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Free Bikes 4 Kidz Seeks Volunteers To Help Fix Bikes

It started with a wish to get unused kids’ bikes out of garages and into the hands of children who would ride them. Six years later, Free Bikes 4 Kidz has given away about 20,000 bikes.

11/18/2014

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St. Paul To Open European Christmas Market

Minnesota’s capital city will be opening its own Christmas market this holiday season. The European Christmas Market will open in St. Paul beginning Friday Nov. 28.

11/11/2014

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A History Of The Holidays From Thanksgiving To New Years’

How many people actually know the history behind one of the most joyous seasons?

11/10/2014

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Target To Offer 3D-Printed Rings, Ornaments This Holiday

You can play the part of designer this holiday season, as Target has a new line of custom 3D printed products.

11/06/2014

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Retailers Set Back Holiday Shipping Deadlines

When it comes to holiday shopping, last-minute free shipping can be a saving grace for the procrastinator. “With shopping, I do put things off,” said Maggie McGill of Plymouth. Burned by missed Christmas deliveries last year, more stores plan to make you order early. Of the 92.3 percent of retailers polled who plan to offer free-standard shipping of some sort this holiday season.

10/29/2014

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Capitol Christmas Tree To Get Drink At Itasca Park

A white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest that’s been designated as the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make its first public appearance at Itasca State Park next weekend.

10/25/2014

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Stores Prepare To Fight Amazon For Christmas Business

In the past, brick and mortar stores like Target and Wal-Mart have chased Amazon.com’s low pricing. But according to Wells Fargo study, that changed in the last six months. University of St. Thomas Marketing Instructor Jon Seltzer says all three are stepping up, but in different ways.

10/07/2014

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Crew Scours Chippewa Nat’l Forest For US Capitol Christmas Tree

Staff from the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Office of the USDA Forest Service visited northern Minn. in late July to survey trees fit for Christmas in the nation’s capitol. According to officials, crews searched the Chippewa National Forest near Cass Lake, Minn. They settled upon two trees out of the millions in the protected area, one of which is a backup.

08/15/2014

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Good Question: How Is The 35W Bridge Lit?

Last month, the I-35W bridge was bathed in royal blue to symbolize the fight against colon cancer. “It was unbelievable, absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Anne Carlson, the executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition.

04/15/2014

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Milan Girl Takes To The Keyboard With Toes

As 9-year-old Lexi Dietz work on her math problems at school, the grip on her pencil will force you to do a double-take. And it helps explain her nickname. “They were like, ‘Hi, Fancy Feet!’ I was like, ‘Hi!'” Lexi said. In the past two years, we’ve seen Lexi hold a book, paint and even eat without the use of her hands. Now she’s up to something new; the idea for which came when her class was asked to play on their recorders at their Christmas concert.

01/29/2014

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Don’t Kick Your Christmas Tree To The Curb, Recycle It

Some of you have already gotten rid of your Christmas trees, and some of you are probably putting it off. Sure, you can leave yours by the curb for pickup. But we found out there’s a way you can make good use of that tree for the next four months or so.

12/31/2013

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St. Cloud Woman Robbed Outside Of Pharmacy On Christmas

A woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint outside of a St. Cloud pharmacy on Christmas evening, according to St. Cloud Police. The robbery took place after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy at 2420 W. Division Street. A 32-year-old St. Cloud woman was approached by a male gunman who demanded her purse. The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years of age and between 5’8″-5’9″ with a thin build. He had facial hair, including a goatee, and wore a black hooded sweatshirt and dark blue jeans.

12/26/2013

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Woman Dies In Fire At SE Minn. Trailer Park

Authorities in southeastern Minnesota say a fire broke out in a rural trailer park early Christmas morning, leaving one woman dead and two homes destroyed.

12/26/2013

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Nurse Seeks Proper Ending To Story From Christmas Past

Maybe you felt it this Christmas — that twinge of nostalgia for a Christmas past. For one Coon Rapids woman, it is a recurring memory.

12/25/2013

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Nonprofit Working To Fulfill Phrase ‘Peace On Earth’

“Peace on earth and goodwill toward all”: Those are the marching orders for Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit that sends trained peacekeepers to global hotspots in hopes of preventing more violence.

12/25/2013

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