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Minnesota, Wisconsin deal with floodingupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 09:36:00

Travel was difficult in parts of northwestern Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin on Friday as numerous roads were closed following intense flash flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage and left three people dead.

Minnesota's same-sex marriage debateupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:12:00

As one of the next states to vote on banning gay marriage, Minnesotans react to President Obama's comments.

Minnesota girl alleges school privacy invasionupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 10:35:00

A Minnesota middle school student, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing her school district over a search of her Facebook and e-mail accounts by school employees.

'Hognappers' take hundreds of porkers in Minnesota, Iowaupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 22:04:00

These little piggies went to market, but the people who raised them aren't getting the dividends.

Minnesota fire shrouds Great Lakes in smokeupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 22:03:00

A wildfire in a northeast Minnesota woodland grew by nearly tenfold Tuesday, giving off a pall of smoke that stretched from the Canadian border to southern Wisconsin.

Recent grad suit claims Minnesota high school's homecoming event is racistupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 20:27:00

A recent graduate is suing a high school she attended, claiming it allowed a "racist" and "bigoted" school spirit event to occur.

Minnesota school district investigated after civil rights complaintupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 08:26:00

Federal authorities are investigating "incidents involving harassment and bullying" in Minnesota's largest school district, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed in an e-mail to CNN.

Groups challenge 'anti-gay harassment' in Minnesota school districtupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 15:38:00

Two advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Minnesota's largest school district, challenging what they call "pervasive anti-gay harassment" in its schools, the groups said in a news release.

CNNMoney: Minnesota shutdown: It's overupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 15:01:00

The Minnesota shutdown is over.

Small towns could be hit hard by Delta cutbacksupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 11:20:00

Sioux City, Iowa, had a recent concert with Elton John and Cee Lo Green.

CNNMoney: Minnesota government shutdown: Not over yetupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 16:16:00

Four days after Minnesota leaders said they reached a budget deal, the state government remains shut down.

CNNMoney: Minnesota shutdown to end soonupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 21:21:00

Democratic governor Mark Dayton and leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature have reached a deal that will close Minnesota's budget gap and end the state government's shutdown "within days."

Family feels sting of Minnesota layoffsupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 09:33:00

A family experiences hardship after Minnesota lays off state employees. CNN's Chris Welch reports.

CNNMoney: Minnesota shutdown: No resolution in sightupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 18:53:00

More than a week after Minnesota shuttered all but essential government services, there's no end in sight to the budget impasse.

CNNMoney: Minnesota government shutdown costly to state and businessesupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 07:45:00

There won't be any happy hours at The Independent in Minneapolis during the government shutdown.

No resolution of Minnesota government shutdown in sightupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 05:55:00

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he thinks he and legislators are out of "good" options in the battle to bring Minnesota's government out of a shutdown that's been in place since Friday morning, though he remains "committed."

State budget battle in Minnesotaupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 05:55:00

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders discuss the progress made over the state budget.

CNNMoney: Minnesota government shuts downupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 13:53:00

A budget stalemate forced a virtual full shut down of the Minnesota government on Friday, and left only a limited array of state services in operation over the busy holiday weekend.

CNNMoney: Minnesota residents suffer in government shutdownupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 13:52:00

Minnesota residents are far from pleased about their state's government shutdown.

Minnesota government shutdown could last days longerupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 02:28:00

The government shutdown in Minnesota could drag on for days as a spokeswoman for Gov. Mark Dayton said talks probably won't happen until after the July 4 holiday.

Government shuts down in Minnesotaupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 02:28:00

Minnesota lawmakers fail to come up with a budget deal, leading to a government shutdown. Chris Welch reports.

CNNMoney: Minnesota braces for a government shutdownupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 15:53:00

Only a limited array of state services would continue in Minnesota if there is a government shutdown Friday, a judge ruled.

CNNMoney: Minnesota government shutdown could hurt kidsupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 09:37:00

The neediest residents in Minnesota could lose their lifelines if there is a state government shutdown.

CNNMoney: Minnesota prepares for shutdownupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 06:57:00

Time is running out for Minnesota's parks and highway rest stops, not to mention 36,000 state employees.

Chipotle faces scrutiny over illegal workersupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 18:04:00

A number of Chipotle employees across Minnesota were fired after an immigration audit targeted the restaurant chain for allegedly hiring undocumented workers, officials said.

SI.com: Steve Rushin: Accepting my male beer buffooneryupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 09:48:00

I like beer. I like a cold beer on a hot day and a warm beer on a cold day and have learned to like -- smuggling head-covered cans onto golf courses -- a warm beer on a warm day. As a Minnesotan, I can also enjoy a very cold beer on a very cold day, an activity called ice fishing.

