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Consider a plotline for a made-for-TV movie, in which an everyday-seeming, 56-year-old grandmother somehow becomes the subject of a nationwide police ...

Dinkytown's drastic shift: How developments have changed the neighborhood  Minnesota Daily

Through a winding history of competing interests in Dinkytown, major student housing developments have shifted the University-area landscape to what it is ...

Charles J. Van Orden -- Byron

Charles Van Orden passed away at age 72, while hospitalized at Saint Marys Hospital on Dec. 6, 2018. Close family members and a small group of friends were ...

CLASS A SWIMMING: Hard-earned hardware | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MINNEAPOLIS – After coming away with a medal in the 50-yard freestyle at the Class A meet last season, Nyssa Bentz was hungry for more. That drive started.

John Marshall H.S. In Rochester Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat  CBS Minnesota / WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Rochester high school was evacuated due to a threat against the school. According to John Marshall High School's Facebook ...

Basketball's best or brotherly love? Rochester's Hurt has big choice  Star Tribune

Describing Matthew Hurt as a sharpshooting, slam-dunking, shot-blocking 6-foot-9 forward who can play inside or outside -- and his brother plays for the ...

AREA ATHLETICS: Marshall M Club announces 2018 inductees for Tiger Athletic HOF | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL – The Marshall M Club is proud to announce the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 inductees. Marshall High School has a long and proud tradition of ...

John Marshall High School in Rochester evacuated because of bomb threat  Bring Me The News

UPDATE: 12:30 P.M.. Bomb dogs swept the school and found no evidence that the bomb threat was credible. Students were returned to school. Original story.

Raising the flag | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MINNEAPOLIS — Air Force Major (retired active duty) Denny Clark of Hastings was recently honored along with his Marshall High School classmate Lt. Col.

Top High School Players will play in Hoop Classic  KSFY

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some of the top high school basketball players in the country are scheduled to play in the ninth annual Hoop City Classic at the Sanford ...

Racist Halloween costumes condemned by Rochester school officials  Bring Me The News

Rochester Public Schools is investigating a racist photo that has gone viral since being posted to social media on Halloween night. The photo shows three white ...

Photos: Minnesota students walk out, join national gun violence protest  Minnesota Public Radio News

Minnesota schools are part of an organized walkout at nearly 3000 schools across the country, the biggest demonstration yet of student activism that has ...

Brewers, Collins | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Lindsey Brewers and Ryan Collins announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Mark (“Bert”) and Kellie Brewers of Marshall and Pat ...

Sounds of Summer | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Music will fill Marshall streets Saturday and some of it may be considered Guilty Pleasure. The 10th annual Sounds of Summer is already ...

What you need to know about the national school walkout Wednesday  Minnesota Public Radio News

Students and teachers are expected walk out of their classes for 17 minutes to honor the victims of last month's school shooting in Florida and to call for tougher ...

KU’s Bill Self, two other Hall of Famers to visit Minnesota prep forward  The Wichita Eagle

Three Hall of Fame college basketball coaches, including Kansas' Bill Self, will be traveling to Minnesota to visit with blue-chip high school senior recruit ...

MATEC assistant principal charged with theft | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — An administrator in the Marshall Public School District appeared in Lyon County District Court Wednesday on charges of theft from a business in ...

Nearly 100 MN School Districts Awarded Anti-Violence Grants: List  Mendota Heights, MN Patch

MN School Districts Awarded Anti-Violence Grants - Mendota Heights, MN - Projects included improvements to exterior entry security, such as access controls, ...

FINDING A WAY: Winhawks score twice late to stun John Marshall in season opener  Winona Daily News

ROCHESTER — With its back against the wall, the Winona Senior High School football team needed a handful of big plays from first-time varsity starters in the ...

John Marshall High School students serve slices for soldiers  myfox47

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) - Some Rochester high school students are on a mission this Thanksgiving season to help local veterans. The American Studies ...

Minneapolis native Gilbert LaLonde, who won diving championships in high school, the Army and as a senior athlete, dies at 89  Star Tribune

When he was a young man doing trick dives for water shows, Gilbert LaLonde used to put on two or three layers of clothes soaked with fuel and then get set on ...

'It's just people trying to survive to make a better life'  Post-Bulletin

Edras Turcios remembers seeing a bullet tear into his uncle's abdomen at a bar in Honduras.

Start Of Classes Brings Increase In Hoax Threats Against Schools  CBS Sacramento

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Back to school is the time the FBI warns they see an increase in hoax threats against schools. Law enforcement takes every threat ...

A week to remember | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL Eleven young men from Marshall recently had the opportunity to take part in the 70th annual American Legion Minnesota Boys State program held ...

