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Cambridge Man Blinded In DWI Crash Shares His Holiday Warning

he victim of a DWI crash has a message for those looking to celebrate over the holidays. In 2007, a drunk driver hit Greg Torell near his Cambridge home. He was returning home from the hospital after visiting his newborn granddaughter.

12/23/2014

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Weird Weather Has Odd Impact On Outdoor Recreation

For snowboarders Alex Olsson and Joey Titus, the slopes of Buck Hill were all theirs Monday afternoon.

12/22/2014

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Soldier Gives Little Sister Surprise Gift — Himself

Being “home for the holidays” took on a whole, new meaning Friday. Six-year-old Savannah Germain hadn’t seen her brother, Devin, in about a year. Devin is a soldier who has been serving in Afghanistan. He returned to Minnesota Friday, but Savannah had no idea he was coming.

12/19/2014

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Two Teens Honored For Long Lake Ice Rescue

With just a shovel and a strap from their fish house, two teenagers became heroes in a west metro town. On Nov. 23, Alex Stark and Cody Clements were ice fishing on Long Lake when the two men next to them went through the ice.

12/16/2014

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Rural Vet Clinic In Peril After Fire

A western Minnesota town is rallying behind a veterinarian after she lost nearly everything in a fire. Back in June, a fire destroyed the Appleton Veterinary Clinic. A puppy was trapped inside and also died. Veterinarian Rachel Bakeberg also lost thousands of dollars in medical equipment.

12/15/2014

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Good Questions: Eggnog, Glue, & One-Way Plane Tickets

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, John Lauritsen explores one-way plane tickets, glue containers and eggnog.

12/05/2014

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Good Question: How Much Sick Time Do We Take?

It’s the time of year when the sick list can get long. The common cold, the flu and strep throat can leave businesses a bit understaffed. So over the course of the year, how much sick time do we take? The average American worker is given about eight to 10 days of sick leave a year, but most people only take between 3 and 6.

12/04/2014

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Woman Must Delay Cancer Treatment Until Delivering Twins

A cancer diagnosis usually means starting treatment right away. Fighting it as soon as possible offers the best chance to successfully get rid of it. But a Minnesota woman who found out she has thyroid cancer is waiting to get it treated. Zach and Teri Johnson always wanted twins. Their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pretty thrilled about the idea, too.

12/04/2014

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Good Question: What Makes A Baby Name Popular?

BabyCenter.com announced Tuesday the most popular baby names of 2014. The most popular girls’ name was Sophia for the fifth year in a row. Jackson topped the boys’ list for the second year in a row. Behind every name there’s a story. For 2-month-old Davis, it’s pretty straightforward.

12/02/2014

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Good Question: How Long Do Leftovers Last?

How long can holiday leftovers stick around?

12/01/2014

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Minnesota Sees Busy Day On Roads, In Stores

As it is every year, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was a big day for gas stations and grocery stores. Many Minnesotans took to the roads Wednesday.

11/26/2014

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Fmr. Minn Residents Almost Miss Home After Massive East Coast Snow

By now you may have seen the video. Seventy seven inches of snow in less than 48 hours. Buffalo, N.Y.’s winter wonderland has many layers, layers that are providing many headaches for people like Lisa McEwen.

11/20/2014

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Klobuchar Leads Push For Airbag Recall After Minnesotan Blinded

The government is demanding a recall of millions of airbags in the United States. Government officials said defective Takata airbags are responsible for at least five deaths and more than 100 injuries — but they’ve only been recalled in southern states. The defective airbags have exploded incorrectly and sent shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

11/18/2014

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Minnetonka Man’s Website Tracks Products As Prices Fall

A Twin Cities man’s website tracks more than 4 million products at over 2,000 shopping sites.

11/17/2014

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MNsure CEO Says Site Is Faster And Ready For Open Enrollment

MNsure’s CEO, Scott Leitz, said at a news conference Friday that testing is going well for the state’s health care system. Enrollment starts Saturday at 8 a.m.

11/14/2014

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Pocket Dials Becoming A Nuisance For Police

We’ve all done it before: That embarrassing pocket dial, where the person on the other end picks up and can hear everything we’re saying without us knowing. But sometimes instead of unknowingly calling a parent or a friend, the emergency dial feature you see on cell phones accidentally gets hit. Brittney Quant husband accidentally pocket-dialed 911, which led to a front-door visit from police.

11/13/2014

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November Cold Could Beat Record

On Monday we got the snow. “I got out of work early just to come home and work some more,” said Rob Adams of Isanti. On Tuesday we got the cold, and it doesn’t plan on leaving us anytime soon. These November temperatures are about 20-degrees below normal. That means extra layers for bikers. “There’s never a bad time to ride, just bad preparation,” said bicyclist Guy Still.

11/11/2014

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Vikings Invite Robbins Family To Winter Park

Last month we shared a story about a grieving Minnesota family who received a special gift from a Vikings player. The Robbins family lost their wife and mom, Maggie, in a car crash in early October.

11/05/2014

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Sexually Abused By Teacher, Former Student Takes High School To Court

For the first time, a former Cretin-Derham Hall student is telling his story about being sexually abused by a teacher. Cameron Clarkson said he was 16 when he was abused by Gail Gagne.

11/03/2014

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Downtown Bars, Police Prep For Busy Halloween Weekend

Halloween is always a busy night in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s even busier when it falls on a Friday night. Many downtown bars are predicting this will be their busiest night of the entire year. As co-owner of Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar, Linda Rae Holcomb knows that Halloween on Friday means big business.

10/31/2014

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She Became A U.S. Citizen At 97, Now She’s Casting Her First Vote

For the first nine decades of her life, Chengyi Pan was a Chinese citizen. She remembers the days during World War II when American pilots dropped daily supplies, including toothpaste and chocolate.

10/30/2014

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Police Seek Suspect In Coffee Shop Laptop Thefts

A rash of laptop thefts in the east metro has coffee shops on high alert. Thieves are stealing laptops right out of the hands of customers at businesses in Maplewood and St. Paul. Two recent cases at a Caribou Coffee happened in broad daylight. Nick Ryan occasionally stops by the Caribou on Rice Street in Maplewood.

10/28/2014

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Good Question: Why Isn’t There An Ebola Vaccine?

Good question: When will and Ebola vaccine arrive?

10/27/2014

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Health Officials Emphasize Importance Of Flu Shots

It’s the time of year when health officials recommend getting your flu shot.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics has already started to see a few influenza cases.

10/25/2014

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Stores Likely To Continue To Open Earlier On Thanksgiving

We’re about a month away from the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday falls on Nov. 28 this year.

10/24/2014

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