- Storm to bring 6 to 10 inches of snow to metro, blizzard to west: A winter storm warning went into effect at noon Thursday and remain in place until 6 p.m. Friday covering an area along the I-35 corridor from the southern Twin Cities suburbs south to the Iowa border. Between 6 and 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall in the Twin Cities with up to a foot possible in places such as Fairmont, Mankato and Albert Lea, the National Weather Service said.
- Man wounded in gunfire exchange with police in north Minneapolis, police say: Police shot and wounded a criminal suspect Thursday morning along a busy north Minneapolis street in an exchange of gunfire, authorities said. The shooting broke out about 8:30 a.m. along Dowling Avenue near Vincent Avenue, according to police spokesman John Elder.
- Trump largely silent and alone after second impeachment: For more than four years, President Donald Trump has dominated the national discourse like no one before him. Yet when his legacy was set in stone on Wednesday, he was stunningly left on the sidelines. Trump now stands with no equal, the only president to be charged twice with a high crime or misdemeanor, a new coda for a term defined by a deepening of the nation's divides, his failures during the worst pandemic in a century and his refusal to accept defeat at the ballot box.
- Minnesota pastor urges followers to be ready to "arm up" in Facebook video: After reading from scripture, Darryl Knappen, pastor at Cornerstone Church in Alexandria, tells Facebook viewers to buckle up their "emotional seat belts … We're in for a very bumpy ride in the next 10 days," he says at the end of the13-minute video, posted just days after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, hoping to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the next U.S. president.
- "Church service" led by "Storm the Capitol" organizer approved for Sunday at Minnesota Capitol: At least one event has been approved for the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday — a "Sunday Church Service" led by the Bloomington conservative activist behind last week's"Storm the Capitol" rally. The state Department of Administration approved permits this week for a Saturday "Freedom Fest" event and Sunday's "Church Service" event, according to records obtained by the Star Tribune.
- Judge orders Derek and Kellie Chauvin to file public documents in divorce case: Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in George Floyd's death, and his wife failed to follow a court order and file public documents in their divorce proceeding, a judge ruled. The couple's divorce has come under scrutiny afterWashington County District Judge Juanita cited possible fraudin her decision last October rejecting the couple's proposed divorce settlement that would have given most of Derek Chauvin's assets to his wife.
- 43 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota: COVID-19 has taken another 43 lives in Minnesota while 1,598 new cases were announced Thursday by state health officials. A total of 153,332 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, including 15,082 who have now gotten the second shot, making them fully vaccinated. We are tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota here. Want to see where the virus is spreading fastest in the state? Check out our zip code map.
- Soldier calls on Minnesota National Guard to take stronger stand against extremism: A Minnesota National Guard soldier, after being nudged to remove a Facebook post that criticized the Guard for a tepid public response to last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, is raising questions with leadership about how the organization roots out right-wing extremism within its own ranks.
- St. Paul to form reparations commission for descendants of slaves: The city of St. Paul apologized for its role in institutional racism on Wednesday and agreed to form a new commission to study reparations for Black residents whose ancestors were enslaved.
- Opening of Southwest light rail delayed due to problems including Kenilworth tunnel: Passenger service for the Southwest light-rail line won't begin in 2023 as originally planned due to "unforeseen conditions" that have surfaced during construction of the project, the Metropolitan Council said Thursday. It's unclear when the 14.5-mile line will open, and how much the delay will affect Southwest's current $2 billion cost. The extension of the existing Green Line is already the most expensive public works project in state history.
Guy converts 3D printer into infinite sand-art machine: SimonSörensen, host of the RCLifeOn YouTube channel, shows off his kinetic art table, which draws — and then erases — intricate fractal patterns in sand. Watch the whole video if you want to see how he built it.
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- Christopher & Banks files for bankruptcy, may close all stores: After sales plummeted during the pandemic, Plymouth-based Christopher & Banks has filed for bankruptcy protection and expects to close a large portion, if not all, of its stores.
- 4 warm drinks for cold days, with or without a buzz: These hot cocktails will take care of winter's chill — with or without alcohol.
- These video games will tide you over during the long winter: For those who have binged all of "The Mandalorian" and are looking for new ways to pass the time, here are some games that will keep you occupied over this bleak winter.
- Towns voices frustration after Wolves squander lead and lose: Karl-Anthony Towns had a pen in his hand and pointed it toward the Zoom camera frequently as he swung from side to side in his chair and spoke in frustrated tones following the Timberwolves' 118-107 loss to Memphis on Wednesday. The Wolves endured multiple blowouts this season and a few close losses, but perhaps none was as deflating as the most recent defeat, at least in Towns' eyes.
- Bringing skills and joy, Kaprizov makes his Wild debut tonight: After years of intrigue, uncertainty and anticipation, the Wild is finally waking up to its future with 23-year-old rookie Kirill Kaprizov as the centerpiece of a reimagined team.
- If Kansas City assistant gets passed over, NFL will need to confront ugly truth: It's hard to say exactly what is more insulting or ludicrous — a tweeted report suggesting there's a "very strong chance" Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy won't get a head coaching job again this offseason OR the reasons offered for that suggestion.
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The Secret Service's $3,000-a-month toilet: "Many U.S. Secret Service agents have stood guard in Washington's elite Kalorama neighborhood, home over the years to Cabinet secretaries and former presidents. Those agents have had to worry about death threats, secure perimeters and suspicious strangers. But with the arrival of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, they had a new worry: finding a toilet," the Washington Post reports.
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Jan. 14, 2018: Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs celebrates in the end zone after scoring a 61-yard touchdown to win the NFC divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The touchdown on the final play of the game came to be known as the "Minnesota Miracle." (Photo: Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune)