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The 5 best Twin Cities burgers of the year (so far)

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:26am
Every week, Burger Friday shines the spotlight on a metro-area burger. Here are the five that have made the most favorable impression in 2017.

Distracted driver hits, injures Woodbury boy going to school

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:11pm
A driver preoccupied with her phone hit and severely injured a Woodbury boy who was riding his bike to school Friday morning, police said.

The time the Wolves passed on Isaiah Thomas and went down a draft rabbit hole

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:40pm
Vice Sports has a fascinating look back at a point guard draft blunder the Timberwolves made during the David Kahn era. Shocking, right? (No, not that draft blunder). Instead, this one is about the 2011 draft, when the Wolves traded for the No. 57 pick in the second round but didn’t use it on sneaky prospect Isaiah Thomas, who went three picks later to Sacramento with the final pick in the draft. OK, so that doesn’t really qualify as a draft miss since nobody knew at the time what a star Thomas would become. But it did provide an interesting entry point for Vice to write, in great detail, about the mystery man the Wolves took instead: Tanguy Ngombo of Qatar. The short version of the story is that the Wolves scouted Ngombo, an athletic 6-6 wing, and thought he might be a good project player. The problem, they would soon discover, was a discrepancy in his age: was he 21 or was he 27? Vice talked to Pete Philo, the Wolves director of scouting at the time. “Every single time I was around anything in terms of documentation — brochures, flyers, stat sheets, everything his name was on — said 1989,” Philo says. “So to me, he’s eligible. I can’t tell you how many guys I’ve scouted internationally, but it’s been a lot. I can’t remember the last time I said, ‘there’s something fishy, let me figure out if he’s the real age or not.’ It says 1989, you see it on multiple documents, away you go. He’s draft-eligible.” After a lot of back-and-forth and no real conclusions, the NBA decided to let the pick stand — with the caveat that it would investigate further if the Wolves ever tried to sign him. That never happened, as they renounced his rights two years later when Flip Saunders took over for Kahn. Ngombo has gone on to have great success in Qatar. Thomas has gone on to have great success in the NBA.

Residents' billboard message objecting to Ford site plans is rejected

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:06pm
With a public hearing looming, Highland Park residents are ratcheting up their activism.

Groenewegen's no-hitter powers Gophers past Northwestern

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 9:15pm
Gophers season continues into Saturday after star pitcher shuts down Wildcats.

Couple to wed after losing nearly 600 pounds together

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:56pm
Frustrated with his ever-growing weight that peaked at 675 pounds, Ronnie Brower began dieting and working out on his way to losing an astounding 458 pounds. His four-year fitness journey, chronicled on Facebook, earned him the admiration of a woman at his gym who similarly was trying to lose a lot of weight.

Airline sends them on $1,042 Italian spree after Mpls. flight – but doesn't pay up

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:40pm
Q: My girlfriend and I flew from Minneapolis to Naples, Italy, on Delta Air Lines and Alitalia recently. We missed our connection in Paris. Alitalia put us on the next flight to Naples and confirmed that our bags would be placed on that flight.

Melissa McCarthy mocks Sean Spicer with motorized podium in NYC streets

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:21pm
Melissa McCarthy has gone into the streets of Manhattan to lampoon White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Don't call me Caitlyn: Baby name plunges in popularity

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:05pm
Don't call me Caitlyn.

Dayton follows through on threat, vetoes 5 budget bills

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 7:31pm
Gov. Mark Dayton rejected the budget bills that reached his desk this week, urging Republicans to reconsider their budget proposals.

Google narrows Edina search warrant to obtain only one record

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:25pm
The warrant was condemned by internet privacy advocates when it was first made public in March.

St. Francis High football coach arrested in prostitution sting

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:06pm
He was arrested April 12 for allegedly agreeing to engage in prostitution with a minor.

Charges: St. Paul marijuana deal gone bad ends in fatal shooting

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:50pm
Brock Larson of Minneapolis was shot late Tuesday.

Reusse: Gophers bosses outraged over the leak? How 'bout the actual sexual harassment?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:31pm
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.

World cyberattack cripples UK hospitals, demands ransoms

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:00pm
Britain's health service was hit Friday by a huge international cyberattack that froze computers at hospitals across the country — an attack that shut down wards, closed emergency rooms and brought medical treatments to a screeching halt.

3 measles cases in Crow Wing County bring Minnesota total to 54

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:41pm
New cases are all members of the same family.

Blue Line shutdown this weekend; I-94 closure in Maple Grove

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:10pm
The sun will be shining on travelers heading to Mother's Day brunches and this weekend's fishing opener, but the question is can motorists keep a sunny disposition while navigating a growing list of road construction projects?

Parents demonstrate at school where 8-year-old was bullied

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:51pm
About a dozen people gathered outside an elementary school Friday demonstrating on behalf of an 8-year-old boy who killed himself two days after being bullied and knocked unconscious by another student.

Hall & Oates jams get jazzy while Tears for Fears hits sound right from '80s

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:51pm
Review: Beloved MTV heyday duos draw 14,000 to the concert in St. Pau's Xcel Energy Center.

Maple Grove woman charged in crash killing 2 Mounds View High teens

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:51pm
Investigators believe the crash could have been avoided had the suspect been driving the speed limit.