More than 370 crashes in Minnesota blamed on icy weatherupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 09:56:00

Freezing rain and ice-covered roads made for a treacherous Saturday night in Minnesota, where more than 370 crashes were reported, most of them in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, officials said Sunday. One person was killed.

Minnesota's first snow of the seasonupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 18:43:00

Kids are making the most of Minnesota's first snow of the season by building snowmen and having snowball fights.

Early snow hits Minnesota, Wisconsinupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 18:43:00

While winter's start remains more than a month away, much of Minnesota and Wisconsin were under a winter storm warning Saturday, with some areas seeing almost a foot of snow.

Severe floods hit Midwest; areas downriver get readyupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 10:58:00

Parts of the Midwest battled severe flooding Friday as torrential rains caused rivers to overflow their banks and submerged entire towns.

14 people indicted for aiding terroristsupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 22:33:00

Fourteen U.S. citizens are indicted for allegedly helping a terrorist group in Somalia. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

14 indicted in connection with Somalia conflictupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 22:33:00

An Alabama man described as a jihadist "rock star," two Minnesota women and a California man are among more than a dozen people now charged with aiding al Qaeda-linked rebels in Somalia.

Twisters ravage areas of Minnesotaupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 17:13:00

Storm chasers capture dramatic video of tornadoes touching down in parts of Minnesota.

Twisters kill three in Minnesotaupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 17:13:00

Deadly tornadoes touched down Thursday in Minnesota, killing at least three people, and injuring at least 17 more, officials said.

One killed when tornadoes hit Minnesotaupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 01:46:00

At least one person was killed when two tornadoes touched down in southern and western Minnesota on Thursday, police said.

Bus driver may have had medical problem before deadly crashupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 15:04:00

The driver of a charter bus that overturned on a Minnesota freeway, killing two women, may have had a medical emergency, a spokesman for the State Patrol said Thursday.

Deadly tour bus crashupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 15:04:00

Minnesota state police say there are fatalities stemming from a tour bus crash on Interstate 90 near Austin, Minnesota.

Somali teen from Minnesota reportedly killed in homelandupdated: Sun Jun 07 2009 04:53:00

A Somali teen who left Minnesota to return to his native country last November has been reported killed.

CNNMoney: Tax credit cheat sheetupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 10:50:00

Here are some tax credits you don't want to miss. Now, keep in mind that a tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax liability as opposed to a deduction, which lowers your taxable income.

Poor oversight fueled salmonella outbreak, critics sayupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 21:06:00

The deadly outbreak of salmonella traced to a Georgia peanut plant was fueled by poor oversight by food safety regulators and a slow response by federal agencies, state health officials and outside experts say.

Minnesota case may offer clue to U.S. salmonella outbreakupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 13:27:00

Federal and state health officials said Monday that salmonella linked last week in Minnesota to King Nut peanut butter was caused by the same strain of bacteria responsible for an ongoing outbreak of 410 salmonella cases in 43 states.

Anger over loss of powerupdated: Sat Dec 20 2008 23:04:00

New Hampshire residents are becoming frustrated after more than a week without electricity.

Drivers warned to stay off roads amid threat of more snowupdated: Sat Dec 20 2008 23:04:00

Drivers across the country were warned Saturday to stay off roads and hunker down indoors as night falls, bringing more heavy snow and blizzard conditions in parts of the country.

NTSB: Design flaw led to Minnesota bridge collapseupdated: Sat Nov 15 2008 04:43:00

Federal regulators said support plates that were about half as thick as they should have been were the likely cause of the August 1, 2007, bridge collapse in Minnesota that killed 13 people and injured 145.

Victims plan to sue over Minnesota bridge collapseupdated: Thu Nov 13 2008 06:41:00

Four victims of the 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse plan to sue a consulting firm that evaluated the structure and a construction company that was resurfacing it at the time, an attorney told CNN Wednesday.

FSB: Why I cut down my supersize gym chainupdated: Wed May 28 2008 11:48:00

For most of my career in the fitness industry, I ran "big box" gyms - giant facilities with amenities that ranged from child care to aerobics classes to walls for climbing - in my home state of Minnesota. These clubs tried to cram as many offerings into their spaces as possible, and at first I didn't question that philosophy.

FSB: Why you should incorporate your businessupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 12:28:00

Dear FSB: I've been in business for seven years now. I'm a sole proprietor and I have an SBA loan from 2002. My question: Is it better to incorporate now, or wait? How will incorporation protect my personal assets if my business fails?

