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Power Plant Worker Charged With Making Explosive Threats

A former nuclear power plant employee has been charged with making terroristic threats. According to court documents, 58-year-old Robert Johnson threatened union officials after losing his job at the Monticello nuclear power plant.

05/27/2015

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Cloquet Car Dealership Gets Flak, Support For Free Gun Offer

A Cloquet car dealership is getting a lot of attention by offering a very unique deal. During the month of May, they are offering a free handgun with the purchase of a car. If you spend close to $4,995 on a new vehicle, you automatically have the option of a free Ruger handgun or a lawn mower.

05/22/2015

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Prosecutor: Terror Suspected Threatened To Kill FBI Agents

Prosecutors say a Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he’d kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he’d “spit on America” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

05/21/2015

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Stranger Lured 2 Kids From Homes In N. Minneapolis

Parents in North Minneapolis are on edge tonight after a man lured two boys away from their neighborhood.

Neighbors say they saw a stranger approach two 5- and 11-year-old boys and then walk with them away from their homes.

05/19/2015

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New Twisted Trees Produce Apples On Their Own

There’s a new concept in apple trees that’s starting to take off: trees that produce two different kinds of apples like Honey Crisp and McIntosh. The trees are called Apple Twist, and are grown at a farm in Wisconsin. But you can now find them at places like Leitner’s Garden Center in St. Paul.

05/15/2015

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Convict Coach Accused Of Trying To Contact Victim From Jail

An ex-tennis coach, serving time for sexually assaulting a girl, is facing new accusations he tried to contact his victim again.

05/14/2015

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Is Door-To-Door Minnesota Company Really Helping Troops?

A Minnesota company that says it’s helping troops overseas is coming under scrutiny from the Better Business Bureau.

05/13/2015

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Home Sales Are Up Big In Twin Cities

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Twin Cities, this may be your best opportunity in nearly a decade.

Experts say Twin Cities home buyers signed more than 6,300 purchase agreements in April. That’s the most since the summer of 2005.

05/12/2015

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Sleep Doctor Offers Medication-Free Tips For Catching Zzz’s

After a day of going full-speed, it’s often hard to put on the brakes and simply coast into sleep mode.

WCCO photojournalist Melissa Martz can relate to that problem.

05/11/2015

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Emerald Ash Borer An Expensive Challenge In Small Towns

On a warm spring night, Anoka County homeowners are indoors, spending an evening learning about an insect that’s invading their property.

05/08/2015

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Andrew Zimmern Pitches ‘Snowbate’ Tax Renewal At Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers got a visit Wednesday from a well-known celebrity chef and food writer lobbying to save the “Snowbate” tax credit for production companies. Andrew Zimmern greeted House members, some of whom took selfies with the famous chef.

05/06/2015

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Benefit For North St. Paul Man Battling ALS

In 2011, a diagnosis changed Steve Stefano’s life. The former North St. Paul quarterback and basketball player was diagnosed with ALS. He is now confined to a wheelchair and uses a breathing tube.

05/04/2015

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Twin Cities Boxing Gym Keeps Kids Out Of Trouble

The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is bringing attention back to the sport of boxing.

And for one Twin Cities boxing trainer, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

05/02/2015

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Drought Could Impact Fishing On Minnesota Lakes

The walleye opener is just 11 days away, and anglers could be dealing with some shallow lakes. The majority of the state, about 92 percent, is experiencing moderate drought conditions. Less than 20 percent of the state was that dry last year at this time.

04/28/2015

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Stores Anticipating Price Hike Following Bird Flu Outbreak

With so many farms and turkeys affected by avian influenza, some grocery chains are wondering how shoppers will react.

04/23/2015

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Good Question: What Does Google Know About You?

Earlier this year, Google quietly introduced a new feature that may raise some eyebrows. The mega search engine announced that you can now download your entire search history. As long as you’ve been logged in, Google has saved each and every search.

04/21/2015

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Fmr. Gopher & His Brother Aim To Make Cancer Patients Comfortable

It’s been nearly five years since a cancer diagnosis ended a promising football career for Connor Cosgrove. He was a wide receiver at the University of Minnesota when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. He had to stop playing football, and underwent years of chemotherapy treatments.

04/16/2015

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Friends Organize Benefit For Mom Who Had Stroke After Giving Birth

What was supposed to be one of the happiest times in a mother’s life turned into a struggle for survival. On February 23, Leia Arntson-Bacig gave birth to her daughter Ripley. Eight days later, Leia suffered a stroke and had severe bleeding in her brain. She was put in a medically-induced coma.

04/14/2015

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Hanover Brothers’ Rare Disease Doesn’t Keep Spirits Down

It’s hockey night at the Walesch household in Hanover, and as usual the MVPs are 9-year-old Brett Walesch and his brother, 7-year-old Luke.

04/13/2015

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Minn. Farmer’s Invention May Help Cut Down On Soil Erosion

A Minnesota farmer-turned-inventor thinks he has a solution for cutting down on soil erosion. Over the years, he became concerned about soil erosion on farm fields. So, he invented a piece of equipment that he says is good for both the environment and for crops.

04/10/2015

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Welcome Precipitation: Snow In The North, T-Storms In The South

It may be spring in Minnesota, but Tuesday’s weather was all over the map.

We saw snow in the northern part of the state, but thunderstorms in parts of southern Minnesota.

04/07/2015

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Cell Video Shows Cop Allegedly Threatening To Break Teen Suspect’s Leg

A smartphone appears to have captured a Minneapolis police officer threatening a teenager. Seventeen-year-old Faysal Mohamed says the video — recorded on March 18 — shows an officer talking to his friend after they were pulled over.

04/03/2015

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Fire Destroys 4 Homes In Otsego Development

In Otsego, crews are working to put out multiple fires that have spread within a housing development near 53rd Street and Radford Avenue Northeast.

04/01/2015

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Faribault Dance Team Doubts Sincerity Of Lakeville South’s Apology

It’s been a month and a half since a dance team’s state title was protested by their competitors. Last month, the Faribault dance team won the State 3-A high kick competition.

The five teams they were competing against refused to take their places during the ceremony.

03/31/2015

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Father Of Missing Crystal Boy Goes On Nancy Grace

It has now been nine days since a Twin Cities boy vanished outside his home. A van dropped Barway Collins off at his apartment building in Crystal after school last Wednesday.

03/27/2015

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