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Llamas On The Lam Lassoed After Running Amok

Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

02/26/2015

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Survey: Daft Punk Is Minnesota’s Favorite Artist

Apparently, Minnesota’s up all night to get lucky … and listen to “Get Lucky.” A lot. As reported by our sister station 104.1 JACK-FM, Minnesota’s favorite musical act during the last year was none other than the French house duo Daft Punk.

02/13/2015

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Good Question: ‘Plus-Size’ Or Average Size?

This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will include two models who considered are plus-sized by the fashion industry. So what are our average heights and weights, anyway? Good question.

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Prince’s Grammy Shade Face Stole The Show

A few Grammy nominees with Minnesota connections won golden gramophones on Sunday night, but the biggest Minnesota winner of all was presenter Prince, according to the reception on Twitter. Prince was on hand to present the album of the year award, which many expected to go to either Beyonce or Sam Smith.

02/09/2015

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Firefighters Open Up Station To Displaced Families

Twelve people were going to have to wait hours for another Red Cross representative to find them shelter. Firefighters brought the families, and their pets, to Fire Station 14 in Minneapolis.

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Como Zoo Wants Your Help Naming Baby Orangutan

St. Paul’s Como Zoo is showing off its newest bundle of joy, and asking for your help to give it a name. A newborn baby orangutan is now on display in the Primate Building, and WCCO’s cameras caught her while she was cuddled up on her mother’s chest taking a nap.

02/05/2015

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‘Jimmy The Groundhog’ Bites Wis. Mayor’s Ear

The mayor of a southern Wisconsin town received more than just a forecast from Jimmy the Groundhog Monday morning. Sun Prairie Mayor Jonathan Freund was presenting Jimmy during the Groundhogs Day ceremony when Jimmy took the chance to bit the mayor’s ear.

02/02/2015

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Minneapolis Nixes Proposed 900-Foot Skyscraper Proposal

Any Minneapolis residents eager to see the record for the city’s tallest building broken were dealt a disappointment Friday afternoon. According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, the proposal that would have led to an 80-story skyscraper to be constructed on the old Nicollet Hotel block was rejected.

01/23/2015

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‘Saved By The Bell’ Actor Pleads Not Guilty In Bar Fight

The actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” has pleaded not guilty to charges resulting from a bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin. Dustin Diamond and his fiancee, Amanda Schutz, appeared in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Thursday morning on charges stemming from Christmas Day scuffle at a bar in Port Washington.

01/22/2015

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Viral Food Critic Tackles McDonald’s In Latest Review

The North Dakota food critic whose review of Olive Garden went viral in 2012 is back in the spotlight after she decided to review the McDonald’s restaurants in the area.

01/22/2015

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Minneapolis City Hall Clock Halts … As Planned

A downtown Minneapolis icon stopped running Monday morning, but don’t worry — it was all planned. The clock atop the historic Minneapolis City Hall now reads 6:30, and it will for much of the week.

01/19/2015

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Surprise Pregnancy Announcement At Pizzeria Lola Goes Viral

A Twin Cities couple’s tender moment at a local pizza restaurant is getting talked about all around the nation this morning. It’s all because of one wife’s surprise for her husband in a photo booth.

01/09/2015

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Nothing Fishy About This Record-Threatening New Year’s Catch

The story may sound a little fishy. OK, actually it sounds incredibly fishy, but in the good way. The potentially record-breaking way. Will Spychalla and Carlyn Salmela caught a monster sturgeon in the St. Croix river on New Year’s Day.

01/02/2015

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How MN Moms’ Pillow Invention Could Reinvent Bedtime

How early did your kids wake up to see Santa Claus? There’s no denying the holiday season is busy, and bedtime can make the bedtime even busier. But one stocking stuffer designed by a pair of Minnesota mothers not only promises to help your children, but may even help you as well.

12/25/2014

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Barfing Dog, Kicking Giraffe Top Odd Wis. News

A dog that barfed up a wedding ring missing for five years and an angry giraffe that kicked a trespasser in its pen topped news of the odd in Wisconsin this year.

12/22/2014

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Woman Pleads Guilty To Faking Birth

A woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Davenport after faking a birth to collect child support payments from a man who thought he was the nonexistent child’s father.

12/19/2014

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Minnesota Man’s 6-Hour Commute Video Goes Viral

Many in the Twin Cities are used to work commutes of a half-hour, an hour, or perhaps even a little bit more. But how about a six-hour commute? Ian Bearce, of Maple Grove, shot a time-lapse video of his entire commute to the office, which is located in Manhattan.

12/17/2014

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MOO-ve Over! Loose Cows Saunter Through Red Wing

A southeastern Minnesota farmer had to be called Wednesday night after cattle reportedly got loose in downtown Red Wing, according to police.

12/05/2014

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Nye’s Will Likely Become High-Rise Residential Space

Nye’s Polonaise Room, a Northeast Minneapolis institution, recently announced it would be closing its doors after 65 years. According to a local developer, Nye’s owners are partnering with them to possibly turn the iconic space into a high-rise residential building, with some commercial space underneath.

12/03/2014

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Saint Grand Makes First Donation Of Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving in our rear-view mirror, we’ve entered the holiday season and with it comes a drive to give to charity. For the fourth straight year, anonymous donor “Saint Grand” made their first donation of the season over the weekend.

12/01/2014

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Rare Hummingbird Found In St. Paul Now Back Home

A hummingbird found far away from home in a St. Paul yard is now back home. Roufus hummingbirds are from the Pacific Northwest and winter in Mexico. Experts think the bird got lost in our first snow storm.

11/24/2014

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NYT Admits ‘Grape Salad’ More Of A ‘Regional’ Dish, Not Minnesotan

It’s a story as old as time itself. Coastal elites presume to know something about flyover country and miss the mark by a country mile. The New York Times’ recent interactive feature “The United States of Thanksgiving” was deemed a turkey by Minnesotans when their state was represented by the not even remotely traditional dish of “grape salad.”

11/20/2014

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Girl Accused In ‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Due In Court

The attorney for a Wisconsin girl accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please a fictional horror character is expected to tell a judge whether the defense will challenge a doctor’s claim that the 12-year-old is mentally fit to stand trial. A Waukesha County judge is scheduled to hear from the defense Tuesday afternoon.

11/18/2014

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To Circumcise Or Not? Parents Debate Amid Downtrend

It is one of the first decisions parents make when they have a baby boy: whether to have him circumcised. Nationwide, numbers have trended down by about 10 percent over the past 30 years, but the Midwest still has the highest rate at nearly 70 percent.

11/17/2014