One killed in crash of school band busupdated: Sat Apr 05 2008 14:04:00

A bus carrying high school band students tipped over Saturday on Interstate 94 northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, killing one person.

Bus Rolloverupdated: Sat Apr 05 2008 14:04:00

A charter bus carrying high school band members tipped over in Minnesota, killing at least one person and critically injuring three.

Minnesota bridge ordered closed for safety concernsupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 01:55:00

Officials in Minnesota have closed a major bridge on the Mississippi River, citing safety concerns, the state's transportation department announced Thursday.

Time.com: Woman Charged for Minn. Bus Crashupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 13:00:00

Authorities are charging a Minnesota woman with four counts of vehicular homicide in a school bus crash that killed four children

Students die in bus crashupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 07:09:00

A school bus sits atop a truck in Minnesota after a wreck that killed several students and injured dozens.

Waterfall freezes in Minnesotaupdated: Sat Feb 02 2008 12:29:00

Frigid temperatures cause a Minneapolis waterfall to freeze.

SI.com: Scott Wraight: NHL Power Rankings, Week 17updated: Thu Jan 24 2008 00:10:00

Now that all teams have passed the midway point of the season, I figured it was time to submit my early predictions for the playoffs. And yes, there will be some surprises, so make sure to fire off those E-mails.

2007 Minnesota bridge collapseupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 14:25:00

The I-35W bridge lies broken and twisted in the Mississippi River after collapsing on August 1, 2007.

FSB: Training programs for busy executivesupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 10:31:00

Dear FSB: I am a newly appointed VP of Sales at a sporting goods manufacturer. While I've held various management roles in sales for more than 10 years, I am new to this company. Can you recommend any advanced executive training seminars that may help me in my new endeavor?

CNNMoney: Stocks step back at openupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 09:37:00

Stocks sputtered at the start of trading Thursday as investors saw oil spike higher on a pipeline explosion in Minnesota.

SI.com: Dr. Z: Minnesota enters fray in crowded wild-card fieldupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 15:17:00

I'm sick of 5-6 teams. There are nine of them. They're all in contention for something or other. If I were commissioner I'd outlaw them. And as for the 6-5s? Why, they are royalty, practically assured of a berth in what promises to be the dullest first two weeks of the playoffs in history. But one of those 5-6 teams is Philadelphia, which put up such a good fight against New England. That was the voice of reason speaking, and its reward is that from now on it will wear a muzzle. And here comes something that never will be muzzled, and you know what that is. (Send comments to siwriters@simail.com)

SI.com: Kevin Armstrong: Colerain drops after loss; Eden Prairie (Minn.) entersupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 09:00:00

While rivalry matches and Turkey Bowls take up much of the docket this week, playoffs rage on.

Fortune: Minnesota's mining boomupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 15:14:00

Until recently it seemed that Bob Dylan's ballad "Girl From the North Country" would be the last vestige of northern Minnesota's mining culture. The onetime world capital of iron ore had buckled under competition from foreign mines, with layoffs beginning in the 1980s and culminating in the 2001 bankruptcy of its second-biggest mine.

SI.com: Marty Burns: Suns' offense rounding into form againupdated: Mon Nov 19 2007 18:29:00

How ironic that as Thanksgiving arrives, some early-season NBA turkeys would be finding new life. The Heat, Warriors, Sonics and T'wolves all finally won last week, meaning all 30 clubs have now cracked the W column. In fact, only Minnesota had failed to win as many as two games as of Sunday.

FSB: How do I launch a biz while working full-time?updated: Tue Oct 30 2007 12:39:00

Dear FSB: I would like to start a concierge/lifestyle management service. I have done tons of research and found out about several successful businesses in this area across the country. I'm wondering how successful I can be in my state. And is it feasible to start part-time while I'm still employed? I can't afford to devote myself to this full-time right now.

SI.com: Scott Wraight: NHL Power Rankings, Week 2updated: Tue Oct 09 2007 22:39:00

I admit it. The season-opening Power Rankings are, for the most part, a crapshoot. There are a few superior squads, others on the fringe of greatness and some destined to be also-rans from Day 1, but the largest group resides in the one-way-or-another category until further notice. So with regards to readers Mark Klettlinger, Chris McGurty and Justin Holmes, you'll find things more to your liking -- at some point in the season.

