Incumbent Republican Mark Kennedy and his Democratic challenger Patty Wetterling are involved in one of Minnesota's hottest congressional races. Their final debate was broadcast live from a Twin Cities television station.
The Minnesota Twins insisted they were a far
better team than the one steamrolled out of last year's division
series by the New York Yankees. And they might have been.
A year later, though, the result was the same: Yankees in four.
Backed by Derek Jeter's three RBIs and a relentless offense,
Brown threw six strong innings to lead the Yankees past the
frustrated Minnesota Twins 8-4 on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in
the best-of-five AL playoff series.
The Minnesota Twins can wrap up their third straight Central Division title with a victory over the White Sox in Chicago tonight. The Twins suffered lopsided losses to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and Saturday, but bounced back Sunday winning 5-1, as pitching star Johan Santana tied a team record by winning his 12th game in a row.
The St. Paul City Council has approved a ban on smoking in the city's bars and restaurants. But whether the measure will ever go into effect is unclear. Mayor Randy Kelly says he will veto the city ordinance and pursue a regional no-smoking policy at the county level. Backers of St. Paul's ordinance could muster only four votes on the seven-member council, which is not enough to override a veto.
Policymakers in St. Paul are considering the hot-button issue of whether to prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants. Duluth and Rochester already have similar ordinances banning smoking where food and beverages are sold. St. Paul city council members got an earful Wednesday night at a public hearing, where the alloted time was equally divided between critics and supporters of the proposed smoking ban.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team said goodbye to its star player on Thursday. Kris Humphries announced he's leaving the U of M after just one year to try his hand at a career in pro basketball. It's the third time in five years the Gophers have seen their best player leave school early for the pros. But some analysts think Humphries is more likely than his predecessors to find success in the pros.
The Major League Baseball season begins in two weeks and many Minnesota Twins fans are still wondering how closely they'll be able to follow their team on television this year. Nearly two-thirds of the Twins' games will be televised on a network that is currently unavailable to most Minnesotans.
In movie theaters around the country Friday night, audiences will relive the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's unlikely march to a gold medal under the leadership of the late Herb Brooks. In Brooks' hometown of St. Paul, the opening of the movie "Miracle" is just one part of a hockey-filled week. Thursday night, officials unveiled a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame coach outside the city's arena and convention center, which is hosting this weekend's National Hockey League All-Star game. Family members and friends attending the ceremonies say Brooks' spirit is alive and well in the city he called home.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival's first walk-in ice palace in more than 60 years marks the start of Minnesota's oldest winter festival.
A prominent St. Paul real estate developer unveiled big plans on Thursday for 75 acres of land on the city's Mississippi riverfront. Jerry Trooien envisions a $1 billion housing, retail, and entertainment complex just across the river from downtown on land that is now mostly vacant.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball coach says this year's squad has a chance to be the most successful in team history. Coach Pam Borton says the U of M is carving a spot among the elite programs in women's college basketball. Minnesota begins play this week with its first exhibition game of the new season.
Eventually during their visit to the State Fair, more than one million Minnesotans will get tired and head for home. But for people who live near the fairgrounds, there's no going home from the fair. Some neighbors make the most of it by making a cottage industry of parking cars. Along one block, car parking brings a neighborhood together.
The Vikings are in training camp, the Twins are in a pennant race, and the Wild and Timberwolves are bullish on their upcoming seasons. But in a languid economy, some business people have wondered if the Twin Cities can financially support all four of its major pro sports teams. The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce put that issue before a panel of top executives from each of those teams Wednesday. The chamber heard a group that sounded optimistic about the chances of each team meeting its needs in Minnesota.
It's been 15 years since federal officials declared 72 miles of Mississippi riverfront in the Twin Cities a National River and Recreation Area. Now the Park Service is opening a visitor center to introduce people to the parks, trails, and historic sites along the Mississippi.