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Published: Fri, 9, Dec 2016 17:29


Snow, bitter cold arrive in Twin Cities metro this weekend

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 17:0

Friday’s the day to get the shovels at the ready and prime the snowblower. Both will be needed as a weekend storm will bring the first significant snowfall of the season to the Twin Cities and parts of the state.

Man fatally shot in Eagan worked for company guarding facility

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 16:57

Authorities say a 25-year-old man who was fatally shot by a security guard in a Twin Cities suburb worked for the same security company.

Embezzlement investigation opened at Town & Country Club

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 17:25

Authorities said they couldn’t release many details about the investigation that began Monday.

Rudy Giuliani won't be part of Trump administration

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 16:50

The announcement came as the president-elect plunged back into election politics Friday, enthusiastically prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff.

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 16:20

Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online.

Trump expected to tap Goldman banker for economic post

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 14:41

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to an influential White House economic post, two people informed of the decision said Friday.

Minneapolis' tiniest four-star restaurant, Piccolo, is closing

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 17:7

After seven years, chef Doug Flicker is calling it quits "while we're still on top." Book your table: it's closing in March.

It’s happening! Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ is coming to Minneapolis

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 16:11

"Hamilton" will play Minneapolis in the 2018-19 season

Charles Barkley weighs in: Bench Rubio, start Kris Dunn

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 15:38

The TNT analyst and former NBA star also wants the Timberwolves to play with a better pace and get Karl-Anthony Towns the ball more.

All of your Vikings playoff scenario questions, answered in one place

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 13:31

It wouldn’t be a Vikings season if we weren’t scoreboard watching and wondering if they will make the playoffs. So what are the Vikings’ chances? Glad you asked. Let’s take stock of the situation: What is the current state of affairs? After being as high as 94 percent likely to make the playoffs earlier this season, the Vikings are all the way down to 28 percent after falling to 6-6. If the playoffs started today, the Giants (8-4) and Buccaneers (7-5) would be wild card teams. Washington (6-5-1) is also ahead of the Vikings, while Green Bay (6-6), Arizona (5-6-1), New Orleans (5-7) and Philadelphia (5-7) are all still in the mix. Basically, the Vikings need to start winning (a lot) and get some help (either a decent amount or a lot, depending on how things play out). The Vikings play at Jacksonville on Sunday, followed by the Colts (home), Packers (away) and Bears (home). Should I be hoping for a wild card berth or the division title at this point? Probably the wild card. Detroit is 8-4 and has the tiebreaker edge over the Vikings because of head-to-head wins. If the Lions go at least 2-2 down the stretch, the Vikings cannot win the division. That said, Detroit has some challenging games left (at Giants, at Cowboys, home vs. Green Bay). The game against the Giants a week from Sunday is particularly interesting since the Vikings are chasing one team for the division and the other for the wild card. The result of that game should have an impact on which route to the playoffs is more feasible for the Vikings Is there a way the Vikings could win their final four games (to go 10-6) and miss the playoffs? Sure. If Detroit goes at least 2-2 the Vikings can’t catch the Lions in the division. If the Giants (8-4) go at least 3-1 down the stretch, the Vikings cannot catch them. If Tampa (currently 7-5) goes at least 3-1, the best the Vikings can do is tie the Bucs and they would lose that two-team tiebreaker based on conference record. If either of those teams stumble and Washington (6-5-1) goes 4-0 down the stretch, the Vikings cannot catch the Redskins. Still, winning out obviously gives the Vikings the best chance of making the playoffs. Do the Vikings have a realistic shot of making it even if they go 3-1 down the stretch to finish 9-7? Sort of. In this scenario, it would be VERY helpful if one of those three wins was against Green Bay. That would give the Vikings the tiebreaker in any situation that involved Green Bay, the Giants or both (because of head-to-head wins against both). Here’s a reasonable scenario for a 9-7 Vikings finish that gets them into the playoffs: Let’s say the Giants lose three of their last four (certainly possible given their schedule) to also finish 9-7, Tampa Bay goes 2-2 to finish 9-7, Washington goes 2-2 to finish 8-7-1 and Green Bay goes 2-2 to finish 8-8. And also assume no other team finishes at 9-7 or better (i.e. none of the 5-7 teams or 5-6-1 Arizona runs the table). There would be a three-way tiebreaker for the two wild card spots. Tampa Bay would get the first one because those finishes would give the Bucs a better conference record than the Vikings or Giants. The Vikings would get the second wild card because of the head-to-head win over the Giants. What the Vikings need to avoid is a two-way tiebreaker with the Bucs because Minnesota will lose that based on conference record (Tampa is 5-3 and would finish no worse than 7-5 in the conference assuming a 9-7 or better finish while the Vikings are 4-6 and will finish no better than 6-6 in conference). The Vikings also want to avoid a tiebreaker with Washington (head-to-head loss), but that one’s easier because the Redskins had a tie earlier this year and won’t finish with the same record as the Vikings unless Minnesota manages a tie in its final four games.[...]

