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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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Authorities Searching Mississippi Area For Missing Crystal Boy

Friends and family will be back out Thursday, spreading the word to find 10-year-old Barway Collins. He was last seen a week ago at his apartment in Crystal. A reward to bring him home is now up to $12,000.

03/26/2015

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Tick Uptick Raises Tick Risk Meter To High

An earlier tick season may coming in Minnesota. On Friday, the first day of spring, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District raised its “tick risk meter” from medium to high.

03/20/2015

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Uber Drivers, Supporters Rally Against Proposed Legislation

Many people watching March Madness games at local bars may use Uber to get home Thursday night. But supporters of the ride-share program say a bill at the Capitol would make working in the Twin Cities impossible. “I love driving Uber,” driver Dustin Simko said.

03/19/2015

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DNR Keeping Deadly Fish Disease From Minnesota Lakes

The DNR is trying to figure out the best way to deal with a deadly and contagious fish disease.

03/13/2015

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What Are The Rules Around Minnesota Officials’ Emails?

Gov. Dayton addressed concerns Thursday that he uses his personal AOL email account for work, not state-issued government email.

03/12/2015

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Lawn Care Tips For Our Early Warmup

It never fails. Those first 60-degree days of the year have people thinking about their lawns and gardens. It just so happens the first 60 degree day of this year came very early.

03/11/2015

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Twin Cities Takes Advantage Of #Top10WxDay

If you haven’t booked some time outdoors this Tuesday, you’re not doing it right. That’s because it’s a #Top10WxDay. Meteorologist Matt Brickman said temperature should flirt with the 60s in the Twin Cities, and indeed have already topped that benchmark in other areas of the state.

03/10/2015

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Wisconsin Residents Sound Off On ‘Right-To-Vote’ Bill

On Friday, Wisconsin became the 25th state to pass a right-to-work bill. Lawmakers in the state assembly fiercely debated the bill for more than 20 hours into the early morning. The bill finally passed around 9 a.m.

03/06/2015

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Mullets Galore At State Boys’ Hockey Tourney

If you’re heading to the State Boys’ Hockey tournament you will see some of the best teams in the state.

You will also see some of the best hockey hair in the state.

03/05/2015

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Spring Lake Park Makes 1st State Hockey Tourney Appearance

The Minnesota State Hockey experience really is unlike any other, from the homemade signs to the shameless mullets. “It’s starting to grow on me a little bit so I might keep it,” St. Cloud Apollo’s Blake Theisen said. Like the players, fans take it all in.

03/04/2015

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Tow Truck Driver Recounts Frightening S. St. Paul Crash

A crash in South St. Paul Tuesday morning shows just how dangerous it can be for emergency workers responding to accidents. A car hit a squad car, pinning the state trooper inside and throwing a tow truck driver onto a busy road.

03/03/2015

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Iraqi Refugee Works To Bring Family To MN With Him

An Iraqi man needs one thing to make Minnesota finally feel like home — his family. “Phillip,” which is what soldiers call him to protect his identity, served as an interpreter for Minnesota soldiers during the Iraq War.

02/27/2015

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Wayzata Mom Creates Plush Tooth Figure — And The Story Behind Him

A Wayzata mom didn’t just create Tug, she created a story called “Tug and the Tooth.”

02/27/2015

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12-Year-Old Finishes Basketball Season Strong With Prosthetic Arm

A year-and-a-half after losing her left arm in a farm accident, Kate has proved she can do everything she used to.

02/23/2015

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