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Missing Boy’s Father Denies Child Abuse Allegations

It has now been seven days since a Twin Cities boy got dropped off from school, but never made it home. The only person named as a suspect in 10-year-old Barway Collins’ disappearance is his own father, Pierre Collins — and he insists he had nothing to do with it.

03/25/2015

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Minnesota Group Holds Food Drive For Ebola Orphans In Africa

A Minnesota group is hosting a food drive to help children who have been left orphaned and neglected by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola will be collecting food from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center.

02/21/2015

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Minnesota National Guard Troops No Longer Needed In Liberia

The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division was set to help the U.S. military in containing the Ebola virus in the west African nation. Since the number of those infected with the virus has dropped dramatically, there’s no need for the national guard’s support.

01/25/2015

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Red Bulls No Longer Heading To Africa To Battle Ebola

Nearly 300 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who have been preparing for a deployment to Liberia have been told their mission has been called off.

01/25/2015

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As Anxiety Wanes, Minnesota Keeps Eyes Out For Ebola Spread

State health officials say they won’t be done watching for the spread of Ebola for at least another year. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently monitoring 47 residents who traveled from the West African countries ravaged by the deadly virus. As of Sunday, the state had cleared 216 travelers after a 21-day monitoring period. No cases have been confirmed in Minnesota.

01/14/2015

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Books For Africa Helps Kids Idled By Ebola Crisis

It’s the face of Liberia that is now capturing world attention. A coordinated fight is taking place in the African nation to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. But fighting the outbreak also has some negative but necessary side effects that will keep Liberian children from attending school.

12/23/2014

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Student Books Heading From Minnesota To Liberia

More than 22,000 books are on their way from Minnesota to Liberian students out of school because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Books For Africa plans a ceremony recognizing the shipment at its St. Paul warehouse Tuesday.

12/22/2014

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Minn. Doctors, Nurses Heading To Liberia To Fight Ebola

A group of nurses and doctors have boarded a flight to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola.

11/20/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 11-17-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A busy Monday with Dave Lee-Click the Link Above to head to his PODCAST PAGE!

11/17/2014

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MDH Watching 48 Travelers In Ebola Monitoring Program

Minnesota health officials said Wednesday they are monitoring 48 recently arrived travelers as part of their new program to watch for signs of Ebola.

11/05/2014

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Minnesota Says 48 In Ebola Monitoring Program

Minnesota health officials say they’re currently monitoring 48 recently arrived travelers as part of their new program to watch for signs of Ebola.

11/05/2014

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Widow Of Ebola Victim Fights For Survivor Benefits

A Twin Cities woman, who lost her husband to the Ebola virus, is being denied Social Security survivor benefits. Decontee Sawyer says that’s because the country where he died won’t release his death certificate. Patrick Sawyer got sick in July after traveling from Liberia to Nigeria.

10/23/2014

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MN Will Monitor Some Travelers For Ebola Symptoms

Minnesota health officials say they’ll be in daily touch with travelers returning to Minnesota from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for 21 days, the incubation period for Ebola.

10/23/2014

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Ellison Hosts Meeting On Ebola in Brooklyn Center

A Minnesota congressman said he believes Ebola is more dangerous than ISIS.

10/18/2014

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Gov. Dayton Updates State On Ebola Preparedness

With Minnesota home to the largest Liberian population outside of West Africa, there’s growing concern that the deadly virus could travel here. That’s why Gov. Mark Dayton called together a panel of health, public safety and government leaders on Friday to update Minnesota’s plans and preparedness.

10/17/2014

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Metro Area’s African Community Quelling Ebola Fears

For the sizable African population in the Twin Cities, Ebola fears are never far out of mind. Abdi Bihi, with the Brian Coyle Center, said they have formed a partnership with the Liberian community and are working with them to bring awareness to how the Ebola virus is spread.

10/17/2014

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Minnesota Preps For Ebola Threat

Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota is as ready as possible to handle an outbreak of Ebola. Dayton met Thursday with cabinet members, airport representatives and health officials to assess the level of the state’s preparedness. The case of Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who died Wednesday of Ebola in Texas, has raised concerns around the country.

10/09/2014

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Widow Of 1st American Ebola Victim Strives To End Ignorance

The Dallas Ebola case is leading to widespread concern in the 30,000-strong Twin Cities Liberian community — the largest outside of Africa. The widow of the first American citizen to die of Ebola, who lives in Coon Rapids, picked up a donation of cleaning supplies for Liberia at St. Cloud State University Monday.

10/06/2014

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Ebola Fears Harm Business At Local West African Restaurant

A West African restaurant owner in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota says fear surrounding Ebola may force her to close. During the lunch hour, Mama Ti’s restaurant owner says there used to be a rush.

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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Memorial Service Held For American Who Died Of Ebola

A memorial service was held Saturday for a American citizen and Liberian government official who died of Ebola. Patrick Sawyer died in late July after contracting the disease in Liberia.

09/27/2014

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WCCO Interview: Widow Of Ebola Victim Creates Nonprofit

Latest figures from the Ebola outbreak in East Africa put the death toll at more than 2,600 people. In Brooklyn Center this week there will be a memorial service to remember the first American citizen to die of the virus.

09/21/2014

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Minn. Companies Sending Aid To Help In Ebola Fight

Two of Minnesota’s biggest companies are heeding that call for help in West Africa. Ecolab and 3M are both sending medical supplies to help hospital workers fighting Ebola.

08/21/2014

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St. Paul Nurse Heading To Africa To Fight Ebola Outbreak

The shortage of doctors, nurses and medical equipment is making the Ebola outbreak in West Africa difficult to contain. Tuesday, the United Nations Secretary General urged the international community to step up and help out.

08/12/2014

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Widow Of Ebola Victim Wants Ashes Returned To US

A Minnesota woman who lost her husband to Ebola is working on bringing his ashes back to the U.S. Decontee Sawyer said Friday that she wants her husband’s remains for her three daughters, so they can have a way to keep their dad near them.

08/08/2014

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