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Lawsuit In Accent Signage Shooting Case Can Proceed

A Hennepin County judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the family of an Accent Signage shooting victim can go forward in narrowed form. Judge Denise Reilly says the family of Jacob Beneke can proceed with two negligence counts against Accent.

07/02/2013

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Good Question: Where Does Traffic Ticket Money Go?

In Hennepin County alone, people paid nearly $60 million in court fees last year — mostly from people who got caught doing something wrong on the road. Karl Kohn of West St. Paul contributed to that pot with two speeding tickets of his own. Each set him back $145. So, he wondered: “When you get a ticket where does the money from your fine go?”

06/27/2013

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At The ‘Fix-It Clinic,’ Learn To Fix Your Electronics, Appliances

Instead of throwing them out your broken electronics or appliances, Hennepin County wants to teach you how to repair them, so they stay out of a landfill.

06/23/2013

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Crews In Minn. Work To Restore Power, Clear Trees

The largest utility serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin says it deployed more than 1,000 line workers to restore power to customers in the Twin Cities and other areas after three waves of strong storms hit the region. Xcel Energy’s system was severely damaged by high winds that brought trees and branches down onto power lines before dawn Friday and on Friday evening and early Saturday. More than 500,000 of the utility’s customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin were affected at the height of the power outages

06/22/2013

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Communities Across Twin Cities Cleaning Up

Communities across the Twin Cities are cleaning up trees and branches knocked down by three waves of heavy storms since early Friday. Minneapolis has announced plans for debris collection beginning July 1 to help people get rid of the downed wood in their yards. St. Paul plans a similar curbside pickup within the next three weeks.

06/22/2013

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Man Accused Of Posing As Aide, Having Sex With Vulnerable Woman

A 42-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of posing as a vulnerable woman’s aide and repeatedly having sex with her, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office announced Friday. Corey Gordon was charged Wednesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to the County Attorney, Mike Freeman, Gordon defendant has been required to register as a predatory offender for several years.

06/14/2013

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Local Officers Participate In Active Shooter Training

It seems like there has been a string of shooting rampages all across the country over the last year, and now the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is providing training sessions of how to deal with a situation where an active shooter is involved.

06/11/2013

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Walk Much? Hennepin Co. Wants Your Opinion

The many trails and paths in the Twin Cities is a major perk for pedestrian and Minneapolis resident Garrett Peterson. “To me, that’s one of the huge benefits of living in this city, and in this neighborhood, is there’s so many things that you can walk to in this area,” Peterson said. But sometimes, when you get outside the parks, that can be a bit tricky – like on the Franklin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

06/08/2013

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Henn. Co. Teen Birth Rate In Decline

For the fifth consecutive year, the number of teenagers who gave birth in Hennepin County has decreased. According to Hennepin County officials, the number of teen births in 2007 was 1,170. In 2011, the number was 692. Teenagers are defined in the data as young women aged 15-19.

06/07/2013

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Hennepin Co. Gets 45 Same-Sex Marriage Applications

Hennepin County has received more than three-dozen applications for same-sex marriage licenses under Minnesota’s new law allowing gay marriage. Minnesota’s largest county received 38 applications Thursday, the first day the county began accepting applications for same-sex marriages.

06/07/2013

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Gay-Friendly Marriage Licenses Make Minn. Debut

It was an emotional morning for several same-sex couples who lined up to apply for their marriage licenses at the Hennepin County Government Center. Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties allowed same-sex couples to apply starting Thursday morning.

06/06/2013

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Police: Hopkins Cheerleader Used Teammate As A Prostitute

An 18-year-old Hopkins High School senior cheerleader allegedly used her sophomore teammate as a prostitute, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County. Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove was arrested on one count of second-degree felony sex trafficking, and one count of felony solicitation, inducement and promotion of prostitution.

06/04/2013

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Hennepin Co. To Offer New Marriage License Applications Next Week

Hennepin County is prepared to start accepting applications from same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses late next week. According to the county department of public affairs, the applications will be available beginning June 6.

05/31/2013

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Body Pulled From Channel Of Mississippi River

The body of a woman was pulled from a channel of the Mississippi River Wednesday after fishermen made the discovery. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol pulled the woman’s body from the water, near the Mendota Bridge.

05/29/2013

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Maplewood Felon Gets 15 Years For Having Revolver

A 35-year-old Maplewood man, with a history of felonies, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison after admitting to being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Department of Justice said.

05/28/2013

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