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Big Payout In ‘The Other Office Pool’ — Powerball

March Madness basketball brackets aren’t the only office pools underway this Thursday. Powerball players also are pooling their money to buy blocks of tickets for a $320 million jackpot.

03/21/2013

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High-Tech Bingo Coming To Boost New Stadium Funds

There is now another way to gamble and help pay for the new Vikings stadium: electronic bingo. The Minnesota Gambling Control Board approved the high-tech bingo on Monday.

03/19/2013

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‘U’ Study: Working While Pregnant Doesn’t Hurt Baby

A new University of Minnesota study should put the minds of many pregnant women who are still on the job full-time at ease.

03/15/2013

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Monarch Butterflies Coming From Mexico Are Disappearing

Scientists report a drop of nearly 60 percent in the number of Monarch butterflies making it to their winter home in Mexico this year — the lowest level since record-keeping began 20 years ago.

03/14/2013

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Study: Kids Who Avoid Things More Likely To Have Anxiety

Kids who avoid scary situations are more likely to have anxiety problems.

03/12/2013

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Will Dayton Drop His Clothing Tax Proposal?

Minnesota retailers are hoping Gov. Mark Dayton will reconsider the part of his budget plan that would tax some pieces of clothing.

03/11/2013

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Dayton Ready To Drop Minnesota Sales Tax Overhaul

After taking a lot of heat from the business community, Gov. Mark Dayton is dropping one of his sales tax proposals.

03/08/2013

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50th Anniversary Of Minnesota’s ‘Murder Of The Century’

It may be Minnesota’s most notorious murder case and it happened 50 years ago today.

03/06/2013

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Mayo Study: Implantable Ring Controls Chronic Acid Reflux

A Mayo Clinic study finds that an implant can control acid reflux.

02/20/2013

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Jumps In Gas Prices A Challenge For Small Stations, Too

Gas is now selling for about $3.76 a gallon in the Twin Cities, and motorists aren’t the only ones complaining about big jumps in prices. Independent gas stations are also feeling the squeeze.

02/18/2013

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School, Community Aim To Quell South High Racial Issues

Students involved in a violent food fight at Minneapolis South High School could face criminal charges.

02/15/2013

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Bill To Crack Down On Puppy Mills Passes First Hurdle

A bill that would regulate dog and cat breeders in Minnesota has passed its first test in the state legislature.

02/13/2013

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More Than 100 Animals Killed In Barn Fire

More than 100 animals, mostly cows, were killed in a barn fire in San Francisco Township early Tuesday morning.

02/12/2013

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What Happens Now That Pope Benedict Is Stepping Down?

Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28 — becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years.

02/11/2013

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Rock Salt Still The Best De-Icer

What’s the best chemical for melting ice on our highways? The Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioned a study on the question. The findings suggest we’ve been down this road before.

02/07/2013

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Minnesota Gets High Marks On Its Elections

A new study ranks Minnesota near the top for the way it handles its elections. All 50 states were ranked by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

02/06/2013

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Why Are Gas Prices Going Up?

If you drive a car, you’ve noticed a 30 cent jump in gas prices in recent weeks. But why? The reasons are many, according to the experts.

01/29/2013

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Public Policy Poll Gives Dayton High Approval Marks

A new poll finds Gov. Mark Dayton leading the list of possible Republicans who may challenge him in 2014.

01/24/2013

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Minnesota Jobless Rate Drops To Pre-Meltdown Level

Minnesota added 9,100 jobs in December, bringing unemployment rates in the state down to levels not seen since before the financial crisis of 2008.

01/17/2013

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Union Depot Welcomes Inner City Bus Service

There is another mile-marker for the newly-restored Union Depot in St Paul. Starting on Monday, Jefferson Lines is providing bus service to and from the majestic station.

01/14/2013

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Disease Expert: Flu Season ‘Not That Severe’

Bad as it may seem, this flu season doesn’t rank among the most severe.

01/11/2013

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Extra Security At Sleepy Eye, New Ulm Schools After Online Threat

Extra security is now in place with students resuming class in Sleepy Eye and New Ulm Monday. The action was taken after a teenager was arrested for allegedly posting threats on Facebook.

01/07/2013

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Hoffner Fights For His Coaching Job

Todd Hoffner is fighting to get his job back as head football coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

01/03/2013

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Expert: Gas Prices Should Stay Low In Early 2013

It’s been a nice holiday present to have gas prices dip below $3 a gallon, but what will happen in the new year?

01/02/2013

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Hundreds Expected At New Year’s Ice Dive Despite Frigid Forecast

If you’re looking for something different to do on New Year’s Day, there’s always the option of chilling your bones at the annual ice dive in Lake Minnetonka.

12/31/2012

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