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Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football Quarterfinals

Every high school football player that steps on the field in August has the goal of playing football in November. That means you’re in the state tournament, where anything is possible.

11/06/2014

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High School Sports Rally: Oct. 24, 2014

The first round of playoff games for high school football took place Friday evening, and WCCO was there to catch all the action. If you weren’t able to make it any of the great high school games, take a look at the videos below.

10/24/2014

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Minn. Teen Warns Of ‘Fire Challenge’ That Sent Him To Burn Unit

A Minnesota teenager is warning other kids about the dangers of a stunt showing up online. It’s called the fire challenge. Teenagers use an accelerant like nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to light themselves on fire.

09/08/2014

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Blue Earth Priest Gets Probation In Sex Abuse Case

A Blue Earth priest who admitted to fondling a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother’s home was sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation on Monday.

04/02/2014

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Diocese: Former Blue Earth Priest To Be Deported

A Minnesota priest was taken into custody at his Monday sentencing and will be deported after admitting he fondled a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother’s home.

The Diocese of Winona says The Rev. Leo Koppala was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security after his sentencing hearing Monday and will be held until his deportation proceedings.

03/31/2014

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Boy Rescued After Falling Into Septic Tank

A 7-year-old boy had to be rescued after accidentally falling into a septic tank Monday afternoon, according to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office.

03/25/2014

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Blue Earth Priest Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse Case

A Blue Earth-area priest has admitted to fondling a girl while he was attending dinner at her grandmother’s home. The Rev. Leo Koppala pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. He’ll be sentenced March 31.

03/18/2014

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Playwright’s ‘Hamlet’ Hits The Road In Minnesota

Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is taking his one-man show about his childhood experience staging Hamlet on the road this month. “Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet” will travel to seven Minnesota communities. Hatcher was 11 when he adapted, directed and performed in Shakespeare’s drama “Hamlet” for a fifth-grade English class in Steubenville, Ohio.

03/08/2014

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Minn. Town To Highlight Bullying Prevention

The southern Minnesota town of Blue Earth will become Orange Earth in support of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month. Orange is the designated color of bullying prevention. The 25-foot toga on the Green Giant statue in Blue Earth will turn orange Wednesday in support of bullying prevention.

10/09/2013

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Blue Earth Catholic Priest Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Girl

A 47-year-old Blue Earth man, who is also Catholic priest, has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, according to the Faribault County Attorney’s Office.

06/10/2013

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Tracks Reopen After Train Derails In South Minn.

Railroad tracks after reopened in the southern Minnesota town of Blue Earth after 17 cars derailed on a train carrying corn.

04/30/2013

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Train Derailment Spills Grain In Blue Earth

A cleanup is underway in the southern Minnesota town of Blue Earth, where 17 cars derailed on a train carrying corn, and 10 tipped on their sides.

04/29/2013

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Man Sentenced To Nearly 50 Years In Blue Earth Hammer Killing

A 30-year-old Ceylon, Minn. man will spend the next 49-and-half-years in prison for using a hammer to kill a man who was with his wife, according to Faribault County authorities.

03/11/2013

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Man Pleads Guilty In Blue Earth Hammer Attack

A jealous husband who is accused of entering a southern Minnesota home in the middle of the night and using a hammer to kill a man who was with his wife pleaded guilty Monday to murder.

02/11/2013

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Eye Doctor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Patients

A Blue Earth County trial is under way for an eye doctor accused of sexually assaulting two female patients.

01/09/2013

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Prep Blog: Recapping The Prep Bowl Winners

It’s hard to believe that the high school football season has come to an end. Seven football teams celebrated championship seasons between the Friday and Saturday’s Prep Bowl games at the Metrodome.

11/27/2012

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NRCS Announces Cover Crop Sign-Up For Drought-Affected Counties

State conservation services are offering $400,000 in federal funds for drought-affected farmers to plant cover crops so that livestock might be fed and erosion controlled.

08/02/2012

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2 Dead After Lightning Causes House Fire In Blue Earth

Authorities say two people died Sunday morning in southern Minnesota after lightning struck a house and ignited a fire.

05/07/2012

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Charges: Man Used Hammer In Blue Earth Attack

The man suspected in a Blue Earth home invasion, where one man was killed and three others were injured, has been charged with seven felonies.

02/22/2012

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BCA: Suspect In Home Invasion Was Husband Of A Victim

Police have identified the man they arrested in connection with a deadly home invasion in Blue Earth. He is the husband of one of the three women injured in the attack.

02/21/2012

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Suspect Awaiting Charges In Fatal Home Invasion

Investigators say they aren’t looking for any other suspects in a fatal attack at a home in Blue Earth.

02/21/2012

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Suspect Arrested In Connection With Home Invasion

Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the Blue Earth home invasion that left one dead and three seriously injured Monday.

02/20/2012

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1 Killed, 3 Seriously Hurt In Home Invasion

One person was killed and three others were injured in a home invasion that happened early Monday morning in Blue Earth, Minn.

02/20/2012

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1 Dead, 1 Hurt In Faribault County House Fire

One person died and another is in the hospital with severe burns after a house fire Wednesday night in Blue Earth, according to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office.

01/12/2012

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Remains Of WWII Servicemen To Be Buried

Nine servicemen who died when their bomber was shot down over the Pacific during World War II have been identified, and their remains will be buried in a single casket at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

09/21/2011

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