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Reality Check: Why Is So Much Political Ad Money Being Spent In N. Minn.?

The barrage of political campaign ads has begun in Minnesota. That’s no surprise. What is unexpected, however, is all the early spending on two Minnesota Congressional seats. For more than two decades, 7th District Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson was untouchable– and unbeatable. So why are Democrats spending a fortune to run this attack ad on his little known opponent, Torey Westrom?

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Vikings Are Among NFL’s Leading Teams For Player Arrests

The Adrian Peterson child abuse case is not the first time a Viking player has been in trouble. But how the Vikings are handling this case is a bit different. Vikings players have been arrested 45 times since 2000 for crimes ranging from assault, to drunk driving, to disorderly conduct.

09/15/2014

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Pat Kessler Honored At Upper Midwest Emmy Award Show

WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler received the Silver Circle award at the Upper Midwest Regional Emmys Saturday night. It’s given to people who’ve made significant contributions to the television industry above and beyond what their job requires.

09/14/2014

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Reality Check: Jeff Johnson And The Tea Party

Independent Minnesota political groups are spending a fortune on television ads this campaign season. They’re branding GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson as a “tea party Republican.” The ads are relentless, and ominous.

09/12/2014

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Reality Check: Did Franken Vote ‘More Than 40 Times’ For High Taxes?

Did Minnesota Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken vote for higher taxes “more than 40 times”, as his opponent claims?

09/10/2014

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Vikings Move Ahead With Clear Glass In Stadium Construction

The Minnesota Vikings are moving ahead with clear glass on their new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. That’s the latest word from the Sports Authority, which is overseeing stadium construction. This is despite concerns about possible bird collisions with the soaring glass stadium walls.

09/10/2014

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Dayton Holds Preventative ‘Propane Summit’

The winter of 2013 was the coldest in 50 years. And before it was over, businesses and homeowners faced a fuel crisis like never before. That’s why the Gov. Mark Dayton called a “Propane Summit” with industry reps, railroads and farmers on Tuesday.

09/09/2014

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Reality Check: Franken’s Ad On McFadden’s ‘Tax Inversion’

A tough new ad from Democratic Sen. Al Franken accuses his Republican opponent’s business of avoiding taxes by headquartering overseas. But Republican Mike McFadden calls the ad “ridiculous” and “full of lies.” The ad marks a new Franken campaign strategy: directly attack McFadden for his business dealings.

09/05/2014

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Fast Food Workers Protest Wages At Mpls. McDonald’s

Fast food workers and union supporters briefly took over a Minneapolis McDonald’s restaurant Thursday. It was part of a nationwide protest in 150 cities by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

09/04/2014

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Reality Check: TV News Clips In Franken’s Ad

Sen. Al Franken’s TV ad skillfully weaves the campaign’s own video and real TV news broadcasts, adding a narrator’s voice that sounds like a newsreader and morphs into actual TV anchors.

08/28/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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Reality Check: Mike McFadden’s ‘Stitches’ Ad

Minnesota’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is a hands-on guy. So much so, his family says he practices DIY health care. In a McFadden television ad called “Stitches” airing widely in Minnesota, McFadden’s son says his father removed his stitches because he thought it cost too much.

08/15/2014

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WCCO’s Pat Kessler To Receive 2014 Emmy Silver Circle Award

WCCO-TV’s very own Pat Kessler will receive the 2014 Emmy Silver Circle award on Sept. 13 at Target Field.

08/14/2014

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The Skeleton Of The New Vikings Stadium Rises

A major transformation is underway at the site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Steel girders weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds are getting hoisted into place for the new stadium roof. Hundreds of workers are transforming a hole in the ground to the steel skeleton of the Vikings stadium.

08/06/2014

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Ventura: Just Because She’s A Widow Doesn’t Mean She Can Profit From Slander

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura launched Tuesday a public relations campaign to explain why he filed the high-profile defamation suit he won last week. In a wide ranging interview on WCCO Radio, and in an online video on Ora.tv, Ventura repeatedly said the lawsuit was not about the money; it was about clearing his name.

08/05/2014

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