Domestic violence is one of the most confusing crimes prosecutors have to deal with. The victim and suspect know each other. They may even love each other.
But prosecutors do have one powerful tool that gives them insight into, and sometimes ammunition for their cases: inmate phone calls from jail.
When Mike Dollarschell arrives for work at the St. Paul Police Department, he scans the night's domestic violence reports for the worst cases, ones that demand intervention.
"He punched her in the face... She passed out. He grabbed her by the throat," reads one report.
In her stint as a TV news dispatcher, she learned to focus on the rare story at the expense of the big story.
If some state legislators have their way, Minnesota will soon eliminate the local background checks now required. Republican proponents say they duplicate the federal background check and impose a burden on local police.
A jury met Friday afternoon to select a winning team in the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition. The winner will create a new vision for the riverfront stretching from the Stone Arch Bridge to the northern boundary of the city.
Advocates for ex-offenders and their families gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday, pushing for a law that would require private employers to remove questions about criminal history from employment applications.
When the Chipotle Mexican Grill dismissed hundreds of workers in Minnesota because they failed to produce proper documents allowing them to legally work in the United States, it sparked a backlash from some former employees and labor activists.
Shawn Neudauer, spokesman for U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Twin Cities, responded to questions from MPR reporter Sasha Aslanian about worksite enforcement.
A Minneapolis school that made a bold effort to close the academic achievement gap for Latino middle-school students is closing.
A Martin Luther King Junior day event in North Minneapolis plans to highlight the "digital divide" between rich and poor.
Three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will close after the 2010-2011 school year.
Two Minnesota members of Congress held public events on Monday, saying they won't scale back interactions with constituents after the attack on a congresswoman in Arizona over the weekend.
Minnesota aid organizations hope to use the one-year anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake on Wednesday as a reminder of the unfinished recovery.
The point of the holiday should be to enjoy family and feel gratitude.
In November, Sean Simonson, a student at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park wrote an editorial, "Life as a Gay Teenager," for his Catholic school's student newspaper that touched off a controversy.