Top Local News Headlines Of 2011

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Oct. 1 - Minn. Man Kills Self After Losing Job
Burnsville police say a Northfield man who had just lost his job committed suicide in front of former colleagues by locking himself in his car and shooting himself in the head. Read the full story here.
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Sept. 17 - Eleanor Mondale Poling Dies
Eleanor Mondale Poling, daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale and a former WCCO Radio show host and WCCO-TV reporter, died at age 51. Read the full story here.
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July 9 - Mother: Teenage Girl Mob Attacked My Family
A Minneapolis mother is looking for the public’s help in finding a mob of teenage girls that she says assaulted her family. Read the full story here.
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April 2 - 2 Accused Of Using Snake In Sexual Assault
Two northwestern Wisconsin men are accused of sexually assaulting a woman with a live snake. Read the full story here.
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Feb. 1 - Woman Tries To Mail Puppy In Box
They’re calling it the parcel puppy. A Minneapolis woman was charged with animal cruelty after police say she tried to send a puppy through the mail. Read the full story here.
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Sept. 21 - Mother Disciplined After Confronting Son's Bullies
A mother who confronted two boys who bullied her 10-year-old son has been banned from her son’s Minneapolis school and even her son’s bus stop for the rest of the year. Read the full story here.
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Oct. 14 - 11-Year-Old Scholar Studies At 'U Of M'
Most people enter college as a teenager with the hope of graduating in four to five years, but in that same time span, one University of Minnesota freshman will be getting his driver’s license. Read the full story here.
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March 3 - Natural Gas Explosion, Fire Rocks South Mpls
A natural gas line exploded into massive flames in South Minneapolis Thursday morning at the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 60th Street. There were no reported injuries. Read the full story here.
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March 11 - Comedian Gallagher Recovering From Heart Attack
Gallagher’s manager says the comedian is recovering from a minor heart attack after collapsing during a performance in Minnesota. Read the full story here.
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Nov. 22 - Roots 'Welcome' Bachmann With Pointed Song Choice
Jimmy Fallon’s house band the Roots didn’t have a warm welcome for Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann when she appeared on the NBC show. Read the full story here.
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May 6 - Charges: Mom Pushed Child In Stroller Down Stairs
A mother has been arrested after allegedly pushing her baby in a stroller down a flight of stairs at the Lake Street light rail train station Tuesday evening. Read the full story here.
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Feb. 17 - Could Minnesota See Similar Union Fights As Wisconsin?
Minnesota union members are watching the labor unrest in Wisconsin closely. And the head of the state’s 43,000-member public employees union says what’s happening in the Badger State is also headed for Minnesota. Read the full story here.
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March 7 - Wis. Dems File Ethics Complaint Against Walker
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Scott Walker for statements made during a recorded prank phone call. Read the full story here.
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Feb. 2 - An Elderly Couple's Defiant Stand Against Armed Robber
A 91-year-old Minnesota man and his 82-year-old wife say they weren’t scared, but the guy trying to rob them sure was. Read the full story here.
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Aug. 31 - North Branch Girl, 5, Suffers Bat Bite At Wal-Mart
A 5-year-old North Branch girl is recovering after an unusual run-in with a bat at a retail store. Read the full story here.
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May 22 - 1 Dead After Tornado Rips Through Metro
A severe storm that roared through the Twin Cities metro area killed at least one person, damaged homes and businesses and hospitalized 22 people. Read the full story here.
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March 28 - Man Lives In Glass Apartment Inside Mall Of America
St. Paul’s Scott Jorgenson, the “Human Doing” spent a month in a glass apartment in an attempt to show us all how to live a healthier life. Read the full story here.
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June 10 - Scientists: 'Super' Wheat To Boost Food Security
Scientists say they’re close to producing new “super varieties” of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world’s food supply. Read the full story here.
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Jan. 24 - Ventura Sues DHS, TSA Over Body Scans, Pat-Downs
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, saying full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints are violating his rights. Read the full story here.
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March 14 - MN Dog Owner Chooses At-Home Euthanasia For Beloved Dog
Janis Olson will tell you the hardest part of having a pet isn’t cleaning up a litter box or the backyard, it’s saying goodbye. She agreed to let WCCO-TV witness the death of her Husky Heather because she wants pet owners to know that at-home euthanasia is an option for them. Read the full story here.
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Recycled Medical Records Used As Scrap Paper At School
Detailed medical information discovered on the back of a first-grader’s school drawing sent Minneapolis school officials scrambling. Read the full story here.
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March 8 - Mpls Men Robbed After Hiring Exotic Dancers Online
A couple young Minneapolis men who hired two exotic dancers they found on Craigslist ended up getting robbed at gunpoint. Read the full story here.
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Sept. 7 - Mayo Study: Widespread Burnout Among New Doctors
A Mayo Clinic study finds that “burnout” and financial debt are widespread among doctors-in-training. Read the full story here.
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