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Past articles by Brett:

After internet fame, early morning capture, high-climbing raccoon finally released into wild

The more than 12-hour long saga of a high-climbing raccoon in St. Paul, Minn., that captivated the internet for most of Tuesday afternoon and evening came to a dramatic end around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning when the animal finally scaled the last few feet of wall and was ultimately captured in a live trap on the roof of UBS Tower. → Read More

Citing racial disparities, Minneapolis to end low-level marijuana stings

Minneapolis is working on a plan to discontinue low-level marijuana stings, a policy shift that follows similar changes in cities throughout the country and comes at the request of Mayor Jacob Frey. → Read More

New University of Minnesota program looks to revolutionize medical school

A new program at the University of Minnesota Medical School is looking to revolutionize the way doctors are trained, progressing some students more quickly based on competency rather than a traditional model which trains everyone at the same pace. → Read More

Teen charged for alleged hack of Minnesota government databases

A 19-year-old with the internet moniker "Vigilance" was charged in federal court Tuesday for allegedly hacking into Minnesota government databases and posting sensitive information for thousands of government employees online, saying afterword the act was a protest of the acquittal of officer Jeronimo Yanez for the shooting of Philando Castile last year. → Read More

No more first class, smaller seats highlight Sun Country changes

Sun Country Airlines announced it would be revamping the interior of all its planes Wednesday as a part of a broader rebranding effort, eliminating first-class seats and slimming some seats in an effort to provide a better value for its passengers. → Read More

Storylines to watch for as Vikings OTAs resume

The Vikings resumed organized team activities Tuesday at their new facility in Eagan, the next installment of their offseason training program as they look ahead to the 2018 season. → Read More

Minneapolis Police pull out of controversial 'BulletProof' training

The Minneapolis Police Department announced Tuesday it will no longer be participating in a controversial law enforcement training event this week, the result of backlash from community members who felt the seminar promoted a militarized police force. → Read More

NTSB: Flying at low altitude caused Mississippi River plane crash last October

A pilot's decision to fly at low altitude led to to the fatal crash that claimed the lives of a Minnesota man and his wife last October, according to an NTSB report released Monday. → Read More

Tim Pawlenty officially announces run for governor

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is officially running as a Republican to get his old job back, announcing another campaign for the state's executive office via a social media video Thursday afternoon. → Read More

Trump's border security proclamation doesn't yet affect Minnesota National Guard

Minnesota won't be sending National Guard members to protect the United States border with Mexico—at least for now—after President Donald Trump talked of plans earlier this week to... → Read More

Two teens charged as investigation into fatal party bus shooting continues

Billy Ray Robles, his girlfriend insists, is no gang member—and the bullets that killed him were almost certainly intended to strike someone else. → Read More

Rep. Mary Franson apologizes for apparent comparison of Parkland students to Hitler Youth

Minnesota Rep. Mary Franson apologized Wednesday for comments made on Facebook over the weekend that seemed to compare the "March for our Lives" student protesters to Hitler Youth, though she still denies any intention to draw a parallel between the two groups. → Read More

'Red alert' in Lake Elmo due to chemicals in water supply

The City of Lake Elmo has issued a red alert over a high level of chemicals in the town's drinking supply, with officials saying they're taking a well and a water tower out of service this week to address the issue. → Read More

Freeman: Uncooperative officers left 'no choice' but to use grand jury

During a press conference Tuesday afternoon Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman blasted a number of police officers who he said did not cooperate with the investigation into their counterpart Mohamed Noor, who was charged Tuesday with the shooting death of Justine Damond last July in south Minneapolis. → Read More

Erin Murphy's gubernatorial campaign workers become first in country to unionize

Campaign workers for gubernatorial candidate Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, officially signed a collective bargaining agreement Monday, making the group the first governor's race in the country and the first campaign in Minnesota to unionize. → Read More

3 arrested by FBI linked to Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center bombing in Bloomington, Minnesota

FBI agents arrested three men in Illinois Tuesday they suspect were involved in last year's bombing of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, with officials announcing they were charging all three in relation to the incident at an afternoon news conference in Minneapolis. → Read More

Dayton celebrates Minnesota's progress, diversity in final State of the State address

Just one year after collapsing during his State of the State speech, Gov. Mark Dayton opened his final address to both sessions of the Minnesota Legislature by joking about the incident, rewarded by attendees with a long laugh. → Read More

Minneapolis schools reach tentative contract agreement with teachers' union

The Minneapolis School District and its teachers have agreed to a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations, according to a Monday release. → Read More

St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao to plead not guilty in voting case

St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao will plead not guilty to charges stemming from an incident last November in which the then-mayoral candidate drove an elderly Hmong woman who did not speak English to the polls and assisted her in the voting process, according to Thao's lawyer. → Read More

Nearly 1-in-5 high school students now use e-cigarettes, study says

Tobacco use among those under the age of 18, on a nearly two-decade decline fueled by research showing its ill effects on the body and a subsequent flood of advertising on the subject, rose in 2017 largely due to the use of e-cigarettes. → Read More