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Man Thanks Officers Who Saved Him From Dying In Fiery Crash

After nearly dying in a fiery car crash, a St. Paul man finally got the chance to thank the officers who saved his life. Ronnie Christmas, 23, was pulled from his burning car during the early morning hours of April 5. He has significant injuries, but on Thursday the Maplewood officers who saved him paid him a special visit.

04/17/2014

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Tourism Push Plays Up ‘Only In Minnesota’ Getaways

Say goodbye to “More to Explore.” Minnesota tourism promoters are ushering in a new slogan that focuses on “Only in Minnesota” experiences as part of their largest-ever advertising campaign.

04/17/2014

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Trending Now: Kids Crazy For ‘Frozen,’ @VP On Instagram & Arguing With Babies

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.

04/17/2014

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‘Yacht Couple’ Charged With Welfare Fraud Accused Of Trying To Flee Country

A Deephaven, Minn. couple accused with welfare fraud while living on a $1.2 million yacht now faces accusations of trying to flee the country. Colin and Andrea Chisolm were arrested in Florida earlier this month as they reentered the country from the Bahamas. They are charged with collecting more than $160,000 in welfare payments. That’s while living in a lakefront home in Deephaven and owning the yacht.

04/17/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The Morning News With Dave Lee 4-17-14

Did you miss STANLEY BING’s hilarious interview with DAVE LEE today? Click the link above to listen back to that interview and other highlights from today’s show.

04/17/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: ‘ILO ILO’

What makes Ilo Ilo more than just another family drama is the nuance with which writer/director Anthony Chen builds his characters. While each one appears based on a stereotype (the commanding mother, the shy maid, the troublesome son), they also have certain flaws or attributes that make them, as individuals, appear much more human than the usual fare that alights in family dramas, which are so fatally prone to melodrama.

04/17/2014

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Young MN Millionaires: On Demand’s Heather Manley

On Demand Group is a global family-owned IT consulting firm that has been in business since 1995. While IT might sound boring, Heather Manley is anything but.

04/17/2014

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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.

04/17/2014

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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.”

04/16/2014

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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.

04/16/2014

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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.

04/16/2014

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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.

04/16/2014

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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.

04/16/2014