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Math, reading scores stall in latest round of Minnesota testing
Man arrested after high-speed chase in Minnesota, pleads guilty to killing woman in Michigan
Motorist hits 115 mph as he leads trooper on I-94 chase
Former Willmar teacher charged for allegedly striking student
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
Vikings extend contract of head coach Mike Zimmer
Freeman's four hits, five RBIs fuel Braves' 9-7 win
Towns embracing Minnesota as home
Peterson helping teammates set sights on Super Bowl
Stingers can't catch Express
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Anita "Ricky" Hoyt
Harvey Lee Peterson
Harry E. Lindbloom
Audrey O. Forkrud
Will: The path ahead for Hillary Clinton
Commentary: For Trump to Lose, GOP must let Clinton win
Commentary: Trump: Seeking victory through fear
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
June 23, 2016
Supreme Court rules on drunk driving tests
WASHINGTON — States can force suspected drunken drivers to take breath tests without first obtaining a warrant but cannot require them to take a more invasive blood test, the U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday in a ruling that impacts laws in 11 states, including North Dakota and...
June 23, 2016 - 11:26pm
June 15, 2016
Judges back North Dakota, say Minnesota overreached with coal plant law
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota overstepped its authority in a 2007 law that restricts buying electricity from North Dakota coal-fired power plants, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The Next Generation Energy Act violates the U.S. Constitution's provision allowing only Congress to regulate...
June 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
May 23, 2016
Minnesota auto body shop owner says insurance agents using tactic illegal in state
MOORHEAD — The owner of Lloyd's Auto Body in Moorhead is fed up with "steering"— when customers are advised, or coerced, by their insurance...
May 23, 2016 - 3:27pm
May 11, 2016
Tax bill: family leave to more Internet taxes
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislative tax negotiators gained more topics to discuss Wednesday when senators approved 37-30 a tax bill containing items ranging from requiring many businesses to provide paid family leave to expanding Internet sales taxes. The provisions of the bill authored...
May 11, 2016 - 8:41pm
May 10, 2016
Quick Prince protection bill appears in Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators are hurrying to protect Prince's name, voice and likeness less than three weeks after the state's most famous...
May 10, 2016 - 5:30am
April 12, 2016
Transgender bathroom bill generates emotional testimony, but little else
ST. PAUL — A proposal to require transgender people to use the bathroom of their birth sex drew passionate testimony from both sides at the Minnesota Legislature Tuesday, but appears to be dead for the year. The measure, similar to controversial bills passed in states such as North...
April 12, 2016 - 11:10pm
April 11, 2016
Minnesota House lights up over fireworks
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House lit up fireworks legislation Monday, but Senate Democrats and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to douse the red glare. The House voted 73-56 Monday to allow the same type of fireworks in Minnesota that residents now travel to Wisconsin, South Dakota and...
April 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
December 23, 2015
Records published Dec. 24
This is the record summary for Dec. 24 Vehicle rolls over on U.S. Highway 212 GRANITE FALLS (Staff reports) — A driver was taken to Granite Falls Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries after her vehicle left U.S. Highway 212 north of Granite Falls and rolled around 6:28 a.m....
December 23, 2015 - 10:34pm
December 16, 2015
Rules could price small towns out of police body cameras
ST. PAUL — Legislation to regulate video taken with police body cameras may make them so costly that small communities will not be able to afford them. While federal funds can supplement local money to buy the cameras, some at a Minnesota legislative meeting Wednesday said that...
December 16, 2015 - 10:18pm
July 30, 2015
Texting and driving fines to increase
ST. PAUL — In addition to putting lives in danger, drivers who habitually text and drive on Minnesota roads will be facing heftier fines starting Saturday. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the first citation for texting while driving will remain at $50 and second...
July 30, 2015 - 11:01pm
July 29, 2015
Lawmakers consider allowing National Guard members to carry firearms without permits
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers discussed the possibility of allowing Minnesota National Guard members to carry firearms without permits at a public hearing Wednesday. The information-only hearing came two weeks after a shooting at a Chattanooga, Tenn., military recruiting center that...
July 29, 2015 - 11:17pm
May 7, 2015
Senators vote to end online lottery games
ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators left no doubt they think the lottery director overstepped his authority in allowing online games as they voted...
May 7, 2015 - 11:39pm
April 4, 2015
Former Cook County attorney suspended from practicing law after sexual conduct convictions
GRAND MARAIS — Former Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been suspended from practicing law for a minimum of three years in the wake of his felony sex crime convictions.
April 4, 2015 - 7:25am
January 9, 2015
Supreme Court meets today to consider whether to hear cases regarding state bans on gay marriage
By Archie Ingersoll FARGO – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to meet privately Friday to consider for a second time in recent months whether...
January 9, 2015 - 9:05am
December 11, 2014
Hexum to serve jail, probation for aiding brother charged in shooting
Derek Hexum GRANITE FALLS – Derek Hexum, 19, of Balaton, will serve jail time and three years of probation for a felony conviction of aiding an offender to avoid arrest for his role in the shooting of a man left to bleed alongside a rural roadway outside of Granite...
December 11, 2014 - 12:38pm