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From Car Lots To City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

Cheap oil doesn’t only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he’ll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

01/19/2015

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Minn. Children’s Museum Asks Kids For Design Help

Kids are getting a unique opportunity to help create and design part of the $28 million renovation of the Minnesota Children’s Museum. The museum opened two prototype exhibits Saturday for children and parents to test out.

01/17/2015

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Tarrier Foods Recalls Chopped Candy Lacking Peanut Warning

Tarrier Foods is recalling more than 300 cases of its Chopped Twix candy topping because the Ohio company says the ingredient statement on the packaging didn’t show that it may contain peanuts and eggs.

01/17/2015

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Uptown Hair Salon Goes Green, Diverts 95 Percent Of Waste

Wave Salon in Uptown has become Minnesota’s first green salon. They are able to divert 95 percent of their waste by recycling hair, chemicals, foil and plastic.

01/16/2015

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Loews Minneapolis Named ‘Best Hotel’ In Minnesota

If you’re looking for a place to lay down your weary load, look no further than Loews Minneapolis. It’s been deemed the best hotel in the state, according to a recent ranking by MSN Travel.

01/16/2015

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Fairmont Foods To Close In March; 167 Workers To Lose Jobs

Fairmont Foods plans to close in March, putting 167 employees out of work. The frozen meal maker in south-central Minnesota cites the recent economic climate and says the company is unable to recover and continue operations.

01/16/2015

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Comfort Foods Can’t Relieve Your Misery, Study Says

Whether it’s chewy and gooey or crunchy and savory, many of us reach for certain foods to make us feel better.

01/15/2015

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After Only 2 Years, Target Pulls Out Of Canada

Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,600 employees. Target said it didn’t see how it could stop losing money before at least 2021 on its first international expansion.

01/15/2015

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Guest Pass: Shoreview Community Center

In the depths of a Minnesota winter, it’s hard to remember what being warm feels like. But inside the walls of the Shoreview Community Center, you heat up in a hurry.

01/15/2015

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Democrat Plots Major Changes To MNsure Oversight

A chief architect of the state’s health insurance exchange is moving to dismantle its board, a major change to MNsure oversight that may give Democrats a path to head off larger changes that Republicans want. MNsure is currently a quasi-private entity governed by an independent seven-member board that controls the exchange’s budget.

01/14/2015

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CapX2020 Project Forced To Buy Organic Dairy

A popular organic dairy in Scott County is closing its doors after a major power line project skirted the property. The owners of Cedar Summit Dairy won a district court lawsuit that required a power consortium to buy the farm. The CapX2020 project is constructing huge transmission towers to move electricity across the upper Midwest.

01/13/2015

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Saks Off Fifth Bids Farewell To Downtown With Big Sale

If you like a bargain, now’s the time to shop at Saks Off Fifth on Nicollet Mall. A clearance sale is taking place before the store closes for good on Saturday.

01/13/2015

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Supreme Court Clarifies Rules For Rescinding Mortgages

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that home buyers don’t need to file a lawsuit, but may simply write a letter if they want to back out of a mortgage because they claim their lender violated the federal Truth in Lending Act.

01/13/2015

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Nat’l TV Show Calls Smalley’s Jerk Chicken The ‘Best. Ever.’

The Stillwater bar that had what WCCO viewers chose as Minnesota’s best summer drink has just earned another honor — this time, it’s national. A year and a half ago, viewers sent Matt Brickman to try the mojito at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar.

01/13/2015

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Now’s The Time To Take That Beach Vacation

Travel agents say now is a good time for that beach vacation. With the state of the economy and low gas prices, spring break trips are booking fast. If you want to save some money and avoid the lines, experts say to try some last minute deals.

01/12/2015

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Average MN Gas Prices Have Fallen 7 More Cents In 1 Week

Minnesota drivers are paying 7 cents less per gallon than a week ago. The state’s average is now $1.93, which makes it the sixth-cheapest state in the country for gas currently.

01/12/2015

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Talking Points: Gas Prices, Keystone Pipeline

As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.

01/11/2015

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Falling Dairy Prices Bad For Farms, Good For Pizza Parlors

Good news for your next grocery trip: Dairy prices are lower than they’ve been in years.

01/10/2015

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Scientists: Great Lakes Teeming With Tiny Plastic Fibers

Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products.

01/09/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Yoga Class In Minnesota

Yoga class is a place to feel calm, cool. But at CorePower Yoga in Highland Park, the place you voted Best of Minnesota, it’s hot. “CorePower is different because we create an environment in which the yoga is fun,” Regional Manager Amanda Ford said.

01/08/2015

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Better Business Bureau Lists ‘Top Scams Of 2014′

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scammers tried out some new tricks in 2014, but stuck with the classics as well, according to its informal list of the top 10 scams of 2014.

01/08/2015

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The ‘X’ Delays Launch Of Beer Vending Machine

As the Minnesota Wild hopefully snap their two-game losing streak Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, some fans may enjoy a new way to order some suds. Xcel Energy Center is launching a first-of-its-kind beer vending machine, placing a Budweiser “smart” beer vending machine on the main concourse near section 113.

01/08/2015

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Subaru Recalls 199K Vehicles To Fix Brake Line Rust

Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs for a second time to fix rusty brake lines that can leak fluid and cause longer stopping distances.

01/08/2015

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Winter Fashion Is More High-Tech Than Ever

When it’s this cold outside, you have to protect yourself by wearing the right clothes and gear. But dressing for the weather is not what it used to be. It’s gotten a lot more high-tech. WCCO went shopping to see what you can find in stores these days. We hear a lot about dressing in layers and covering exposed skin.

01/07/2015

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Pracna On Main To Reopen In The Spring, Building Owner Says

It seems Minneapolis’ oldest bar may have closed its doors for good. On Tuesday, would-be customers and passersby noticed that Pracna on Main was closed. The bar and restaurant was built in 1890 and sat along the cobblestones of the city’s oldest street.

01/07/2015

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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’s Top Holiday Toys For 2013

Target just announced their hottest toys for the 2013 holiday season. Here are some of the best-selling items.

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New Foods At 2013 MN State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair has announced a line-up of almost 50 new food items to debut at 2013’s Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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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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