In the wake of Los Angeles Times deciding to discontinue publication of letters to the editor from climate change deniers, a petition signed by more than 1,100 people as of this morning calls upon on the Star Tribune to do the same thing.RELATED: MNGOP attacks Dayton's support for clean energy in wa ... More >>
This year, instead of pardoning a turkey, Governor Mark Dayton sentenced one to death.During a ceremony today, Dayton officially donated the brother of the turkey that will be pardoned by President Obama to the St. Paul Salvation Army, where it'll be used to feed 80 people. Both turkeys were raised ... More >>
A few months back, a Department of Human Services board recommended that serial rapist Thomas Duvall be released from the state's sex offender facility in Moose Lake.THE BACKSTORY: State may release man convicted of knife-point rape and another who molested 30 childrenGovernor Mark Dayton supports t ... More >>
Project costs tend to run up once construction starts. But for the money pit that is the new Vikings stadium, even before November's groundbreaking, project planners are finding that $975 million isn't cutting it.As Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley told the Star Tribune: "We only have $975 milli ... More >>
As its ubiquitous, chic loft condominiums suggest, the North Loop is quickly becoming a hot spot for trendy Minneapolitans. Bordered by the new Twins Stadium to the southwest, Hennepin Avenue to the southeast, Plymouth Avenue to the northwest, and the Mississippi River to the northeast, the heart o ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday requesting a declaration of major federal disaster for damage caused by the severe storms that ripped through Minnesota in June. If Obama complies, FEMA will fund 75 percent of costs associated with the damage. Local and state gover ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the gay marriage bill on the Capitol steps Tuesday evening, officially making Minnesota the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to wed. Thousands gathered on the Capitol lawn on this sweltering evening to witness the historic moment, many wearing orange t-shirts -- the colo ... More >>
-- Updates below jump --The long-awaited day is finally here. This afternoon, the Minnesota House is expected to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]Earlier this week, DFL leaders said they're tota ... More >>
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will introduce companion bills to legalize medical marijuana today at the Capitol.SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuana According to a press release distributed by the pro-marijuana law reform group Minnesotans for Co ... More >>
After over 2,000 days without a raise, members of the Star Tribune Newspaper Guild will see their chant -- "Show us the green in 2013" -- answered. On Wednesday, the union approved a new contract. See Also: - Star Tribune Guild workers rally outside of the newspaper's headquarters - Star Tribune Gui ... More >>
Earlier this year, Minnesota Republicans said they wanted to see Norm Coleman challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. They won't get their wish.SEE ALSO:-- Norm Coleman on Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance: Obamas "owe Hollywood so much" -- Norm Coleman's "shadowy" American Action Network under fire fo ... More >>
A big step in Minnesota's remarkably quick march toward marriage equality will reportedly happen this week. During a conversation with WCCO's Esme Murphy yesterday morning, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, said he plans to introduce a gay marriage bill this week.SEE ALSO: Dayton's State of the Stat ... More >>
Last week we have a run-down of some of the best wings around town, but if you're looking for something other than sauce-slathered chicken (okay, there's some more of that on this list too) to serve at your game-day party, plenty of restaurants are offering their catering services over the busy week ... More >>
When the plan was approved last May, officials expected the e-pulltabs funding the $348-million state portion of the Vikings stadium to generate $100 million a month. But from their September 18 debut through the end of last year, e-pulltabs generated just $4.1 million -- total.SEE ALSO: Vikings sta ... More >>
See also:The Bachelor Farmer adds brunch and Sunday SupperThe Bachelor Farmer: Best Restaurant (Minneapolis)Obama Motorcade goes to The Bachelor FarmerIt's been a year of toasts and stars for the Bachelor Farmer. The Dayton brother's restaurant has racked up accolades and fans in its first year like ... More >>
Rejoice, Vikings fans! A bill for a new NFL stadium in Minneapolis today surmounted its last legislative hurdles -- final approvals by the House and Senate following the completion of the conference committee's work early this morning.The bill now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who, as one of the new st ... More >>
On April 16, the Vikings stadium bill seemed to die an anticlimactic death in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, which seemingly killed it with a 9-6 vote. Afterward, the chief author of the House bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said it would require someone to "pull a ... More >>
