Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, along with 15 of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been singled out by the Huffington Post for taking the "Ice Bucket Challenge" this summer to raise money for ALS research despite voting to cut government funding for that same sort of resear ... More >>
Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe once again hurled himself into the Twin Cities football spotlight last week, threatening to file a lawsuit against his former team for wrongfully firing him over his support for LGBT rights. But while all the attention's been on Kluwe, another potentially huge law ... More >>
Lawmakers in other states are now turning to Minnesota's new cannabis law as a model for their own legislation, despite the law's restrictions on eligibility and usage. Over the past few weeks, legislators in both Pennsylvania and Georgia have turned to the Minnesota law, which passed in May, as a ... More >>
Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson has been charged with first- and third-degree assault for allegedly booting former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in the head early yesterday morning. (Read the full backstory here.)The incident partially involved a case of mista ... More >>
During a WCCO radio appearance yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton characterized the likelihood of any medical marijuana legislation being signed into law this year as between "slim and none." He lamented that "the advocates who want to be able to smoke leaf marijuana... are not interested in carrying [a me ... More >>
Amelia Weaver had been developing like any other child when she was stricken by a seizure. The family and a pediatrician figured it has been the result of a high fever, but the immobilizing fits came back and over the years intensified. Further testing showed that the little girl from Hibbing, unabl ... More >>
The 8-2 Gophers football team has won four consecutive Big Ten games and will play its biggest game in years tomorrow when it hosts arch-rival Wisconsin (the Badgers are also 8-2). SEE ALSO: Gophers football fan photobombs ESPN camera during Stanford basketball game [IMAGE] In advance of the big gam ... More >>
In a statement released this afternoon, University of Minnesota officials announced Jerry Kill will be taking a leave of absence from coaching the Gophers football team to focus on his epilepsy treatment.RELATED: Star Tribune apologizes for Jim Souhan column about Coach Kill's epileptic seizures As ... More >>
After Gophers football coach Jerry Kill collapsed at halftime during a September game against Western Illinois, some hoped it would be the only time his epilepsy made front-page news this season.But Saturday morning, Kill suffered another seizure, and stayed home in Minnesota while his team traveled ... More >>
Jeff Dubay hasn't quit Twitter, as he threatened to do after taking a lot of 140-character heat for calling global warming a "left wing conspiracy" on his ESPN 1500 radio show last month. In fact, his latest Twitter imbroglio might be his most lively yet.SEE ALSO: Dave Ryan's Twitter rant leads to ... More >>
A bicyclist sustained a severe head injury after colliding with a car during a race in downtown Minneapolis Saturday. Shaina Briscoe, 28, an avid cyclist and volunteer for 89.3 The Current, has been unconscious and in intensive care since the accident. Shaina is a loud advocate for bike safety, an ... More >>
It's been a frustrating week for Matthew Rodreick. Committees in the House and Senate have released their budgets for health and human services programs, and a bill that would fund curative spinal cord injury research in Minnesota is absent from both. Rodreick originally brought the idea for the b ... More >>
Last October, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe spent an entire day in a wheelchair for a documentary on spinal cord injury. The movie premiered at Brave New Workshop in January, just after lawmakers introduced a bill that would fund curative spinal cord injury research in Minnesota. As it now looks like ... More >>
Michele Bachmann claims she's infallible when it comes to truth and falsity, but in reality, the AP concluded she was so full of it during her presidential run that they simply gave up on fact-checking her.SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann goes on apocalyptic radio show, says Obama supports Sharia lawBut P ... More >>
In the midst of serving a 10-year sentence for assault, 36-year-old Scott Lipe recently received some bad news: He's being charged with second-degree murder in connection with the same incident that landed him behind bars in the first place.SEE ALSO: Jacob Engler, 21, steals car in Minnesota, drives ... More >>
Jerimiah "J.J. Moen, the 2012 Golden Groves Tri-state champion, collapsed after the first round of a Saturday afternoon super-heavyweight boxing match against Matt "Bubba" Fowler in East Grand Forks. He lost consciousness in the ring and never regained it before being pronounced dead Wednesday.SEE A ... More >>
A bill that scientists say could be key to furthering spinal cord injury research in Minnesota passed its first committee hearing Monday afternoon. Introduced by Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, the proposed legislation would designate $8 million from the state's general fund to curative spinal c ... More >>
In November, Wild goalie Josh Harding went public with his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. He vowed to continue his NHL career, but the odds looked to be against him sticking around for long -- only one other player saw game action in the pros following an MS diagnosis, and Jordan Sigalet's one-game N ... More >>
