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Warm Weather Affects Athletes’ Prep For Crashed Ice

In just over a month, Red Bull’s Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul. Athletes will fly down the icy, quarter mile track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour. Training can take months and the recent December warm up, when temperatures reached the 50s, is having an impact on how athletes are getting ready for the competition.

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Sample Swedish Delicacies At The American Swedish Institute

There’s no doubt that Minnesotans love to embrace their Nordic culture, especially this time of year. Lutefisk is a favorite for the Norwegians, but the Swedish have their holiday dishes as well.

12/20/2014

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Surly Set To Debut New Destination Brewery

On Friday, a popular Twin Cities brewery will open the doors to its new beer hall and restaurant. Surly Brewing Co. is expecting a packed house for the grand opening of its $30 million building near the Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood. “We’re terrified, we’re excited, we’re ready. I think everyone’s just ready to go,” said Omar Ansari, founder and president of Surly Brewing Co.

12/18/2014

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Bell Ringer Honors Father Who Donated $1M To Red Kettles

At this time of year, you’re sure to hear the ringing bells from the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Volunteer bell ringers are stationed near the kettles to remind and encourage people to donate.

12/15/2014

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MNsure Moves 2015 Sign-Up Deadline To Dec. 20

Minnesota families are getting more time to sign up for health insurance. MNsure had set a midnight deadline on Monday if you needed coverage starting on Jan. 1. But Monday afternoon, the agency pushed that back to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

12/15/2014

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Salvation Army Program Helps People Find ‘Pathway Of Hope’

The Salvation Army is known for helping people in crisis and for their presence during the holidays, but the organization is launching a new program to help those in need create a life where they don’t have to rely emergency services.

12/15/2014

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Firefighter Injured Battling Golden Valley House Fire

A Golden Valley firefighter is recovering from minor injuries after responding to a fire that destroyed a home. The flames ignited around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on Parkview Terrace in Golden Valley. Crews remained on scene for several hours putting out the flames and preventing flare-ups.

12/14/2014

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Minnesotans Head Outdoors During Winter Warm-up

Most Minnesotans are leaving the snow pants, boots and heavy coats at home. Instead, they’re choosing to shed the layers during a rare December warm-up.

12/13/2014

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Minn. Co. Donates Rumble Strips To Deadly Hwy.

A Minnesota road construction company is stepping in to help improve safety on a west metro highway. Diamond Surface Inc. will donate time and resources to add rumble strips to Highway 12. In the last eight months, four people have died on a stretch of Highway 12 near Maple Plain from head-on crashes.

12/12/2014

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Salvation Army Program Gives Toys To Kids Of Prisoners

It isn’t Santa’s workshop and the volunteers aren’t his elves. But at the Salvation Army, the work is underway to make sure more than 800 kids have gifts on Christmas Day.

12/12/2014

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Program Helps Reunite Mother And Daughter Via Sobriety

When we talk about drug rehabilitation, most of us think it only deals with sobriety. But a big part of recovery also focuses on rebuilding relationships destroyed by drug use. In this edition of our “Trees of Hope” series, we focus on how Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge helped a mother and daughter reconnect.

12/11/2014

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Couple Fights Drug Addiction With Help Of Teen Challenge

All this week, we’ve brought you stories of those who’ve graduated from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge as part of our “Trees of Hope” series. The one-year program helps more than 500 people a year overcome addiction. Chelsea Hill and Michael Dwyer have never been so excited for the future.

12/10/2014

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Spectacular Lit-Up Oak Tree Could Soon Go Dark

One home in Bloomington is known nationally for its Christmas lights. This week, Bob and Julie Little will turn on the 39,000 lights wrapped around a tall oak.

11/22/2014

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New Washburn Center For Children Unveiled In N. Mpls.

Dozens of community members attended a grand opening event for the Washburn Center for Children on Friday. The new 55,000 square foot building is located in North Minneapolis and is twice the size of the old building, which was located off Nicollet Avenue.

11/21/2014

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1 Year After Pond Crash, Girl Who Nearly Drowned Is Full Of Life

Last November, an out-of-control car crashed into a retention pond off Highway 100 in St. Louis Park. Five children spent at least 25 minutes submerged in the freezing water. Two didn’t survive. One of the most seriously injured, 7-year-old Zarihana Rennie, is still working on her recovery.

11/06/2014

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