Biden Administration Cancels Lease Agreements For Proposed Mine Near Boundary WatersThe Biden administration on Wednesday canceled a move by former President Donald Trump to renew mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Plans To Retire (CBS News)The senior member of the Supreme Court's liberal wing plans to retire after nearly 28 years on the bench, giving President Biden the opportunity to make his first appointment to the nation's highest court.
COVID In Minnesota: Average Positivity Rate Dips, 52 Deaths ReportedHealth data in Minnesota shows the COVID-19 positivity rate is dipping slightly to 22.9% as of last week.
Sheriff Finds Owner Of Burnt Snowmobile Found On Central Minnesota LakeAuthorities in central Minnesota are investigating the circumstances behind a charred snowmobile found on a frozen lake.
State Patrol: 1 Killed In Benton County CrashAuthorities are investigating a fatal crash in central Minnesota Wednesday morning.
Minnesota Weather: After Chilly Start, Temps Will Climb WednesdayIt's very chilly out there Wednesday morning, but temperatures will climb throughout the day.
Enjoying The Weather Extremes Of Como Park Zoo & ConservatoryInside the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul, you'll find a tropical retreat -- no passport required.
Does Cold Weather Affect COVID Test Kits And Results?Free rapid antigen test kits from the federal government are supposed to be stored between 36 degrees and 86 degrees.
'I Was Flabbergasted': Missing Badge Of Hastings Officer Killed In 1894 RediscoveredHastings Police Officer Albert Jacobson's badge was found and returned to the department this month, 127 years after Jacobson was shot and killed in 1894.

Politics

Biden Administration Cancels Lease Agreements For Proposed Mine Near Boundary WatersThe Biden administration on Wednesday canceled a move by former President Donald Trump to renew mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Plans To Retire (CBS News)The senior member of the Supreme Court's liberal wing plans to retire after nearly 28 years on the bench, giving President Biden the opportunity to make his first appointment to the nation's highest court.
Gov. Walz Pitches $5.1B For Schools, Children’s Mental Health, Paid LeaveGov. Tim Walz on Tuesday proposed spending $5.1 billion over the next three years for child care, teacher recruitment, mental health access in schools and a paid family and medical leave policy with funds from a record state surplus that will shape the debate at the capitol this year.
Wisconsin Senate OKs Constitutional Amendment Saying Only Citizens Can Vote In ElectionsFederal law already requires U.S. citizenship to vote in national elections. No state constitutions explicitly allow noncitizens to vote in state or local elections.
GOP-Controlled Wisconsin Assembly To Vote On Tougher Penalties For ProtestersOne bill would define a riot as a public disturbance that involves an unlawful assembly and an act of violence or a threat of violence committed by at least one person.
Wisconsin Assembly To Vote On Banning Vaccine 'Passports'Both measures would face a likely veto from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The governor last year vetoed a GOP bill that would have barred public health officials from requiring people get vaccinated.

Consumer

Does Cold Weather Affect COVID Test Kits And Results?Free rapid antigen test kits from the federal government are supposed to be stored between 36 degrees and 86 degrees.
Minnesota Plans Comeback From Tourism Losses Caused By COVIDTourism is one of the industries most affected by the pandemic, as less people traveled and explored big cities. The Twin Cities were not immune to this loss.
COVID Impacting USPS Mail Delivery In Twin CitiesWest St. Paul resident Mary Neustel said she went four days without receiving mail last week. Others told WCCO they didn’t get mail for a week, then all at once.
Uptown’s Williams Pub & Peanut Bars Closes Indefinitely After ShootingA sign on William's Pub and Peanut Bar on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood said it will temporarily close for an indefinite period of time as they "take a much needed break."
'We Can’t Live In A Cave The Rest Of Our Lives’: Restaurants, Attorney Speak Out About Lawsuit Against City Of MinneapolisThe plaintiffs listed on the suit include Smack Shack, Sneaky Pete's, Jimmy John's, Bunkers Music Bar & Grill, The Gay 90's, Wild Greg's Saloon, and Urban Forage.
'We Had No Idea': Why Most St. Paul Diners Won’t Need To Prove COVID Vaccination StatusChange is on the menu for many Twin Cities restaurants, with requirements starting Wednesday for customers to either have a vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test. However, a little-known rule is adding to confusion for spots in St. Paul.

Water Cooler

Camera In Northern MN Catches Full Wolf Pack In Single FrameThe pack had only four wolves last winter, the organization reports, but had four more pups last spring.
'You Were Born Here, This Is Your Curse!': Teacher Goes On Minnesota Sports Fandom Rant In Viral TikTok"Suck it up, join the party. The worst party in the history of mankind. But you're in the party, you're on the invite list. You can't get out," the fan is captured shouting, despite also using a microphone in what appears to be a small classroom.
Feasting Squirrels Force St. Paul's Mears Park To Scale Back Holiday LightsFriends At Mears Park are trying to educate people against feeding the squirrels which have become more aggressive. Last year, the squirrels feasted on holiday lights, significantly damaging the display by the end of the season.
Tattersall's Puckish, Arby's Fry-Flavored Vodka Hits Store Shelves ... And Promptly Sells OutThose looking to raise eyebrows with their holiday gifts given this year should grab their wallets and head out Thursday. Thanks to Minneapolis-based Tattersall Distilling, two new fry-flavored vodkas are now available for purchase.
Reality TV Show 'The B-----------' Erases WCCO From Minneapolis SkylineA popular reality TV show looks to have taken a piece of the Minneapolis skyline away. We can't help but wonder how everyone walking along the Mall in that shot knew whether warmer or cooler temperatures were on the way, or if it was going to rain.
Guthrie Audience Member's Pre-Show Rant Delays Opening Night For 'Christmas Carol'In the video, the woman is seen yelling at other people standing near her to "get out of my country." According to another audience member's report, the incident happened "right as the lights were dimming to start the show and then we all heard yelling and it went crazy for like 40 minutes after that."

CBS World News

Cruise ship heads to Bahamas after U.S. issues arrest warrantThe Crystal Symphony was supposed to dock in Miami but sailed to the Bahamas after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over unpaid fuel.
Russia ridicules Biden's remarks about sanctioning PutinKremlin suggests any U.S. sanctions targeting leaders would be "absolutely not painful," as Moscow and Washington refuse to back down.
ISIS raid on Syrian prison put down with U.S. help after six daysIt's unclear how many died or how many prisoners escaped as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters fought to retake control of the facility, but it was a clear sign of ISIS' lingering potency.
Pope Francis says parents should not condemn gay children"Never condemn your children," he said while speaking about the difficult things parents and children can experience.
Ghostly monkey, twin slug snake among 224 new species identifiedThere are also dozens of newly identified reptiles, frogs and newts, fish and 155 plant species, including the only known succulent bamboo species, found in Laos.
Biden warns of "enormous consequences" and direct sanctions against Putin if Russia invades UkraineU.S. troops remain on high alert to deploy to Europe as tension continues to escalate along the Russia-Ukraine border. President Biden made it clear Russia faces "enormous consequences" and threatened direct sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the event of an invasion. Weijia Jiang has the latest from the White House.