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New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar's marriage history

New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar's marriage history

New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws. Omar has denied the allegations in the past, dismissing them as “baseless rumors” first raised in an online Somali politics forum and championed by conservative bloggers during her 2016 campaign for the Minnesota House. But she said little then or since about Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, the former husband who swept into her life in 2009 before a 2011 separation. ...

June 23, 2019
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Trump Ousts Bolton as Security Adviser

Trump Ousts Bolton as Security Adviser

President Donald Trump on Tuesday forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had significant disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges. The two men offered opposing accounts on Bolton's less than friendly departure, a leave-taking example of what had been a fractious relationship almost from the start. Trump tweeted that he told Bolton Monday night his services were no longer needed at the White House and Bolton submitted his resignation Tuesday morning. Bolton responded in a tweet of his own that he offered to resign Monday...

September 10, 2019
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Kirby Puckett memorabilia auction contains an eclectic mix from his collection

Kirby Puckett memorabilia auction contains an eclectic mix from his collection

More from the HomepageBesides items from the Twins great's own career, the sale also includes autograph from everyone from Charles Barkley to M.C. Hammer. By Star TribunemoreEven if you’re (somehow …) not a Kirby Puckett fan, this lot’s for you.The late Twins star amassed quite the collection of sports memorabilia over the years spent sharing the field with some of baseball’s greats. This week, . Puckett’s children, 30-year-old Catherine and 28-year-old Kirby Jr., are honoring their father and turning over a portion of the auction proceeds to the Kirby Puckett Memorial Fund as well as...

April 11, 2020
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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's mother dies from COVID-19 complications

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's mother dies from COVID-19 complications

More from the HomepageLoading...Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison says positive coronavirus test made it feel like grandmother "was snatched from us." By Star TribunemoreThe mother of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has died from COVID-19 complications, bringing the pandemic close to home for a state official directly involved in fighting virus related scams and price gouging.Ellison’s mother, Clida, died March 26 from complications of the COVID-19 virus. She was 82.Jeremiah Ellison, a Minneapolis city councilmember and the attorney general’s son, Wednesday that he...

April 15, 2020
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Job losses hitting nearly 20% of Minnesota workers

Job losses hitting nearly 20% of Minnesota workers

ByNew data released Thursday suggests close to one in five Minnesota workers is unemployed or lost work in the past six weeks, a clear sign that the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus, one that has struck with stunning speed, is the worst since the Great Depression.The national picture is similarly grim, with another , bringing the total over the past four weeks to more than 22 million.Loading..."Every piece of evidence that's coming in says that in terms of magnitude, this is comparable right now to the Great Depression from 1929 to 1933," said V.V. Chari, an economist at the...

April 18, 2020
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Gov. Walz will allow Minnesota golf courses to open, other outdoor actvities to start Saturday

Gov. Walz will allow Minnesota golf courses to open, other outdoor actvities to start Saturday

More from the HomepageLoading...Tee sheets quickly filled after Gov. Walz's decision to allow play starting Saturday. By Jerry ZgodaStar TribunemoreJust in time for the last melting snow and a sunny weekend forecast, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday opened golf courses across the state starting Saturday morning and golfers rushed to get tee times.Walz’s awaited decision during the coronavirus pandemic came just before 11 a.m. Friday, in an order intended to get isolated Minnesotans out of their homes and safely into the great outdoors while restarting the state’s golf industry.By lunch...

April 17, 2020
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He's an Ironman. COVID-19 nearly killed him

He's an Ironman. COVID-19 nearly killed him

ByThe COVID-19 mystery of Ben O’Donnell, a 30-something Ironman athlete, remains as baffling today as it did March 10 — when Minnesotans learned the state’s first coronavirus case needing intensive care was someone in his prime.State health investigators were perplexed, given the virus’ history of hitting the sick and elderly the hardest.Loading...Minnesotans lost hope, because being young and healthy were not surefire shields against COVID-19.“It made everything a lot more real,” said Haley Kramer, an intensive care nurse who treated O’Donnell, “because he was me, he was my husband, he was...

April 20, 2020
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At Duluth senior facility, COVID-19 quickly took over

At Duluth senior facility, COVID-19 quickly took over

More from the HomepageLoading...ByandStar Tribune staffmoreMinutes into a conversation with her mother, Deana Walkowiak-Olson could not shake the sensation that something was terribly wrong at the large Duluth senior home where her 82-year-old mother lived.Her mother, who has dementia, was normally upbeat on these daily calls. But on this afternoon in early April, she seemed disoriented and repeated the same phrase, “We have an active case in the building,” multiple times.“My mind was racing, fearing it was the coronavirus,” Walkowiak-Olson said.Several days passed before authorities at the...

April 19, 2020
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Tennis players raise a racket about Minneapolis court closures

Tennis players raise a racket about Minneapolis court closures

ByMinneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent Al Bangoura knew his decision to would hit the city hard.Yet he was surprised that the biggest backlash would come from the people looking to work on their backhands.Loading...“I cannot express to you the blowback that I’m getting on this,” Bangoura said at a virtual neighborhood meeting Tuesday. “The funny part about it is, it’s not even basketball. It’s tennis players.”Since the Park Board announced the closures last week to enforce social distancing, employees have begun removing nets and locking gates at more than 120 tennis courts...

April 30, 2020
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OPINION EXCHANGE | Minnesota's great plague of locusts was ended, seemingly, by prayer

OPINION EXCHANGE | Minnesota's great plague of locusts was ended, seemingly, by prayer

More from the HomepageThe past can help us speculate what impact this pandemic will have on our future. By David LebedoffmoreThe thing about plagues: they’ve happened before.Beginning in 1873, the state of Minnesota fell victim to vast swarms of grasshoppers, moving east after devastating the Dakotas. Some called them locusts; they devoured crops.As in the Biblical accounts, the skies were darkened by the clouds of insects and the people knew great fear.They beseeched the young state’s government to save them. Two governors tried, directing their efforts to providing economic relief to the...

April 2, 2020
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