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Help build a rail line to Rochester, get a green card
A private firm that wants to build a high-speed rail link from the Twin Cities to Rochester (and on to Chicago) is considering using the country's immigration laws to make it happen. ...
Summer reprise, and a warm week ahead
After a spell of autumn-like weather conditions last week, Mother Nature is delivering above-normal temperatures to close out the meteorological summer. Expect warm daytime temperatures and mild overnight readings. The increase in relative humidity will be somewhat offset by a breeze this afternoon ...
The trophy picture: How fishermen's bragging rights gave birth to fine art
In 19th-century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art. ...
Are sanctions a good way to fight cybercrime?
The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets. ...
What to do with an empty crypt?
Mary Solberg, of Crookston, knows she doesn't have any legal rights when it comes to her former husband, Toby, with whom they picked out side-by-side crypts in Riverside Cemetery in town in 2010, years after they divorced in 2009. He died in 2013. Her ex-husband's family has removed his b ...
Daily Digest: A northern wall?
Some items in the news to kick off your week. ...
From Turkey to Minnesota by boat
It's back to the cubicle wars. Monday, perhaps, is the day you wonder whether you should pursue that bucket list item instead. ...
General Mills pledges to cut carbon emissions by nearly 30 percent
The Golden Valley-based food company says among other things, it'll invest $100 million in clean energy and energy efficiency for its facilities. ...
Former St. Paul police chief witnesses stabbing
William Finney followed the assailant in a stabbing on a light rail platform in St. Paul last week while calling 911 and providing updates to police about his location. ...
Wes Craven, master horror movie director, dies at 76
The legendary director of Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream has died. His films, which often mixed slasher gore with wry humor, helped reinvent the horror genre. ...
Obama renaming continent's highest peak from Mt. McKinley to Denali
Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives." ...
EU ministers call emergency meeting to discuss migrant crisis
Europe has seen an unprecedented number of migrants and asylum seekers reach its borders. EU ministers called the meeting, in part, to try to decide which migrants are treated as refugees. ...
'Empty lake': Struggling Mille Lacs resorts hope for winter walleye
Summer ended early for many Lake Mille Lacs business owners after the state abruptly close the walleye fishing season. Owners want a walleye ice fishing season. DNR officials aren't upbeat. ...
Minnesota officials urge flu shots knowing there'll be skeptics
Authorities say the vaccine this flu season should be more effective than last year but they concede that getting the message out to the public could be a problem. ...
Rise of the Monarchs
Are you noticing more Monarch butterflies compared to a year ago? ...
Motive still sought in fatal shooting of Texas sheriff's deputy
Investigators in Texas are trying to determine why a 30-year-old suspect in custody would have gunned down a sheriff's deputy while he was fueling his patrol car at a gas station near Houston. ...
Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire
There is an ugly side effect of the increasing traffic on the Georgia-to-Maine footpath every year: More people than ever are causing problems. ...
Oliver Sacks, renowned neurologist and author, dies at 82
The author of books such as ''The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,'' died of cancer today in New York City at the age of 82, a long-time friend and colleague has confirmed. ...
North Minneapolis losing its lone bookstore
The owners of Ancestry Books hope to hold readings and other events elsewhere. ...
Suspect arrested In killing of Houston-area deputy
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says a suspect is in custody for the killing of Deputy Darren Goforth. ...
Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair kicks off this week in St. Paul. Will you be attending the fair?
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