Nicholas Smith Jr., 5, tried to see what Laylay Comodore, 6, was experiencing via a virtual reality game offered through St. Paul’s Summer Swarm pro

Kids game, code and fly drones at futuristic St. Paul summer program

Called Summer Swarm, the programs are aimed at bringing kids closer to careers in STEM fields
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Rochester will launch state's first driverless shuttle

July 26
The Med City Mover is expected to start looping through downtown Rochester late this summer or early fall with stops at Mayo Clinic and People’s Foo
White Bear Lake leaders say they are pursuing a similar driverless shuttle route.

River levels fall as drought worsens throughout Minnesota

July 24
The low water level at the Osceola Landing along the St. Croix was evident. Water levels in rivers, lakes and creeks were falling as Minnesota headed
The enduring drought spells growing trouble for the waterways of Minnesota.
Science
July 24
Francesca Santini, a research fellow at Merck’s automated biotechnology facility, held a bucket containing cells that make up the entire human genom

After decades of work, scientists finish the human genome

A team of 99 scientists has given us a new view of our DNA.
Local
July 24
Matthew Rupert posted his cross-state riot trip to his Facebook account.

From Mpls. riots to Jan. 6, social media users share their crimes

It's a trend called "performance crime," a bewildering phenomenon often driven by a quest for online clout and not limited to any age group, education level or ideology. The oversharing by lawbreakers makes life easier for police
Local
July 23
A bald eagle flew earlier this month in front of an unusually intense sunset in Siskiwit Bay in Cornucopia, Wis., because of northern wildfires.

Even for the healthy, wildfire smoke poses risks

Congestion, coughing plague many of those exposed to the haze.
Nation
July 23
The mining camp where a man fended off a grizzly bear.

Like 'The Revenant,' but real: A grizzly bear terrorized a man for days in Alaska

Coast Guard rescues man pursued by bear in Alaska.
Business
July 23
Steve Anderson, a farmer near Foley, on Friday looked over his alfalfa crop, which he said should be up to his knees at this point in the season. It b

As drought concerns grow, so do Minnesota farmers' worries

While dry weather can push up commodity prices, grain farmers increasingly worried about lower yields this year.
Business
July 22
In this July 3, 2021, file photo, a sign reads: “Coop Forum supermarket in Vastberga is closed due to IT disturbances, no prognosis as to when we wi

Kaseya gets master decryption key after July 4 global attack

The Florida company whose software was exploited in the devastating Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack, Kaseya, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations crippled in the global incident.
Business
July 22
This May 18, 2021, photo shows a woman typing on a laptop on a train in New Jersey. Major websites were down for Thursday in what appeared to be a bri

Numerous websites briefly go down in widespread outage

Major websites went down Thursday in what appeared to be a brief but widespread outage.
Variety
July 22
Common colds typically stay in the upper respiratory tract and are characterized by sneezing, coughing, congestion, sore throat and runny nose, while

Why it seems like everyone has the worst summer cold ever

Now that masks are off and social gatherings, hugs and handshakes are back, colds have also returned.
Business
July 22
Amazon is making a push to install a device on buzzer systems in apartment buildings throughout the country.

Amazon's mission: Getting a 'key' to your apartment building

Amazon is tired of ringing doorbells.
Nation
July 22

'Superbug' fungus spread in two cities, health officials say

U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home.
Duluth
July 22
Visitors checked out the dried up western falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park on Wednesday.  Sections of the falls have dried out because of the drou

Are dry Gooseberry Falls a sign of some bigger problems?

The Gooseberry River is flowing but at a lower rate. Along with lack of rain, exhausting stores of water in soils and wetlands contribute to low water levels in rivers, a hydrologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota said.
Nation
July 21
China: Residents cleaned up the aftermath of a flood in Mihe Town of Gongyi City, in central China’s Henan province on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Around the globe, a summer of extremes

The portfolio of disasters this year have raised the specter of irreversible climate change as never before and offered glimpses of what it means to live on a warming planet.
World
July 21
In this photo provided by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, a Proton-M booster rocket carrying the Nauka module blasts off from the launch pad at

Russia launches lab module to International Space Station

Russia on Wednesday successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the International Space Station that is intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew.
Business
July 21
A British man has been charged in the United States in connection with a Twitter hack last summer, the Justice Department said.

UK man arrested in Spain, charged in US with Twitter hack

A British man has been charged in the United States in connection with a Twitter hack last summer that compromised the accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Business
July 21
A 2015 photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington.

Agency pledges tough action to buttress 'right to repair'

Americans would be freer to repair their broken cellphones, computers, videogame consoles and even tractors themselves, or to use independent repair shops, under changes being eyed by federal regulators.
Business
July 21
The U.S. House passed a bill directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set levels for “forever chemicals.” (Photo: Kristoffer Trippla

Minnesota's congressional delegation divided on PFAS limits

The U.S. House passed a bill to limit the "forever chemicals."
Outdoors
July 21
A roseate spoonbill, left, rests on a sandbar in a marshy area of Wilderness Park off Saline-Milan Road in Saline, Mich., on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. T

Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public

Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill.
Business
July 21
 President Joe Biden and members of his national security team plan to meet next month with business executives about cybersecurity, an official said.

Biden to meet next month with private sector on cyber issues

President Joe Biden and members of his national security team plan to meet next month with business executives about cybersecurity, an official said Wednesday.
Business
July 20
About 2,700 Chromebooks went to students who were distance learning along with 5,800 laptops went to adults job seeking or seniors who used them for t

Hennepin County Board OKs funds for more computers, financial aid to those in need

Over 8,000 laptops were distributed as part of "Connecting Hennepin."
Nation
July 20
Boats are docked at a marina hundreds of feet from where they are usually moored because water levels at California’s Lake Shasta have fallen . (Bri

NASA photos highlight California drought crisis

The satellite images are stark, and their ramifications run deep, experts said, with some calling it a new normal for a Golden State gone brown.