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Dayton, GOP Remain Mired In Budget Dispute

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers insisted Wednesday they don’t want the state government to shut down in eight days because of a stalemate over a new budget, but neither side appeared willing to meet the other’s demands to prevent it.


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Writer: Authorities Should Ban Backyard Fire Pits

Backyard fire pits have become popular in the city and the suburbs, but they are not OK with everyone.


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Good Question: Can Snoring Be Stopped?

Two-thirds of adults say their partners snore. It can be a pain in the neck for the partner as well as the snorer. So, is this a life sentence for both of or is there hope for silencing snoring?


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Heat Taking Toll On Metro Highways

Extreme discomfort is not the only reason Twin Cities road repair crews have to hate the heat this week. On Monday alone, more than 30 heat-related pavement “blow-ups” were reported in the greater metropolitan area.


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Blood Tests Could Predict How Fast A Person Ages

How comfortable would you be with knowing how long you had to live? There’s a simple blood test that will soon be available that may be able to tell how fast a person is aging.


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World Health Organization: Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

A respected international panel of scientists says cellphones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline engine exhaust and coffee.


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Ditch The Specs: New Eye Implant Could Fix Your Vision

At GG’s salon in St. Paul, you can always find a pair of cheaters handy. Shop owner Gale Grijalva has close to three-dozen pairs of reading glasses scattered around because she could not do her job without them.


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Twin Cities Twister Drops Debris 20 Miles Away

If life was like the movies, nothing would surprise us about the crazy tricks of tornadoes. When the storms struck Sunday, 10-year-old Taylor Aho of East Bethel knew he was not just seeing things, but he was certainly surprised.


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Mpls Tornado Victims Help Each Other Through Disaster

The tornado that struck the north side of Minneapolis picked an area already struggling to overcome man-made disasters, such as crime and poverty and neglect.


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Vampire Facelift Is All About The Blood

Americans had 8.6 million plastic surgery procedures last year, and most did not involve surgery. That is a growing trend as new techniques become available.


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Eastview High Students Work To Fight Childhood Obesity

The Centers for Disease Control has called childhood obesity in America a crisis. It is happening at a time when budget cuts are forcing many school districts to cut physical education programs. But a Twin Cities high school is teaming up with the University of Minnesota to fight for fitness.


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Boogaard’s Family Donates Player’s Brain To Research

The family of former Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard, who was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment Friday, donated his brain to medical researchers in Boston to try to determine if his rough and tough NHL career contributed to his death.


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Dentists Give MN Tiger 4 Root Canals

Dentists from across the country came to Minnesota Saturday to perform multiple root canals on a 15-year-old Bengal tiger named Titan.


John Peterson pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide on March 15, 2011. (credit: Hennepin County)

Drunk Driver Who Hit, Killed ‘U’ Student Gets 4 Years

A 23-year-old drunk driver, who hit and killed a former University of Minnesota student, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.


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Study: Early Prostate Cancer Treatment Increases Survival

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. Fortunately, a new study is giving patients some hope.





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