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Dayton says he'll veto GOP spending bills, resume budget talks next week

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:41am
The governor and GOP lawmakers have just over a week left to negotiate the state’s next two-year budget.

Meet 26 immigrants who are changing the Twin Cities restaurant scene

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:25am
Land of lutefisk? Hardly. Meet 26 immigrants who have woven their cooking into the fabric of Minnesota, changing the Twin Cities dining scene forever.

Rosemount woman charged with using grad party fund for sex toy account

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:06am
The total amount of money stolen topped $8,700, authorities said.

'Fat Pants Friday' mega-sandwich at Wayzata restaurant totals 3K calories

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:06am
Every Friday, 6Smith unveils a massive, Instagram-ready dish that you have to see to believe.

Outspoken teacher sues St. Paul schools, alleges retaliation

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:26am
Aaron Benner alleges district retaliated against him after he accused it of lax discipline practices.

Trump: I was going to fire that 'showboat' no matter what

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:16am
The president declared he had planned to fire FBI Director James Comey all along, regardless of what top Justice Department officials recommended, even as Comey's temporary replacement and others contradicted more administration statements.

St. Olaf: Racist note that spurred student protests was 'fabricated'

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:21pm
The college president made the revelation after first not disclosing the validity of the note but saying its author had confessed.

Officials say Nixon Library tweet that trolled Trump was inappropriate

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:05pm
The message, which some saw as a bizarre jab at Trump, had been retweeted more than 39,000 times.

WNBA general managers pick Lynx to win league title

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:46pm
The Lynx also were voted as having the league’s best home-court advantage in a season when they’ll be playing at Xcel Energy Center.

U.S. may ban carry-on laptops on all flights from Europe

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:30pm
The action would extend a limited ban in March, when the United States and Britain barred passengers traveling through airports in 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying devices larger than a phone.

The fittest city in America? It's Duluth, actually

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 9:06pm
Surprise! Minnesota's northern city comes in at No. 1 on Fitbit's new list of rankings.

Will Michael Floyd become the Vikings' new Cris Carter?

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 9:06pm
In May of 2005, two notable events in Vikings history occurred: the Wilf family was approved as the franchise’s new ownership group … and running back Onterrio Smith was detained at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport with a Whizzinator — a kit designed to beat drug tests. That transgression by Smith would prove to be a footnote in the organization’s 2005 off-field embarrassment story after several players had a memorable party on Lake Minnetonka during the bye week in October. A month later in November, Zygi Wilf distributed a new 77-page “code of conduct” to Vikings players, coaches and others related to the team. It was in direct response to what had happened in 2005 but also to the Vikings’ reputation for off-field transgressions that went further back in time. Kevin Warren, now the Vikings’ chief operating officer, was the team attorney at the time. He was quoted as saying of the code of conduct: “It was done so that the Wilfs can continually define the character of the organization, and to make it very clear to all employees that there is a certain standard that ownership abides by and then expects [everyone else] to abide by.” He also said: “If you go out and do something that you would not want to do in front of your spouse, your parents or your kids, and it becomes public, there [are] going to be some ramifications.” In a cover letter describing the code of conduct, Zygi and Mark Wilf called it “a level of ethical and professional conduct well above the minimum required by law.” Head coach Mike Tice, who was in charge during a lot of that tumultuous era (and in fact had his own ticket scalping scandal in 2005), was fired right after the season ended despite the team’s 9-7 record. Brad Childress was brought in, and the Vikings worked to rehabilitate their image. Fast-forward nearly 12 years. The Wilfs are still the owners, and presumably had final authority over whether the Vikings should sign troubled wide receiver Michael Floyd a couple weeks after drafting Dalvin Cook. This is not an attempt to suggest the Vikings have abandoned their code of conduct. Rather, it’s an occasion to note that getting tough on transgressions — a favorite move in the playbook of organizations trying to appeal to fans — is eventually going to run up squarely against another popular sports story: the notion of redemption after past transgressions. Vikings history is littered with examples of players who made good on second chances and/or leaps of faith. Randy Moss fell in the draft because of character questions. Everson Griffen’s early career was littered with off-field problems. And maybe most notable in Vikings lore: Cris Carter was plucked off the waiver wire from the Eagles for $100 after a less-than-perfect start to his NFL career. Floyd’s transgressions, of course, are more fresh. He was arrested in December after he fell asleep in his vehicle. His blood alcohol level was .217, nearly three times the legal limit. The Vikings are saying Floyd has learned from it, but this was his second offense after also having a drunk driving arrest during his junior year at Notre Dame. Carter on Wednesday tweeted in support of Floyd, saying “I remember ppl doubting me on/off the field, a lot like Michael Floyd. This turnaround can happen again and we believe in you. Welcome home.” Floyd, the former Cretin-Derham Hall star, probably wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been arrested in December, since that prompted the Cardinals to cut him. He also wouldn’t be here if the Vikings didn’t think he could help a thin wide receiver group. His second chance (third, really) is predicated on talent and the hope of personal redemption, just as it was with Adrian Peterson a few years ago. The order of importance is for the skeptics and optimists to sort out. The Vikings have certainly cut ties with players in the last dozen years who ran afoul of team rules or worse, so Warren’s statement about “ramifications” so many years ago isn’t hollow. But it was always going to be at odds with inevitable decisions about second chances. And as long as there are stories like Carter’s — he went on to catch 1,004 of his 1,101 career passes with the Vikings in a Hall of Fame career — there will be signings like Floyd. We’ll see where this story goes from here.

One dead, three arrested after Mpls. shooting

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 8:00pm
The victim’s name and gender have not been released.

Minnesota ranks near top of best states for working moms

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 7:41pm
An analysis by personal finance website WalletHub found that Minnesota ranked as the second best state in the nation for working mothers.

Fulton releasing beer celebrating Star Tribune's 150th anniversary

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 5:26pm
The EXTRA! EXTRA! American Pale Ale will be available on the newspaper’s May 25 anniversary date.

6 years for unlicensed motorcyclist who killed Army vet in Scott County

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 5:26pm
The defendant has a long history of traffic violations; his license was revoked at the time of the crash.

Outspoken teacher sues St. Paul schools over 'hostile' work environment

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 3:46pm
Aaron Benner alleges district retaliated against him after he accused it of lax discipline practices.

After rainout and latest roster move, Twins pitching still in flux

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 3:46pm
Phil Hughes starts Thursday, Ervin Saturday on Friday and there's still uncertainty about Saturday. That game will not be started by Adam Wilk, a lefty claimed on waivers from the Mets

In reversal, Forest Lake decides it wants to keep police force

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 3:46pm
A three-year contract agreement will be presented to union members Thursday for a vote.

New owner of Arctic Cat to shutter North Loop headquarters

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 3:46pm
The move to the hip downtown Minneapolis neighborhood was meant to increase the firm's visibility.