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Sarah Mearhoff

Mearhoff is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. You can reach her at smearhoff@forumcomm.com or 651-290-0707.

Pan Am International Flight Academy called the FBI's Minneapolis field office in Aug. 2001 to report a flight student they believed was suspect. Investigators wouldn't know the full scope of his plans until Sept. 11, 2001.
The former Senate majority leader has garnered a reputation in St. Paul as a dealmaker and negotiator, clinching budget deals with the Democratic governor's office and state House year after year.
The mystery of who stole the treasured Wizard of Oz ruby red slippers from Judy Garland's childhood home in 2005 consumed the town of Grand Rapids for more than a decade. With the slippers finally found, they still want answers.
U.S. Forest Service officials told Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday that firefighters have been battling flames since early spring, far earlier than usual, and their resources are growing exhausted.
Members of the Minnesota Republican Party's executive committee voted 8-7 late Thursday to grant outgoing Chair Jennifer Carnahan a $38,000 severance following allegations of workplace harassment and abuse. But members of the committee said the vote is more complicated than it seems.
Members of the party's Executive Board met Thursday night, when Jennifer Carnahan tendered her resignation.
The Minnesota State Fair is "strongly urg(ing)" attendees to wear face masks, no matter their vaccine status. But they won't mandate them, saying a mandate would be "extremely difficult" to enforce.
Minnesotans can report suspected acts or plans of violence at schools or religious institutions through the newly deployed cell phone app See It, Say It, Send It.
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Catch up here on recent federal sex trafficking charges lodged against a high-profile strategist, and the attempted ousting of Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.
In the federal government's crackdown on sex trafficking in the 1950s, law enforcement made an alliance with trafficking victims, whose testimonies helped fuel the arrests of more than 100 perpetrators in the Midwest.