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Original Owners Selling Their Frank Lloyd Wright Home

Got $1.4M? You just have to deal with Minnesota winters

(Newser) - A house recently listed for sale in a Minneapolis suburb is causing a bit of a stir. That's because, almost 60 years ago, Paul and Helen Olfelt worked with Frank Lloyd Wright in the year before his death to build their dream home in St. Louis Park; now in... More »

Cops Put Cheetos in 4/20 'Trap' for Pot Smokers

They say the joke has a serious purpose

(Newser) - If Minnesota's Wyoming Police Department had been serious, it might've actually nabbed some pot smokers with its "discreet" trap on 4/20 . As it is, the department instead got plenty of laughs —and even praise —for a tweeted photo showing an officer holding a net near... More »

5 Best and Worst States for Retirees

Thinking Florida? Think again

(Newser) - Think Florida is the ideal spot to retire? There are far better, according to Bankrate . The Sunshine State came in only at the No. 17 spot on Bankrate's list of the best states for retirees, based on cost of living, quality of health care, crime, weather, and other factors.... More »

Tim Kaine's Son Arrested at Pro-Trump Rally

'Some force' required to bring Linwood Michael Kaine into custody in St. Paul, Minn.

(Newser) - Tim Kaine's youngest son probably wouldn't have gotten arrested had his dad fared better in the November election , and not exactly because of the privilege of the vice presidency: The Pioneer Press reports that six people were arrested or cited Saturday at a "March 4 Trump" rally... More »

10 States With Highest Volunteer Rate

Utah is way ahead of the pack

(Newser) - A quarter of Americans volunteer each year. But if you think that's an impressive figure, you clearly aren't from Utah. Largely thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a remarkable 43.2% of Utah residents 16 and older volunteered annually between 2013 and 2015, per... More »

10 Coldest Cities in US

Fairbanks, Alaska comes out on top

(Newser) - If you're already tired of winter, you should probably steer clear of North Dakota. The state is home to three of the four coldest cities in the country, according to 24/7 Wall St . The site ranked US cities based on the minimum average temperature as well as record low... More »

Transgender Teen Sued by Mom Fights Back

Claims parents abused her before she cut ties, transitioned

(Newser) - The transgender teen sued by her own mom in Minnesota says there's a good reason her mother was never notified of her transition from male to female. The 17-year-old, identified as JDK, alleges in court documents that her parents struggled with substance abuse when she was growing up, leaving... More »

Gov. Collapses During Speech, Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to finish his term

(Newser) - A day after collapsing at the end of this State of the State address, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton revealed he has prostate cancer, ABC News reports. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune , the 69-year-old Dayton was 45 minutes into the speech Monday night when he started slurring his words and... More »

Disruptive Couple Forces Plane Back to Airport: Delta

Apparently it was over bathroom issue on flight from Minneapolis to LA

(Newser) - If the pilot of your plane tells you over the intercom he's going to turn the plane around if you don't sit down, it's probably best to take a seat. But per the Star Tribune , a woman flying on Delta from Minneapolis to Los Angeles on Wednesday... More »

After Attempt to Save Bees, a Superweed Thrives Instead

Pigweed inadvertently spread in seed mix, could take years to eradicate

(Newser) - A herbicide-resistant weed strong enough to damage farm equipment has been spread on acres of conservation land in states like Ohio, Texas, Indiana, and Illinois under government programs, reports Illinois Farmer Today . Palmer amaranth, or pigweed—which the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes is "one of the most prolific and... More »

Mom Sues Hospital Over Breastfeeding Mixup

Her baby had to undergo a year of blood tests

(Newser) - In early December 2012, Tammy Van Dyke of Apple Valley, Minn., gave birth to a healthy baby boy. But shortly before she was set to take baby Cody home from the hospital two days into his life, she learned that a nursery mix-up had resulted in another mother breastfeeding her... More »

Santa Larry Breaks Mall of America's Santa Color Barrier

The mall has a black Santa for the first time ever

(Newser) - No matter what Megyn Kelly says , Santa Claus isn't just white. And we know that because for the first time in 24 years, the Santa Experience at the Mall of America in Minnesota will have a black Santa, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. "Anybody can be Santa; it’s... More »

Man Accused of 'Massive Sextortion' Plot Gets 38 Years

Anton Martynenko 'terrible human being' for luring teen boys into sending nude pics: victim

(Newser) - What's said to have been the biggest child-pornography production case in Minnesota history ended Tuesday in a St. Paul courtroom, and two of the victims faced down their tormenter there. "We all can now be given freedom from this," one of the unnamed victims, now a young... More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Mom Sues Transgender Teen After Sex-Change Treatment

'Why wasn't I even notified?': Anmarie Calgaro

(Newser) - A Minnesota mom says her parental rights have been violated, and she's suing a school district, county health boards, local health-care groups—and her own transgender daughter—to get them back, NBC News reports. Anmarie Calgaro appeared at a Wednesday press conference , taking issue with a Minnesota law that... More »

Manslaughter Charge for Cop in Shooting of Black Driver

Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile over the summer in Minnesota

(Newser) - A Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul this summer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, the AP reports. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was not justified... More »

Woman Blames DWI Charge on Trump

But Elizabeth Lundberg says she was being sarcastic

(Newser) - To cope with a shock as great as Donald Trump winning the US election, sometimes you just have to drink—and drive home? That was essentially the argument of a Minnesota woman after she rear-ended a vehicle at a stoplight, causing minor injuries, a day after last week's election,... More »

4 Wins for Diversity on Election Night

US has its first Latina senator

(Newser) - Though Hillary Clinton failed to become the first female US president, diversity prevailed on Election Night in other ways. The history-making results in four states:
  • Nevada: Former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, 52, won a competitive race to take retiring Sen. Harry Reid's seat, becoming the first Latina
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Firefighter Makes Horrible Discovery at Crash Site

Victim was his own 16-year-old son

(Newser) - Minnesota firefighter Randy Peterson's worst fears came true Sunday night when he was called to a car crash with a vehicle on fire. Peterson, a volunteer firefighter in the small town of Ada, knew that his 16-year-old son, Carter, was out—and he knew the vehicle was his son'... More »

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