A former school teacher living in Iowa bought the Pipestone school, along with one in neighboring Jasper, a decade ago, each for $1. The situation has been fraught with conflicts and delays ever since and the school continues to decay.

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(Photos by Ann Arbor Miller for MPR)

Somali Independence Day celebration in Twin Cities

Somalis in Minnesota commemorated Somali Independence Day this weekend as the 52nd anniversary of their country’s struggle for independence. (Photos by Nikki Tundel). 

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Can The Replacements live up to their reputation? 

It’s been announced that the band will officially be back together after 22 years.

They formed in Minneapolis in 1979 but never sold many records during a time when people still purchased such things. Yet, the band is credited for amazing live shows and influencing some of the most important voices in rock music. 

What’s the best live show you’ve ever seen? 


Billions of dollars wasted on racially biased arrests

In Minnesota, blacks are nearly eight times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than whites while the use is roughly the same.

According to the ACLU’s original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.

via American Civil Liberties Union.

Como Park Zoo opens Gorilla Forest exhibit


The Como Park Zoo’s new $11 million Gorilla Forest exhibit, which includes the largest mesh gorilla enclosure in North America, opens to the public on Thursday. More photos

Same-sex couples lined up at government offices in the Twin Cities this morning to apply for marriage licenses for the very first time, just a few weeks after same-sex marriage was made legal in the state.

The law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota was signed in May by Gov. Mark Dayton and takes effect on Aug. 1. Officials in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties are taking applications early. Couples will receive a post-dated marriage license the same day.

Minnesota has a five-day waiting period for all marriage licenses. Counties that are taking early applications will do so until July 26. Instead of sections for bride and groom, Minnesota marriage licenses now read “first applicant” and “second applicant.”

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“Can you use that in a sentence, please?”

National Spelling Bee starts today!


“Can you use that in a sentence, please?”

National Spelling Bee starts today!

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced today that she will not seek re-election in 2014. Here’s a look at her political career, in photos.

Top: Michele Bachmann served in the Minnesota state Senate from 2001 to 2007. Here, in 2006, she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would put the definition of marriage on that year’s ballot as a constitutional amendment. The bill ultimately failed. (Minnesota House Television Services)

Bottom: Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Amy Klobuchar ceremonially break ground for the St. Croix Crossing bridge in Stillwater, Minn. Monday, May 28, 2013. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

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