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Cambridge Man Blinded In DWI Crash Shares His Holiday Warning

he victim of a DWI crash has a message for those looking to celebrate over the holidays. In 2007, a drunk driver hit Greg Torell near his Cambridge home. He was returning home from the hospital after visiting his newborn granddaughter.

12/23/2014

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1 Man Dies, Another Missing In Lake Superior

One man has died and another is missing in Lake Superior after an attempted rescue at the Bluefin Bay resort in Tofte. The Cook County sheriff’s office got a call around 3 p.m. Tuesday of a man in the water. A 66-year-old who was trying to rescue the 40-year-old, then got pulled into Lake Superior himself by a large wave.

12/23/2014

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Police Investigate 6-Year-Old’s Drowning Death As ‘Suspicious’

Investigators are looking into the suspicious death of a 6-year-old girl in St. Paul. St. Paul Police were called to the 1300 block of Maynard Drive East at about 8 a.m. Monday. The initial call suggested there was a possible drowning.

12/23/2014

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Bomb Scare Ends Peacefully In Rochester

Authorities have determined that a suspicious suitcase found leaning against a natural gas pipeline in Rochester is not a threat. The St. Paul Bomb Squad made that conclusion around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, nearly four hours after the suitcase was reported to police.

12/23/2014

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St. Paul Man, Woman Found Guilty In Sex Trafficking Case

A St. Paul man and woman have been found guilty of engaging in sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Edwards, 25, and Kauser Yusuf, 22, were found guilty of one count each of first-degree sex trafficking of a minor.

12/23/2014

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Businessman Makes Large Donation To Military Foundation In Honor Of Fmr. Client

A Minnesota businessman made a very large donation to the WCCO Trees of Hope campaign for the Minnesota Military Family Foundation, to honor a very special military family.

12/23/2014

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Outbreaks Of Norovirus Are Hitting Minnesota Hard

fter an awful start to the flu season, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now reports the state is on track to experience one of its worst years for norovirus.

12/23/2014

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U.S. Attorney: Meth Found In Home Of Mpls. Man Facing Conspiracy Charges

A Minneapolis man already facing conspiracy charges is now also facing charges for allegedly possessing methamphetamine. Abbas Ateia Al Hussainawee, 40, has been charged with conspiracy to engage with interstate transportation of stolen goods and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

12/23/2014

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Operation Tea Party: Little Girl Surprised By Dad Returning From Deployment

The Minnesota National Guard has just over 13,000 active soldiers and airmen. Of course, they’re not the only ones who feel the effects of deployment. Their families do, too.

12/23/2014

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Books For Africa Helps Kids Idled By Ebola Crisis

It’s the face of Liberia that is now capturing world attention. A coordinated fight is taking place in the African nation to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. But fighting the outbreak also has some negative but necessary side effects that will keep Liberian children from attending school.

12/23/2014

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Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Drugging, Molesting 10-Year-Old

A Minneapolis man will spend 12 years in prison for drugging and molesting a 10-year-old girl during a sleepover. A judge sentenced Ezra Taylor, 39, Tuesday morning after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

12/23/2014

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Time Running Out For Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

With only a pair of days still left until Christmas, analysts are already predicting a milestone shopping season for retailers. This past weekend alone added up to the biggest two-day sales period ever, totaling $42 billon. Of course many shoppers aren’t finished yet.

12/23/2014

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Reality Check: Job Growth In The Midwest

The U.S. Government said Tuesday the nation’s economy grew at a whopping 5 percent annual rate last summer. That’s the fastest growth since 2003, including jobs coming back to the Midwest.

12/23/2014

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‘Sniper’ Estate To Appeal Ventura Defamation Verdict

The estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle is seeking an appeal after a federal jury ruled in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a defamation case.

12/23/2014

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Patrol Not Sure Why Fergus Falls Councilman Fled

Authorities say it’s not clear why a Fergus Falls City Council member led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a squad car and died. The State Patrol says the incident began when 62-year-old Timothy Rundquist fled a state trooper who had stopped him for speeding around 5 p.m. Monday near Elbow Lake.

12/23/2014

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Protesters Shut Down 35W In Minneapolis

A crowd protesting the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case have shut down northbound Interstate 35W in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon.

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Hunger Mission 2014 Radiothon

Check out images from the Hunger Mission 2014 radiothon.

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Zombies Hit The Streets Of Minneapolis

The Zombie Pub Crawl is in its tenth year.

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WCCO Radio Insiders Luncheon With Steve Forbes

See all the photos as Steve Forbes discusses his new book Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It.

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2014 Fall Colors

Here’s a collection of some of the best pictures of fall colors this year around Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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Early September Storm Damage

Check out these viewer-submitted photos of storm damage from Sept. 3 and Sept. 4.

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