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Exploded Food Truck Owner Was Told Not To Park In Driveway

The man whose food truck blew up in his driveway last month had been told by the city of the Lakeville that he could not park it there.

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St. Cloud Professor Accused Of Smuggling Ivory From Elephants, Rhinos

A professor at St. Cloud State University was arrested Tuesday and charged with importing and exporting ivory and rhinoceros horns. The indictment claims Professor Yiwei Zheng smuggled the specimens in and out of the U.S. between 2006 and 2011, ultimately selling many of the items to two individuals in China.

03/31/2015

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Talking Points: Gov. Dayton Stands Behind His Pre-K Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton is continuing to double down on his efforts to dramatically expand funding for early childhood education.

03/22/2015

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Harteau: Nicollet Mall Disturbance Was An Isolated Event

Minneapolis Police are reviewing surveillance video after a large group of teenagers caused a disruption along Nicollet Mall Tuesday evening. In a possibly separate incident downtown, Minneapolis police also responded to a non-life threatening gunshot wound and began searching for a suspect.

03/18/2015

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Minneapolis ‘Village’ Gives Seniors A Reliable Community

As they get older, most of our parents would like to stay in their own homes as long as possible.

The village movement is helping them do just that — and for very little money. The communities aren’t real villages; they’re more like clubs seniors set up for themselves.

03/17/2015

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Free All-Day Kindergarten Enrolls 57,000 Minnesota Kids

This is the first year of free all-day kindergarten in Minnesota, and by all accounts the implementation appears to be a success.

03/16/2015

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Talking Points: Tom Emmer Defying Expectations

When Tom Emmer ran for governor in 2010, conservative icon Newt Gingrich campaigned for him. When he announced his bid for Congress, former vice presidential candidate Sara Palin endorsed him.

03/15/2015

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Target Layoffs Raise Questions Over Tax Subsidies

This week, Target laid off 1,700 people who work at its headquarters in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park.
Both communities have given the company millions of dollars in tax subsidies.

03/12/2015

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Brainiacs Compete At H.S. Math League Tournament

It’s the Minnesota High School Math League Tournament, and students from all around are wracking their brains to come up with the answers to numerical questions many very likely can’t even parse.

03/09/2015

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Talking Points: Target’s Job Cuts & New Digital Focus

Last week, the news broke that Target Corp. plans to lay off several thousand employees at its Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park corporate headquarters.

03/08/2015

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Target CEO’s Walmart Past May Shape Post-Layoff Management

Target stock closed down slightly a day after the company announced several thousand employees at its Minneapolis headquarters would be losing their jobs. It’s part of a restructuring plan that the CEO is promising will change how you shop at their stores.

03/04/2015

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Target Reportedly Planning To Cut Thousands Of Jobs

Target Corp. is planning to cut several thousand jobs over the next two years to save nearly $2 billion from its budget. Target plans to make those cuts through corporate restructuring and other improvements.

03/03/2015

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient Records

A nurse with a history of narcotics theft illegally accessed a state database that contains prescription drug records for 1 million Minnesotans, all under the supervision of government entities that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

03/02/2015

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Talking Points: Rep. Ellison Talks Homeland Security Shutdown

Late Friday night, Congress avoided a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security by approving a week extension of agency funding.

03/01/2015

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March Is Foodshare Month

March is Foodshare Month, which helps hundreds of food shelves across Minnesota. The motivation for the month is so that food shelves can stock up for later months when donations aren’t as plentiful.

03/01/2015

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The Cost Of Keeping The Mall Of America Safe

An 18-year-old Minnesota man has now pleaded guilty to trying to join the terror group ISIS. Abdullahi Yusef was charged last month with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

02/26/2015

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Is Long-Term Care Insurance Right For Your Family?

It’s a topic a lot of people don’t like to talk about: How are you planning to pay for long-term nursing care for an elderly parent, or even yourself? Surveys show seven out of ten people over the age of 65 will need it, and the costs can be staggering: between $5,000 and $10,000 a month.

02/24/2015

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Attorney Talks Misconceptions In Sex Offender Program Trial

More than 700 civilly committed sex offenders are suing the state of Minnesota, arguing the program keeping them locked up is unconstitutional.

02/22/2015

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Talking Points: Klobuchar On Al-Shabaab Threat Video

The latest terror video from al-Shabaab comes days after the White House convened a terror summit that focused on combating recruiting here in the Twin Cities and the rest of the country.

02/22/2015

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The High Cost Of Competitive Pre-H.S. Sports

Competitive sports are starting earlier and costing more than ever. So, we’re taking a look at how much families are really paying to play in some of the most popular sports.

02/16/2015

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Talking Points: Health Dept. Head Talks Commissioner Pay Raises

More drama is expected this week at the Capitol as both Republicans and Democrats battle Gov. Mark Dayton over his awarding his commissioners large pay raises.

02/15/2015

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Testimony Begins In Minn. Sex Offender Program Lawsuit

A high stakes federal court trial started Monday in St. Paul that could eventually result in the release of civilly committed Minnesota sex offenders. Right now, about 700 high-risk offenders are locked up even after they served their prison sentences. They’re considered likely to offend again if they ever get out.

02/09/2015

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MNsure Extends Call Center Hours Ahead Of Deadline

MNsure officials say the contact center’s office hours have been extended for the last week of open enrollment.

02/08/2015

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Family Of Woman Killed In Hwy 212 Shooting Sues Officer, Chaska

The family of a woman shot and killed by police on Highway 212 last year is suing Chaska Police. The lawsuit says that Dawn Pfister was a hostage and was needlessly shot and killed by Chaska Police. Pfister was in a car driven by her boyfriend, Mathew Serbus, last February. Their car rear ended another vehicle, and they fled the scene. Police began a high-speed chase.

02/03/2015

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Was Gun Used In New Hope Bought Through A Legal Loophole?

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said he would like the legislature to take a look at gun laws that allowed someone to buy guns for the man who shot two New Hope police officers.

02/02/2015

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