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Benefit To Be Held In Officer Patrick’s Honor

In the coming weeks, the community will have the chance to help the family of officer Scott Patrick. The Mendota Heights Police Department is hosting a benefit to help Patrick’s widow and two daughters.

09/15/2014

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20-Month-Old Chaska Boy Recovering From 3-Story Fall

Two seconds is all it took for one Twin Cities family to have the scare of their life. Three weeks ago, 20-month-old Nathan Stoll fell three stories from his apartment window to the cement sidewalk below. He’s still recovering, and his parents are sharing his story with the hope of keeping other children safe.

09/06/2014

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125-Year-Old Minn. Hardware Store Gets Historical Recognition

A small town hardware store is celebrating an impressive anniversary. Thomes Bros hardware store in Arlington has been open for 125 years. From the main drag in Arlington, the store front of Thomes Bros blends into the background of small-town Minnesota.

09/05/2014

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Pet Blog: Meet Rachel Slavik’s Dog!

After a hard day of chasing down the big stories, WCCO’s Rachel Slavik knows she can always come home to her Butters. No, she doesn’t have an obsession with churned dairy products … well, at least not publicly. Butters is her loveable, 7-year-old, black and tan miniature dachshund.

09/03/2014

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Woman Attempts To Eat All Fair Foods On-A-Stick For Charity

During the State Fair we forget about counting calories and just eat all things deep fried or on a stick. But one Twin Cities woman is taking over indulgence to the next level. Mandy Colten plans to eat every single fair food on a stick in the name of charity.

08/30/2014

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Man Travels From Calif. To Work At The Cheese Curd Booth

For most visitors at the State Fair, cheese curds are one of the absolute must-eat foods. Turning out 2.6 million curds takes a great staff to keep up with demand. For 40 years the original deep fried cheese curd has served up a state fair favorite.

08/29/2014

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Lower Temps Bring Out The Crowds At MN State Fair

The temperatures have been lower and the crowds bigger at “the Great Minnesota Get-Together,” at least for the last few days. The Minnesota State Fair set an attendance record Tuesday and fell a few thousand short of another record on Wednesday.

08/28/2014

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School Year Begins For Many MN Students

As the last handful of days in August wind down, that marks the end of summer and the beginning of another school year. Monday is the first day of school for a number of students around Minnesota, including Minneapolis Public Schools, the state’s largest district.

08/25/2014

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Miracle Of Birth Center: 1 Of The Most Popular State Fair Attractions

The Miracle of Birth Center is one of the most popular attractions at the State Fair. Along with the baby animals, you can check out a new element to the center this year.

08/25/2014

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Here Are Some Of The Fair’s Most Unique Competitions

The Minnesota State Fair is all about showcasing the biggest and best from around Minnesota. And if you can think of a category to be judged, there’s likely a blue ribbon for it at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/23/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 2

On Friday, we held a contest at the WCCO fair booth with the help of Sun County Airlines. We played “Destination Pictionary,” and an audience member won free plane tickets.

08/22/2014

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State Fair’s New Transit Hub Praised

We all have our favorite ways of getting to the Great Minnesota Get-Together Terri Reinartz and her family are among the one third of fairgoers who choose mass transit. “We’ve done it last several years, probably the last half dozen years,” Reinartz said.

08/21/2014

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Firefighters Give State Leaders A Taste Of ‘Fire Ops 101′

Firefighters are the first people we call when we smell smoke or see flames. We rely on them to save our homes and loved ones, while they put their own lives at risk. On Monday, more than a dozen local and state leaders got a sense of what goes into fighting fires by getting a hands-on look at the different roles of the job.

08/18/2014

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Authorities Rescue Man, 19, From Caves In Lilydale Park

A teenager is recovering at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after spending hours trapped in a cave in Lilydale Regional Park. Rescue crews got the call for help around 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

08/17/2014

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St. Paul Schools Considering Changing Start Times

It’s the middle of August, which means school is starting soon for many students in Minnesota. The big talk in the St. Paul School District right now is a proposal to push back the start of the school day for secondary students.

08/11/2014

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A Lot Went Into TCF Bank To Get It Ready For The Vikes

The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Oakland Raiders in the first game of the 2014 season Friday night. The preseason matchup will be played at TCF Bank stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The game marks the start of a two year stay at “The Bank” while the Vikings new stadium is built downtown.

08/08/2014

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Family Grieves Loss Of Teen Who Died Kayaking

A community in western Minnesota is rallying around a grieving family. Fifteen-year-old Brennon Johnson was kayaking this past weekend when he drowned on Lobster Lake in Douglas County. He was wearing his life jacket but couldn’t be saved.

08/07/2014

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Community Invited To Honor Officer Patrick During Processional Wednesday

Memorial services for Officer Scott Patrick are planned for Wednesday morning. The funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in West St. Pau, Minn.

08/04/2014

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Nephew: Officer Patrick Was A ‘Protector Of The Family’

Every few minutes on Thursday, the memorial for fallen Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick grows a little bigger. Many of those who left flowers and flags never met Patrick, but they still felt the loss.

07/31/2014

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New Law Enforces Slower Speeds In Work Zones

This Friday, drivers will have to reduce their speed in construction zones. A new law will force motorists to slow down to 45 miles per hour or face a costly ticket if they are caught speeding in roadside work zones. The new law comes after the deaths of Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski, who were hit and killed in October of 2011.

07/28/2014

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4-Vehicle Crash On I-35W In Roseville Stalls A.M. Commute

A four-vehicle crash brought traffic to a stop on a busy metro freeway during the Friday morning commute. According to State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske, a semi-truck was traveling southbound on I-35W just before 6:30 a.m. when the driver lost control.

07/25/2014

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Police Arrest Juvenile In Connection With Deadly Shooting

A fight on a metro transit bus Thursday night led to yet another deadly shooting in north Minneapolis. It’s the third homicide in that part of the city just this month, and starting Friday, extra patrols will be out to try to stop the violence.

07/25/2014

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Businesses Welcome End Of ‘No Wake’ On Lake Mtka.

After seven weeks of slow going on Lake Minnetonka, the emergency no-wake restrictions will end at midnight on Thursday. Last month’s heavy rain sent the lake to a record high, but it’s fallen nearly a foot since June 5, when the emergency high-water declaration went into effect.

07/25/2014

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Tri-Angels 5K Helps Raise Money For Schaffhausen Memorial Playground

The River Falls community is helping a mother overcome grief by raising money for a memorial playground. Hundreds took part in the annual Tri-Angels 5K and 10K run Saturday morning to remember 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen.

07/19/2014

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St. Paul To Consider Sunday Tap Room Sales

Next month, the St. Paul City Council will consider an ordinance allowing Sunday alcohol sales in tap rooms and micro-distilleries. Sunday is the only day the eight licensed tap rooms in the city can’t sell pints of their own beer.

07/18/2014

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