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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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Police Believe Ty Hoffman Was At Mystic Lake Casino

A possible sighting of Lyle Marvin “Ty” Hoffman prompted a search in Prior Lake Wednesday morning that ended without his capture, miles and miles away from where police think he robbed a bank a few days ago.

09/03/2014

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Champlin Park High School Gets A Piece Of The Metrodome

The Metrodome may be gone, but a piece of its football history lives on in another stadium. For more than 30 years, the goal of every high school football team in Minnesota was to make it to the Prep Bowl at the Metrodome.

08/29/2014

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Rockford Residents See Water Bills Soar ‘Literally Overnight’

Imagine watching your water bill go up more than $600 in one month. It happened to dozens of residents in the city of Rockford.

08/28/2014

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He Was Praised For Escaping Gang Life, Now He’s Charged In A Shooting

After being held up as an example of how to escape gang life, the founder of one of St. Paul’s largest street gangs is in trouble. James Fields is charged with shooting a man at a bar in St. Paul last week.

08/27/2014

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High School Friend Speaks On Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS

The State Department has confirmed that a man who grew up in Minnesota has died while fighting for a terrorist group overseas. Thirty-three-year-old Douglas McCain, who grew up in New Hope, died over the weekend in Syria.

08/26/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014) Day 4

On Sunday, the WCCO team, and fans, put up with the heat and rain during the newscasts. As always, our reporters explored the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/24/2014

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‘The Nerdery’ Hosts Cyber-Security Conference In Bloomington

It’s estimated that more than a 1,000 U.S. businesses have been hit by a cyber attack — and don’t even know it. That’s according to the U.S. Secret Service. Such attacks that have hit Target and Supervalu were the inspiration behind a security conference in Bloomington Saturday.

08/23/2014

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Pronto Preps: Last Minute Preparations Underway At The Fair

The dress rehearsals and the finishing touches were being taken care of Wednesday night, because Thursday morning it’s back to business at the Minnesota State Fair. Bill Mayfield and his crew from Indiana spent the day pumping out taffy on a machine that’s nearly as old as the Fair itself. He’s working his 7th State Fair this year for Sutter’s Taffy.

08/20/2014

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McFadden Talks On Recent Gas Tax Fumble

You’ve seen his campaign ads on TV, and on Tuesday night John Lauritsen had an opportunity to visit with U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden at football practice.

08/19/2014

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Supervalu: Hackers Accessed Network That Processes Card Payments

Another Minnesota-based company is trying to figure out how it fell victim to hackers. Supervalu, which owns Cub Foods stores across Minnesota, said hackers accessed a part of its computer network that processes payment card transactions.

08/15/2014

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