As fire continues, state halts most Northern Metal operations in Becker

State pollution control regulators Friday ordered the Northern Metal Recycling to stop accepting scrap metal at its site in Sherburne County, effectively halting the company's operation at the facility before it could begin.

Quiz: Can you recognize a state park in just one photo?

Are you a state park super fan? Think you could tell a state park from a photo alone? Here’s your chance to test your state park chops.

Klobuchar struggles in Nevada to maintain momentum

Saturday’s Nevada caucuses are a big test for Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar as she seeks to sustain the momentum from her surprise third place showing in New Hampshire.

Ellison: Mille Lacs band still has 61K-acre reservation

Minnesota's attorney general contends the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation still exists. In a legal filing this week, Attorney General Keith Ellison backed the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's assertion that the band has 61,000 acres across the south shore of Mil…

St. Paul educators voted for a strike. Here’s what that means

St. Paul teachers and support staff have voted to authorize a strike. They’ll set a strike date next week.

Home renovators reap rewards of reuse, recycling

Hundreds of thousands of tons of construction and demolition waste — much of it from home tear-downs and remodeling jobs — end up in landfills every year. But some homeowners are learning it's environmentally and financially rewarding when those materials…

'Unseen artist' Eric Tucker spent decades painting — but nobody knew

Boxer and laborer Eric Tucker created hundreds of paintings of his hometown — and kept them secret, stashed around his house. Now, almost two years after his death, he has a museum exhibition.

Survival of the friendliest: How our close friendships help us thrive

On average, people have only four very close relationships, author Lydia Denworth finds, and very few people can sustain more than six. But the effect of these few core relationships extends beyond our social lives.

Bogus story of an immigration raid brings chaos to Hmong market

Hmong community leaders are scrambling to set the record straight after an online post falsely claimed that federal immigration agents had arrested hundreds of people at a popular St. Paul market. Its posting set off a frenzy, playing on the fears of a ve…

Report: Minnesota paying out 135K annually due to wolf kills

In the last decade, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has paid out an average of $135,000 on about 110 wolf depredation claims each year.