Saunders to coach Timberwolves After the team's coaching search was complicated by Kevin Love's uncertain future in Minnesota, the Timberwolves decided the best course of action was to have Saunders, who was hired last season as president of basketball operations, step in for a second stint as coach until the situation stabilized.
Target in the crosshairs of gun rights fight In the wake of gun rights advocates bringing rifles into Target stores in Texas and several other states, the retailer suddenly finds itself in the middle of an apparent battle between them and people who want it to prohibit guns in stores.
Should Target keep rifles out of its stores? In recent months, restaurant chains Chili's, Starbucks, Chipotle and Jack in the Box have denounced open-carry displays after armed men gathered in their stores. Today's Question: Should Target take action to keep rifles out of their stores?
With endorsement, Minn. Senate race may now attract national attention, money Now that the well-funded businessman Mike McFadden has won the GOP endorsement to challenge Sen. Al Franken, a broader coalition of national donors and political groups may throw their weight behind the former investment banker. But this influx of cash could give Franken a compelling reason for Democrats to give to him.
More details on house fire that killed 5 The fire started in an area where investigators found an unknown melted mass. City records show an inspector cited the property for lack of electricity in August and threatened to condemn it.
Biggest Green Line safety threat: Left turns, says Metro Transit Although passenger service service doesn't start until June 14, three vehicles have collided with test trains making the trip between St. Paul and Minneapolis. On The Daily Circuit, Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington says in all three cases, police cited the drivers.
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