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The first time Dawn Peel tried to get help in the mental health clinic at the Minnesota’s women’s prison in Shakopee, she brought a stack of papers 8 inches thick, she said. They were records documenting more than 150 appointments she’d had with her psychologist before she went to prison.

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As Minnesota deals with an early summer spike in drug overdoses, some of the suppliers who put the lifesaving Narcan treatments on the street are finding out their government funding is being cut, if not eliminated.

Toshieka Washington can easily list off what $100 a month means to her: two rolls of toilet paper instead of just one, laundry detergent, Wi-Fi in her apartment, clothes for her rapidly growing teenage son and colored pencils for her 6-year-old.

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ST. PAUL — Schools around the state are set to see a funding boost next year (as well as the year after) under a $48 billion, two-year spending plan passed through the Legislature and was signed into law.

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It’s dark — can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face dark — as a fishing boat slowly makes its way along the shore of Crystal Lake, about 20 minutes south of Detroit Lakes.

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Fair’s official 2019 commemorative art is a photo for the first time since the fair started choosing artwork in 2004 to celebrate the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 said Friday he “knew in an instant I was wrong” and apologized to her family, just moments before a judge brushed off a defense request for leniency and ordered him to prison for 12…

It's goodbye MNLARS and hello VTRS. Pronounced VIT-russ, it stands for Vehicle Title and Registration System.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel and help on her tax returns and must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled Thursday.

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Kevin Kling is a wild man whose adventurous spirit has got him into a few scrapes over the years, many of which he has then related in stories he’s told on stage and in books. But he admits Interact Center for Visual and Performing Art’s gala celebration in his honor has made him nervous.

High school graduates receiving their diplomas this month have better job prospects than those who graduated in 2007. But they’re still worse off than high school graduates in 2000. That’s according to a new report from the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute.

A Maplewood woman convicted in the drug overdose deaths of three men will be back in court later this month to resolve charges in two other third-degree murder cases.

ST. PAUL — The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning about a recent rise in scams targeting people looking to buy puppies.

Most of us will continue to pay a tax every time we visit the doctor, a clinic and other health care providers in Minnesota. A major accomplishment of the legislative session was a bipartisan agreement to extend a tax on health care providers but at a lower rate, after it had been set to dis…

Screens, homework and highly structured lives are changing childhood in such a significant way that scientists and advocates have given the phenomenon a name: nature deficit disorder.

This past January, Garry Nims and Patrick Belcher became roommates. Patrick, who is 30 years old, looks after Garry, 72. Patrick helps Garry with transportation, cooking and other tasks.

ST. PAUL -- If it hadn’t been for an embarrassing state government computer system, Minnesota’s elected leaders might be bickering today about a state budget and headed toward a government shutdown.

ST. PAUL – Minnesota exports grew to $5.4 billion, representing growth of 1.5 percent between the first quarters of 2018 and 2019, according to a report released last week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). U.S. exports grew 1.4 percent during the same…

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Chronic wasting disease was a contentious topic this legislative session. Lawmakers came in with a laundry list of tough proposals designed to slow the spread of the fatal deer disease.

If you’ve driven along Highway 5 in Chaska in recent weeks, you may have noticed a five-spired building taking shape on the grounds of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Gov. Tim Walz doesn’t want to call this a status-quo legislative session, even though some of his political allies and fellow Democrats have already started calling it that.

During story time recently at Wellstone Elementary School in St. Paul, teacher Matt Proulx paused to remind his kindergartners about his expectations for them.

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As the hemp and CBD industry takes shape in Minnesota, state lawmakers and industry advocates are going through some growing pains. Regulations worked into a budget bill awaiting Gov. Tim Walz’ signature concern some in the nascent, but fast-growing industry.

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