'Your story will be written': Ilhan Omar's stormy rise

Rep. Ilhan Omar walks through a crowd at a press conference at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Evan Frost | MPR News

In the span of a few short years, the Minnesota congresswoman has gone from a behind-the-scenes activist in Minneapolis politics to a polarizing figure known around the world.

After 2 years of waiting, Americans will see Mueller report

U.S. Attorney General William Barr attends a First Step Act celebration in the East Room of the White House April 1, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images

The Justice Department on Thursday is expected to release a redacted version of the special counsel's report on Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, opening up months, if not years, of fights over what the document means in a deeply divided country.

Man fatally shot by law enforcement in Coon Rapids

Authorities investigate a shooting involving police at Foley Boulevard and 99th Avenue in Coon Rapids Thursday, April 18, 2019. They haven't offered any details on what prompted the incident or who may have been shot. Tim Nelson | MPR News

Authorities say a Coon Rapids officer was conducting a traffic stop at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, when a male suspect fled on foot and fired shots at the officer. A statement from the sheriff's office says the suspect posed a threat to law enforcement and was shot.

Testimony at Noor trial highlights tensions between police, prosecutors

Retired Minneapolis police officer Mike Quinn at his home on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Matt Sepic | MPR News

The Minneapolis police officers who responded to the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk have been facing some tough questions in the trial of the former police officer who pulled the trigger.

Art Hounds: Globally infused banjo tunes on 'Intermodal Blues'

Michael Rossetto performs music from his debut album “Intermodal Blues” Friday, April 19, at the Cedar Cultural Center as part of a dual CD release concert along with David Huckfelt. Photo by Graham Tolbert

Plus, Art Hounds recommend an ice-skating performance inspired by black social dances and an Earth Day singalong with Dan Chouinard.

Keillor's bookstore sold to a St. Paul native

St Paul native Nick Ballas has purchased the former Common Good Books in St Paul and is renaming it "Next Chapter Booksellers.” Fans of the store were concerned after founder Garrison Keillor put it on the market in January that it might eventually close. However, Ballas, who describes himself as a long time indie bookstore customer, decided to buy the business. He said it’s a good time for such stores as many readers still enjoy browsing through shelves and talking about books with other readers and booksellers. Euan Kerr | MPR News

Common Good Books in St. Paul has a new owner and a new name, "Next Chapter Booksellers."

Some polls show parents' growing fears of dangers at school

Students chant "enough is enough" on the steps of the State Capitol during the Minnesota March For Our Lives in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Evan Frost | MPR News

Polls consistently capture growing fears among American parents that their children face imminent danger whenever they go to school.

Appeal to census lawsuit ruling adds uncertainty to citizenship question's fate

The Census Bureau is counting on the Supreme Court to resolve the legal battle by June so that 2020 census forms can be printed. But an appeal in a Maryland lawsuit could complicate that timeline.

How to make high school more interesting? Here's an idea

White Bear Lake High School seniors Andre Keller, 18, and Bela Larsen, 17, operate Haas Mini Mill they use in a precision machining course in White Bear Lake, Minn. on Friday, April 12, 2019. Evan Frost | MPR News

Programs are developing ways to help students get hands-on experience and a better shot at jobs or internships after school.

Bus carrying Germans crashes, kills 29 on Portugal's Madeira

Rescue officials attend the scene after a tour bus crashed in Canico on Portugal's Madeira Island, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal's Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing more than a few dozen people and injuring a few dozen others, local authorities said. Rui Silva | AP Photo

A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal's Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said.

North Korea test-fires a new tactical guided weapon

President Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Hanoi. Evan Vucci | AP

The Korean Central News Agency says Chairman Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science.

AG Barr orders immigration judges to stop releasing asylum-seekers on bail

The ruling by the attorney general is the latest step by the Trump administration designed to discourage asylum-seekers from coming to the U.S.

Fumblerooski? Vikings out $72K in luxury box scam

A San Francisco man wanted in several states for financial fraud swindled the Minnesota Vikings, writing bad checks to rent luxury suites for two games last fall at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Arbitrator orders police officer reinstated after firing

Officer Phillip Lombardi was sacked in 2018 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault.

Is Duluth the best option for climate refugees?

The Coast Guard Cutter Alder passes under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, Minn. Monday, January 14, 2013 during an operation to keep the Duluth Harbor shipping channels clear of ice. Derek Montgomery for MPR

The number of global climate refugees is expected to increase in the next few decades as some areas become too hot and drought or rain events grow more extreme and frequent. Duluth is considered among the most "climate-proof" cities in the U.S.

After Boeing crashes, more people want help taming fear of flying

If you're scared of flying, the news of two recent airline crashes might have you in jitters. Instructors who help people overcome that fear say enrollments have doubled since the incidents.

Winter storm left costly damage in southern Minnesota

Damaged power poles are seen along a southern Minnesota highway after a storm brought ice and wind to the region from Wednesday through Friday, April 10-12, 2019. Courtesy of Freeborn-Mower Cooperative

The electricity is back on for nearly all of the thousands of Minnesotans who lost power after last week's late winter storm. Now, work is beginning to tally up the costs of the blizzard that pummeled much of the state with ice, snow and wind.

Appetites: Midwesterners know what a proper ham is

A photo illustration of a ham dinner taken by Ted Polumbaum, circa 1957. Courtesy Ted Polumbaum

Ham is the traditional centerpiece for the Easter dinner. If you're celebrating the holiday, chef and cookbook author Amy Thielen wants you to celebrate with the right kind.

Scientists restore some function in the brains of dead pigs

The cells regained a startling amount of function, but the brains didn't have activity linked with consciousness. Ethicists see challenges to assumptions about the irreversible nature of brain death.

Fox News to host town hall meeting with Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks to guests during a campaign stop at the Marion County Democrats soup luncheon at the Peace Tree Brewing Company on Feb. 17, 2019 in Knoxville, Iowa. Scott Olson | Getty Images

Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed on Wednesday to become the second Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel, and others are soon to follow.

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