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World’s Oldest Person On Her 117 Years: ‘It Seemed Rather Short’

The world’s oldest person says 117 years doesn’t seem like such a long time. Misao Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, made the comment Wednesday, at a celebration a day before her 117th birthday.

03/04/2015

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Minnesota Exports Record $5.5B In Third Quarter

State officials say Minnesota exports have jumped nearly 6 percent in the last year. Minnesota exported a record $5.5 billion of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in the third quarter of 2014, the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Wednesday. That’s up 5.8 percent from the same period last year.

12/17/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Getting Buzzed On Honey Wine

Winemaking has brought sweet success to one Minnesota family, but they’ve been stung many times in the process. WineHaven is an award-winning vineyard and winery, but its best-selling product doesn’t involve any grapes at all. It’s a wine made of honey.

10/05/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Shoyu At MSP Airport

It’s a strange sight as you head towards the gate in concourse G at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Executive Chef Sara Johannes is at the wok inside Shoyu, which is not your standard airport restaurant. She says a lot of chefs probably think that working at an airport is not the best gig.

07/12/2014

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How To Look Like A Local When Dining Abroad

The good folks at The Restaurant Choice cooked up these handsomely designed infographics to get you through your next international dining adventure.

04/18/2014

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Good Question: Reply All: Ambassadors, Lottery Tickets & ‘Oh Boy!’

Caroline Kennedy was sworn in as the ambassador to Japan on Tuesday. So, that had Wendy from Eagan wondering: What does being an ambassador entail? According to the U.S. State Department, a U.S. ambassador is the president’s highest-ranking representative to another country. That person’s main role is to coordinate the Foreign Service office and the staff that serves under him or her. An ambassador is nominated by the president, but must be approved by the Senate. Some ambassadors are long-time diplomats, and others have been political friends or allies. In this case, Caroline Kennedy is a well-known person from prominent political family who will fill a high-profile ambassadorship.

11/22/2013

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This T’Wolves Season-Ticket Holder Travels 6,000 Miles

Yes, the Timberwolves are off to a great start, but even during their down years, there’s a season ticket holder who has stood by the team the whole way through. And Mitsuaki Ohno probably has the longest commute of anyone, traveling 6,000 miles from Tokyo every year, just to watch the Timberwolves.

11/06/2013

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After 68 Years, WWII Vet Returns Samurai Sword To Owner

A weapon once used in war is now a symbol of peace, thanks to a Minnesota man who wanted to do the “right thing.” Hundreds looked on as World War II veteran Orval Amdahl returned a Japanese sword to its rightful owner Saturday afternoon in St. Paul. Amdahl was given the sword 68 years ago as a war souvenir. He never felt it truly belonged to him, so Amdahl used an inscription on the sword to find its true owner, which led him to the Motomura family of Japan.

09/21/2013

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WWII Vet Returns Sword To Japanese Family

Orvall Amdahl clearly remembers the day his life would be forever changed. “November 19, 1942 I left San Francisco,” recalls the 94-year old from Lanesboro.

09/20/2013

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Minn. Man Celebrates 90th Birthday By Skydiving

Have you ever thought about how you would celebrate your 90th birthday? The way Cocato native Carl Morris celebrated his may have you re-planning your party. Two weeks ago, Morris blew out the candles on his birthday cake. But our soggy weather delayed his birthday wish.

06/03/2013

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Giant Squid

Check out this squid caught on video by Japanese divers.

01/08/2013

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Regis Selling Hair Club For $163.5 Million

Hair salon operator Regis Corp. is selling hair replacement services provider Hair Club for Men and Women to Japan’s Aderans Co. for $163.5 million in cash.

07/16/2012

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Japanese Soccer Teams Return To Blaine For First Time Since Tsunami

Two Japanese women’s soccer teams are taking the field at the Schwan’s USA Cup in Blaine. It’s the first time the teams has been back since the devastating earthquake and tsunami, which destroyed both of their neighborhoods.

07/13/2012

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Minn. Remembers Japan’s Devastating Tsunami

Many around the globe took a moment Saturday to remember the devastation and heartache that united the world one year ago.

03/10/2012

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Good Question: Which Cars Are The Most American?

The buzz about the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad for Chyrsler has put the issue of buying an American car back in the forefront. But in an age when some American cars are assembled overseas, and some Japanese cars are assembled in the U.S., which cars are the most “American?”

02/06/2012

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Dayton Leads Minn. Trade Mission To South Korea

Gov. Mark Dayton is off on a nine-day trade mission to South Korea that also includes several stops in Japan.

09/23/2011

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Minn. Gov. Dayton To Travel To Japan, South Korea

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is planning to visit Japan in September, following in the flight path of his predecessors.

07/22/2011

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Radioactive Material Detected In Minnesota Air

Trace amounts of radioactive material have been found in air samples in St. Paul and two other locations, likely from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan.

04/05/2011

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Peter Landers Of The Wall St Journal Reporting From Japan

Chad spoke with Wall Street Journal Peter Landers from Japan on the latest with their nuclear reactor crisis. We’ve got links to some of his stories.

04/05/2011

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Increased Radioactivity Found In St. Paul Rain Sample

The impact of the badly damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is being felt in the Twin Cities. A slight increase of radiation levels were found in a rainwater sample taken in St. Paul.

04/04/2011

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Japan’s Hockey Peewees Play On Minnesota Ice

Three weeks after their world was so horribly shaken by a massive earthquake and then a devastating tsunami, 14 Japanese boys found their escape — on a sheet of Minnesota ice.

04/01/2011

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Minnesota Monitors For Japanese Radiation

In the radiation testing laboratory at the Minnesota Department of Health, environmental chemists are keeping close watch for any suspicious radioactive spikes.

03/31/2011

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Twins To Donate $25K To Japan Relief

The Minnesota Twins are donating $25,000 to relief efforts in Japan.

03/24/2011

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Cargill Donating $250K To Second Harvest Japan

Cargill Inc. is donating $250,000 to Second Harvest Japan, a Tokyo-based food bank delivering food and supplies to survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.

03/23/2011

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Minn. Musicians Plan Japan Relief Concerts

Twin Cities musicians of all styles are teaming up for two concerts next week to benefit Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

03/23/2011

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