People & Places

  • Would you buy a 9/11 key chain? Memorial gift shop makes some cringe
    The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened to the public this week in New York, and with the crowds comes the controversy. Selling souvenirs at the memorial is prompting complex reactions, with some people complaining that a gift shop at such a hallowed site is in poor taste.May 25, 2014
  • On Memorial Day eve, President Obama lands in Afghanistan
    Under the cover of darkness and on the eve of Memorial Day, President Obama landed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for a surprise visit with U.S. troops. According to a pool report, Obama is expected to get an on-site briefing from his military commanders and visit wounded servicemen on the base.May 25, 2014
  • Funeral services for Ziolkowski to begin Monday
    The funeral services for Crazy Horse Memorial leader Ruth Ziolkowski will begin Monday in Custer. A public viewing has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the studio of the original log home built by Ziolkowski and her husband in 1948.May 25, 2014
  • Minnesota rifle squad members to be Obama's guests
    Members of Memorial Rifle Squad at Fort Snelling National Cemetery are planning to attend Memorial Day ceremonies in Virginia as President Barack Obama's guests.May 25, 2014
  • Michigan men finding success in failure talks
    Failure: Lab's focus is meant to stand out in a crowded field of "idea conferences," such as the global juggernaut TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design). Following TED's lead, Failure: Lab now licenses the name and concept for shows worldwide.May 25, 2014
  • Bring out your junk: A day in the life of a scrapper
    If you live in a big city and put an old appliance out on the curb, there's a good chance it will be gone the next day, picked up by those who collect discarded pieces of metal to recycle them for cash.May 25, 2014
  • Wabasha bridge renamed after Vietnam War soldier
    Gov. Mark Dayton recently signed a bill that names the bridge after Michael Duane Clickner.May 24, 2014
  • Photos: US observes Memorial Day
    From Rolling Thunder in Washington to President Obama and Brad Paisley in Afghanistan, and in ceremonies small and large across the United States, Americans are stopping to pay tribute to US military members who have given their lives in service to their country.May 24, 2014
  • Woman says dog brought attention to nearby fire
    Susan Frey says she was sleeping and her dog was biting her to wake up her. When she woke up she says she could see large flames coming from her neighbor's home.May 24, 2014
  • Why Chipotle is accused of contributing to a culture of invisibility
    You can find all the Mexican-ish food that your stomach desires at Chipotle. What you won't be able to find -- on its cups, at least -- is the work of Mexican-American writers.May 24, 2014
  • He gave his life for the nation and his name to an airport
    Few know the story of WWII fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Butch O'Hare.May 24, 2014
  • Your Minnesota weekend: Summer begins
    This weekend will be balmy and sunny, but Memorial Day weekend is about so much more than commemorating the unofficial start of summer.May 24, 2014
  • Congress to award highest honor to Army's only Latino unit
    Congress passed a bill on Thursday to honor the U.S. Army's only segregated Latino unit with the Congressional Gold Medal. If the bill is signed into law by President Obama, the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico, also known as the Borinqueneers, will join Puerto Rican baseball star Roberto Clemente as the only Hispanics to be awarded the highest civilian honor given by Congress.May 24, 2014
  • Forged and forgotten: Twin Cities ammo plant helped win WWII
    Built far away from a potential enemy attack, the plant was part of a Herculean effort to gear up for World War II. Running alongside Interstate 35W, about 11 miles north of downtown Minneapolis, the property's been known more recently as an industrial blight. At its peak, however, some 26,000 people, the equivalent of 1 percent of the state's population, worked thereMay 23, 2014
  • Video: When fog attacks
    From the "Can Your Winter Do This?" file: A couple of fishermen were out on Lake Michigan near Traverse City this week when this came along.May 23, 2014

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