People & Places

  • Addiction battled ambition for reporter caught in D.C.'s crack epidemic
    In the late 1980s and early '90s, Washington, D.C., was a city under siege. As with other cities, it descended into near chaos because of the crack epidemic that claimed even innocent lives. Whole neighborhoods became war zones, and the nation's capital became the nation's homicide capital.July 3, 2014
  • Children's author Walter Dean Myers dies at 76
    Myers wrote more than 100 children's books, winning five Coretta Scott King Awards and two Newbery Honors along the way. Myers' mission was as social as it was literary.July 3, 2014
  • Video: World's largest jetliner leaves MSP
    No doubt there are plenty of people who couldn't care any less that a really large airplane took off into a beautiful sunset at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday evening. But for thousands of others, the reaction to the four-day stay of the Antonov 225 was a stirring reminder of the magnificence of flight and the human mind that allows it to happen.July 3, 2014
  • Pentagon decides to dig up remains of long-lost soldier
    After years of refusing to act, the U.S. military has decided to disinter the possible grave of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, a POW from World War II who is buried anonymously in an American war cemetery in the Philippines.July 2, 2014
  • Reunion for man who was pulled from burning SUV
    The Minneapolis man, pulled to safety by the superhuman strength of a Woodbury man, got a chance to meet each other again.July 2, 2014
  • Winona County sheriff to auction 4 seized horses
    The Winona County sheriff plans this week to auction four horses that were seized in February.July 2, 2014
  • The coffee shop with no employees
    In Valley City, N.D., the Vault is getting its share of national exposure this week because it doesn't have a barista. It doesn't have any employees. It operates on the honor system, the Fargo Forum reports. The attention started with a single TV report a week ago.July 2, 2014
  • Zombie Pub Crawl exhumed from West Bank
    Fake blood-makers rejoice! The Zombie Pub Crawl is back. This October will mark the 10th time that drunk people dressed as zombies have taken to the streets of Minneapolis. But some changes are afoot for the city's annual infestation of walking dead.July 2, 2014
  • Robin Williams being treated at Hazelden
    Publicist Mara Buxbaum said Williams is "taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud."July 1, 2014
  • Native tongue: Teacher brings Lakota language to 'Star Spangled Banner'
    Lorna Her Many Horses grew up on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation, but she didn't master the language of her ancestors until she came to Minneapolis. She now teaches the Dakota language, of which Lakota is a dialect, in the Minneapolis public schools. She's also been working to translate "The Star Spangled Banner" to honor her family members who are veterans.July 1, 2014
  • Step inside the world's largest plane: Antonov 225
    The largest airplane ever built will be in the Twin Cities for another day.July 1, 2014
  • VA offers doctor's appointment to man who died in 2012
    Nearly two years after her husband died, a Massachusetts woman has received a letter saying that a Veterans Affairs hospital was ready to see him. Suzanne Chase's husband, Doug, was a Vietnam veteran who died of a brain tumor; the agency is apologizing over the mistake.July 1, 2014
  • Minneapolis celebrates first Somali-American Day
    The City Council voted to designate July 1 because it's also Somalia's Independence Day. The day highlights the achievements of the Somali-American community.July 1, 2014
  • Record rainfall hasn't cured what ails White Bear Lake
    Despite a record month for rainfall in Minnesota, it's been a drop in the bucket toward restoring the lake to its previous luster.June 30, 2014
  • Guy rips open door, pulls driver from burning car
    Instead of running away, Robert Renning, "with his bare hands -- bent the locked door in half from the top down. The glass shattered and Renning reached in and pulled Johannes to safety," the State Patrol said.June 30, 2014

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