Klobuchar makes the kill switch an issue The senator says the ability to remotely disable a stolen phone would deter theft and protect users' data. But critics say such technology won't work -- and could have some bad consequences.
Next arctic assault surges south Gusty northwest winds from 20-45 mph are picking up the loose chicken feather snowflakes that fell last night. The result? More blizzard and wind chill warnings around the state.
Why would you polar plunge? Speaking of the deep freeze: We're kicking off a series of stories about the unusual, entertaining and downright risky things Minnesotans do in the depths of winter. Like polar plunging.
Apostle Isle ice caves reachable by foot "For the first time since 2009, the coastline of Lake Superior has frozen hard enough that people can venture out onto the ice and into the sea caves that line the shore near Wisconsin's Apostle Islands," Boing Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker writes.
Green Line light rail service to start June 14 The $957 million project is on budget. Even though the line has not opened, the project has spurred about 100 development projects totaling a $1.7 billion investment along the corridor that have been built, planned or are under way, according to the Met Council.
MIA connects 'sacred' past with 'spiritual' present That word "sacred" made contemporary art curator Elizabeth Armstrong nervous at first. She wasn't sure if it would be relevant. But she realized the secular world that we live in today is actually really hungry for a connection to the sacred.
Dayton questions Capitol's Civil War artwork Dayton also questioned the tradition of hanging portraits of former governors lining the walls inside the Capitol. So far, all the state's governors have been white males. Dayton said he doesn't see the relevance of the portraits.
U of M ramping up security after campus crime spike The university added three officers to its police ranks. It's also adding dozens of new security cameras, extending hours of shuttle bus services, and rolling out key-card access to all university buildings.
Historic Dinkytown buildings up for demolition Minneapolis' Heritage Preservation Commission votes today on whether to recommend a permit to demolish two commercial buildings in the Dinkytown neighborhood to build a six-story hotel.
Prosecutor: Woman lied about men in al-Shabab Prosecutors say a Tennessee woman who lied to a grand jury in 2009 about knowing men who left Minnesota to join a terrorist group in Somalia had actually warned the men to be careful in case the FBI was listening.
Whole Foods bans produce grown with sludge Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who use treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake; the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.
Obama and Pope Francis set a date The March meeting during Obama's European trip will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter, but Obama has carefully followed the pope's progress since Francis took charge of the Roman Catholic Church 10 months ago.
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