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Minnesota Corrections Dept. Seeks To Hire Tattoo SupervisorA spokesperson with the corrections department said there are two reasons for establishing this program. One reason is to help incarcerated people work toward careers in the tattoo arts industry, and the other is to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C from illegal tattooing in prisons.
Survey Shows Daily Handwashing Is Down Since Start Of COVID PandemicNow that it feels like things are really returning back to normal, the time has come to ask the question -- How fussy are you about washing your hands?
Minnesota's Moose Population At Highest Level In A DecadeThe DNR's 2022 survey estimated the moose population at about 4,700 animals, with a potential range between 3,440 and 6,780. The survey is the highest estimate since 2011.
Naming Your Newborn Henry Or Olivia? Those Are The Top Minnesota Baby Names In 2022The website Names.org released their top ten names for boys and girls in Minnesota based on Social Security Administration data, and they feature quite a few names that are also among the nation's top 10s.
Mac-Groveland Neighborhood Ranked Minnesota's Best Place To LiveMac-Groveland wasn't the only St. Paul neighborhood to make the cut on Niche's list. St. Anthony Park and Summit Hill also placed within the top five spots.
World's Largest Technical Cheese Competition Returns In WisconsinThe 53 judges taste, sniff and inspect the 141 classes of dairy products during the biennial World Championship Cheese Contest, this year held in Madison.
Video: Man In Wisconsin Leads Police On Chase Using Skid SteerBrian Walbrun took video in Appleton, near Green Bay. At first he thought the man inside was a city employee, on the job to clear the streets of ice.
Biker Rides To Raise Awareness Of Hong Kong Protests, Even After Losing Spleen In CrashAfter joining protests in 2019, Lee had to come to America for his safety. He continued the fight in a different way, setting out from L.A. for Boston, on a bicycle, in July. But in September his journey was in jeopardy.
Cherry Returns To Position Atop Spoonbridge In Minneapolis Sculpture GardenFriday morning crews worked for about an hour to bring the two back together at the Walker's Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

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Private Island In Bahamas Goes Up For SaleLittle Ragged Island, also known as St Andrew's, is the largest private island currently for sale in the Caribbean paradise.
World's First Space Hotel Scheduled To Open In 2027Back in 2019, Californian company the Gateway Foundation released plans for a cruise ship-style hotel that could one day float above the Earth's atmosphere.
Boston Dynamics Teaches Its Robot Dog New TricksThe rather charming bot has become famous in Boston Dynamics' videos of it dancing, going on walks and runs, and even encouraging social distancing.
'Like He Was There': Late Father Buys Son First Beer On 21st BirthdayMatt Goodman of Massachussetts was surprised on his 21st birthday with a beer, from his dad, who passed away six years earlier.
VIDEO: Christmas Package Allegedly Swiped Off Family's Porch -- By Amazon Driver!One Elk Grove family says the grinch who stole Christmas drove a blue Amazon van.
😂 😭 🥺 Top The List Of Most-Used Emoji On This World Emoji DayThere are more than 1,800 different emojis to choose from, but that library is about to expand.
Poll: 79% Of College Students Say They Wouldn't Attend Parties This Fall To Prevent Coronavirus InfectionA new poll from College Reaction/Axios found that students are eager to return to campus and willing to not party in doing so.
7-Year-Old Boy Throws A Prom For His Nanny: 'One Of The Best People I've Known'A teenage girl in North Carolina who couldn't attend her high school prom because of the coronavirus outbreak still got a special bash thrown just for her -- by a seven-year-old boy that she babysits.
Teens Raise $11,000 For Supplies To Help Navajo Nation During Coronavirus PandemicA group of teenagers in Phoenix raised more than $11,000 in three weeks for supplies to aid the Navajo Nation during the coronavirus pandemic.