A new law taking effect in Minnesota next week means gardens may be popping up in the state's medium security prisons next spring. Glencoe Republican Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen is behind what he calls a "tough-love" law for offenders. Maintained by inmates, the gardens will produce food that will go to feed minimum-security unit inmates and families who get food from local food shelves.
Boy, 7, dies after being pulled from pool in south Minneapolis
The boy was pulled from a pool at a home in south Minneapolis.
Nashville man leaving wedding shot in the face in Minneapolis
He was leaving a wedding when gunfire erupted near the Stone Arch Bridge Saturday night.
Abogados Café in St. Paul is the first law-themed coffee shop in America
The new business is Minnesota's first Latina-owned coffee shop.
Man dies after being run over by his Clydesdale in St. Cloud
The accident happened Sunday afternoon at the St. Cloud MAC.
Whittier neighborhood shooting marks 44th homicide in Minneapolis
The shooting happened around 1:05 p.m. Monday.
Minneapolis Public Schools providing free summer meals, snacks
The summer meal program began Monday.
St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million
A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.
Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July
The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.
Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field
Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.
Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville
It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.
Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais
The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.
New law aims to bring solar energy to public buildings
A new $500 million bonding bill now signed into law includes an option for public buildings to take advantage of solar energy. Advocates say it will help state schools, hospitals, police stations, and other public buildings to install solar energy this year and into the future.
Teens rally at the state Capitol for stronger anti-bullying law
The Star Tribune reports more than 75 students demanding change wore stickers and held signs encouraging lawmakers to improve Minnesota's anti-bullying law. The state's current law is considered one of the weakest in the nation with only 37 words. There are two proposals being considered to amend it.
U.S. court nixes Minnesota campaign finance law
A divided U.S. Court of Appeals ruled a Minnesota law requiring corporations to report their "independent expenditures" has a chilling effect on political free speech. Those contributions are made to support or oppose a particular cause but not controlled by a candidate. The court says the reporting requirements set up burdens that are "most likely unconstitutional."
Wisconsin law bars new drivers from using cell phones
A new law takes effect in Wisconsin on Thursday that bans drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license from “using a cellular or other wireless telephone except to report an emergency.” The law is primarily aimed at teens, whose leading cause of death nationwide is traffic crashes, and distracted driving leads to many of those crashes, public safety officials say.
State hopes revised 'safe haven' law will cut down on abandoned babies
Minnesota has revised a law that allows mothers of unwanted newborns to turn the babies over to authorities with no questions asked. The window of time has been widened to seven days, rather than three. Mothers may also call 911 and have an ambulance come get the baby.
Minnesota seeks relief from 'No Child Left Behind' law
The waiver asks that the state be relieved of some of the law's provisions -- including the requirement that all students be proficient in English and math by 2014.
Minn. law firm at center of massive new bank settlement
Pressed for years by a Minneapolis law firm, Visa, MasterCard and 13 of the country's biggest banks have agreed to pay $7.25 billion to settle accusations by retailers that they engaged in price-fixing on credit card transaction fees. The settlement could be the largest antitrust class-action settlement in U.S. history. Lead counsel for the class plaintiffs is K. Craig Wildfang, an antitrust lawyer in Minneapolis with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.
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