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Pigs are too fat for holiday hams as prices surge

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:05am
Eating ham has never been more expensive than this year, partly because U.S. pigs are too fat.

Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:45am
Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

Slingshot pencil, electric machine gun on '10 worst toys' list

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:45am
A light-up bow whose arrows are advertised as flying up to 145 feet and the "Catapencil" — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a consumer watchdog group.

Man standing on I-94 in Brooklyn Park is hit, killed

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:25am
The driver “tried to stop, but the right front portion of the Chrysler struck the pedestrian,” a statement from the patrol said.

Twin Cities apartment sales nearing a record

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:25am
Three recent sales set price records, a fourth is on its way

Barrel O' Fun hit with hefty fines, surcharges for wastewater stench

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:25am
Residents in Perham, Minn., complained they couldn’t open their windows or leave their clothes to dry on the line. Others said the stink made them ill.

Counting critters with the Minnesota DNR

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:05am
Tracks in dirt and snow help the DNR assess Minnesota’s carnivore populations — ranging from coyotes and fox to skunks and feral cats.

Yellowstone's purebred bison arrive in NE Montana

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:45am
The Yellowstone herd is highly prized because it is genetically pure and the animals are descended from the continent’s original wild bison.

New 'Hunger Games' sequel hits a minor key in third outing

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:45am
REVIEW: After its first two terrific installments, the newest edition of “The Hunger Games” -- opening tonight in theaters -- is an extra-desolate chapter in the ongoing story, more a setup for 2015’s real finale than a complete chapter on its own.

Minnesota Vikings owners agree to put more money into stadium

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:25pm
The team plans to increase its contribution by almost $650,000 to make changes reportedly to food service, end zone seating and locker rooms. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is expected to rubber-stamp the additional money Friday.

Live Chat Replay: Our Q&A on regulating ATVs

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:25pm
The Star Tribune just completed a series about the missed warnings and risks of off-road vehicles that frequently injure or kill children. Read a chat conducted by the series reporter.

Peterson tells USA Today he regrets 'the situation' with his son, says he will never use a switch again

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:05pm
In his first interview since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for at least the rest of the 2014 season, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson again expressed remorse for harming his 4-year-old son last May and said that he will never use a switch again to discipline his children. “No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said in an interview with USA Today. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn’t mean to do this to you and how sorry I was. “I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.” Peterson, who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault earlier this month, said that he has learned that there are other ways to discipline his children. “I won’t ever use a switch again,” Peterson said. “There’s different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There’s so many different ways to discipline your kids.” As for Peterson’s future in Minnesota, which is up in the air beyond this season in large part due to the large salary cap hit he is scheduled to carry, he said he would “love” to remain with the Vikings. “I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” Peterson said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.” Peterson also said he has given thought to the idea that “maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

Strib Biz Live: Best Buy's 3Q blowout; market closes higher

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:05pm
Latest in business news from Minnesota and beyond.

Gophers breeze to victory over D-II Franklin Pierce

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:45pm
A 23-0 first-half run had Minnesota cruising all the way to a 109-57 finish at Williams Arena.

Longtime Edina residents 'up in arms' over plan to build sidewalks

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:45pm
A plan to build sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout Edina is erupting into a high-stakes fight about the city’s future — and what kind of identity a suburb should have in the 21st century if it wants to thrive.

Dangerous terrain: ATVs and open roads in Minnesota

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:45pm
No surface is more dangerous for ATVs than pavement, many road safety authorities say. But across the country, more local and state governments are allowing all-terrain vehicles to be driven on paved roads.

McGuire-Pohlad soccer group gets big supporter in Opat

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:25pm
Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat made the trip to New York City to show support for the McGuire-Pohlad led group for Thursday’s expansion presentation before MLS officials.

Twins add four prized prospects to major-league roster

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:25pm
Third baseman Miguel Sano, second baseman and outfielder Eddie Rosario, right-handed starter Alex Meyer and left-hander Jason Wheeler became part of the major-league team on Thursday,

Minneapolis police chief announces shakeup of top ranks

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:05pm
The Minneapolis Police Department has announced a major shakeup of its senior ranks.