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Minnesota officials tout $650 million in HMO savings

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:05pm
New HMO contracts and risk adjustment savings account for the gains annnouced Tuesday.

Pollard to be freed; US analyst spied for Israel

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:05pm
Jonathan Pollard, the former Naval intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years.

North Minneapolis teen bakery to expand to St. Paul

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:05pm
Cookie Cart will add a location on St. Paul's East Side, is seeking more than $3 million for renovations.

New domes installed atop Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., in $7.2M makeover

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:05pm
Three new domes have been put in place atop the Corn Palace tourist attraction in Mitchell.

From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:25pm
Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee.

Zimmer calls CBA rule limiting training camp pass coverage 'ridiculous'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:25pm
There must be a lot of old-school DNA bouncing around inside this observer’s skull because he finds himself nodding often when Mike Zimmer is trying to make a point about his coaching philosophy and thoughts on restrictions placed upon teams and developing players when it comes to practicing under the new collective bargaining agreement. No, that doesn’t mean the NFL should go back to players beating each other to  pulp twice a day for weeks on end. But in some instances, things seem to have gone too far the other way and could end up hurting players who need certain practice avenues that are now prohibited. One of those, according to Zimmer, is the rule that defenders can’t play press coverage against wide receivers. In other words, they can’t jam, bump, bang or pretty much touch receivers coming off the line of scrimmage throughout OTAs, minicamp and the first two days of training camp, which can’t be done in pads. “[Today] will be the first day that we can press, which is, in my opinion, ridiculous,” Zimmer said. “Guys go out and try to press in games, but all through OTAs and minicamp and the first two days of training camp, they can’t press.” Per CBA rules, no heavy contact is permitted when players aren’t wearing pads. But it’s a rule that’s bent because, well, when 300-pounders are trying to simulate NFL action and they’re that close to each other, they tend to forcefully thud into each other. “Oh, there’s way more [contact] on the line [that in press coverage]. Way more,” Zimmer said. “That’s why I say, it’s ridiculous [that there is no press coverage allowed]. If you’re a corner and you’re trying to get better pressing and you can never do that, it’s really hurting your career, possibly, because you can’t practice it.” On a positive note, Vikings No. 1 corner Xavier Rhodes’ strength is press coverage. So having to play off the receiver has been good for him, Zimmer said. But now, starting today at 2:45, Zimmer, the DB guru, will be able to see his big corners jam receivers. “We’re going to look slopping [today] in pressing because we haven’t done it in six months,” Zimmer said. “But it’s something we’re going to have to work on starting [today].”

Apartment boom in Twin Cities begins a shift to the suburbs

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:45pm
The Twin Cities apartment boom, which is transforming Minneapolis and St. Paul, is now thundering into the suburbs, where rentals are full and there’s plenty of developable land.

Feds say woman bought guns for Twin Cities crime spree

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:05pm
Investigators say that for months, authorities say, a young woman calmly walked into a Robbinsdale gun store and legally bought guns and quickly turned them over to a member of the well-known Somali Outlaws gang.

Boyfriend sets speed trap in Cottage Grove, nabs girlfriend with proposal

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:45pm
Officers pulled over the unsuspecting woman, but instead of getting a ticket she got an engagement ring from her high school sweetheart.

With bump to $9/hour, Minn. ushers in region's top minimum wage

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:45pm
Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.

Father says son killed by Plymouth police didn't 'deserve to go that way'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:45pm
Father of man fatally shot by officer at Arby’s says he doesn’t know why incident escalated.

Help wanted: High school refs and umps

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:05pm
Fewer people are officiating high school games, amid concern that sportsmanship problems are making it harder to retain and recruit people and some younger officials have less patience for putting in the time needed to advance.

New deal for Harrison Smith will wait for now

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:45pm
“The contract stuff doesn’t really come into my mindset when I step on the field,” Smith said. “When I’m on the field, I want to go make plays. End of story.”

In Twin Cities, issue of gay Boy Scout leaders is unclear

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:45pm
Several churches contacted Monday weren’t aware that they might have to make a decision about allowing gay leaders in the Scout troops they sponsor.

A lake by any other name ... requires a lot of paperwork.

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:05pm
It takes a lot of patience to rename one of Minnesota's 11,842 lakes.

Meet the man who polished 'Kinky Boots'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:05pm
The Cyndi Lauper musical, which debuts in Minneapolis on Tuesday, was shaped by a Broadway guru who got his start in the Twin Cities.

Probe into East Ridge football eligibility questions continues

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:05pm
Amid accusations leveled by former East Ridge football player Jojo Garcia, a Gophers recruit, an investigation continues whether additional players violated eligibility rules.

Cardinals name woman to training camp coach position

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:05pm
The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason.

Authorities: 4 dead after small plane crashes in Wisconsin

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:25am
Authorities say four people have died after a small plane crashed in a field in rural western Wisconsin.

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:25am
President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."