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Arrowhead 135 returns to Minnesota's north woods next week

Arrowhead 135 bikers begin their trek to the next checkpoint on Jan. 27, 2014 near Ray, Minn. Dozens of athletes will gather once again in far northern Minnesota later this month for a grueling 135-mile race through the wilderness — putting their training and endurance to the test in the depths of winter.
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Vintage winter ride recalls snowmobile glory days

Roger Kram repairs the throttle on his 1973 John Deere snowmobile on Jan. 8 in his son Wyatt's shop near Fargo, N.D. Retracing the route of a 500-mile snowmobile race that ran across Minnesota when this sled was new is a bucket list item for the 67-year-old Kram. Photo: Dan Gunderson | MPR News.
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Sunday evening snow; cold temps linger through Wednesday

I saw plenty of cross-country skiers in St. Paul Sunday morning, despite below-zero temps:. It helped that we had plenty of sunshine and very light winds. The skiers will be happy to know that some additional snow is in our Sunday evening forecast. Periods of snow are expected Sunday evening...
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Ask a Bookseller: A new exploration of America's last slave ship and its legacy

Jake Reiss of The Alabama Booksmith near Birmingham, Ala., is looking forward to the publication of a nonfiction book on January 25 that he says is sure to spark conversation. The new book by journalist Ben Raines describes its scope in the title: "The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning."

Minnesota COVID-19 patient at center of ventilator fight dies in Texas

A COVID-19 patient transported from Minnesota to Texas during a legal battle over whether his ventilator should be turned off died Saturday, the family’s attorney said. A Minnesota judge had issued a restraining order on January 13 preventing Mercy Hospital from shutting down the machine that was keeping Scott Quiner alive, after his family sued the Coon Rapids Health Care Facility. The family transported Quiner to a Texas hospital.

Don Wilson, co-founder of the instrumental guitar group The Ventures, dies at age 88

Don Wilson, co-founder and rhythm guitarist of the instrumental rock band The Ventures, has died. Wilson died Saturday in Tacoma of natural causes, surrounded by his four children, the News Tribune reported. The band's hits included "Walk, Don't Run," and the theme song for "Hawaii Five-O." They were inducted into...

Bars, eateries sue Minneapolis over mayor's vaccine mandate

Several restaurants and bars are suing the city of Minneapolis — and Mayor Jacob Frey — over the vaccine and test mandate that took effect this week. The lawsuit filed Thursday calls on a judge to toss Frey's order, which requires venues serving food or drink to ask patrons for proof of vaccination or a negative professionally-administered COVID test if they plan to be indoors.

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Surge path unclear as backlogs worsen

Registered nurse Darcey McCampbell draws a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 21, 2021 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Photo: Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News 2021. From Minnesota Public Radio News - January 21, 2022. Minnesota’s newest COVID-19 data remains clouded by severe...

A Minnesota kindergarten program takes learning outside

Kindergarten teacher Ellen Dischinger reads a book to her outdoor class at Gatewood Elementary, part of Hopkins Public Schools, on Jan. 11. Photo: Kerem Yucel for MPR News. Just after 10 a.m. on a recent balmy January morning in Minnetonka, three classes of kindergarten students from Gatewood Elementary have gathered outside, bundled in their snowsuits, to start their morning circle time.

How to spend less when everything costs more

If you’ve recently filled a gas tank, shopped for ground beef or paid your electric bill you’ve noticed that prices have gone up. Inflation jumped 7 percent last year, the biggest increase in almost four decades. Many of the price increases are directly related to COVID-19 supply chain...

Two batches of snow this weekend; temps retreat again

We’ll be adding to our snow cover this weekend. Much of western and northern Minnesota saw snow Friday afternoon, and the snow is spreading into eastern Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin Friday evening. Some slick spots can be expected on roads. Parts of the Twin Cities metro area...

Outside experts want changes in Minnesota driver’s license system

People wait in line to sign up to take their driving knowledge test at the Eagan test site for Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services in 2020 while the DVS system worked through backlogs while trying to maintain social distancing guidelines. Photo: Peter Cox | MPR News 2020. Minnesota could soon...

AP source: Vikings target GM finalists from Browns, Chiefs

The Minnesota Vikings have targeted two finalists for their general manager job: Cleveland vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kansas City executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. According to a person with knowledge of the process, speaking Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because...

Women dies in St. Paul shooting

A woman died early Saturday after being shot in St. Paul's North End neighborhood. Later in the day a man was arrested in connection with the homicide. Police said a 911 caller reported hearing an argument and a gunshot just after midnight on the 40 block of Lyton Place. "Officers...

2 people shot, wounded during gathering after Minneapolis funeral

Two people were critically wounded Saturday in a shooting at a gathering after a funeral, Minneapolis police said. Police said about 100 people were gathered for a meal at the Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center when a man arrived and started an argument. The suspect shot a man and woman and fled the scene.