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Report: Midwest Economic Index Slumped In July

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier. A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3½ percentage points in July, to 57.0.

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Source: Fitch Told Officer ‘I Hate Cops & I’m Guilty’

While lying in a hospital bed at Regions Hospital earlier this week, the man suspected of killing Officer Scott Patrick looked another officer in the eye and said, “I hate cops and I’m guilty,” sources tell WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin.

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Minimum Wage Increases To $8 An Hour In Minnesota

Minimum-wage earners in Minnesota get a pay raise to $8 an hour. For Minnesota’s lowest-paid workers, the most welcome move the Legislature made this year was increasing the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade.

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Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary

It’s been a year since Minnesota’s gay and lesbian couples got the right to legally marry. The anniversary of the state allowing same-sex marriage arrived Friday.

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Tickets On Sale For ‘Prairie Home’ Fall Shows

Tickets are on sale for the fall run of humorist Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” in St. Paul. Keillor opens the new season of his public radio show at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sept. 20. Fiddler Sara Watkins and the Hot Rize bluegrass band are musical guests.

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Duluth To Take Down 90-Year-Old Ski Jump

A Duluth ski jump is set to come down after 90 years in the air. City officials said in a meeting Thursday they’ll demolish two ski jumps in Chester Bowl Park in August.

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Brother Of Slain Police Officer Speaks Out

The sign outside Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick’s church echoes the sentiment of the community. It reads: Rest in peace. Patrick suffered fatal gunshot wounds Wednesday while performing a routine traffic stop in West St. Paul. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Good Question: How Do They Count Calories In Food?

The list is out for popular restaurant dishes with the worst calorie counts. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reviewed menus at chains across the country.

07/31/2014

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Ex: Fitch Stopped At My House After Fatal Cop Shooting

The man accused of killing Mendota Heights Police officer Scott Patrick will likely be charged on Friday. Investigators say they are testing a gun Brian Fitch Sr. used in a shootout with police as they arrested him. They’re trying to determine if it’s the same weapon used to kill Patrick.

07/31/2014

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Man Charged With Attempted Murder In Northfield Robbery

A 27-year-old Northfield man faces several felonies, including attempted murder, in connection to an armed robbery Tuesday morning that left a man with a gunshot wound lying in the middle of the road.

07/31/2014

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Police: Drug Suspect Threw Cash On Wis. Bridge

An alleged drug suspect brought Minnesota-bound traffic on the Blatnik Bridge to a brief standstill after police say he threw cash out of his car window in Superior.

07/31/2014

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The 51st Annual Uptown Art Fair Starts Friday

The largest art festival in the state of Minnesota will begin at noon on Friday. The 51st annual Uptown Art Fair will take over Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street for three days. It’ll feature 355 artists from across the country and other nations.

07/31/2014

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Medical Pot Backers Hope To Speed Task Force Work

Potential medical marijuana patients and family members said Thursday they hope to assuage police concerns as the state builds up its new program allowing the treatment of eight illnesses with some forms of cannabis.

07/31/2014

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Minnesota GOP Lawmaker Disputes Residency Claim

Republican Rep. Bob Barrett provided the state Supreme Court with a copy of his driver’s license and other evidence Thursday that he said proves he lives in his central Minnesota district.

07/31/2014

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West End Market Prepares For State Fair Debut

The Minnesota State Fair will be opening in three weeks, and this Thursday WCCO got a look at one of their newest features – the West End Market. The area of the fairgrounds that houses the market used be called Heritage Square.

07/31/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake 2014: Ely

Instead of Goin’ to the Lake for just a couple weeks this summer, we’re expanding. WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio will be hitting the lake every Thursday and Friday from Memorial Day until the beginning of the State Fair! Here are some of our favorite moments from the Ely area!

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Goin’ To The Lake 2014: Battle Lake

Instead of Goin’ to the Lake for just a couple weeks this summer, we’re expanding. WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio will be hitting the lake every Thursday and Friday from Memorial Day until the beginning of the State Fair! Here are some of our favorite moments from the Battle Lake area!

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‘Minnesota’s Titanic’

In July 1890, the Sea Wing left Red Wing for a Sunday cruise to go watch music in Lake City. On the way back a summer storm hit and 98 people died, mostly women and children.

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Goin’ To The Lake 2014: New Richmond, Wis.

Instead of Goin’ to the Lake for just a couple weeks this summer, we’re expanding. WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio will be hitting the lake every Thursday and Friday from Memorial Day until the beginning of the State Fair! Here are some of our favorite moments from the New Richmond area!

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Make-A-Wish Unveil’s Kaleb’s Clubhouse

Volunteers spent more than a week on the WCCO rooftop making a clubhouse for Kaleb, a little boy from Gaylord, Minn., with a life-threatening blood condition. A crane crew lifted the playhouse off of the ‘CCO rooftop and delivered to him. Check out these pics of his reaction when he saw his new clubhouse!

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POTUS Visits MN For Town Hall Meeting

Check out the sights of Obama visiting Minnesota for a town hall meeting.

Goin’ To The Lake 2014: Brainerd Lakes Area

Instead of Goin’ to the Lake for just a couple weeks this summer, we’re expanding. WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio will be hitting the lake every Thursday and Friday from Memorial Day until the beginning of the State Fair! Here are some of our favorite moments from the Brainerd-Baxter area!

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