High school football: Winona ranked third in first Class AAAA state poll, Rushford-Peterson ninth in Class A  Winona Daily News

Winona is ranked No. 3 in Minnesota Class AAAA AP football poll Wednesday after a season-opening 20-14 victory over Rochester John Marshall this past ...

The Freehouse in Minneapolis evacuates after caller says there's a bomb in the building  Bring Me The News

The Freehouse will remain closed for the rest of Saturday and reopen with normal business hours on Sunday. Police searched the building and didn't find the ...

Fire forces evacuation at Wayzata High School, classes canceled  Bring Me The News

A fire in the art room at Wayzata High School forced an evacuation mid-morning Friday and classes have been canceled for the rest of the day. No students or ...

DREAMS WITHIN REACH: Dominant Winhawks defensive end Aaron Witt garnering big-time college attention  Winona Daily News

Aaron Witt's college football dreams are within reach.

LIVE: Get updates from tonight's Winona area prep football games, including the Winhawks  Winona Daily News

Winona High's Logan Smith waves the Winhawk flag as they run onto the field at Mayo High School before taking on Kasson-Mantorville in the Section AAAA ...

Redshirt freshmen Mohamed Ibrahim, Blaise Andries power Gophers ground game  Star Tribune

On Saturday at Nebraska, running back Mohamed Ibrahim and lineman Blaise Andries, among many others, hope to build on last week's performance at Ohio ...

BECOMING BROTHERS: Winhawks develop family atmosphere with first football practice  Winona Daily News

The first day of Winona football practice on Monday was all about building trust and finding leaders.

Reloaded Winhawks | New group of upperclassmen ready to create their own Winona football legacy  Winona Daily News

This year's Winona football team has some big shoes to fill.

Schultze, Bell | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Brittany Schultze and Andrew Bell announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Sherri and Tom Schultze and Lori and Bill Bell, all of ...

Paul Andersen -- Rochester

Paul R. Andersen, 67, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul. Paul was born July 7, 1951, ...

John P. Schmitz, 76  WJON News

John P. Schmitz, 76, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. John graduated in 1960 from Marshall High School in Minneapolis. He completed ...

U wide receiver Hmielewski gives up football to focus on baseball  Star Tribune

Drew Hmielewski, a multisport athlete from Marshall who was a redshirt freshman for the Gophers football team last fall, has left the program to focus on ...

Marilyn Whitchurch, 89 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

April 15, 2018. Marilyn Iola Ruth (Herfindahl) Whitchurch, 89, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, April 15, 2018, at assisted living Our House in New Richmond ...

TAKE IT AWAY, 'HAWKS: Winona forces six turnovers in fast start, holds off New Prague to move to 3-0  Winona Daily News

Five first-half takeaways led to quick scores as the Winhawks built a gigantic lead early on New Prague in a 40-30 Big Southeast Blue football victory on Friday ...

SECTION 3A SWIMMING: Bentz qualifies for state, Tigers wrap up section championships | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

HUTCHINSON – Marshall's girls swimming and diving team didn't achieve everything it was hoping to Saturday during the Section 3A finals in Hutchinson, but it.

Anthony Benassi -- Rochester

Anthony “Tony” Roger Benassi, 55, of Rochester, passed away Aug. 16, 2018, at his home. Tony was born Dec. 3, 1962, in Minneapolis to Robert and Rita ...

Here are Minnesota’s top in-state football recruits since 2013  St. Paul Pioneer Press

The top MN high school football recruits since 2013, where they are now.

Our View: Texting while driving not worth risking a life

During a program last week at John Marshall High School, dozens of students signed a pledge not to text and drive.

Thank you, Coach: Dan Westby  KARE

Dan Westby, volleyball and basketball coaching legend at Marshall High School, is among those being honored in KARE 11's "Thank you, Coach!" initiative.

Shirley Larson -- Rochester

Shirley Ann Larson, age 71, passed away on Oct. 3, 2018, following a lengthy illness. Shirley was born on Dec. 24, 1946, to Floyd and Marian (Nienow) Larson ...

Week in Photos: 3-16-18 | Photo Galleries  Post-Bulletin

View the work of Post Bulletin photographers last week.

SECTION 3AA VOLLEYBALL: A strong start | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - The Marshall girls volleyball team opened the Section 3AA-South playoffs with a dynamic sweep of Worthington on Thursday at Marshall High ...

Maple Lake High School holds a signing day ceremony for future teachers  Bring Me The News

Signing day presentations are usually reserved for high school students who have received athletic or academic college scholarships, but a movement to start ...

Getting their courage up | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Speaking out — for yourself and for others — takes courage. That's one of the things 175 Marshall Middle School seventh-graders learned Thurs.

Longtime KARE 11 photojournalist Paul Rovelstad passes away at 57  KARE

Longtime KARE 11 photojournalist, Paul "Rover" Rovelstad, passed away after 30+ years helping tell the stories of the Twin Cities.

