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Optimal Summer Conditions Created Vivid Fall Colors

It’s been one of the more colorful falls many of us can remember. The trees got their colors early, and many are still showing vivid oranges and yellows that we haven’t seen in years. Some parts of the state are just hitting their peak now.

10/22/2014

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Several Honored For Saving Man After Dance-Floor Heart Attack

A group of people were honored Tuesday night for saving the life of a Coon Rapids man — and their rescue was caught on tape. In July, Tim Buck went into cardiac arrest while dancing with his wife, Fatima, at a concert at the Coon Rapids Dam. “I started doing a lot of dancing. I got into it big time,” Tim said.

10/21/2014

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Fallen New London Soldier’s Push For Safety Honored

After more than a decade of hard work and road blocks, the parents of a fallen soldier are about to see his dream come true. Even before he became a soldier, Ryane Clark was pushing the DNR to build a parking lot near his home as part of his Eagle Scout project. The lot would help keep bikers and drivers safe from County Road 31 near New London.

10/17/2014

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October Sees The Tenth Top 10 Weather Day In Minnesota

This Top-10 Weather day wasn’t just based on sunshine and 70 degrees. “It was kind of spur of the moment. We looked at the weather cast and knew we wanted to do something,” Ed Greene said.

10/16/2014

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New Helmet Technology Could Help Curb Concussions

Concussions are a concern from youth football all the way to the pros. But a Twin Cities High School thinks they may have a method for keeping players safe and for cutting down on head injuries.

10/15/2014

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Vikings’ Ponder Gives Shopping Spree To Grieving Family

A grieving Minnesota family received an unexpected gift during a chance encounter at the mall. Brianna and Emily Robbins’ mom, Maggie, was killed in a car accident earlier this month. A few days later, their dad took them shopping to try to lift their spirits.

10/14/2014

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Good Question: Why Is Gas Cheap This Year?

Minnesotans are enjoying cheaper gas prices than drivers in most other states.

10/13/2014

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Citizens Continue To Call For Bird Safe Glass On New Vikings Stadium

It wasn’t all about costs. Friday morning’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority hearing also centered around glass. Supporters of using bird-safe glass at the new Vikings stadium made their presence felt.

10/10/2014

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Football Team, Community Backs Jordan Brothers And Ill Mother

Two brothers in Jordan are learning that the word “team” extends well beyond their fellow football players. Kenny and Ben Alexander’s mom, Sherry, had a stroke this past weekend and remains hospitalized. She is a single parent, raising both boys on her own.

10/09/2014

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Good Question: How Do Birds Know Where To Migrate?

Different species of birds have different ways of navigating. But all migrating birds, over time, develop a mental map, allowing them to follow waterways and landmarks.

10/06/2014

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Iraq Vet Opening Vet-Run, Military-Style Gym

Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. Now he’s opening a gym run solely by combat veterans

10/06/2014

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Family Searching For Missing Man, Whose Son Was Killed By Cops

A Twin Cities family that’s already endured shock and trauma is asking for help. Fifty-six-year-old Todd Hoffstrom of St. Anthony went missing early Monday morning.

10/04/2014

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U Of M Discontinues Ticket Bundling

The efforts of a University of Minnesota student have helped change the way the University sells season tickets. This spring, the University began bundling ticket packages.

10/03/2014

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Edina Kicker Approaches State High School Record

Getting in the record books is the dream of any high school athlete. And an Edina senior has a shot at breaking a near 30-year-old state record. Patrick LeCorre has been the varsity kicker since his freshman year. “Four years of kicking, it becomes second nature,” LeCorre said. “Do what you got to do.”

10/03/2014

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Minnesotans Worry About The Spread Of Ebola After First U.S. Case

With news of the first Ebola case in the United States, Minnesotans are wondering what it means for them. A man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, TX, has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola Virus.

09/30/2014

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Gay Music Director Asked To Resign Speaks Out

A church music director in Victoria who lost his job after marrying his long-time partner, is speaking out. “I had held out hope that this would not have to become an issue,” Jamie Manzi-Moore said.

09/24/2014

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Archbishop Nienstedt Asks For Gay Music Director’s Resignation

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic church was forced to resign after he married his long-time partner. Jamie Moore had been the music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria. This past weekend, Moore married his partner, Garrett.

09/23/2014

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Good Questions: Cannons, Baby Footprints & Sunflowers

Larye from Minneapolis wants to know: Why don’t they fire the cannon off at Gopher football games anymore? This is something they did for years after every Gopher touchdown. Rod Wallace, the man who fired the cannon, retired after this past season.

09/19/2014

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Good Question: Where Do Food Cravings Come From?

Pizza, nachos, ice cream — when it comes to food, we all have our favorites. And depending on the time of day, we may crave one type of food over another. “We are just descendants from cave men, so it was all about survival,” said Christina Meyer-Jax, a registered dietician.

09/18/2014

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Teen Uses Eagle Scout Project To Honor Brother, Help Troops

A Minnesota teenager is earning the Eagle Scout rank while keeping his brother’s memory alive. Eli Pruka’s brother Sean was a marine, and a lover of animals. So, Eli began working on a project that would honor that along with Sean’s service to his country.

09/17/2014

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Iraqi Translator Tries To Bring His Family To Minn.

An Iraqi man who helped save soldiers’ lives overseas is trying to bring his family to America. American soldiers helped bring Philip here last December, after he served as an interpreter for them during the war.

09/16/2014

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City Says Treehouse Must Go, But This Boy Still Hopes To Keep It

The city of Minneapolis has ruled that a boy’s treehouse must be taken down. Thirteen-year-old Daniel Pryke’s treehouse on Emerson Avenue is in violation of city code.

09/10/2014

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Credit Card Readers An Easy Target For Thieves

Credit card readers are easy to use for businesses and customers, and now they’ve also become a target for thieves. Brooklyn Park Police say a ring of thieves is going around the Twin Cities stealing the machines off counters.

09/09/2014

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Mpls. Police Give City A+ For All-Star Game Security

It’s been just about two months since the All-Star game was played at Target Field, but Minneapolis Police are just now getting an idea of how much it cost them. It took about 700 police personnel to keep downtown safe during the days leading up to the game.

09/05/2014

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Good Question: What Does It Take To Get Reward Money?

As the search for Lyle “Ty” Hoffman continues, the reward money for his capture grows. Whoever helps authorities track down a man who has eluded police for nearly a month will earn $25,000.

09/04/2014

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