Iron Rangers blast Dayton over Essar Steel deal

The site where Essar Steel will mine for taconite ore was relatively quiet Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015, but that will change in the near future as mining will begin before all the facilities are fully operational. Derek Montgomery | For MPR News

Mesabi Metallics won the bidding last summer over Cleveland Cliffs to take control of the Essar Steel site. Most Iron Rangers wanted Cliffs. That led to some intense verbal sparring Monday between Rangers and Gov. Mark Dayton.

Video: Everything you need to know to vote early in Minnesota's midterm elections

In Minnesota, you can cast your ballot as early as 46 days before Election Day. That's September 21 for the general election on November 6. Jiwon Choi | MPR News

In Minnesota, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can cast your ballot in person or by mail now. Here's how.

Mental health struggles surface for Vikings' Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen #97 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after sacking Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game on January 14, 2018. Hannah Foslien | Getty Images

A police report made public Tuesday says the defensive star was ordered to stay away from the team pending a mental health evaluation and that the Vikings security chief asked authorities to check on Griffen's wife and children.

Country's newest solar factory opens on the Iron Range

Jason Michael (left) and Dylan Cianni (right) inspect portions of an unfinished panel Thursday, September 13, 2018 while training for positions at Heliene, which is a new solar panel plant in Mountain Iron, Minn. In a facility previously occupied by the now-shuttered Silicon Energy, Heliene plans to open a new solar plant and begin producing panels in September with full production by October. With plans to hire up to 120 employees, the company says its workers will be producing premium panels with some of the most efficient technology in the industry. Derek Montgomery for MPR News

The first solar panel factory to open in the U.S. in 2018 started production last week in Mountain Iron, Minn. Three other solar manufacturers have closed in Minnesota since last year. But there's hope this factory will buck the trend.

South African's memoir details a life of not belonging

The four years South African writer Sisonke Msimang spent in St. Paul were just some of many she spent in exile as the daughter of an ANC activist. She recounts her experiences in her memoir “Always Another Country.” Nick White | Courtesy of World Editions

In "Always Another Country," Sisonke Msimang retraces the steps that led her to St. Paul and beyond.

Running for office, Muslim women hope voters will see more than faith and gender

Hodan Hassan is hoping to win a seat on the Minnesota Legislature. Courtesy of the candidate

A common theme among Muslim women in political races is that they draw inspiration from Ilhan Omar, now running for the U.S. House.

Taken for a ride: M.D. injured in ATV crash gets $56,603 bill for air ambulance trip

After an accident in an all-terrain vehicle crushed a doctor's left arm, he was whisked by air ambulance to the closest trauma center for specialized care. Soon he was fighting over the $56,603 bill.

Drug treatment programs and jails work together to help inmates

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge's Tony Fondie and Gena Evans stand for a portrait outside of their offices in south Minneapolis on Friday, August 10, 2018. Evan Frost | MPR News

Collaborations between county jails and treatment programs aim to help people who depend on opioids or other drugs to get treatment and avoid the dangers of overdose.

Environmental, tribal groups ask PUC to reconsider Line 3

Approximately 50 people come together to demonstrate against Enbridge’s Line 3 though Minnesota. Bemidji, Minn., August 28, 2018 Monika Lawrence for MPR News

Environmental and tribal groups have asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its approval of Enbridge Energy's plans to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Judge OKs $210M deal to pay Twin Cities clergy sex abuse victims

Clergy abuse victim David Lind, right, hugs fellow survivor Jamie Heutmaker after the confirmation hearing for the bankruptcy plan filed by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis at the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis September 25, 2018. Courtney Perry for MPR News

A federal judge on Tuesday backed a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Twin Cities archdiocese that includes $210 million to compensate more than 400 victims of clergy sex abuse.

Minnesota's fall colors season is changing, right before our eyes

Trees seen from Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Bridget Bennett / MPR News

Warmer temperatures are making for a later, brighter fall color season. But it's not all good news.

Health officials working to make flu shot more effective

Medical assistant Lim Ros prepares to administer a flu vaccine at Central Pediatrics in St. Paul, Minn., on October 25, 2011. MPR Photo/Nikki Tundel

Last year's shot was only 36 percent effective according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Former Minneapolis cop charged with sexual misconduct faces trial by judge

David Edward Campbell Courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors say David Campbell's victim was a 16-year-old girl who was dating his son. The criminal complaint alleges that in 2017 Campbell assaulted the girl on several occasions including while he was on duty and in uniform.

Trump shrugs off laughter at U.N.: 'Didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK'

Trump boasted to the General Assembly that he's accomplished more than almost any previous administration -- a claim that prompted laughter from the assembled diplomats and other world leaders.

Six questions: What happens now that Jim Knoblach has ended his campaign?

Ways and Means Chair Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, discussed some fiscal costs associated with a bill that addresses evaluation and retention of Minnesota public school teachers at a press conference Feb. 26, 2015. Jeffrey Thompson | MPR News

Republican Rep. Jim Knoblach's abrupt decision to end his reelection campaign raises a number of political questions. Here are some of them.

Minneapolis community funds focus on lead poisoning, asthma

Northern Metals Inc., a north Minneapolis metal shredding company, paid a penalty for exceeding its air emissions permit in 2010 and has since worked with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on compliance. The company's facility is shown in a photo from Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. MPR Photo/Stephanie Hemphill

A gathering Thursday in Minneapolis seeks ideas on how to spend $600,000 for outreach and helping at-risk families get help.

Audit: state overcharged for some MNLARS transactions

A new report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor details data accuracy issues with the state’s vehicle licensing and registration system.

One week window opens for teachers to opt out of union dues

This week, Minnesota teachers and school staff have their first opportunity to opt out of paying union dues since a major Supreme Court decision that allows them to do so.

Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison in sex case

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the second day of sentencing in his sexual assault trial on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In April, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. 60 women have accused the 81 year old entertainer of sexual assault. Mark Makela | Getty Images

At the end of a two-day hearing the sentence was handed down with an admonishment from the judge: "It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come."

Weezer made a video for its 'Africa' cover, and of course it stars 'Weird Al' Yankovic

If you've ever wanted to see the Internet fold itself up into a burrito and consume itself hungrily over the course of four minutes, you've come to the right place.

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