Rochester Brothers Leading John Marshall Basketball Team To New Heights  CBS Local

ROCHESTER, Minn. (WCCO) — Michael and Mathew Hurt anchor the Rochester John Marshall basketball team — one a future Gopher, and the other with quite ...

Students returning to school means more school hoax threats  Valley News Live

The FBI is currently warning people that with kids going back to school to be prepared for hoax threats at school during the year.

MN Football Showcase All-Star South Roster  KARE

Minnesota Football Showcase South Roster for December 3rd's Big All-Star Game.

Photos: Slice of Life 2018 | Photo Galleries  Post-Bulletin

A collection of photos taken by Post Bulletin photographers in the area.

Schaeffer, Thompson | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Caitlyn Schaeffer and Joseph Thompson announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Rick and Michelle Schaeffer of Marshall and ...

Susan Marie McConnell -- Rochester  Post-Bulletin

Susan Marie (Tribbensee) McConnell, age 74, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly from surgery complications on Friday, July 6, 2018. Susan was born ...

Doris A. Toddie -- Rochester

Doris, age 87, died peacefully on Oct. 31, 2018, at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester.

Jay Brennan -- Rochester  Post-Bulletin

Jay D. Brennan, 51, of Rochester, died Sunday, April 22, 2018, at his home. Jay Donald Brennan was born March 7, 1967, to Donald and Gail (Wheeler) ...

America's incredibly expensive college football stadiums  KPRC Click2Houston

(CNN) - See if you can wrap your mind around this eye-popping price tag for a renovated college football stadium in Texas: half a billion dollars. That's right, five ...

Photos: Satiate Your Palate Across the River in Wisconsin

Satisfy those taste buds with a drive across the Mississippi River and into Wisconsin, where a variety of eateries, bars, vineyards and bakeries await.

Student testing continues, but state revamps school grading  Star Tribune

The state would focus its attention on a small set of the lowest-performing schools, a plan that some critics says sets the bar too low.

In their own words: The Austin City Council candidates - Austin Daily Herald  Austin Herald

You have read 1 of 10 articles. Log In or Subscribe. The primary elections are this Tuesday and local city council candidates are hoping for voters to send them ...

Gymnastics: Winona's Callie Van Dyck earns first trip to state, Winhawks finish third at Section 1A meet  Winona Daily News

ROCHESTER — Winona gymnast Callie Van Dyck qualified for the MSHSL State Gymnastics Meet with a third-place finish on the vault and a sixth-place finish ...

H.S. All-Star Football Game Makes U.S. Bank Stadium Debut  CBS Local

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game has moved from the summer to just after the season. And the venue is now U.S. ...

History to flip for: Gleason's Gymnastics turns 50  Minnesota Public Radio News

Gleason's Gymnastics School, one of the oldest in the country, has come a long way since its early days in a tiny south Minneapolis studio.

Penny Ross -- Rochester  Post-Bulletin

Penny L. Ross, age 64, of Rochester, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester. Penny Lea Ross was born July 20, 1953, ...

After bomb threat, Eden Prairie Walmart allowed to reopen  Bring Me The News

They've had closed down an entrance to the parking lot.

Making a connection | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

Editor's Note: This story is the fourth in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community.

Mary's courage | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

BALATON More than 300 high school students walked across the stage to receive their state FFA degree at the Minnesota State Convention Monday night, but ...

Presenting a classic | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Back in 2001, Annie (Christianson) Deutz portrayed Clara in “The Nutcracker,” while Breanna (Ahmann) Thompson played a puppet. This year ...

BLAST FROM THE PAST: 100 years of high school hoops  Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON -- Held as an invitational tournament in March of 1913 at Carleton College in Northfield, the event became known as the Minnesota State Boys' ...

‘OK’ music is definitely above par

Their name might be OK, but their music is superb. The OK Factor, a violin and cello duo that fuses the precision and twang of classical and folk, will come.

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Hockey Rink In Minnesota  CBS Local

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Wintertime means sledding, skiing and skating. And in the State of Hockey, if there is one thing Minnesotan's know — it's good ice!

Obler, Houser | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL — Jenna Obler and Nathan Houser were married June 24, 2017, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. Parents of the couple are Chuck ...

Week in Photos: 2-23-18 | Photo Galleries  Post-Bulletin

View the work of Post Bulletin photographers last week.

Closer to family | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

Editor's Note: This story is the seventh in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community.

The Best Of Michigan's High School Theatre Students Come Together This Sunday At The Sutton Foster Ovation Awards  Broadway World

The best of Michigan's high school theatre students are coming together Sunday, May 20, at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall for the 7th Annual Sutton Foster ...