Time.com: Minn. Bridge Replacement Bid Costlyupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 10:00:00

A Minnesota transportation official defended the selection of the most expensive bid to replace the collapsed interstate bridge

FSB: Wind power to the peopleupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 23:23:00

When we profiled DanMar & Associates in June 2003 founder Dan Juhl was helping farmers set up wind towers to generate their own electricity and sell power to utilities.

Time.com: Ohio Gov Wants Disaster Declarationupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 11:00:00

Gov. Ted Strickland surveyed the heavily flooded village of Ottawa and urged the federal government to declare a major disaster in north-central Ohio

Time.com: Are Rains Better Than Drought?updated: Thu Aug 23 2007 15:00:00

It depends on where you are, but for many drought-stricken farmers, the Midwest rains are alleviating a bad summer for soybean and corn crops

Minnesota residents escape flooding through roofsupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 08:14:00

A powerful storm system that swamped the upper Midwest and killed at least six people moved into Ohio on Tuesday as weary Minnesota residents returned to their water-logged homes.

At least 4 killed after foot of rain floods upper Midwestupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 22:33:00

Severe storms deluged parts of the upper Midwest during the night with as much as a foot of rain, causing flooding that washed away bridges and roads and killed at least four people, authorities said Sunday.

Driver makes dramatic underwater escape after bridge collapsesupdated: Sat Aug 04 2007 22:01:00

Alicia Babatz was on her way to pick up her 2-year-old daughter Wednesday when she felt the bridge give way beneath her.

Divers face dangerous conditions as river search continuesupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 08:13:00

The search for bodies in the Mississippi River was painstakingly slow as divers navigated debris and coped with low visibility after Wednesday's deadly bridge collapse, officials said.

States warned to inspect bridgesupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 07:44:00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters notified state transportation departments Thursday to immediately inspect all bridges of the same design as the one that collapsed Wednesday in Minnesota.

Time.com: Why Did the Bridge Fall?updated: Thu Aug 02 2007 18:00:00

The investigation into the failure of the Minneapolis bridge is just beginning, but there are clues behind the collapse

SI.com: Dr. Z: More coaching techniques, top five players everupdated: Fri Jun 22 2007 00:09:00

The bag this week encompassed such an embarrassment of riches that I am singling out the one negative voice for E-mailer of the Week honors. And although I have no hand in choosing the headline for this drivel, uh, for this column, may I humbly suggest the following: Gourmet Dining -- Humble Pie. Basically I am the type of person who tends to flog something to death, as all you readers know, and so does The Flaming Redhead. When I'm just getting warmed up on one of my favorite shpiels, I'll hear, sotto voce, "eighth time." This doesn't stop me, of course, but it does serve as a reminder that I'm tiptoeing into the senility pastures that beckon to those of older vintage.

Al Franken's Senate campaign gets off to big startupdated: Sat Apr 14 2007 05:21:00

Scores of actors, writers, producers and others from the entertainment industry have contributed to Al Franken's Senate campaign, helping the Minnesota Democrat get off to a strong fundraising start.

SI.com: Western Conference Previewupdated: Tue Apr 10 2007 11:13:00

ALSO: Eastern Conference Preview

SI.com: Smith leaves Kentucky for Minnesotaupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 15:53:00

With Kentucky fans dogging him after another disappointing finish, Tubby Smith is bolting the bluegrass for Minnesota.

SI.com: Flip-floppin'updated: Mon Mar 19 2007 01:41:00

Note: All statistics are through Sunday.

Business 2.0: Opportunities Unfold in the Accordion Pillupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 12:59:00

The $30 billion pharmaceutical industry is always looking for ways to make our bodies hang on to the medications we take. Some drugs for diseases like AIDS need to be taken five times a day, with a...

SI.com: Grappling with successupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 09:47:00

When Colton Palmer was in grade school, he participated in football, basketball and track. He was such a talent as a runner that at age nine he won a national championship in the 800-meter sprint during an AAU meet at Disney World.

SI.com: Mad scrambleupdated: Wed Feb 28 2007 11:11:00

While the bottom feeders in the Eastern Conference are seemingly doing their best to stay out of the playoff race (the difference between a legitimate shot at Greg Oden and a first-round sweep is frighteningly small), their West counterparts are battling for the conference's final two playoff spots.

SI.com: Down the stretch they comeupdated: Tue Feb 20 2007 01:46:00

Note: All statistics are through Sunday.

