Inspiring Lakeland teen Zach Sobiech passes away While most high school seniors have spent the school year looking ahead to the future, terminally ill Lakeland, Minnesota teenager Zach Sobiech has spent his time staring down the unimaginable.
Minneapolis schools put faith in autonomy plan In the latest effort to boost student performance, the Minneapolis school district wants to give more autonomy to individual schools. Under the effort schools would have discretion over budgeting, hiring, scheduling and curriculum.
Report: Suburban poverty doubles in metro The number of suburban Twin Cities residents living in poverty has more than doubled over the last decade, according to a new report. Data analyzed by the Brookings Institution show there are 115,000 more poor people living in the Twin Cities suburbs than there were 10 years ago.
Online porn 'copyright trolls' target Minnesotans Imagine you're accused of illegally downloading a pornographic video. Whether you actually did or not, you now face a demand to pay several thousand dollars to settle the matter. Or you could pay the legal costs of a court battle and have the allegations made public.
What do we eat? New food map will tell us Until now, the only way to find out what people in the United States eat and how many calories they consume has been government data. A University of North Carolina project wants to change that.
United to restart 787 flights on Monday The planes are returning after being grounded for four months by the federal government because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another.
Yahoo confirms purchase of Tumblr for $1.1 billion If this deal pays off the way Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer envisions, Tumbler could help Yahoo finally get its stock price to $33. The deal could backfire though if Yahoo's effort to make more money alienates a Tumblr user base that so far has been subjected to hardly any advertising.
Mixed reaction to al-Shabab sentences Wide-ranging sentences handed down in the yearslong federal investigation into recruiting and financing for the terrorist group al-Shabab have kindled a mix of outrage, confusion and relief among members of Minnesota's large Somali community.
MNSURE board picks ex-CEO as chairman The former head of a health care software company will lead a powerful board that is playing a major role in shaping the state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNSURE.
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