From disease to habitat loss, researchers lay out Minnesota's bleak climate realities

A tree stands in silhouette in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Evan Frost | MPR News

Minnesota lawmakers considering new legislation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions got their second crash course Thursday. This time, it was on all the ways climate change is already harming the state.

Flu season ramps up across Minnesota

A nurse practitioner prepares a seasonal flu vaccination for a patient at a clinic Sept. 1, 2009 in Chicago. M. Spencer Green/ASSOCIATED PRESS

This year's strain of flu is milder and public health officials think more people have gotten vaccinated.

On day Jayme escaped, suspect sought job -- with dodgy resume

Jake Thomas Patterson makes his first appearance on video before Judge James Babler at the Barron County Justice Center in Barron, Wis., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Patterson, a Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months, made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus, authorities said Monday. Adam Wesley | The Post-Crescent via AP

The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an "honest guy" even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.

St. Paul cop who kicked man indicted for excessive force

Frank Baker, 53, in the offices of his attorney on March 27, 2017, after reaching a tentative settlement with the city of St. Paul over an encounter with a police dog in June. Tim Nelson | MPR News

The indictment, sought by the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, includes one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, which carries a maximum 10 years in prison.

Smooth ice thrills Twin Cities skaters

Amy Nelson glides on clear, smooth ice on Lake Minnetonka Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Jiwon Choi | MPR News

Even in the middle of a weekday, dozens of skaters could be seen from the shore of Lake Minnetonka. They were all out enjoying near perfect conditions not seen in years -- clear, smooth ice without snow on top.

GOP, DFL lawmakers seek to trim special ed paperwork

Sen. Greg Clausen, D-Apple Valley, and Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, introduce bills to cut back on paperwork for special education teachers on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Elizabeth Shockman | MPR News

Concerned about the paperwork pressures on Minnesota's special education teachers, state senators on Thursday offered bipartisan legislation that they said would reduce those paperwork demands by up to 52 hours per student.

For the men behind Laurel and Hardy, another fine mess

“Stan and Ollie” explores the relationship between Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy later in their lives after their glory days were over. The film stars Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy. Nick Wall, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

The new film "Stan and Ollie" examines the lives of the pair after the cameras stopped rolling.

Is the writing on the wall? Minn. to debate cursive in school

Bobbi Barron practices cursive handwriting, Feb. 12, 2018, during a meetup with the group Tiny Motor Things at Fair State Brewing Cooperative in Minneapolis, Minn. The group aims to fight the demise of cursive handwriting skills and traditional correspondence. Matthew Hintz for MPR News

A new bill before the Minnesota Legislature would require a state agency to write up a cursive curriculum, although school districts could decide whether to introduce it.

Minnesota farmers high on hemp's potential

When harvested, this male industrial hemp plant will produce hemp oil. Photographed on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, near Callaway, Minn., on the White Earth Reservation. Hemp production is expanding in Minnesota under a pilot program approved by the Legislature. Ann Arbor Miller for MPR News

Congress legalized industrial hemp as a crop in the latest farm bill -- and Minnesota farmers and economic development officials are ready to jump into the new industry. Minnesota's hemp program coordinator urges caution as the state breaks new ground.

Criminal case against Jake Patterson not a simple one even though he said 'I did it'

Jake Thomas Patterson makes his first court appearance on video before Judge James Babler at the Barron County Justice Center in Barron, Wis., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Richard Tsong-Taatarii | Star Tribune via AP

Legal experts say even with a confession the case against Jake Patterson is not an open-and-shut case.

Heads-up for Sunday, a super 'blood moon' is on the way

Not only will the moon be particularly close to Earth, but it will also be bathed in a reddish light just before midnight Eastern time.

Where to find free food, discounts if you've been furloughed

The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis has made headline worldwide for its approach to creating and selling meatless meat substitutes. Courtesy of James Norton | Heavy Table

There's no end in sight to the government shutdown -- now the longest in U.S. history -- but these local businesses are stepping up to provide some relief for impacted workers.

Women's March divisions offer lessons for Democrats on managing a big tent

The third annual Women's March is Saturday. The first march, held the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, was a moment of unity. But now there are questions about keeping the united front together.

Federal judge strikes down lame-duck changes to Wisconsin voting laws

The bills were passed after Republican Gov. Scott Walker was defeated but before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was sworn in.

Trump postpones Pelosi trip to war zone after she postpones State of the Union

"In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate," the president wrote to the speaker.

Key Democrat wants answers from EPA on Minnesota mine plan

This undated file photo shows the LTV Steel processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., which was taken over by PolyMet Mining Corp. to use as a copper-nickel processing plant. A top state official said Wednesday he was finalizing plans for retaining an outside law firm to handle lawsuits stemming from PolyMet Mining Corp.'s proposal extract the medals and operate the plant, which is expected to be challenged regardless of whether state regulators approve the project's needed permits. Mesabi Daily News via AP

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a critic of the project, said she found it "remarkable" that the federal agency did not formally weigh in before the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the final water and air permits for the project last month.

Trump administration appeals ruling blocking citizenship question on 2020 census

The Trump administration is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the first major court ruling over plans to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census.

Beloved poet Mary Oliver, who believed poetry 'mustn't be fancy,' dies at 83

Oliver wasn't always appreciated by critics, but she was still one of the country's most popular poets. In 2012, she told NPR, "Poetry, to be understood, must be clear."

In a chaotic week for U.K. politics, what's next for Brexit?

Here's what to know about key issues during this extraordinary and chaotic moment in British politics. The U.K.'s deadline to leave the European Union is March 29.

Status of Lynx star Maya Moore for '19 WNBA season uncertain

Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, drives around Los Angeles Sparks' Alana Beard in the second half during Game 5 of the WNBA basketball finals Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. Jim Mone | AP

Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said Thursday that the organization has been "in close contact" with the five-time first team All-WNBA honoree.

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