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Positive Train Control System Could Have Prevented Crash

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn’t have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been installed on its tracks and trains, according to information gathered by accident investigators.

05/14/2015

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Burning Restrictions Lifted In Minnesota

Due to green-up and recent rains, fire danger in Minnesota is now low.

05/14/2015

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DeRusha Eats: Black Forest Inn Turns 50

Long before anyone called Nicollet Avenue near Downtown Minneapolis Eat Street, there was a young German immigrant with a dream. Erich Christ was just a kid. This Friday his restaurant turns 50.

05/14/2015

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Minneapolis Police Near End Of Body Camera Testing Program

The Minneapolis Police Department is in the final stages of its body camera test program. Thirty-six officers from three different precincts volunteered to test and evaluate the cameras.

05/13/2015

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‘The Best Thing I’ve Done': Woman On Choosing To Be A Single Mom

Everyone can agree: Raising kids is no easy task. Doing it as a single parent is even harder. But recent statistics show the birth rate of unmarried women is on the decline in every age group, except one.

05/13/2015

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Good Question: Is There A Safe Amount Of Sun?

The picture of a 27-year-old Alabama woman with skin cancer has gone viral. Tawny Willoughby, a registered nurse, posted the photo to Facebook of the damage caused by her basil cell carcinoma. She has what look like bloody cuts and burns on her face.

05/13/2015

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Cyber Attack Halts State Assessment Testing Again

It was an all-too-familiar situation for the Minnesota Department of Education Wednesday. The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education says science assessment testing was suspended due to a cyber attack.

05/13/2015

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Rookie Lineman Clemmings Looking To Play Right Away For Vikings

Among the rookies that the Minnesota Vikings could play right away is offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings. He was diagnosed with a foot injury he did not know he had prior to the NFL Draft. But as Mike Max reports, that’s part of the reason the Vikings think they got a steal.

05/13/2015

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Officer’s Partner, Friend Talk About Final Hours With Todd Besser

Tonight we are learning more about the relationship between an Elk River officer and the son who confessed to killing him. Todd Besser was killed last Saturday night in St. Michael. Shortly after, his middle son, Blake, was also shot and killed.

05/13/2015

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Defenders Of Minn. Men Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS Claim Entrapment

Defenders of some Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS say the FBI entrapped them. The government charged four men and two of their friends with trying to go overseas: Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.

05/13/2015

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Is Door-To-Door Minnesota Company Really Helping Troops?

A Minnesota company that says it’s helping troops overseas is coming under scrutiny from the Better Business Bureau.

05/13/2015

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Endangered Seals Find New Home At Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is now home to a group of animals who are considered critically endangered. A new exhibit featuring Hawaiian Monk Seals opens on Memorial Day weekend. There are less than 1,100 of them surviving in the wild off the shores of Hawaii.

05/13/2015

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Program At Children’s Hospital Aims To Ease Needle Fears

On average, babies get 18 needle pricks in their first year of life, and childhood is when the fear of needles is often formed. A local doctor is trying to make the process painless, and what people of all ages can do make their next needle a little nicer.

05/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Is AOL So Valuable?

You’ve got mail! Remember that slogan? It’s probably what many people think of when they hear about AOL. But, on Tuesday, the communications company was back in the news after Verizon announced it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion.

05/12/2015

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Home Sales Are Up Big In Twin Cities

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Twin Cities, this may be your best opportunity in nearly a decade.

Experts say Twin Cities home buyers signed more than 6,300 purchase agreements in April. That’s the most since the summer of 2005.

05/12/2015

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Convict Coach Accused Of Tweeting At Victim From Behind Bars

A former tennis coach in prison for sex with a teenager is now accused of asking fellow inmates for help contacting his victim.

05/12/2015

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2 Huskies With Same Name Lead St. Cloud State To D-II Regional

This weekend, St Cloud State hosts a Division II regional baseball tournament and they are expected to win. The Huskies are ranked No. 1 in the country, which is no small feat for a team from the north. They feature two players and one name that helped get them there.

05/12/2015

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Minnesota Orchestra Preps For Trip To Cuba

Wednesday morning, a big group of Minnesotans will board a flight from Minneapolis and head to Havana, Cuba. The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba since President Obama announced plans to restore relations with the country in December.

05/12/2015

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2 Men Arrested In Killing Of 90-Year-Old Carver Co. Farmer

Sheriff’s deputies say a tip helped them find the men responsible for killing a 90-year-old farmer in his home.

05/12/2015

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St. Louis Park Considers Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

The city of St. Louis Park is considering adopting a complete ban on single-use plastic bags. A majority of the city’s council members have expressed support for a ban, according to the Star Tribune.

05/12/2015

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Rollerblade Inventor Brings Rowing Workout To Pavement

There are many ways to move around and get some vigorous exercise, whether by pedaling wheels or pounding your feet on the pavement. But Scott Olson’s latest version of his “total workout machine” vows to burn more calories than all of them.

05/12/2015

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Report: Americans Are Losing Their Religion

The number of Americans who identify as Christian is decreasing, according to a survey done by the Pew Research Center. The survey shows that between 2007 and 2014 the number of people who identified as Christian fell from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent.

05/12/2015

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Son Of Slain Elk River Police Officer Charged With Murder

The 21-year-old son of an Elk River police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his father and older brother.

05/12/2015

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Budget Negotiations At A Standstill On Taxes, Transportation

Minnesota budget negotiations entered a holding pattern Tuesday, with each side urging the other to take the first step to bridge an enormous divide over tax cuts and transportation funding that has narrowed little through days of private meetings.

05/12/2015

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It Ain’t Easy Being Big Bird, New Film Shows

In 1964, Muppet master Jim Henson picked the young puppeteer Caroll Spinney to don an 8-foot-tall bird suit for an educational children’s show called “Sesame Street.” Forty-five years later and more than two decades since Henson’s death, Spinney is still the man inside that yellow-feathered puppet, recognized the world over as Big Bird.

05/12/2015

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St. Paddy’s Day Northern Lights

A severe geomagnetic storm ignited an epic outbreak of the aurora borealis across northern latitudes world-wide over the last two nights.

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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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Goin’ To The Lake: Park Rapids

We’re sharing the love this summer and getting more of the WCCO gang on the road! That’s right, instead of Goin’ to the Lake for just a couple weeks this summer, we’re expanding. Big time! […]

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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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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!

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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