Santas of color, once met with controversy, now in high demand
Santa Larry made headlines in 2016 when he made his debut, because he was the first-ever African-American Santa at the Mall of America. While black and Hispanic Santas are common in other parts of the country, they're not in Minnesota.
Ex-cons get a deeper look from employers in tight Minnesota job market
With Minnesota's near-record jobless rate and more openings than people looking for work, there's new opportunity for people who've historically had the hardest time landing jobs — people with criminal records.
Bostrom stuns St. Paul City Council with surprise retirement
After more than 20 years on the St. Paul City Council, Bostrom said that "it's time to move on."
What you need to know about another wild week in the Russia investigation
The president's former personal lawyer is going to prison. A Russian woman is set to plead guilty to acting as a foreign agent. A former Trump national security adviser will soon learn his fate too.
Listen up: MPR News staffers' favorite podcasts of 2018
The day is only so long, but new podcasts are coming all the time. Never fear -- MPR News is here with our picks for the year's top podcasts.
Federal jury convicts 5 on charges they operated huge sex trafficking ring
Prosecutors say the national ring victimized hundreds of women from Thailand.
Arctic report card documents 'cascading effects' of rising ocean temperatures
The U.S. government says rising ocean temperatures and melting ice have resulted in the "most unprecedented transition in history" in the Arctic, leading to extreme weather events across the globe.
Fentanyl surpasses heroin as drug most often involved in deadly overdoses
When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect on the overdose rate.
Departed Strib film critic disputes plagiarism charge
Colin Covert says his borrowing of phrases from other writers constitutes "fair use."
Art Hounds: Fine pottery at The Phipps
Plus, Art Hounds recommend a bilingual performance of Handel's "Messiah" and a dance concert set to the soundtrack of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
Almost 15,000 migrant children now held at nearly full shelters
With government shelters across the country nearing capacity, officials are considering a range of options from releasing the children more quickly to building more tent cities.
Superior residents ask feds to end use of toxic chemical at refinery
After an explosion and massive fire at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wis., in April, residents of Superior and Duluth are calling for the end of the use of a hazardous chemical used at the plant called hydrogen fluoride.
Evelyn Berezin, computer scientist behind groundbreaking word processor, dies at 93
In addition to revolutionizing how the world writes, Berezin also developed the first computer system for making airline reservations.
Election officials rethink 2020 presidential primary
A proposal that Secretary of State Steve Simon will put before lawmakers would shield party preference for the 2020 presidential primary. He's also seeking to institute an election exclusively by mail.
Tribune, Tronc and beyond: A slur, a secret payout, and a looming sale
Tribune Publishing secretly started to pay more than $2.5 million to a fired news executive to settle a lawsuit. It sought to keep a slur by controlling owner Michael Ferro from becoming public.
Minnesota undermines White House at UN climate talks
J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director for Minnesota-based Fresh Energy, tells MPR News about the state's presence at international climate change talks in Poland.
Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses
Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally.
Mayors and governors rebut Trump administration position at climate summit
Federal officials at the U.N. climate meeting are ignoring climate science and touting coal and fossil fuels. But local and state authorities pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.
America's growing cop shortage
A hot job market and skepticism about law enforcement are making it harder for police departments across the country to replace officers who are retiring.
Trump wants to roll back federal water protections. What will that mean for Minnesota?
The rule likely won't have significant impact in Minnesota, where state regulations of wetlands and other water bodies have been in place for decades. Here's a breakdown of the proposal and what it might mean for the state.