Authorities on alert after pipe bombs sent to high-profile U.S. targets  Bring Me The News

Authorities are on alert nationwide after a series of suspicious packages, including improvised explosive devices, were sent to high-profile targets over the past ...

How Minnesota writer Mark Frost teamed with David Lynch to resurrect 'Twin Peaks'  Star Tribune

Agent Dale Cooper is back in "Twin Peaks," but he wouldn't be there without Minnesotan Mark Frost leading the way with longtime partner David Lynch.

Randall 'Randy' Rose — Rochester  Post-Bulletin

Randall Paul "Randy" Rose, of Rochester, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the age of 60.

BEYOND THE SPORTS DESK: Siblings and sports: The stars of southwestern Minnesota | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshall Independent

MARSHALL – Sports are a family affair for many. Whether it's playing one-on-one or throwing a football around in the backyard, athletic competition can often.

Carl Kroening, staunch supporter of Minneapolis schools and parks, dies at 89  Star Tribune

Even before Carl Kroening's booming voice became a fixture at the Minnesota Legislature, it was known in the classrooms and hallways of several Minneapolis ...

Clifford Noltee -- Rochester  Post-Bulletin

Clifford "Cliff" A. Noltee passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.

Top Projects: The Marshall  Finance and Commerce

When it opened a year ago, The Marshall became the state's biggest off-campus housing complex.

Meet the 2018-19 Sioux City Musketeers | Musketeers  Sioux City Journal

Meet the players for the 2018-19 Sioux City Musketeers hockey team.

The 1,000 Best Eighth-Grade Boys Coming Into 2018  MileSplit

This *content* requires a MileSplit Pro plan. Join Now and select any plan for instant access! MileSplit Pro Join Now Already a Pro member? LOG IN. Among the ...

Photos: Joe Ahlquist's 2017 Photos of the Year | Local News  Post-Bulletin

Cris Peterson, of Rochester, tries his luck fishing Monday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2017, at Silver Lake Park in Rochester. Peterson said he fishes a lot. "Probably 100 ...

Obituary: David Brink, Minneapolis attorney and former national ABA president  Star Tribune

When the Minnesota State Bar Association surveyed its members asking who they would most like to see present continuing-education courses, 93 percent of ...

Sophomore beats last year's champ in MN Math League bowl  Star Tribune

An Eden Prairie student out-calculated the rest to claim this year's trophy.

Volleyball: Section 1AAA playoff preview | Volleyball  Post-Bulletin

The 12-team Section 1AAA volleyball playoffs begin Wednesday, with the Nos. 5-12 seeds looking to earn spots in Friday's quarterfinals.

Five-star forward Matthew Hurt talks injury, recruitment  Inside the Hall

MINNEAPOLIS – Basketball is in five-star forward Matthew Hurt's blood.

Duluth Police Officer Shoots Wild Wolf Hurt by Snare

February 13, 2018 07:42 PM. A conservation officer says a Duluth police officer had little choice but to shoot an injured timber wolf that had a steel snare ...

Cheryl Ellison -- Cary, Ill.  Post-Bulletin

Cheryl C. Ellison, of Cary, Ill., formerly of Rochester, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Obituary: Businessman Earl Mosiman stayed in motion  Minneapolis Star Tribune

If there was one constant in Earl Mosiman's 94 years, it was motion. Mosiman, who died on Oct. 29, kept moving nearly all his life. He swooped downhill at the ...

Derick Van Houten -- Rochester  Post-Bulletin

The funeral *service* for Derick Van Houten will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hammond, with the Rev. Dale Kohrs officiating.

'65 grads knew rules of well-ordered community  Post-Bulletin

After walking across the stage to receive a diploma from John Marshall High School in 1965, most graduates knew what was expected of them.

Bob Blakley, former Gophers football star and St. Paul Central sports standout, dies  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Before 1960, only a handful of African-Americans lettered in football at the University of Minnesota. One of those pioneers was Robert “Bob” Blakley.

Students get hands-on experience at Mayo immersion program  Post-Bulletin

Forty high school students from across Minnesota came to Mayo Clinic this week to participate in the second annual Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences ...

Bomb threat found in MN school bathroom during basketball game  Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews

A bomb threat was found in the boys' bathroom of a Minnesota high school on Tuesday night during a basketball game. The Aitkin Police Department confirmed ...

Obituary: Intellectual property law giant John Gould dies at 88  Minneapolis Star Tribune

John Gould, a giant in the field of intellectual property law and a founder of the Minneapolis firm Merchant & Gould, died this week. He was 88. During a 60-year ...

Beating the Odds: Which Minnesota schools are scoring better than expected?  Minneapolis Star Tribune

A Star Tribune analysis of standardized math and reading test scores can determine whether schools are doing better than their demographics would suggest.

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