Bizarre break-ins, fatal shooting A Twin Cities man forced his way into two rural Minnesota homes Saturday morning and was greeted both times by men with guns. The second break-in killed him.
A lake of thickening green mystery That green is a layer of blue-green algae. Most years around August sections of Lake of the Woods get covered over by the stuff, sometimes inches thick. And it may be getting thicker.
Minneapolis police firings stand Brian Thole and Shawn Powell repeatedly used racial epithets and obscenities during a confrontation with a group of black men outside a Green Bay bar in the summer of 2013.
A Minnesota link to an Ebola death Decontee Sawyer said her husband Patrick led economic development work in West Africa on behalf of the Liberian government. He had been living in Liberia for several years.
Exposed oil pipelines Flooding has uncovered three of seven Enbridge Corporation pipelines that cross the river, pipes that largely carry crude oil from Canada across Minnesota. Although the pipelines generally are buried three to four feet below ground, in some places erosion has exposed them to the elements.
Stories of athletes named in NCAA lawsuit In all of the lawsuits combined, dozens of plaintiffs who said they suffered concussions playing contact sports in college are named. Here are some of their stories.
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