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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

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Police: Drunk Driver Arrested Driving Front End Loader

A driver was arrested after taking a front end loader out onto the streets over the weekend in Chisago County. According to the county sheriff’s office, the driver took the piece of equipment out and was arrested at 1 a.m. Sunday.

11/10/2014

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Minneapolis Donut Crawl Sells Out, Adds 2nd Date

What started as a few friends sampling pastries has turned into the Twin Cities sweetest new happening, and a sold out event. The Twin Cities Donut Crawl may just be the ultimate sugar rush. Ticket holders get coffee, a T-shirt and, of course, a donut from three local favorites.

10/27/2014

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Survey: Minnesota Ranks 13th Nationally For ‘Sugar Daddies’

When it comes to women looking to date rich men, one poll suggests Minneapolis is one of the top cities in the country for “sugar daddies.” According to a recent poll done by SeekingArrangements.com, the world’s largest dating web site for “sugar daddies,” Minneapolis is one of the most popular cities nationally.

10/27/2014

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Man Runs Consecutive Marathons In Mankato

Minnesota had another weekend of good running weather, which made for perfect conditions in Mankato. For most runners, finishing a marathon just once is good enough for a bucket list, but one bold runner decided 26.2 miles just wasn’t enough.

10/20/2014

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Apple Valley Couple Celebrates 70th Anniversary

A couple from Apple Valley is celebrating a milestone every couple hopes they can reach. Paul and Bee Carlson celebrated 70 years of marriage over the weekend.

10/20/2014

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Twin Cities Fails To Make List Of Snobbiest U.S. Cities

Minnesota nice? You betcha? Minneapolis-St. Paul may be a lot of things, but the Twin Cities are definitely not snobby, according to a new list of rankings from Travel + Leisure.

10/14/2014

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Girl Goes Online To Save Grandparents’ Anniversary Puppy

A 13-year-old girl is asking for help to save the puppy that was a gift from her grandfather to her grandmother on their wedding anniversary. When Jayda Sauter’s grandparents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, their gift to each other was something special.

10/13/2014

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Minnesota Ranked The 2nd Happiest State

Not that Minnesotans need to be reminded of all the things that make their state one of the greatest to live in — and not that we are not biased in these matters — but there’s another list confirming it. Minnesota is the second happiest state in America.

09/29/2014

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Lawsuit: MN House Candidate Saws Neighbor’s Garage In Half

A Minnesota House candidate is being sued in civil court after cutting his neighbor’s garage in half in a property dispute. A lawsuit filed by Mark Besemann, of Iron, against Roger Weber, a Nashwauk Republican, asks for $20,000 in damages to the garage and $20,000 in punitive damages.

09/22/2014

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South Mpls. Scarecrows Found, Returned To Garden

Two iconic scarecrows that went missing in south Minneapolis have been found and restored to their proper positions. Barb Balcom’s community garden at the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 46th Street has long featured two seasonably dressed scarecrows. But this year, they went missing.

09/18/2014

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Stolen 40-Pound Pet Tortoise Recovered In Wis.

Kenosha police say a 40-pound tortoise worth about $4,000 has been recovered after its owner reported it stolen. Police say the pet tortoise was eating grass on the front lawn of a house when it was taken on Monday.

09/11/2014

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Mom Clobbers Man In Iowa Following Toaster Pastry Incident

A woman has assaulted a Des Moines man who tossed a toaster pastry and wrapper onto the woman’s 2-year-old child in her car. The Des Moines Register reports the incident occurred around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday at a Des Moines convenience store.

08/28/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Is That A Manure Spreader Or A Hot Rod?

It does a man good to have hobbies that bring him joy, but there are times when that passion veers into territory that no one saw coming. Bruce Bauer took a manure spreader, farm antiques and a ’93 Chevy S-10 pickup chassis to build a thing of beauty.

08/24/2014

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Snowy Owl That Survived Bus Hit Dies

The snowy owl that captured the nation’s capital attention when it perched at The Washington Post building and survived being hit by a bus has died. The University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center in St. Paul says on its website that the owl, which had undergone rehab there, was found dead on the shoulder of a Minnesota highway.

08/22/2014