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Here come the Republicans who want to be governor; flood updates; a priest resigns; steel protests; turtle races

Monday, June 23, 2014

  • GOP contenders for governor gear up for a fight
    With Minnesota's primary election about six weeks away, the four Republican candidates for governor have been busy raising money and reaching out to voters. But there's a big question hanging in the air: Will the summertime primary will generate much interest among voters?
  • Q&A: Billy Glaze case puts DNA analysis in spotlight
    Sophisticated DNA analysis that can identify a person's genetic fingerprint today didn't exist when Billy Glaze was tried and convicted in the late 1980s for the murders of three American Indian women in Minneapolis, Kathleen Bullman, Angeline Whitebird Sweet and Angela Green.
  • Flood updates: Stillwater bridge closing, insurance help
    Survey crews are out measuring river flows and stream gauges in the wake of the heavy rains that have caused flooding in many parts of the state. Here's an update on the impact of flooding around the state.
  • Mendota priest resigns; deacon steps aside
    A Mendota priest has resigned from his parish after a Clergy Review Board reviewed a 1998 incident in which the priest allegedly touched a 17-year-old boy. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said a second priest is stepping aside temporarily while a sex abuse investigation is reopened.
  • Tea party, police clash in western Wisconsin town
    A pedestrian bridge over Interstate 90 has linked the two sides of a western Wisconsin burg for decades. But over the last year, the town of Campbell's overpass has become the front line in a Hatfield vs. McCoy free-speech clash between a tea party activist and the police chief.
  • In memories of St. Paul's Rondo, a young woman finds home
    In this latest installment of our Young Reporters series, Daina Stanley explains how she was able to find a spiritual home in the Rondo neighborhood through the stories and memories of her family.
  • Steel industry, workers, speak out against steel dumping
    Steel companies and union workers are claiming that the illegal dumping of steel into the United States at below-market costs by South Korea and other countries threatens thousands of American jobs -- including those on Minnesota's Iron Range.
  • Photos: World Cup anguish in Minneapolis
    Fans gathered at Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis to watch in hope and anguish as the U.S. and Portugal met in a tough game in the World Cup on Sunday, fighting in the end to a draw. Photojournalist William Matsuda documented the emotional highs and lows of the game.
  • Our favorite fan photos from Brazil
    We're updating this photo gallery everyday with photos that convey the rowdy excitement excitement of fans on hand for the World Cup of "the beautiful game."
  • Death of pedestrian in Blue Line train accident ruled as suicide
    The medical examiner on Sunday determined the woman died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries. The office identified the woman as 41-year-old Karen Lynn Fraser of Minneapolis.
  • Mitch Rapp lives
    Best-selling author Vince Flynn died just over a year ago, but his terrorist-fighting protagonist Mitch Rapp will live on in new books written by someone else, Flynn's publisher says. Thriller writer Kyle Mills will complete Flynn's unfinished novel, "The Survivor," and write two more books in the Rapp series.
  • Twins clinch historic sweep at Target Field
    The Minnesota Twins closed a four-game sweep yesterday for the first time in the history of Target Field, which opened in 2010. MPR's Cathy Wurzer touched base with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune.
  • In Perham, turtles are a cause for celebration
    Perham's annual Turtle Fest pits turtle against turtle in races and brings folks from all over to cheer them on. Photojournalist Derek Montgomery stopped by to capture the not-so-speedy fun.
  • Iraq at risk again: How did we get here so fast?
    It's crumbling so quickly: Just 2 1/2 years after American troops came home, Iraq is back in crisis. There were plenty of warnings, of course. Here's a look at how we got here:

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