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Best Buy Fires 1,500 In Canada, Shutters Future Shop Brand

Best Buy is laying off 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time employees in Canada as it consolidates operations. The Richfield, Minnesota-based company also announced Saturday that it will close 66 of its Future Shop locations and rebranding the remaining 65 as Best Buy stores. The Future Shop website will be folded into Best Buy’s site.

03/28/2015

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Scientists: 2 Mainland Wolves Made Jaunt To Isle Royale Park

Two gray wolves recently traversed the frozen Lake Superior surface from Canada to Isle Royale National Park, scientists said Tuesday, but the animals stayed only five days — dashing hopes that ice bridges would induce migrants from the mainland to replenish the island’s lagging wolf population.

03/10/2015

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Can We Finally Wave Goodbye To Subzero Temperatures?

A well-deserved warm up is headed to Minnesota with 40s and even 50s in the forecast.

03/05/2015

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Good Question: Where Do Our Immigrants Come From?

Some Republicans don’t want the President, among other things, to grant legal status to undocumented parents who have children born in the U.S. Where do our immigrants come from? And, how have those groups changed over time? Good Questions.

03/02/2015

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Target Reports 4Q Loss On Canada Pullout

Target Corp. reported a loss in its fourth quarter, dragged down by costs to end its money-losing foray in Canada. But the discount retailer recorded strong sales as shoppers bought more clothing and other items over the holiday period.

02/25/2015

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ND Lawmaker: Resolution Honoring Canada Waste Of Time

All but one member of North Dakota’s House believes the state should honor Canada with a special day.

02/15/2015

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Target Cutting 550 Jobs In Minnesota

The Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is reportedly shedding 550 jobs in Minnesota following the discount retailer’s retreat from Canada.

02/11/2015

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Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

01/29/2015

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Good Question: How Did Minnesota Become The State Of Hockey?

Hockey Day Minnesota is this Saturday. High school, college and pro teams will play outside throughout the day on a specially-made rink. It’s a celebration of the state’s official sport that an estimated 100,000 Minnesotans play.

01/13/2015

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Minnesota Exports Record $5.5B In Third Quarter

State officials say Minnesota exports have jumped nearly 6 percent in the last year. Minnesota exported a record $5.5 billion of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in the third quarter of 2014, the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Wednesday. That’s up 5.8 percent from the same period last year.

12/17/2014

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Outgoing Children’s Hospitals CEO Reflects On A Decade Of Change

Some big changes are coming to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Long-time CEO Dr. Alan Goldbloom is retiring this week after 12 years. Goldbloom grew up in Canada, where he was a child actor. He later became a doctor, and eventually an administrator. When the employees of Children’s Hospitals said their goodbyes to Goldbloom, there was a lot of praise, handshakes and hugs.

12/03/2014

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Good Question: What Is The Keystone XL Pipeline?

Earlier Tuesday evening, the U.S. Senate failed to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline by a vote of 59 – 41. Immediately after the vote, Republicans said they’d bring up the issue again in January. The fight over this pipeline has been a long, contentious battle that began in 2008 when TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, applied for a construction permit.

11/18/2014

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Good Question: How Secure Is Our Border With Canada?

At more than 5,500 miles, it’s the longest-continuous international border. Three-hundred-thousand people cross it legally every day at more than 100 checkpoints. But just how secure is the border? Dr. William Beeman is a professor of Middle East anthropology at the University of Minnesota.

10/23/2014

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Son Says Maranatha Leader Made Brothers Beat Mother

The son of the leader of a religious group in southeastern Minnesota described a life of abuse and control in front of a judge on Monday. His was the latest testimony in a contentious trial against a religious group called Maranatha Fellowship in Spring Grove.

08/18/2014

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Target Taps Outsider As CEO For Needed Shakeup

Target has hired Pepsi executive Brian Cornell as its new chairman and CEO as it looks to recover from a huge data breach and troubles in Canada. Cornell replaces interim CEO John Mulligan, who is chief financial officer for the Minneapolis company. Mulligan stepped into the interim CEO post in May when Target Corp.’s Gregg Steinhafel resigned following a large data breach in the runup to Christmas.

07/31/2014

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Ex-Maranatha Member: Leader Made Me Run To Miscarry

WCCO has uncovered more allegations of abuse against a religious leader in southeastern Minnesota. Susan Wilde spent nearly 20 years as a member of a Christian fellowship called Maranatha. Its leader has been taken to court, and he and the ministry are being sued by other former members who lost their home and business when they got out of the group.

07/02/2014

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Target Shareholders Approve All 10 Board Nominees

Target says its shareholders approved all 10 nominees to the company’s board of directors despite recommendations from a prominent proxy advisory firm to get rid of the majority in the wake of a data breach. Institutional Shareholder Services last month targeted those members who serve on the company’s audit and corporate responsibility committee.

06/11/2014

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Target Fires President Of Canadian Operations

Target has fired the president of its troubled Canadian operations, Tony Fisher, and is replacing him with a 15-year U.S. company veteran. The executive shakeup in Canada comes two weeks after the abrupt resignation of Target’s CEO and Chairman Gregg Steinhafel.

05/20/2014

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More Trains Carrying Oil Causes MN Grain Shortage

A boom in using trains to ship oil to Minnesota could cause a shortage at the breakfast table. The Wall Street Journal reports that Canada is months behind in grain shipments, as railroads have been shipping more oil instead.

03/03/2014

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Canada Beats US 1-0 To Reach Gold-Medal Game

Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament. Canada advanced to the gold-medal match Sunday against Sweden, which beat Finland 2-1 in the earlier semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

02/21/2014

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Canada Women Beat U.S. 3-2 In OT For Olympic Gold

Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the second straight Olympic gold medal game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Thursday for its fourth consecutive title. Canada trailed 2-0 before Brianne Jenner and Poulin scored in the final 3:26 of regulation, and Poulin had the game-winner with a power play goal at 8:10 of overtime.

02/20/2014

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Enhanced IDs To Ease Re-Entry From Canada, Mexico

Minnesota residents can now apply for enhanced driver’s licenses or identification cards that will make it easier to go back and forth between the U.S. and certain countries. The licenses can be used to re-enter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean.

02/12/2014

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Xcel Asks Customers To Turn Down Natural Gas Heat

Xcel Energy is asking certain natural gas customers, in three states, to turn down their heat. The request comes after a natural gas pipeline exploded in Canada Saturday morning.

01/26/2014

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Plenty Of Fun Activities For These Subzero Days

The chilly temperatures are keeping many Minnesotans indoors during this winter break. Families might be feeling a little stir crazy, but there are several activities out there happening around town to keep the kids busy. For a taste of the tropics, many are flocking to the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul, where it’s often 75 degrees and humid.

12/30/2013

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US Women Beat Canada 3-2 In Pre-Olympic Match In St. Paul

Hilary Knight scored the lone shootout goal and the United States women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 on Saturday in a pre-Olympic exhibition game. Jessie Vetter stopped all three Canadian shootout attempts. Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter scored for the United States in regulation, and Meghan Acosta-Marciano and Marie-Philip Poulin countered for Canada. Canada rallied to tie it in the third period.

12/28/2013

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