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How we survived the polar vortex; why Lindsey Vonn's skipping the Olympics

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • The worst is over. Here's how some coped
    From athletes to bike commuters to homeless shelter managers, folks in the Twin Cities tell us how they handled Monday's journey into a dangerous deep freeze.
  • Embarrass was colder ... last week
    Monday's recorded low of 37 below zero in Embarrass turned out to be relatively balmy, compared to week before. We paid a visit to see how folks there were doing.
  • Photos from the depths of the deep freeze
    A visit with Marie Rosati and Paul Knuti as they tend cows and horses, Rowland Fowler kept tabs on the cold the National Weather Service in Embarrass.
  • The vortex as it happened
    We kept up a live blog of the polar vortex as it settled over Minnesota Sunday and Monday, collecting the best weather reports, stories, photos and videos. You can see it all here.
  • Slippery commute, frozen pipes create winter havoc
    As the temperature ticked up Tuesday, drivers encountered black ice and there were dozens of crashes, spinouts and stalled vehicles on Twin Cities roadways.
  • Lindsey Vonn says she's skipping Olympics
    The 29-year-old Vonn injured her already surgically repaired right knee on Dec. 21 during a downhill race in Val d'Isere, France. She says she is "devastated" to have to miss the competition.
  • The attack on Nancy Kerrigan: Not what you thought?
    Writer Sarah Marshall has a new take on Tonya Harding and a 1994 incident in which a masked man attacked rival skater Kerrigan with a metal police baton, leaving her unable to compete.
  • Court stops Wabasha Co. 'safe driving program'
    Like dozens of other counties, Wabasha's allowed drivers cited for some traffic offenses to instead pay a flat $125 to take a class and maintain a clean record.
  • New Minneapolis mayor, council vow to tackle racial inequality
    The city's need to narrow wide disparities between white residents and minority communities -- in education, employment, health and other areas -- was a recurring theme as the city swore in a diverse new City Council on Monday.
  • MNsure gets aan audiror's check up
    Minnesota's legislative auditor is launching a wide-ranging inquiry into how the state handled contracts with several vendors that helped build MNsure, the state's new online health insurance marketplace.
  • New Ulm diocese asks judge to dismiss public nuisance claim
    During a hearing on Monday, officials from the Diocese of New Ulm told the judge that the list should remain secret. They moved to dismiss a nuisance claim that demands the diocese disclose the names.
  • Federal Reserve Bank forecasts growth for Minn. economy
    The bank's economists project employment in the state will grow by 1.2 percent. Meanwhile, they forecast the unemployment rate will drop a bit to 4.3 percent by the fourth quarter of this year.
  • Third victim in Cedar-Riverside fire identified
    The 60-year-old man's photograph was held a few days earlier for reporters to see during an emotional news conference after a New Year's Day explosion and fire in Minneapolis.
  • Sheriff: 4 likely died when SUV plunged into Miss. River
    Recovery crews used a robotic device Monday to search the Mississippi River in downtown Winona for the bodies of two men believed to have drowned along with two others when an SUV ended up in the icy waterway.
  • Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on newest best-seller 'Bully Pulpit'
    The Pulitzer prize-winning presidential historian spent seven years researching and writing the story of the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.
  • Missing NY man found in DC, thanks to AP photograph
    This homeless person, Nicholas A. Simmons, 20, of Greece, N.Y., was claimed by his family. He'd left home on Christmas and the family didn't know where he was until they saw the story in the newspaper.
  • Army takes on its own toxic leaders
    Why have so many soldiers committed suicide in recent years? The Army is looking beyond post-traumatic stress and asking whether bad commanders and destructive leadership is taking its toll.
  • Gen. Ray Odierno LIVE at National Press Club
    The commanding general in the Iraq War is expected to addressed the rise of al Qaida-linked militia actions in Iraq cities, and the future role of the US military there and throughout the world.
  • Senate confirms Yellen as Federal Reserve chair
    Yellen will succeed Ben Bernanke, whose second term as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ends on Jan. 31. She is widely expected to continue many of his policies.
  • $18 billion to keep out Asian carp?
    That's one of the price tags floated by the federal agency for shielding the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp, in this case by building barriers in Chicago's waterways. Chicago waterways that could cost more than $18 billion and take 25 years to complete.
  • Even surgeons don't know the price of a new hip
    Medicare spends about $20 billion each year on implanted medical devices. Nearly half of the total goes to orthopedic surgery. Yet doctors who were surveyed about implant prices could only accurately estimate the prices about one-fifth of the time.
  • Federal judge: Ban on gun sales unconstitutional
    U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang Chang noted Chicago's ban not only covers federally licensed dealers, but also gifts among family members, in the name of reducing gun violence.

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