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Charges: Youth Pastor Solicited Sexually Explicit Images From A Minor Online

A children’s ministry pastor was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of soliciting nude photos from a minor via Facebook. Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Boos is charged with one count of soliciting a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct, and one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

03/31/2014

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‘Thank You’ To The Stranger Who Mailed My Lost Letter

I almost never write thank you letters, especially to people I don’t know. The reason I’m writing this letter is because last week I was pretty upset. I was in a rush to go to work and I was running late. I grabbed a letter I was going to mail and stuffed it in my coat. The letter, already addressed and stamped, had a $55 gift card to Target for a friend in Texas. She had won the gift card through a contest I had put together. I quickly ran to catch my bus. Almost every day I take the #5 Metro Transit bus to work. Once I got to my stop at WCCO Radio, I reached into my pocket and felt nothing, the letter was gone.

03/30/2014

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Teen, School Reach $70K Settlement Over Facebook Post

A Minnesota teenager, who initially got in trouble for a Facebook post, now has $70,000 from her school. In 2011, sixth grader Riley Stratton wrote on her Facebook page that she hated her teacher’s aide at a Minnewaska school. According to a complaint, Stratton was forced to turn over her email and Facebook passwords to administrators.

03/25/2014

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Powerful Female Leaders Back ‘Ban Bossy’ Campaign

A new campaign encouraging women to lead aims to convince people to stop using the word “bossy.” The Ban Bossy campaign is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of USA and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

03/11/2014

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Man Donates Kidney To Cop, Then Cop Repays The Kindness

A Minneapolis police officer wants to give back to the man who saved his life. Carlos Baires Escobar had been on the waiting list for a kidney for two years.

02/27/2014

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Wis. Soldiers Mugging Around Empty Casket Sparks Furor

A group photograph showing soldiers clowning around an empty, flag-draped casket has sparked a furor on Facebook, in military chat rooms and other social media where people say it’s disrespectful of veterans and those killed in action.

02/19/2014

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Good Question: What Did We Do With Our Time Before Facebook?

For people who use social media a lot, it can be hard to remember what it was like before Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. According to one study, sponsored by Facebook, found some of us spend more than two hours a day connected to our phones.

02/04/2014

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Student Donates Kidney To Mpls. Cop

A Minneapolis Police officer battling lupus and kidney failure received a life-changing transplant this week. Carlos Escobar, 35, is recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center. He spent two years on a waiting list for a kidney donation. After working a full day as a police officer, he would come home and spend seven hours on dialysis, hoping and praying a donor would come through. “I never expected it to be too soon because they told me with my blood type, it could be seven years,” Escobar said

01/18/2014

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Minn. Man Gets New Date In Nevada Abduction Case

A local judge in Nevada gave prosecutors more time Wednesday to file criminal charges against a Minnesota fugitive accused of holding his ex-girlfriend with threats of physical violence for several months at a resort town motel.

01/15/2014

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Fury And Frustration Over Target Data Breach

Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target’s security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.

12/20/2013

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Good Question: How Did The Pound Sign Become A Hashtag?

Thursday morning, Twitter became a publicly traded company. Stocks soared and put the value of the social-media company at more than $30 billion. So with Twitter in the news, we wondered about one of its most well-known symbols — the hashtag.

11/07/2013

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Good Question: Why Do We Dress Up For Halloween?

This Halloween, families are expected to spend nearly $8 billion celebrating the holiday. That’s a 50 percent jump since just 2005. And a lot of the money is going to costumes. Americans spend about a $1 billion on children’s costumes each year, and another $1.2 billion on adult costumes. How it all got started dates back to the Middle Ages. For the folks at the Theatrical Costume Rental in Minneapolis, 20 percent of their yearly business is done during the month of October. Duck Dynasty, What Does the Fox Say and Jack Sparrow are just a few popular costumes this year.

10/14/2013

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Shhh: Is It Possible To Keep Your Home Private Today?

Who’s watching you? What are they learning about you? And how can you turn it off?

10/14/2013

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Quitting Your Job In The Digital Age

Employee and her bosses are having a viral video standoff. You get to enjoy the videos.

10/02/2013

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Volunteers Search In Lilydale, Rosemount For Missing U of M Student

Family members of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk are combing an area near the Mississippi River for her body, according to the Facebook page created for her search effort. People are searching for the missing University of Minnesota student near Pickerel Lake in Lilydale, as well as areas in the vicinity of Highway 46 near Rosemount and Farmington. Burnsville Police told Schunk’s family Saturday that they are certain she’s dead. They have not yet disclosed what evidence points to that conclusion.

09/29/2013

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