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Not There Yet: Minnesota Leaders Hole Up For Budget Talks

Minnesota’s top lawmakers are rotating in and out of closed-door meetings in search of a state budget compromise. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk met into the night Wednesday and planned to hold additional talks Thursday.

05/07/2015

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Wild Must Regroup (Again) To Avoid Game 4 Elimination

Where do you go from here? The Wild understand Tuesday night’s game was pivotal. It was everything but a knockout punch delivered by Chicago, but it’s not over.

05/06/2015

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St. Paul Firefighters Push For Markers To Remember Their Fallen

Since firefighters in St. Paul began answering calls in 1856, 62 have lost their lives in the line of duty.

05/06/2015

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St. Paul Arson Team Recognized For ‘Superior Service’

It’s National Arson Awareness Week, and in recognition of it the city of St. Paul is honoring its team of investigators for leadership, teamwork and hard work.

05/06/2015

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Newly Approved Features Bump Up Capitol Remodeling Cost

Landscaping, perimeter security needs and other late additions to Minnesota’s major remodel of the Capitol will push the overall cost to $307 million, project planners said Wednesday.

05/06/2015

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Wild Knows It Must Play Game 3 Like It’s Game 7

The Minnesota Wild understands that Game 3 when you are down 2-0 in a series is almost like a Game 7. If you lose, it’s all but over. WCCO’s Mike Max was at the Wild’s morning skate and found out what adjustments the team pans to make for Game 3.

05/05/2015

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Psychologist: Positive Fans Are Key For Wild In Playoffs

There has been no shortage fan support at Eagle Street Bar ahead of Tuesday’s Wild game, but because of the last two games, there is some extra tension. A licensed professional said on a night like this, positive fans are a big key.

05/05/2015

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Minnesota Bids For 2020 College Football Championship Game

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state business Tuesday launched an official bid Tuesday for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game. It would be played at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium under construction in Minneapolis, which is already hosting the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 Final Four.

05/05/2015

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Legislature Preparing To Vote On State Lottery Restrictions

Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill suspending Internet-based state lottery tickets. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday he’d hold the vote soon, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he expected his chamber would do the same.

05/05/2015

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Boat Diplomacy: Capitol’s Top 3 Headed On Joint Fishing Trip

Minnesota’s center of political power is moving north for the weekend. Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to share a boat Saturday on Lake Vermilion for the annual fishing opener.

05/05/2015

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Wild Announce Winners For 2015 Spirit Playoff Contest

The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday that two schools won the inaugural “Wild Playoff Spirit” Contest. The winners were Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley and Minnewaska Area Elementary School in Glenwood.

05/05/2015

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Wild Looking To Find Its Game Back At Xcel Energy Center

Now trailing 2-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Minnesota Wild and the series shifts back to St. Paul for Game 3 Tuesday night.

05/04/2015

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Minnesota Wants To Host College Football Championship Game

Minnesota has an idea for a Super Bowl encore: the country’s biggest college football game. Gov. Mark Dayton is joining others Tuesday morning to announce the state’s bid for the College Football Playoff National Championship.

05/04/2015

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Dayton Threatens Veto Of Budget Bill Over Campaign-Law Part

Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a state agency budget bill if Republicans don’t agree to remove a part that would ditch candidate spending limits and undo current restrictions on where their donations originate.

05/04/2015

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4 Of 5 Stolen Pit Bull Puppies Recovered

A fourth puppy has been recovered after a burglary last week. Now, only one remains missing. A thief took a van belonging to Rescued Pets Are Wonderful from outside a home in St. Paul. Five little pit bulls were inside.

05/04/2015

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St. Paul Teacher Named Minnesota’s Teacher Of The Year

A St. Paul high school teacher who teaches writing and English to immigrant students has been named Minnesota’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Amy Hewett-Olatunde was announced Sunday as the 51st winner of the award.

05/03/2015

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$1K Reward For Stolen Pit Bull Puppies

A bigger reward is now being offered for the safe recovery of some stolen puppies. A thief took a van belonging to Rescued Pets Are Wonderful from outside a home in St. Paul earlier this week.

05/02/2015

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Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Heats Up St. Paul

The fifth of the May isn’t until Tuesday, but thousands came out to celebrate the day Saturday. The Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in St. Paul is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

05/02/2015

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Judge Issues Ban On Gang Members For St. Paul’s Cinco De Mayo Celebration

A ban has been issued against eight known gang members, preventing them from attending St. Paul’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. A judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting members from the group “Hit Squad” from the festival Saturday.

05/02/2015

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Minneapolis City Council Approves Paid Parental Leave

Minneapolis city workers trying to juggle work and kids will be able to get some extra paid time off. The city council unanimously approved 120 hours of paid parental leave Friday for the birth or adoption of a child. The new policy begins in July.

05/01/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Guacamole In Minnesota

The avocado is really having a moment. A Google search yields hundreds of recipes from soups to even ice cream. But the original avocado recipe is guacamole, especially at St. Paul’s Boca Chica — which WCCO viewers picked as the Best of Minnesota.

04/30/2015

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Former Viking Alan Page Honored For Service In Supreme Court

Justice Alan Page got special recognition from the state Senate Thursday morning. A resolution honored him for more than two decades of service on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

04/30/2015

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Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang Finalists For Masterton

Goalies Devan Dubnyk of Minnesota and Andrew Hammond of Ottawa and defenseman Kris Letang of Pittsburgh are finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

04/30/2015

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Police: Loaded Shotgun Found Next To Sleeping Child

A young St. Paul father is facing serious charges for endangering the safety of his 4-year old son. Police say 25-year-old Jeremy Smith Jr. showed no regard for his son’s safety when he left the boy alone in a bedroom that was scattered with guns and ammunition.

04/30/2015

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Pedestrian Killed By LRT Was Longtime Minn. Senate Staffer

A longtime staff member of the Minnesota Senate was killed after being struck by a Green Line light rail train on her way to work Thursday morning. Lynne Thomas had been a legislative assistant in the Senate for 28 years. She was crossing University Avenue on the light rail tracks when she was hit and killed by a train around 7:30 a.m.

04/30/2015

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