SI.com: Help wantedupdated: Wed Feb 07 2007 10:20:00

I feel bad for Kevin Garnett. For the last 11 years Garnett has been the NBA's most complete player this side of Tim Duncan. He plays through injuries (he has missed just 19 games in his career) and inconsistency (his most talented sidekicks have been Latrell Sprewell, Sam Cassell and Wally Szczerbiak), yet aside from one glorious run in 2004, KG has never been past the first round of the playoffs. Why? Two words:

SI.com: The playoff pushupdated: Tue Feb 06 2007 01:54:00

Note: All statistics are through Sunday.

SI.com: To trade or not to trade? updated: Tue Jan 30 2007 09:31:00

A year ago the Minnesota Timberwolves were 19-21 and hoping to surge into the playoffs when they sent forward Wally Szczerbiak to Boston as part of a seven-player, three-draft-pick deal in which they received swingman Ricky Davis, center Mark Blount and guard Marcus Banks. But their newcomers had a hard time fitting in, and Minnesota went 14-28 thereafter, missing the postseason for a second straight year, which brought ever more criticism upon vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale.

SI.com: Trouble at the topupdated: Thu Jan 25 2007 14:41:00

The coach is always the fall guy.

FSB: Teaching English to Spanish-speaking employeesupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 17:49:00

Employers and their workers often don't speak the same language. A new company called TV Trainer hopes to change that with a series of videos designed to teach Spanish-speaking employees workplace English. But for the Edina, Minn., firm to succeed, it will have to compete against established teaching practices that have been used and tweaked for years. Here's how it stacks up against other teaching tools.

Minnesota voters send first Muslim to Capitol Hillupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 09:03:00

In a political first, a Muslim has been elected to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Paul: Who killed my electric car?updated: Tue Jul 25 2006 11:06:00

I drive an electric car. Not a hybrid -- a gasoline-powered car that gets some help from an electric motor -- but a full electric vehicle. I plug it in at night and can drive 100 miles the next day and go faster than 80 mph on the highway.

Money Magazine: No. 10. Eden Prairie, Minn.updated: Thu Jul 13 2006 10:56:00

Established on May 11, 1858, the same day Minnesota joined team U.S.A., onetime cow town Eden Prairie is now a hot spot for businesses and families. Twenty miles southwest of Minneapolis, it has long been home to the families of Twin City sports pros and Fortune 500 execs.

Business 2.0: Cash for Carcassesupdated: Thu Jun 01 2006 00:01:00

Dissolving dead animals sounds creepy, but for one company it may be a profitable reality. WR[2], a private firm in Indianapolis, has patented a process called alkaline hydrolysis to turn carcasses...

CNNMoney: The crashes of the futureupdated: Fri Feb 03 2006 16:11:00

I'm 24 and I've just started a Roth IRA account that I plan to max out every year. I also have about $15,000 in a money-market account for emergencies that I plan to add $50 to every month. If the stock market were to crash 20 years down the road, how much damage could this do to my accounts and is there anyway to protect my investments?

Fortune: A RECIPE FOR DISASTERupdated: Mon Nov 14 2005 00:01:00

A SOBERING THOUGHT strikes you upon entering the National Center for Food Protection and Defense: This place is not very well defended. Located on the second floor of a red-brick building at the Un...

FSB: Racking Out at the Mallupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 00:01:00

Would you pay $42 an hour for a nap while shopping? Steev RamsDell, founder of minneNAPolis, is betting $200,000 you'll say, "Yes." Opened last month in Minnesota's Mall of America, minneNAPolis ch...

Predatory lending: There ought to be a lawupdated: Fri Aug 19 2005 12:04:00

There's a political scandal waiting to explode.

Mystery is the family businessupdated: Wed May 18 2005 13:55:00

The mother-daughter writing team of P.J. Tracy (mother P.J. Lambrecht and daughter Traci) hit on a formula a few years ago that sparked a vibrant series in the mystery/thriller realm.

Juvenile arrested in Minnesota shootingsupdated: Mon Mar 28 2005 16:51:00

A juvenile has been arrested in connection with last week's school shootings in Red Lake, Minnesota, authorities said Monday.

Officials: Student's rampage leaves 10 deadupdated: Mon Mar 21 2005 19:14:00

A student on Monday killed two of his grandparents, then went on a shooting rampage at his Minnesota high school, killing seven people and wounding as many as 13 others before killing himself, officials said.

CNNMoney: Technically speakingupdated: Fri Mar 11 2005 12:41:00

How reliable is technical analysis as a dependable measure for selecting entry and selling points in a given market?

Readers share their Turkey Day talesupdated: Wed Nov 24 2004 18:04:00

As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we asked readers to send us their Turkey Day travel tales and thoughts on this special holiday. Here are some of their submissions. Some responses have been edited for clarity and length.

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