind the Lens" at our Photos of the Year virtual event! Join us January 10 & 11, for two evenings with photojournalists Dave Joles, Richard Tsong-Taatariiand more followed by live Q&A hosted by Star Tribune's new Assistant Managing Editor for Diversity and Community, Kyndell Harkness. The "Full Experience" ticket includes the all-new Photos of the Year Magazine.Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
- Maalouf out as Vikings' special teams coordinator: After the unit struggled this season, Coach Mike Zimmer said he'll let the two-year contract of Maalouf expire and search for a replacement.
- Fiala held out of part of practice at unusual Wild training camp opener: Adjusting on the fly might be necessary for the Wild to handle the unusual circumstances of the 2021 season. It certainly was required to get through the first day of training camp.
- Loons sign USMNT veteran Wil Trapp: Minnesota United on Tuesday made its first major move for the fast-approaching 2021 MLS season when it signed free-agent defensive midfielder and U.S. National Team veteran Wil Trapp.
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Inside the U.S. Army's warehouse full of Nazi art: "Fort Belvoir is home to the 29th Infantry Division and also to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. It is also home to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, which maintains the Nazi art, along with thousands of other relics of wars past. One afternoon, before thepandemicstruck, I drove inside the base to a cavernous warehouse where the collection is stored. It was like prying open a time capsule from a very dark time," the New Yorker's Dexter Filkins reports.
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Jan. 5, 1993: The newest associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, former Viking Alan Page, swears in Dee Long as Minnesota House speaker on the first day of the new legislative session. (Photo: Rick Sennott/Star Tribune)