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Alice, one of Como Zoo's gorillas, is pregnant again

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 1:55pm
Como Zoo officials are crossing their fingers because Alice, a Western lowland gorilla, is pregnant again.

Dwyer, Groenewegen power U to Big Ten softball tournament title

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 1:55pm
The Gophers enter NCAA tournament play riding a 25-game winning streak.

In testing missile, N. Korea challenges South's new leader

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 12:20pm
Just five days after South Korea elected a president who expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea, Pyongyang sent a challenge to its rival's new leader on Sunday by test-firing a ballistic missile.

As legislative endgame nears, who has the upper hand?

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 12:20pm
An orderly and on-time conclusion to the legislative session was already starting to look iffy last week as Republican lawmakers and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton remained far apart as they try to negotiate a two-year, $46 billion budget just a week before lawmakers are supposed to go home for the year.

Cookbook author Amy Thielen remembers her 'hopeful' Minnesota homecoming

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 9:50am
“The New Midwestern Table” author tells what happens when you "Give a Girl a Knife" in her new memoir.

Can the Twins beat Cleveland again? Follow the play-by-play on Gameview

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 8:40am
The Twins play the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of their three-game series today in Ohio. Get the latest updates on Gameview,

An alert researcher, cooperation helped stem cyberattack

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 7:50am
The cyberattack that spread malicious software around the world, shutting down networks at hospitals, banks and government agencies, was stemmed by a young British researcher and an inexpensive domain registration, with help from another 20-something security engineer in the U.S.

Tight supply continues to hamper Twin Cities home sales

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 12:00am
April listings drop 8.3 percent, heating up competition and boosting prices.

United's loss to MLS-best Toronto FC a 'learning process'

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 8:06pm
United FC on Saturday fought back from a pair of one-goal deficits against Toronto FC before conceding the winner in the 77th minute

Equity-strapped sellers in Twin Cities keep starter homes in short supply

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 8:06pm
More than 20 percent of metro homeowners who have a mortgage wouldn’t clear enough money in a sale to cover real estate commissions and other selling costs and to make a down payment on another home, according to a Star Tribune analysis.

'Uncertainty on all sides' as flow of refugees into Minnesota slows

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 8:06pm
Arrivals hit a low of 66 statewide in March, roughly one-fifth the level of a year ago, before rebounding slightly in April. Somalis, who last fall were a majority of refugees in the state, made up less than a quarter of last month’s arrivals, based on new data from the State Department.

Walleyes cooperate on Crane Lake on first day of fishing opener

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:50pm
The morning was chillier than predicted — in the mid- to high 30s at sunup — but walleye fishing generally was good on Crane Lake on the season opener Saturday. Walleyes were caught in 14 to 16 feet of water on shiner, chub and fathead minnows

Samantha Ponder: She and Christian were 'easy targets' in Minnesota

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:50pm
Having read a handful of good, thoughtful interviews involving ESPN’s Samantha Ponder in recent months, I was happy to get a chance to talk to her this week about her new role on NFL Countdown as well as other subjects. She was candid and thoughtful as usual, and more of that material will appear in Sunday’s print edition in Q&A format. But I was particularly struck by some of her remembrances of the time she spent in Minnesota with her husband, Christian, when he was a Vikings’ quarterback. Ponder, who made the media rounds this week as a spokeswoman for XYIENCE energy drink and its Lone Survivor Foundation, basically said they kept their first child a secret because of the poor treatment they received from people in Minnesota. Their daughter Bowden was born in the summer of 2014, near the end of Christian’s time with the Vikings. Their second child is due “any day now” and has been far less of a secret. That’s no coincidence, she said. “We were easy targets when we were (in Minnesota). And that’s not like a ‘poor us’ thing, but things weren’t going well. Things were rough in public. I had some really bad encounters and basically kind of stayed home for a while when we lived there,” she said. “It comes with the business. I get it. … It just got so bad when we were there that we decided, ‘we’re going to protect this.’ People can say whatever they want about Christian or me, but if we can protect my stress level while I was pregnant and our newborn baby, we were going to do that as much as we could. And it has been different since we moved.” The encounters weren’t just in public, of course. They were even more frequent on social media — particularly Twitter. “In some ways, I embrace the hate. As long as you have a firm foundation elsewhere and don’t depend on other people to make you feel good or bad, then I think Twitter can be a great thing,” Ponder said. “Sometimes it does get a little out of hand. As people in Minnesota learned very quickly, I just started blocking people. Especially when you’re pregnant and don’t want to be super stressed out, if you don’t see it, that makes it a whole lot better.”

Twin Cities actor blows the whistle on 'unsafe' theater production

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:16pm
New Epic Theater's staging of 'Medea' was to star Guthrie leading lady Michelle O'Neill and Twin Cities leading man Mark Benninghofen.

Minneapolis cooking couple remake their home around dream kitchen

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:00pm
A dynamic new kitchen is the centerpiece of a whole-house makeover for a Minneapolis restaurateur and chef.

Muddy Waters takes to Twitter in latest dispute with Abbott Labs

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:00pm
Self-described whistleblower Muddy Waters accuses firm of trying to silence its critics.

Reusse: Gophers bosses outraged over leak? How about the actual harassment?

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:00pm
Dean Johnson is steaming mad, and it’s about the news being leaked, and not so much to the action partaken by Randy Handel that led to the complaint.

Follow along: Gophers play for Big Ten softball title at 6 p.m.

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:25pm
Sydney Dwyer's second home run of the game gave Minnesota a 6-5 victory over Illinois and a spot in the Big Ten title game, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Click here to follow the action.

Cop who played football with kids influenced new Washington County sheriff

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:06pm
A local officer connected with Washington County's Dan Starry and his brother.

Santana walks five but finds a way to help Twins shut out Cleveland

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 5:16pm
Miguel Sano’s first-inning home run stood up in the 1-0 victory, as Ervin Santana struggled at times with five walks but moved to 6-1 on the season.