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Town Fights Wis. Group's Push To Remove Nativity SceneThe little New Mexico town of Belen -- Spanish for Bethlehem -- is fighting to keep an all-year round Nativity scene on city property. Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova told The Associated Press the city will continue to resist pressure from a Wisconsin-based organization to remove a piece of art on the birth of Jesus.
Dentist Won't Be Charged In Zimbabwe Over Cecil The Lion's DeathOfficials in Zimbabwe say Dr. Walter Palmer did not break the country's hunting laws. This means top government officials are no longer pressing for the Twin Cities dentist to be extradited to Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion.
St. Paul Firefighters Hold Live Demonstrations For Fire Prevention WeekHours after putting out the flames of a recycling plant fire, St. Paul firefighters are trying to keep others from igniting. Saturday marks the end of Fire Prevention Week.
Farmington Golfer Earns A Spot In The MastersFarmington native Sammy Schmitz, 35, is ranked 3,724 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. This week, he played top-notch golf to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur and earn his spot in the renowned Masters competition, alongside the greatest names in golf.
After Devastating Storm, Watertown Orchard Remains ResilientMinnesota apple orchards are reaping the benefits of a bumper crop this season, yet one grower in Watertown won't see the full harvest.
Madonna Shares Stage With Prince At Paisley ParkA little over 30 people were on hand early Friday morning to observe two of the very biggest pop stars to emerge in the '80s share a stage. Andrea Swensson from The Current was at Paisley Park in Chanhassen and wrote about her experience as Prince took the stage for the small crowd.
Man Travels 1,500 Miles To Adopt Dog, Is Hitching HomeA Portland man was so enamored by a shelter dog he saw on the Internet that he bought a one-way ticket to Minneapolis, adopted the puppy and is now couch-hopping on the 1,500-mile trek back home.
Deez Nuts Drops Into The State Fair CrushThe 2016 presidential election is still more than one year away, but dozens of political candidates take advantage of the State Fair every year to meet voters. One Independent presidential hopeful who has been grabbing headlines for his unconventional name stopped by the fair on Saturday.
Loose Cow In N.D. Keeps Officers Busy For 90 MinutesPolice in North Dakota were kept udderly busy Friday morning after a cow escaped, according to reports from Bismarck. The television station KFYR-TV reported that the cow escaped from Kist Livestock as it was being loaded onto a trailer in Mandan, North Dakota.
Washington Post Reporter Invited To Tour 'Ugliest County'Residents in northern Minnesota want to convince a Washington Post reporter that Red Lake County is not, in fact, the ugliest county in the nation. People there rolled out the red carpet on Thursday for Christopher Ingraham.
MN Independence Party Touts State Fair Cameo By Deez NutsMany attending the Minnesota State Fair make the most of their opportunity to sound off or enjoy a rap session with the politicians who attend. But what would you say to Deez Nuts?
DFL Calls MN GOP's State Fair Shirt Plug 'Tasteless'The Minnesota DFL is questioning the timing of a post from the Republican Party of Minnesota's Facebook page Wednesday morning. The post, which has since been deleted, showed a picture of a shirt the party is presumably making available for purchase at the Minnesota State Fair.