An opinion released by the Minnesota Supreme Court today is an especially fun read as far as court rulings go. At issue is whether calling a professional "a real tool" in online reviews of their work is defamatory.SEE ALSO: Supreme Court considering case of Duluth doc who sued after reviewer called ... More >>
Treading North frontman Gabe Rodreick has been making music nearly all his life. When he was a sophomore in high school, having played piano since age 5, Rodreick was accepted to the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. But the summer before his junior year began, Rodreick traveled to ... More >>
Sen. Jeff Hayden introduces bill to fund curative spinal cord science
Sen. Jeff Hayden introduced a bill at a capitol press conference this afternoon that would appropriate $4 million in state funds to be used for curative spinal cord research in Minnesota. The subject of this week's cover story, the bill was inspired by the story of Gabe Rodreick, a 20-year-old from ... More >>
Pauline Phillips, the original Dear Abby, died yesterday at the age of 94. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.SEE ALSO: Bobby Vee: I have Alzheimer's Disease Phillips, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, began writing the Dear Abby column in 1956 under the name Abigail Van Buren. At the colum ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Derek Boogaard concussion: Did season-ending injury play a role in enforcer's untimely death?A new study published by the Minneapolis-based American Academy of Neurology finds that NFL players are at a higher risk of death from brain damage. That'll come as little surprise to those who hav ... More >>
Pop heartthrob Bobby Vee has announced via his personal blog that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. The 69-year-old, born Robert Thomas Velline, has known about his condition for about a year, but just recently made the news public."As my buddy Fabian says, getting ... More >>
The last year and a half has surely been an extremely frustrating time for Twins first baseman and former MVP Justin Morneau. In July 2010, Morneau, 30, took a knee to the head while sliding into second base to break up a double play in Toronto. He was concussed, but the impact didn't look severe ... More >>
Courtesy Maran Wolston.Maran Wolston developed symptoms of MS in 2006.For Maran Wolston, learning she had developed Multiple Sclerosis was frightening enough. But the treatment was a horror in itself. Wolston, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Minnesota, believes she received years of questi ... More >>
Veronica King: Left her sister to die on the floor.Veronica King abandoned her 71-year old sister after she had a stroke in their Madison, Wisconsin home. King didn't help Mary Coleman up, didn't call for medical help, didn't even bring her food. Veronica's son Steven didn't help Coleman, either ... More >>
Hennepin County JailRachel Reeves is off the hook for murder--but maybe not for long.Rachel Reeves was supposed to go to trial yesterday on charges that she killed her 15-month old, Julia Leigh Rivera, two years ago. But when a key witness--the babysitter who was with the little girl when she sto ... More >>
Photo: BanspyBack in January we told you about Shirley and Gary Schroeder, a Green Bay couple entrusted with the bank accounts of a cousin in a Minnesota assisted living facility suffering from Parkinson's disease. The looking-not-so-loyal family members were accused of filching hundreds of ... More >>
Photo courtesy 200 Perfect JumpsKevin Burkart doing his thingA couple of years ago, Kevin Burkart completed 100 skydives in one day to raise $40,000 for Parkinson's Disease. But no, that wasn't enough. So tomorrow, June 16th 2010, Burkart's doubling down: He plans to make 200 -- that's right, ... More >>
Via Al JazeeraEllison and his wife are separatingLooks like the marriage of Rep. Keith Ellison and his wife, Kim Dore Ellison, is in trouble. Married for more than 20 years, they have filed for legal separation. They have four children and live in North Minneapolis. Although Ellison is the ... More >>
What should the NFL do about the mounting evidence of long-term harm caused by concussions? Reader feedback encouraged.
Blowing out a pig's brains with an air compressor and inhaling some of the result will make you very ill.
Ultimate fail: Announcing someone is dead on an official Web site when it isn't actually true.
The death of a 97-year-old man thrown to the floor by wrestling legend Verne Gagne was ruled a homicide.
Today, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said the death of Gutmann was a homicide.
MinnPost tells the tragic story of Gagne, who suffers from Alzheimer's-related dementia, and an alleged attack that might have resulted in the death of another resident in his retirement community.
Anyone who's spent a decent amount of time hanging out in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis knows Patrick Ashang. For years the Nigerian-born flower salesman has been a fixture in area watering holes like the Viking Bar, the Red Sea, and Palmer's Bar, notable for his ever-present grin.
Fort Snelling's VA Medical Center is rehabilitating brain-damaged soldiers. But that's only half the story. Sunday's PiPress featured a lengthy story about Army Staff Sgt. Eric Cagle, a soldier so severely brain damaged in Iraq he spends four hours a day in intensive therapy at the VA Hospital in Mi ... More >>