In Breaking Bad, Walter and Jesse begin their meth-cooking career by cooking in the back of an RV in New Mexico.The hit show may have inspired copycat cookers right here in the Twin Cities, as St. Paul police yesterday arrested two men suspected of cooking meth in the back of an SUV.Following up on ... More >>
So far this legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed 12 bills. Seven of them were originally drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).According to MinnPost, five of the vetoed ALEC bills would have reduced corporate exposure to lawsuits and potential damages in Minnesota. ... More >>
Legislators will hold a special meeting today in hopes of closing a loophole in the state's sex offender notification law.Current law mandates that communities are informed when offenders leave prison. But there is no notification requirement when offenders leave state hospitals for halfway house ... More >>
Minnesota VikingsIn another step toward a dystopian future, Ramsey County wants to sell parking lot naming rights.First we had the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Then, in order to capitalize on revenue from naming rights, we had Mall of America Field at the Metrodome.Soon, if Ramsey County officia ... More >>
We've been hearing for months about how the Vikings' expiring Metrodome lease means it's urgent for lawmakers to get a stadium deal done early this legislative session.Los Angeles is ready and willing, so goes this logic, to have the team play in the Rose Bowl for a couple years while a new stadi ... More >>
It's a new year, and there is no dearth of new restaurants opening in the Twin Cities. In 2011, we anxiously awaited the arrival of the Kickstarter-funded Donut Cooperative, welcomed Steven Brown and the fabulous Tilia, and covered every move made by the Dayton brothers as they prepared to l ... More >>
The Bachelor Farmer has ladies coming and goingThe Bachelor Farmer has been garnering raves from around the Cities, from four stars from Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune to Best New Restaurant awards. Just try to get a 7 o'clock dinner reservation and you'll see just how beloved the Dayton b ... More >>
Photos courtesy of The Bachelor FarmerFootfalls on wooden planks led to the front door of The Bachelor Farmer, a new restaurant that softly opened last week. It was before business hours and a knock on a locked door is answered by two immaculately dressed young men, "Hello, I'm Eric," he ex ... More >>
Yesterday, we rolled out a list of all 48 House representatives who've refused their wages as long as there's a government shutdown. Today, we bring you the senators. And there aren't a whole lot of 'em.
One man is standing up against the shutdown.There's been a lot of frustration in Minnesota today over the government shutdown. The whole thing is kind of ironic. Lawmakers who campaigned on the mantra of job creation have now put tens of thousands of state employees at risk for losing the jo ... More >>
Transit riders can relax, at least for a little while. The Met Council says that Metro Transit buses, trains, light rail and Metro Mobility will all continue to operate regular services if or when state government is shut down by the budget impasse. But the council says transit services can' ... More >>
Tony WebsterThe governor declares a state of emergency.Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency following Sunday's tornado in north Minneapolis, keeping the state's emergency response program in force, and moving the state one step closer to securing outsi ... More >>
Aren't we all Americans here? Not on the Range.It's no wonder Republicans in control of the Legislature want to gerrymander our congressional districts to get Chip Cravaack off the Iron Range. When he shows up there, he draws rabid crowds - and not the good kind of rabid. That's hardly the k ... More >>
Michelle LeonAnd here we at the half-way point on our 100 favorite dish countdown, and this one is so very sweet, a caramel roll that was born in our dreams.
Photo: GoldbergGetting our man onDamn. We're not as manly as Milwaukee, so we'll let you notch one up there, cheese heads. But Minneapolis still broke the Top 20 in Sperling's annual "America's Manliest Cities" survey. The biggest hunk of American manhood can evidently be found in Nashville, ... More >>
We've compiled some of the Twin Cities' quirkiest, most endearing, and annoyingly addictive (to say) restaurant names.
Learn the way of the fist with The Strip Club's Cobra Kai, this week's Drink of the Week.
When R.T. Rybak brought Bill McManus to town to head the MPD, both men talked big about reforming the troubled department. But when the chief ran into political resistance, some say, the mayor blinked. Now their relationship has hit the skids, and the fut
Rybak picks a reformer for the MPD
Aquatennial hits Minneapolis where we live
Produced and abandoned, the made-in-Minnesota wrestling comedy The Naked Man falls into a Hollywood sleeper hold
The janitors are just the latest low-visibility sector of the state's educational infrastructure to fall through the cracks.