Andy Rathbun, Pioneer Press

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Watch: CNN crew arrested in Minneapolis live on the air

CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and three colleagues were arrested live on the air Friday morning while covering protests in Minneapolis. CNN said in a statement that the team was arrested “for doi… → Read More

Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Emmett Till

WASHINGTON — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, Congress has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduce… → Read More

After Jussie Smollett case, MN lawmaker seeks crackdown on false hate crime claims

A Minnesota lawmaker wants tougher penalties for falsely reporting hate crimes in his state after an actor in Chicago was accused of doing so. Rep. Nick Zerwas’ bill comes after actor Jussie Smolle… → Read More

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

NEW YORK — Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection, has died. She was 83. Bill Reichblum, Oliv… → Read More

Michael Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in run-up to presidential campaign

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump’s standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign. Mic… → Read More

Minnesota has good chance for mild winter, according to new forecast

This winter could be a mild one. Minnesota has a good shot at above-average temperatures December through February, according to a new winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin… → Read More

Minneapolis-St. Paul weather: April to May sees dramatic swing

Weather in Minnesota can take a dramatic turn at the drop of a winter stocking cap. This spring proved it. The Twin Cities’ snowiest and fourth-coldest April on record was followed by what en… → Read More

Snow sets perfect backdrop for a Jessie Diggins celebration in Stillwater

Even the weather was celebrating Jessie Diggins on Saturday. As inch after inch of snow fell, fans of the Olympic star lined Stillwater’s Main Street to cheer on Diggins and her historic Nord… → Read More

Visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park, one step at a time

The largest sand dunes in North America are found about four hours south of Denver, at Great Sand Dunes National Park. The park’s main dunefield rises 750 feet and stretches 30 square miles along t… → Read More

Twin Cities finally get above freezing, but more cold — and possibly snow — on the way – Twin Cities

The Twin Cities is finally getting a break from nearly three weeks of freezing weather, but it won’t last long. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reached 33 degrees just before n… → Read More

NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on ‘Today’

NEW YORK — NBC News opened the new year by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual miscond… → Read More

Twin Cities could be below zero all weekend

The chill that has fallen over the Twin Cities this week is about to get even chillier. The National Weather Service forecasts high temperatures near minus 4 on Saturday and Sunday, with lows near … → Read More

Well, the weather outside will be frightful: Coldest Christmas in more than 20 years coming

Mother Nature is giving us the gift — if that is the right word — of some truly cold weather this Christmas. The National Weather Service is predicting a high of only 3 degrees on Chris… → Read More

Temperatures to plummet in the Twin Cities, as wind, rain and snow possibly arrive

Temperatures will plummet Monday in the Twin Cities as cold weather sets in for the week. Temperatures were expected to fall from 50s Monday morning to the 30s in the evening before dropping to abo… → Read More

First snowfall of the season could come this week

Our warm autumn is about to take a turn. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro is expected to see a drop in temperatures this week that could bring the first snowfall of the season. Friday has a chance fo… → Read More

Wrong-way driver kills 2 teens on I-94 in Minneapolis, officials say

Two teenagers were killed when their vehicle was struck by a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis early Tuesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2011 BMW 535XI, dr… → Read More

Gents in Ghent: Seeing Belgium and the Netherlands for the first time

Choosing where to spend your time when planning a trip can be a conundrum, and especially so in Europe. Do you make a mad dash from historic city to historic city, seeing as much as you possibly ca… → Read More

St. Paul’s new Midway soccer stadium gets its name – Twin Cities

The new Minnesota United soccer stadium coming to St. Paul will be known as Allianz Field. → Read More

St. Paul says goodbye to ash tree, hello to Kentucky coffeetree?

Goodbye, ash trees. Hello, Kentucky coffeetrees. Take a look around and you’ll see that St. Paul’s treescape is changing. The city plans to remove 1,350 ash trees from boulevards this y… → Read More

Vandais Heights won’t have a Super Bowl ice castle after all

Vandais Heights is cancelling plans for a giant ice castle that would have coincided with the 2018 Super Bowl. → Read More