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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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Wolves Ticket Demand Explodes With KG’s Return

By the reaction of Minnesota Timberwolves fans at Hubert’s next to the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, you would have thought the Kevin Garnett of “old” was coming back. Not the 38-year-old KG. “I grew up watching him play and I met him a couple times,” fan Antonio Benavides said. “I’m excited. I’m beyond excited, I’m so happy.”

02/19/2015

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Swan Poisoned By Lead Rescued From Frozen River

A group of people came together to rescue a sick swan from the ice — and it’s all captured on video. The swan had been seen stuck in the ice since earlier this week, and it was showing signs of lead poisoning.

02/18/2015

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Eagan Police: 2-Year-Old Saved From Near Drowning At YMCA

A 2-year-old boy is safe after nearly drowning at a YMCA in Eagan Monday morning, according to police. Emergency responders were sent shortly after 10 a.m. to the report of a 10-year-old drowning victim who was unconscious and not breathing.

02/17/2015

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High School’s ‘Rebel’ Mascot Draws Controversy

There’s debate over the origin of a high school mascot.

United South Central in Wells just opened a new school this year, and their mascot is a Rebel.

02/14/2015

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Grandfather Recounts Grandson’s Runaway Bus Ordeal

The grandfather of one of the kids caught on a runaway school bus says he can’t believe no one was hurt. On Wednesday afternoon, dash cam video captured an Isle school bus driving erratically. At one point the bus goes in the ditch, and then somehow drives back out.

02/13/2015

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Kids Survive 14 Minutes On A Runaway Bus

Eleven kids are OK after quick thinking stopped a runaway school bus Wednesday afternoon in Aitkin County. A sheriff’s deputy spotted the bus weaving when the bus driver was having a medical emergency and couldn’t pull over. “It was one of those things you don’t see every day,” Sheriff Scott Turner said.

02/12/2015

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Police Use Taser To Free Buck Tangled In Dead Rival’s Antlers

It’s rare to see a couple of white-tail bucks locked in a fight in the wild. But that’s exactly what some Shorewood residents woke up to Sunday morning — and it was captured on video. Two bucks had locked antlers and then became stuck together.

02/10/2015

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Teen Basketball Player Undergoes Heart Surgery

Last month we brought you the story of Maddie Briggs, a junior girls basketball player at St. Michael-Albertville who has Turner Syndrome. On Jan. 21, Maddie had open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital to fix an enlarged aorta.

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Bill Seeks To Keep Police Body Cam Footage Private

Body cameras are quickly becoming part of the uniform for several police forces across the country and in Minnesota. But there is some concern about what should happen to all the video.

01/30/2015

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Lack Of Snow Causes Mpls. Crews To Shift Focus

So far it’s been the tale of two winters in much of the state. We are more than a foot below where we normally are for snowfall total right now. Last year it was a different story. By the end of winter, we were above average for snowfall totals

01/28/2015

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Good Question: Where Can You Fly A Drone?

Early Monday morning, a drone crashed on the White House grounds. On Tuesday, we learned that a government worker has been operating the drone. He told investigators that he had been drinking before he lost control of the device. The incident raises questions about drone guidelines and regulations.

01/27/2015

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Good Question: Where Does Our Money Go When We Buy Gas?

Gas prices have been a little more tolerable for a while now. Or at least we don’t cringe every time we pull up to the pump. But as cheaper gas flows into our cars and less money leaves our pockets, how much of that $2 per gallon gas is helping with road repairs?

01/26/2015

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Osseo Bands Together To Save 100-Year-Old Water Tower

The push is on to save one of the oldest water towers in the Twin Cities. The Osseo water tower turns 100 years old this year, but it no longer serves as the city’s main water source.

01/23/2015

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Albert Lea Couple Pass Away Just Two Day Apart

For 67 years of marriage, Myron and Betty Young were inseparable. He was a farmer and she was a probation officer — with a sense of humor. “At their 60th wedding anniversary, somebody said, ‘Wow, 60 years you’ve been married to the same man.’ She says, ‘I know! That’s a long time to wash the same guy’s Fruit of the Looms,'” their daughter Wanda Gwinn said.

01/21/2015

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Mpls. Youth Wrestling Club Drops Fees To The Mat

In a college wrestling room that has produced 11 national team titles and numerous individual champions, a group of kids is beginning their own wrestling journey. “Whether you get knocked down, this sport is all about how you get back up,” organizer Justin Benjamin said. And that’s exactly what the wrestlers in the Minneapolis Wrestling Club are all about.

01/20/2015

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10 Charged In MOA ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest

The Bloomington City Attorney announced Wednesday that 10 people have been charged in connection with the “Black Lives Matter” protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 20, 2014.

01/14/2015

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Teen Plays 1st Varsity Game Before Heart Surgery

A dream came true Tuesday night for a basketball player who has inspired her classmates with her passion for the sport.

01/13/2015

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Hell’s Kitchen Opening Room Dedicated To Minnesotans

A “one of a kind” restaurant in downtown Minneapolis is about to get even more unique. In four days, Hell’s Kitchen will open up a room built by Minnesotans for Minnesotans. So fittingly, it will be called the “Minnesota Room.”

01/12/2015

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Curling? It’s Kind Of A ‘Big Spiel’

The oldest curling club in the nation is hosting one of the biggest tournaments of the year. It’s called the “Big Spiel,” and games are being played at the St. Paul Curling Club, along with clubs in Frogtown and Four Seasons in Blaine.

01/09/2015

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