Minnesota Scenes: Your photos from June Racing at Canterbury Park, Gorillas at the zoo, Duluth in the fog and a lot of high water around the Twin Cities in the aftermath of sever weather. All that and more of our favorite photos submitted by audience members in June.
Marjorie Anderson, first woman to lead Mille Lacs band, dies at 81 The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe said former Chief Executive Marjorie Anderson died on Saturday. Anderson was the first woman leader of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in east central Minnesota, serving from 1991 to 2000. She was elected to another four-year term as chief executive in 2008.
Marijuana's mainstream march: The numbers, the debate Public opinion has moved so dramatically toward general acceptance of marijuana that even those who champion legalization are surprised at how quickly attitudes are changing and states are moving to approve the drug -- for medical use and just for fun.
Video: Mankato's Gage Towers implosion Two signature buildings on the campus of Minnesota State University in Mankato came down over the weekend. The school's interim alumni relations director, Jennifer Myers, says the buildings were demolished because they can't be updated.
Honour cites business experience as a plus in race for governor Republicans are lining up to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in the 2014 elections. But the first high-profile candidate to formally declare was businessman Scott Honour of Wayzata. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him on why he thinks he should be the next governor of Minnesota.
Duluth man gets WWII-era postcard in mail A 32-year-old Duluth man has a mystery on his hands. Tyler Scouton received a postcard last week that appears to be from the World War II era. The card is postmarked April 23, 1945, but it has a modern-day postage stamp on it.
Judge tosses 3 lawsuits against ex-Elmo actor Federal Judge Kevin Koeltl threw out the lawsuits Monday. He said the claims came more than six years after each man reasonably should have become aware of Clash's alleged violations and more than three years after each turned 18.
Sauerkraut King named in Henderson Contestants included Rick "The Mexacutioner" Rodriguez, who had never eaten sauerkraut before, and an Elvis impersonator. Another began dry heaving and begging for water, then backed out.
DNR to crack down on drunken boating The Department of Natural Resources plans to step up its patrol of Minnesota's lakes and rivers this weekend heading into the Fourth of July. The patrols are part of a national crackdown that has law officers on the lookout for boaters under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
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