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Takata Air Bag Recall Now Largest In U.S. History

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

05/19/2015

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Xcel Energy Has FAA Approval To Use Drones

Xcel Energy says it has approval from federal regulators to use drones to inspect more than 320,000 miles of electric and natural gas infrastructure.

05/19/2015

Target Store Opens On Site Of Formerly Infamous Chicago Housing Projects Cabrini Green

Report: Target To Focus On Healthier Food Options

Target is making a major shift. It’s looking to get away from packaged products and focus more on healthier grocery options, according to the Wall Street Journal.

05/19/2015

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Vote On The 2015 ‘Flavor Of The Fair’

We are just about three months away from the Great Minnesota Get Together, so it’s time to start thinking about fair foods! You can help choose this year’s “Flavor of the Fair.”

05/19/2015

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MSP Airport Expansion Delayed With Sun Country’s Future Up In The Air

Plans to expand Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are on hold as the Metropolitan Airports Commission waits to see what happens with Sun County Airlines. The MAC voted Sunday to approve a one-month delay in expanding Terminal 2.

05/18/2015

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Dog Food Company Recalls Product Over Salmonella Fears

A specialty dog food company is voluntarily recalling a frozen product distributed in four states over fears of possible salmonella contamination.

05/18/2015

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Mpls. City Council Votes To Allow CenturyLink’s Prism TV

Minneapolis residents will now have a new option for TV cable, marking the first time the market’s had cable competition in nearly 40 years. Minneapolis City Council voted to allow CenturyLink to provide a cable service in the city. The service — called Prism TV — will be the first wire-line TV service in Minnesota.

05/15/2015

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Dairy Queen Removing Soda From Kids’ Menus

Soft drinks are still on the kids’ menu at Dairy Queen. But come Sep. 1, the fast-food franchise will joins chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s in eliminating soda. That doesn’t mean adults can’t order it for kids if they want. But for grandmother Jackie Preusse, just knowing the option isn’t listed is a huge relief.

05/15/2015

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Twin Cities Ranked No. 3 In ‘Top 20 Midwest Cities For Jobs’

The Twin Cities is one of the top places for jobs in the Midwest, according to a recent ranking.

05/15/2015

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Local Companies Team Up To Fight Sex Trafficking

Minnesota-based company My Sister is teaming up with a private family foundation in efforts to quell sex trafficking in the state.

05/14/2015

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Toyota, Nissaon Recall 6.5M More Cars Over Airbag Issues

Toyota and Nissan have recalled 6.5 million more cars over potentially faulty airbags. The airbags were made by the Japanese company Takata, the same company at the center of a recent recall that forced tens of millions of other vehicles off the road.

05/14/2015

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Arctic Cat Making $27M Investment At Minnesota Facilities

Arctic Cat plans to make a nearly $27 million investment in its facilities at two locations in Minnesota. The snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle manufacturer says most of the improvements will be in Thief River Falls where it will add a new production line, along with 39 jobs.

05/13/2015

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St. Louis Park Considers Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

The city of St. Louis Park is considering adopting a complete ban on single-use plastic bags. A majority of the city’s council members have expressed support for a ban, according to the Star Tribune.

05/12/2015

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Rollerblade Inventor Brings Rowing Workout To Pavement

There are many ways to move around and get some vigorous exercise, whether by pedaling wheels or pounding your feet on the pavement. But Scott Olson’s latest version of his “total workout machine” vows to burn more calories than all of them.

05/12/2015

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Gas Prices Still Look Low For Summer Even After Spring Surge

Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.

05/12/2015

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2014 ND Taxable Sales, Purchases Set Record At $28.2 Billion

North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases — a key indicator of economic activity in the state — rose 11 percent in 2014 to a record $28.2 billion, the state tax commissioner said Tuesday.

05/12/2015

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Minnesotan To Meet: 3 Generations Help Out A Booming ‘Celtic Croft’ Business

Joseph Croft started Celtic Croft 20 years ago in his garage. Now the independent store in Brooklyn Park specializes in traditional Scottish and Irish items. It’s a business that keeps booming! The three generations running the store makes them Minnesotans to Meet.

05/12/2015

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Minnesota Man’s Design Could Be Next LEGO Set

A Minnesota man has combined his favorite book and favorite hobby for a shot at creating a toy to be purchased all across the globe. There are certain toys that span generations, never going out of style.

05/09/2015

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Minneapolis’ Mill City Farmers Market Turns 10

It’s a sign that summer is coming! Saturday is opening day for the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis, and it’s also their 10th anniversary. You can find farm-fresh foods, local fine arts and crafts or grab some spring flowers for Mother’s Day.

05/09/2015

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Harriet Brewing Holds Food Truck Rally In Minneapolis

Food, beer and live music — sounds like a pretty good way to spend a Saturday! Minneapolis’ Harriet Brewing is holding an edition of the Minnesota Food Truck Associations brewery series, which features 17 food trucks in one location.

05/09/2015

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Bird Flu Causes Egg Shortage At Grocery Stores

There are no new cases of bird flu to report in Minnesota for a second day this week — but that’s likely little comfort to poultry producers. The virus spread to 82 farms across more than 20 counties in just two months.

05/08/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Manicure, Pedicure In Minnesota

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we went in search of the best manicure and pedicure in Minnesota. Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to White Bear Lake for a little pampering at Indulge Salon and Spa.

05/07/2015

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Sun Country Chairman To Pilots’ Union: Company Headed For ‘Shutdown’

The chairman of Sun Country Airlines said the company is downsizing ahead of an “ultimate shut down” in its contract fight with pilots. The Air Line Pilots Association confirmed that an email sent from Sun Country’s Marty Davis to the union chairman was genuine.

05/07/2015

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Senator’s Bill Allows Business Owners ‘Of Faith’ To Deny Gay Couples Wedding Services

It was against Minnesota law to refuse wedding services to same-sex couples even before Minnesota legalized gay marriage in 2013. But a Republican State Senator says businesses should not be forced to provide commercial service if it violates their religious beliefs.

05/07/2015

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Lumber Liquidators Stops Selling Some Floors Made In China

Lumber Liquidators has stopped selling some floors made in China after a “60 Minutes” report discovered its laminate flooring contained high levels of formaldehyde.

05/07/2015

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New Eats At Target Field

On Tuesday, April 7, Target Field unveiled some of the new foods available for the 2015 Twins season. Here are some of the highlights.

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The Best New Food At The MN State Fair

With With so many new foods being offered this year at the Minnesota State Fair, how does one choose? Allow us to help narrow down the list. Here are a few of our best bets.

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MOA Expansion Renderings

Crews are breaking ground on the Mall of America expansion on March 18, 2014. Here are some renderings of what you can expect to see there soon.

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Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Following months of anticipation, Target and Neiman Marcus unveiled their unprecedented holiday collection. The collection, which features 24 of America’s preeminent designers — all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America — will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

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Price Comparison: Same Makeup, 5 Different Stores

WCCO’s Esme Murphy went shopping at five popular stores for the same five makeup products and found price differences as great as 50 percent. See the price changes for yourself!

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Before And After Eyelash Treatments

It’s the hottest thing since Botox and there are dozens of “eyelash bars” sprouting up around town. Take a look at some before and after images of some treatments to enhance your eyelashes.

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Farmers Market In Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Farmers Market runs down Nicollet Mall from 5th Street to 10th Street. It starts at 6 a.m. and goes till 6 p.m. every Thursday. The market has a plethora of shopping options: locally […]

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