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Gov. Holds Roundtable Over Rail Safety Concerns

Several Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

12/22/2014

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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.

12/20/2014

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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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MOA’s Santaland Gets New Look For Holiday Season

Thanks to some help from a local 3-D design company, Mall of America’s Santaland is getting a huge makeover. Tivoli-Too has been around since the 1980’s and now you can find their work all over the mall.

11/01/2014

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New Minnesota Distillery Debuts Gin, Vodka

A new micro-distillery in Waconia is hoping to make a name for itself in Minnesota’s growing craft distillery industry. J. Carver Distillery sent its first shipment of gin and vodka to Twin Cities liquor stores last week.

10/31/2014

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Breast Cancer Survivors Pass Along Recliner, Support

A weathered recliner that doesn’t look like much has meant everything to women at eight different homes. Meredith Johnson was the first to see its value. She spent six weeks in the chair after a double mastectomy. Reclining provided relief during a painful recovery. “It was just so uncomfortable to lay flat, and for some reason being propped up made a huge difference,” Johnson said.

10/29/2014

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New U Of M Apple Could Extend Apple Picking Season

A new apple from the University of Minnesota could extend the fall apple picking season. University of Minnesota researchers developed a new type of apple that would ripen in August, one month ahead of most apple varieties.

10/25/2014

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Church Faces Criticism Over New Regulations On Grave Site Decoration

A Coon Rapids church is facing a lot of criticism for changes made at its cemetery. The Church of the Epiphany updated its rules for decorating grave sites. Families had to remove all items for fall clean-up by Oct. 15 or maintenance crews would pick up the items and throw them away.

10/24/2014

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Local Cancer Survivor Medals In Invictus Games

Marianne Reilly is like any experienced cyclist. Every day she relies on two wheels to get out and go. But her bike is more than transportation, it’s a reason to keep living. “This was my way of getting back on the horse, so to say,” Reilly said. Three years ago, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor the size of a small grapefruit.

10/18/2014

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Firefighter Prepared To Sleep In Streets For Food Shelf Donations

A Twin Cities fire fighter is preparing for a very uncomfortable few days in the name of charity.

10/17/2014

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Despite Record-Breaking Crowd, Very Few Arrests For Zombie Pub Crawl

The undead took over downtown Minneapolis this past weekend in record numbers. Minneapolis police estimate more than 35,000 people showed up to drink and party at the annual Zombie Pub Crawl. The crowd was so big it broke a Guinness World record for the most people dressed as zombies.

10/13/2014

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Search Continues For Man Who Went Missing On Medicine Lake

The search continued Sunday for a missing man on Medicine Lake. Paul Myklebust, 31, and another man were kayaking on Medicine Lake early Saturday morning when the kayak flipped. The other person made to shore, but Myklebust didn’t.

10/12/2014

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