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How To Cure, Or At Least Minimize, Your Hangover

Too much of any type of alcohol will cause a hangover, but drinking clear ones, like vodka and gin, will make it less severe.

12/31/2013

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Finding Minnesota: State’s Oldest Bar, 1 Year Later

A few nights from now, many of us will raise a glass and toast the arrival of 2014. Few places in Minnesota have welcomed as many new years as a bar in North St. Paul.

12/29/2013

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Nice Weather & New Toys Make Fun Day After Christmas

Santa dropped off a lot of new sleds, skates and skis in Minnesota this week, and the day after Christmas was just about perfect to use them. Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove was crowded with people hitting the slopes on Thursday. “Man, this is the best way to burn energy,” said Manie Vaidyanathan of Maple Grove. It was the kind of winter day that Minnesotans live for: mild temperatures and snow that’s nice and thick.

12/26/2013

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These Workers Are Spending Christmas On The Clock

While many people unwrapped gifts on Christmas Day, others punched the clock. People like plow drivers, police officers and a few restaurant workers celebrate their holiday before or after they serve others.

12/25/2013

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East Bethel Teen Uses Paycheck To Buy Gifts For Homeless

We know what a lot of teenagers want for Christmas: things like cell phones and Xboxes. Jessica Peterson, 17, of East Bethel is not like those teenagers. She got what she wanted on Christmas Eve by making a difference.

12/24/2013

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Lawsuits Emerging From Data Breach At Target

The first federal lawsuits are now being filed over the massive data breach at Target. Three Minnesotans are among those who say the Minneapolis-based company put them at risk. The company confirmed last week that someone had stolen credit and debit card information from as many as 40 million Target shoppers. The thefts went undetected for more than two weeks.

12/23/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Discovering Life In The Dead Of Winter

If all you see outside now are lifeless fields of brown and white, you’re not looking closely enough. Naturalist Matt Schuth is ready to lead dozens of visitors on a long walk through the woods at the Arboretum on Nov. 28.

12/22/2013

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Target: 40M Accounts May Be Involved In Breach

Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach. The chain said Thursday that the accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

12/19/2013

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‘U’ Study: Autism High In Mpls. Somali Children

For years, parents in the Somali community in Minneapolis have said autism is unusually common in their kids. Now, a University of Minnesota study confirms those claims. The study used data from 2010 to determine if more Somali kids, ages seven to nine, had autism than other kids in the state’s largest city. Idil Abdul has a son with autism. “I knew what they said today in 2008,” Abdul said.

12/16/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Front Yard Santa

Santa Claus is well-known for making house calls on Christmas Eve, but there’s one Minnesota neighborhood where Santa greets kids for an entire month. He has a homemade workshop in Kelley Archer’s front yard at 4124 Elmwood Circle in St. Bonifacius.

12/15/2013

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The Minnesota Flavor Of Wine & Spirits

Our state is known for its 10,000 lakes, frigid winters and “Minnesota Nice,” but fewer people know about the “Minnesota Flavor.” It’s a mellow sweetness that many winemakers and distilleries count on, and it comes from a surprising source – our woods.

12/10/2013

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Another Reason To Brave Minn. Cold: Statewide Scavenger Hunt

When the snow falls and the temperature drops, we all grumble a bit. But as a whole, Minnesotans embrace the winter weather, and now there’s a statewide scavenger hunt to encourage it.

12/10/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Mankato’s Million Lights

If you’re into huge holiday lights displays, there’s a new one in Minnesota that’s worth a road trip. It’s already one of the brightest in the state in just its second year.

12/08/2013

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Travelers To Minnesota Feel The Slap Of Freezing Temps

There’s a reason tourists don’t really flock to Minnesota in December. This time of year, though, there are business appointments and family obligations that can’t be avoided.

12/05/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Alpine Village On The Iron Range

Knowing how to yodel is not required when you visit Biwabik, but you might be inspired to try. It’s a Northwoods town with a Bavarian personality.

12/01/2013

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