Hundreds donate to pay overdue lunch accounts for Twin Cities students

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 16:22

Donations to the Minneapolis nutrition services school lunch fund have collected more than $12,000, as of Friday afternoon.

St. John's, St. Ben restate immigrant support, won't be 'sanctuary campus'

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 15:48

Petition asking for sanctuary status a national trend on college campuses post election of Donald Trump.

Obama orders review of election-season hacking

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 14:45

President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.

Fisher-Price debunks fake 'Happy Hour Playset' toy

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 13:48

Fisher-Price has taken to Twitter to debunk any notion it has a bar-themed playset for toddlers.

Wisconsin officials give go-ahead for 'Choose Life' license plates

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 15:0

Wisconsin transportation officials have gotten the go-ahead to produce the state's first anti-abortion license plates.

Is Saturday the end of the line for NDSU's five-year title streak?

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 9:12

The five-time defending national champion Bison are the No. 1 seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Their only loss this season was South Dakota State. The rematch is Saturday.

Would urbanist Jane Jacobs have approved of Mpls. changes? New collection offers hints

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 17:26

"Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs” from the influential urbanist has lessons for us today.

24-diamond 'Field of Dreams' baseball complex gets go-ahead

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 16:55

The Iowa Supreme Court seems to agree with Kevin Costner that there's no better place to play baseball than on fields cut out of the corn.

Challenge yourself: How much Minnesota sports can you watch?

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 12:48

The Timberwolves, Wild, Gophers men’s basketball, Gophers men’s and women’s hockey, and Gophers volleyball all are battling for your attention. We have gameplanned a way for you to stay engaged and watch all six teams Friday night.

Eyesore or worthy attempt? Sunken greenhouse pushes limits in Minneapolis

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 10:57

Northeast battle leads council member to ask city staffers to study the issue and make recommendations for defining and regulating such structures.

Former NBA player weighs in on 'ignorant' Mall of America black Santa controversy

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 15:2

Mall of America recently hired its first black Santa. In the year 2016, one wouldn’t expect that to be anything more than a feel-good story (though, one supposes, in 2016 we should expect anything). Former NBA player Baron Davis agrees that it’s sad. Davis, you see, is the mastermind behind the Black Santa Company. In a recent piece at The Undefeated, Davis explains it thusly: “For African-Americans, Christmas is probably the biggest time we all get together and feel good about who we are and our families. But it’s also a time where we do all we can to make sure that holiday is fulfilled. For me, if we are going to put that much emphasis on the holiday from a religious standpoint or not, we should have some type of representation, content and brand where someone is speaking for us. Every Christmas has the same Santa Claus and he looks different from us. My argument was there has to be more than one Santa Claus and there has to be a Santa Claus that represents black people.” Davis also weighed in on the Mall of America controversy by saying, “It’s senseless and ignorant for people to try to create negativity out of something that brings people together.”

New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 14:25

Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem.

Actor Judge Reinhold released from jail after TSA incident at Dallas airport

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 11:19

The “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” star allegedly confronted Transportation Security Administration employees, Dallas PD said.

Amazon adds jobs in Shakopee, but how will workers get there?

Fri, 9, Dec 2016 12:51

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it’s hiring 1,000 more full-time workers at its Shakopee fulfillment center. But city and county officials are still assessing reliable transportation options for the 1,500 people who already work there.