EDEN PRAIRIE — Harrison Smith is beyond first impressions with Vikings second-year coach Mike Zimmer, but the self-assured safety is hardly finished with their show-me relationship. Well established as one of the NFL’s hardest-hitting and most reliable tacklers, Smith is broadening his skill set. Zimmer lauded his improved pass defense Thursday as the Vikings concluded three weeks of organized team activities at Winter Park.
MAPLEWOOD — The body of a man was found Friday morning on 3M’s campus in Maplewood. Police and paramedics responded at 6:15 a.m. to a report of a person on...
APPLE VALLEY — Anne Pearce-West had worked for Wal-mart for 10 years when she began to suffer pain and cramping in her hands and wrists. She went to the emergency...
Jerome Felton used to call himself the best fullback in the NFL. His replacement with the Vikings this season hopes he’ll be able to make the same claim. Felton bolted for Buffalo as a free agent after three years in Minnesota, where he was a Pro Bowl choice in 2012 after helping Adrian Peterson rush for 2,097 yards. Now Zach Line is poised to take over.
MINNEAPOLIS — Each of the past three Mays, Tyler Jay trekked to Target Field for the Big Ten baseball tournament with the rest of his University of Illinois teammates. After the Twins drafted the hard-throwing left-hander Monday night with the sixth overall pick, it might not take Jay long to make it back to that same mound.
ST. PAUL — State regulators approved Minnesota’s first industrial-scale solar energy project Thursday, a mammoth 21-site setup that will dot the Twin Cities exurbs and beyond with acres of solar panels.
For the Timberwolves, the best lottery odds for the NBA draft have produced the worst luck. That doesn’t bode well for Tuesday. After finishing 16-66, Minnesota has a 25 percent chance of netting the top overall pick in the June 25 NBA Draft, better than any other team. The prize likely would be one of two standout post players: Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns.
ST. PAUL — Hundreds of Minnesota teachers want to throw out the results of this year’s academic assessments because they fear repeated problems with the online tests make scores unreliable for judging teacher and student performance.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Friday was the first day of class for Trae Waynes with the Vikings. It looks as if he earned an “A.” Waynes, a cornerback selected with the No. 11 pick in last week’s NFL draft, took part in the opening day of a rookie minicamp, and his teacher sure was pleased.
FRIDLEY — A New Brighton man was fatally shot Friday night in Fridley after he dragged a police officer in an attempt to leave a traffic stop on Interstate 694.