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Woman Abducted In Sartell, Assaulted, Released

Sartell Police are asking people to be on alert after a 56-year-old woman was kidnapped in a McDonald’s parking lot. It happened around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night near Highway 15 and Stearns County Road 1. When the woman came out of the restaurant and got into her vehicle, a masked man was waiting for her. Police Chief Jim Hughes says the man asked for money and told the woman to drive.

02/13/2014

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If You Build A $20K Ice Rink On A Farm, They Will Come

Near the town of Carlos, you’ll find frozen farmland as far as the eye can see. But on Pat Waldorf’s farm, things are starting to heat up. “Needed a place to skate other than the rink in town. Needed a little more ice time, so we thought ‘Why not get some buddies together and build our own rink?’” Waldorf said. Using a “if you build it, they will come” mentality, Waldorf decided to build a hockey rink in the middle of a farm.

02/12/2014

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CO Not Responsible For Sending Students To Hospital

The illness that made 30 Springfield Public school students sick enough to go to the hospital Thursday was not caused by carbon monoxide, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A group of fourth and fifth graders became sick while rehearsing for a choir concert. On Friday, school officials say all the students are fine, and health officials think the illness may have been caused by nerves. Bethany Mattson says she was never really worried about her fifth-grade daughter, who was rehearsing with her classmates Thursday morning in the school’s auditorium. But she can see why other parents may have felt differently.

02/07/2014

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Program Rewards Teen Moms-To-Be Who Stay Sober

A new program is providing rewards for teenagers who stay alcohol-free during pregnancy. An organization called Healthy Brains for Children is heading the effort. Expecting teenagers are given a cell phone as an incentive but also a Breathalyzer that they will be required to blow into during the day.

02/06/2014

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Ramsey Child Care Center Concerned Over Possible Gun Range Neighbor

A Ramsey childcare center says they will lose business if a gun training range opens up next door. Little Me Childcare is located next to a vacant building now, but the city council is expected to give a shooting range the go-ahead to move in next door.

02/06/2014

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Foley Wrestler With Down Syndrome Inspires Teammates, Opponents

Foley wrestling is rich in tradition. The Falcons have won three state titles and have their sights set on a fourth this season. With 13 seniors, there’s plenty of leadership. But it’s a freshman wrestler that’s providing the motivation for this team.

02/05/2014

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2 MN Brothers, Ages 30 & 31, Die 10 Days Apart

A Twin Cities family is dealing with the loss of two brothers who died within just 10 days of each other. Thirty-year-old Eric Kaupang died unexpectedly on Jan. 2 while on his way to work. His brother, 31-year-old Edwin Kaupang, died 10 days later from an undetected heart condition.

02/04/2014

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Propane Shortage Also Impacting Turkey Farms

The winter’s propane shortage isn’t just affecting homeowners. Animals are being impacted, too. Minnesota is the No. 1 turkey producer in the nation. And every winter, turkey farmers go through thousands of gallons of propane to heat barns and keep livestock warm.

01/31/2014

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Potholes Peaking Early, Thanks To Extreme Temperatures

At Parents Autocare in south Minneapolis, winter can get a little redundant. But this winter has been anything but routine. And potholes are peaking early.

01/27/2014

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Amid Cold, Rural MN Feels Pinch Of Rising Propane Prices

The extreme cold isn’t just uncomfortable. It’s becoming expensive, too, especially for homeowners in rural Minnesota who rely on propane to heat their homes. Prices jumped last fall, and with several subzero nights this winter, the cost of propane continues to climb.

01/24/2014

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Judge Orders Schaffhausen To Pay Restitution To Ex-Wife

A judge has ordered the Wisconsin man who was convicted of killing his three daughters in Wisconsin to pay restitution to his ex-wife. Last year, Aaron Schaffhausen was handed three consecutive life sentences for the murders of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their River Falls home.

01/24/2014

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House Calls Return As Cost-Cutting Move For North Memorial

A Twin Cities hospital is trying to help cut down on health care costs by returning to an old-age idea: house calls. Fifteen months ago, North Memorial Medical Center launched a program called “Community Paramedics.”

01/22/2014

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Notorious St. Paul Gangster Kidnapping Turns 80

Friday marked a very interesting day in Minnesota history. On Jan. 17, 1934, the heir to the Schmidt Brewery fortune was kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang in St. Paul. Ed Bremer was held by the gang for 10 days, before his family paid a $200,000 ransom. When it came to crime eight decades ago, author Paul Maccabee says criminals had everything they needed right here in Minnesota’s capital city.

01/18/2014

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Army Recruiter Tells Of Being Dragged, Kicked By Hit-And-Run Driver

For the first time Wednesday, an Army recruiter spoke to interviewers about how he survived being dragged for nearly a mile by a hit-and-run driver.

01/15/2014

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Minnesota Orchestra Board, Musicians Ratify New Contract

On early Tuesday evening, the Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors and the musicians of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, effective Feb. 1.

01/14/2014

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