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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s nearly the weekend, and now’s the time to figure out your entertainment plans. Many kids will be on the hunt for eggs, while other folks can run the sweetest race in town. And it’s also your last chance to hit up a film festival.

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Hennepin County Talks Heroin At Community Forum

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is holding another town hall forum to educate the community about the dangers of heroin, and tell residents what they can do to help stop addiction before it starts.

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No-Wake Boating Imposed On St. Croix River

Authorities have imposed no-wake restrictions on boaters venturing out onto the St. Croix River. Because of high water levels, boaters on the St. Croix between Taylors Falls, Minn., and Prescott, Wis., must go slow to reduce shoreline erosion.

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Good Question: How Does Weather Affect Our Mood?

When 2-and-a-half-year-old Jack from Deerwood, Minn. heard it was going to snow almost a foot on April 16, he yelled, “Noooooo!” and slapped his fork on the table. This response went on for a good minute. “The funny thing is I’ve had people 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-years older reacting the same way,” said WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer, who wasn’t all that surprised at the reaction to his forecast. “I just can’t get away with acting like that on television, but he can. It’s cute for him.”

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Controversy Follows Owner Of Dilapidated Worthington Mall

A Minnesota mall has fallen into disrepair, but we found its owner has a history of ignoring properties all across the country. The mall in Worthington has a leaky roof, buckets lined up on the floor and caution tape blocking off some areas.

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Fired Coach Returns To MSU-Mankato, Team Refuses To Practice

Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, refused to practice for their former head coach on Wednesday, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job. Todd Hoffner returned to campus for the first time since the arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him.

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April Storm Dumps Foot Of Snow In Minn., Wis.

Just when it seemed like spring was here, an April snowstorm has dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Minnesota. The National Weather Service reports nearly 15 inches of snow in Milaca, 14 inches in St. Francis and over 10 inches in Pine City.

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Reality Check: Lawmakers Getting Paid Over Spring Break?

Minnesota lawmakers haven’t had a pay hike since 1999. But they can boost their take-home pay with per diem — up to $76 per day in the Minnesota House, and up to $86 a day in the Minnesota Senate.

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Fmr. Archdiocese’s Vicar General Faces Deposition

For years, Father Kevin McDonough was in charge of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ internal investigations into abuse claims. Now, a wave of new claims that the church mishandled and covered up abuse for decades has raised questions about McDonough’s actions.

04/16/2014

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Local Artist With Autism Gets International Attention

A Twin Cities artist is selling original works for thousands of dollars, and he’s only been painting for a few years. But no one is sure of how long his artistic abilities will last. Jimmy Reagan, 20, has regressive onset autism. In the past six years, he has developed a flair for abstract art that’s been showcased as far away as Germany, while drawing the attention of wealthy buyers.

04/16/2014

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Trending Now: ‘Best Of’ List, ‘GOT’ Cruise & Giant Jenga

It is time to see what’s Trending Now on ‘CCO. And who knows more about what’s going on around town and around the country than Jason Matheson.

04/16/2014

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Experts: Smartphone Kill Switch Could Backfire

Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been pushing legislation in Washington to require a “kill switch” in cell phones. Now, smartphone makers and carriers have agreed to add optional kill switches on their own by next summer.

04/16/2014

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Minneapolis Seeks To Ban Styrofoam Containers

A new proposal to ban Styrofoam containers in restaurants has some owners worried about the extra cost that will have to be passed along to the customer.

04/16/2014

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Jury Picked To Hear Little Falls Murder Case

Court officials say a jury has been picked to hear the case of a Little Falls homeowner who claims he was defending himself when he shot and killed two teens who entered his home. Byron Smith is on trial on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2012 killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

04/16/2014

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McFadden Takes Aim At Franken In Hockey TV Ad

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden is taking aim at Democratic incumbent Al Franken in a hockey-themed cable television ad. Instead of opening with a soft biography, McFadden’s first campaign ad shows a hockey player shooting pucks at a net — and missing — while an announcer faults Franken for his votes on spending, taxes and “Obamacare.”

04/16/2014

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Cook St. Paul To Open In Former Serlin’s Cafe Space

Their motto — good food, good service, no frills. Cook St. Paul opens April 17 in the former Serlin’s Cafe space and they’re hoping to show the neighborhood they’ve got the same values as the old digs.

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Spring In Bloom On The WCCO Rooftop Studio

We celebrated our first 70-degree day in six months on the rooftop studio — a brand new feature you’ll be seeing a lot of this summer.

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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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CSI: The Experience At Mall Of America

Based on the top-rated CSI television series, CSI: The Experience is a challenging and fun multi-sensory attraction that places guests in the role of crime scene investigators as they solve one of three true-to-life mysteries.

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President Obama’s Visit To St. Paul

When White House officials chose St. Paul’s Union Depot for President Barack Obama’s announcement of a $600 million competition for federal grants to fund infrastructure projects that create jobs, they picked a site that received nearly $125 million in federal funds for a major renovation.

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4-Legged Friends Unite At Twin Cities Pet Expo

For the first time, pets were allowed at the Twin Cities Pet Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Check out a few photos of the event.

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February Snowstorm Hits Minnesota

A relentless winter delivers another powerful storm in Minnesota where forecasters are warning of blizzard conditions. Schools in southern Minnesota closed Thursday, including Rochester, Winona and Faribault as heavy snow and strong winds moved into the state.

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