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A TSA Agent Had to Check Her Hair. Then: 'Giddyup!'

Native American woman Tara Houska says she was humiliated at being treated like an animal

(Newser) - A Native American woman who went through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport says she was humiliated by a TSA agent who yanked her long braids and treated her like "a horse." CNN reports Tara Houska, an environmental and indigenous rights activist, was flying into Minnesota Monday from... More »

This Is the Best State to Bring Up Your Brood

Minnesota tops the list

(Newser) - Myriad factors come into play when considering where to raise a family, and WalletHub has just tried to make the task a bit easier. The site took a close look at all 50 states, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: family fun (which includes such things... More »

Voter Cries Foul Over 'Soviet-Style' GOP Primary

Jim Martin wants to see more names on the ballot

(Newser) - A Minnesota voter frustrated because President Trump would be the only name on the state Republican primary ballot in March is challenging the move and muddying the launch of the state's first presidential primary in decades, the AP reports. Jim Martin, of Lake Elmo, a small business operator and... More »

Homeowner 'Flabbergasted' at Note Porch Thief Left

Hilary Smith 'angry and confused' after Christmas gift swiped off her porch came with 'thank you' letter

(Newser) - What CNN calls a "real-life Grinch" has struck in St. Paul, Minn., leaving a homeowner "quite flabbergasted" and local police proclaiming "bah humbug." WCCO and the Pioneer Press report that Hilary Smith ordered a Christmas gift for her boss via Amazon, and it arrived Wednesday, in... More »

Students on School Trip Find Hidden Cameras

A staff member is on leave as 'a precautionary measure'

(Newser) - School trips can be a great experience for students—but not when they find cameras hidden in their hotel room. That's what Wisconsin high school students reported during their recent stay at at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency for a school-sponsored conference, NBC News reports. Details are scant, but a... More »

Minnesota Is Suing Juul

'They have deceived and misled Minnesota consumers of all ages'

(Newser) - Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued Juul Labs on Wednesday, accusing the e-cigarette maker of unlawfully targeting young people with its products to get a new generation addicted to nicotine. The lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis seeks to force Juul to stop marketing to young people;... More »

Cafeteria Workers Toss Meals of Students With $15 Lunch Debt

The Minnesota incident was caught on video, and the school has apologized

(Newser) - Students with more than $15 of lunch debt who went through the cafeteria line at Minnesota's Richfield High School had their hot meals taken off their trays, thrown in the trash, and replaced with cold lunches when cafeteria workers saw the amount of debt on their accounts. The incident... More »

Arby's Sorry About Sign Barring Unruly Kids

Minnesota mom was not impressed

(Newser) - Arby's is apologizing after a Minnesota location posted a sign saying that only "well behaved children who can keep their food on their trays and their bottoms on their seats" were welcome. "If you can't do this, you will be asked to leave." Christine Hemsworth... More »

Enterprising Student Gets Krispy Kreme's Blessing—and a Bonus

Minnesota's Jayson Gonzalez is now an independent operator

(Newser) - A Minnesota college student won't have to give up his business of selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts after all. The company is feeling a little sweeter toward Jayson Gonzalez—who would drive 270 miles to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, to buy up boxes to sell in his... More »

Krispy Kreme Finds Student's Resale Scheme Unpalatable

Jayson Gonzalez would buy them in Iowa, sell them in Minnesota

(Newser) - An enterprising Minnesota college student who drove to Iowa every weekend to buy hundreds of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that he then sold to his own customers in the Twin Cities area has been warned by the confectionary giant to stop. There have been no Krispy Kreme stores in Minnesota for... More »

Who's Ready for Blizzard Conditions?

North-central states could see up to 2 feet of snow over next few days

(Newser) - Get your snow boots ready. A "potentially historic" winter storm is expected over the next several days in the north-central part of the country, which could see record low temperatures and up to two feet of snow, USA Today reports. Parts of Washington state, northern Idaho, and western Montana... More »

Amid Affair Rumors, a Divorce Filing by Ilhan Omar

Minnesota congresswoman splits from husband Ahmed Hirsi, has denied affair allegations

(Newser) - She recently denied both an affair and the end of her marriage, but now the latter is getting some confirmation. Rep. Ilhan Omar filed for divorce on Friday from Ahmed Hirsi in Minnesota, reports the New York Post , which was also the first to report on an alleged affair between... More »

Cops Fatally Shoot Man Who Livestreamed Car Chase

Minnesota man had posted 'so sorry' shortly before he started running red lights

(Newser) - A Minneapolis-area man posted what now appears to be a goodbye message online, took cops on a car chase he livestreamed through two towns, and then was shot to death by police when he finally exited his car with what looked to be a knife. The Star Tribune reports on... More »

Police Search for Son After Ex-NFL Player, Wife Killed

Barry Bennett was a defensive lineman for 11 years

(Newser) - A retired NFL player and his wife were found dead in their Minnesota home Wednesday, and police are searching for their son. The bodies of Barry and Carol Bennett were found after police received a call about a dead man in a house in Long Prairie, WCCO reports. The sheriff'... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

9 Girl Scouts Were Camping When the Ground Came Alive

2 were injured and held overnight in a Minnesota hospital

(Newser) - A camping trip took a terrifying turn Friday when nine Girl Scouts were hit by lightning in the Minnesota wilderness, ABC News reports. The group was in St. Louis County near the Canadian border when heavy storms rolled in and electrostatic discharge lashed out of the sky. "The lead... More »

After Facebook Threat, Police Say, Man Killed Daughter in Fire

Pair had argued about the woman moving out

(Newser) - A Minnesota father and daughter had been arguing over her plans to move out of their mobile home, police say. The man posted on Facebook that he wanted to burn the place down. On Tuesday night, according to a police report, Jamey Newport called 911, screaming that someone was pouring... More »

Missing 2-Year-Old Drove Tractor to County Fair

They found him next to the Tilt-a-Whirl

(Newser) - An intrepid 2-year-old boy in Minnesota has lost his driving privileges after giving his parents the fright of their lives. The Rush City boy, who lives about a block away from the county fair and could see the rides from his home, was so eager to go back to the... More »

After 'Send Her Back' Chants, Rep. Omar Welcomed Home

Supporters met her at Minneapolis airport

(Newser) - Rep. Ilhan Omar went back to where she comes from Thursday—and they were delighted to see her. A crowd of cheering supporters, some with signs saying "Welcome back," greeted the Democrat when she landed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Home sweet... More »

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