Photos: Gay ND couple celebrate wedding vows in Moorhead Justin Metz and Richie DePaolis, who currently live in West Fargo, N.D., were among the first 18 same-sex couples who repeated vows in a Moorhead, Minn. courthouse in the early morning hours of Aug. 1, 2013. Photographer Ann Arbor Miller spent the evening with the couple and sent this photo essay.
Greater Minn. performers play bigger role at Fringe Festival Most performers in the Minnesota Fringe Festival hail from the Twin Cities. But executive director Robin Gillette's worked hard the past seven years to entice performers from around the state to join in the fun and the effort appears to be paying off.
Senate confirms B. Todd Jones to head BATF The Senate has voted in dramatic fashion to clear the way for one of President Barack Obama's nominees. But it's taken one senator to switch her vote, another to fly back from North Dakota and an afternoon roll call that stretched into the evening.
New Minn. laws include sick leave, 911 calls, bus driver safety Same-sex marriage is the highest profile new law taking effect here on Aug. 1. But there are a few other changes to state law today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer has more about laws that changed regarding sick leave, 911 emergency calls, bus driver safety and bicycles.
Mpls. municipal electric utility hearing packed Citizens, business representatives and clean energy activists packed the Minneapolis City Council chambers on Thursday for a public hearing on whether the city should consider forming its own utility.
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