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  • Can classes yield a billion-dollar bracket?
    Warren Buffett looks at his offer to pay $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket as nothing more than a matter of having the numbers in his favor.March 17, 2014
  • The dark history of green food on St. Patrick's Day
    Cupcakes, cookies and beer dyed green may mean party time in America, but on the Emerald Isle, they hearken back to a desperate past. Still, Ireland has learned to embrace the kitsch for tourists.March 17, 2014
  • Warming prompts closure of Lake Superior ice caves
    Park service spokeswoman Julie Van Stappen says 138,000 people visited the caves this winter. That figure dwarfs the 12,700 people who visited in 2009, the last time the lake froze enough to make the caves reachable by foot.March 17, 2014
  • Lynx out, Mayo in on team jerseys
    The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA today became the first team to wipe its name off its jerseys and sell the space to an advertiser, in this case the Mayo Clinic.March 17, 2014
  • Photos: St. Patrick's Day in St. Paul
    Revelers celebrated everything Irish in downtown St. Paul Monday during the 48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.March 17, 2014
  • Gophers not invited to the big dance
    In sports, we now know the 68 teams that will be competing in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are not one of them.March 17, 2014
  • Help for WWII vet tossed out of his dilapidated home
    No matter what happens next, Jerold Young isn't going to have a lot of money to live out his remaining years, but his Rochester, Minn., friends are certainly looking out for the World War II vet who's had some tough times.March 17, 2014
  • At state HS hoops tourney, losing isn't fun
    When a few Hopkins kids covered their faces with their jerseys when it was over, when they accepted the second-place trophy and regarded it like the bag of litter at the end of lunch at a fast-food joint, it was understandable. No sportswriters or commenters called them bad sportsmen -- unlike what happened when the US women's hokcey team lost.March 17, 2014
  • How 26 nations are helping to find that missing Malaysian jet
    Malaysia, which is coordinating the search, has deployed about 18 aircraft and 27 ships, including the submarine support vessel MV Mega Bakti, which can detect objects at a depth of up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).March 17, 2014
  • Westboro Baptist founder is 'on the edge of death,' son says
    Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., that became famous for its controversial protests at funerals, is ill and in hospice care, family members and church officials confirmed today.March 16, 2014
  • Video: Island Station demolished
    Island Station, an old coal-fired power plant on the Mississippi River, was imploded Sunday in St. Paul.March 16, 2014
  • '12 Years A Slave' author's death still a mystery
    What historians don't know about the author of "12 Years A Slave" is when and how he died and where he is buried. It's a lingering mystery in the final chapter of the life of the 19th-century free-born African-American whose compelling account of enforced slavery in pre-Civil War Louisiana was made into the Oscar-winning film of the same title.March 16, 2014
  • Minnesota man seeks son's return from Ukraine
    A Maple Grove man is at the center of an international custody battle that's left his 4-year-old son in an unsettled place -- Ukraine.March 15, 2014
  • Food pantries on the rise at US college campuses
    At Stony Brook, where the average cost for an undergraduate residential student -- tuition, fees, room and board -- is $19,358 a year, officials opened the food pantry last year after learning that students had started a website sharing information about campus events where free food was being offered.March 15, 2014
  • Red Wing Pottery reopens for business
    Red Wing Pottery is open again for business this weekend after a few months of renovations and re-branding.March 15, 2014

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