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State Trooper Dashcam Captures Meteor From Geminid ShowerThe patrol said that an officer caught what appears to be a meteor streaking across the sky while patrolling in Dakota County Wednesday morning.
MnDOT Invites Minnesotans To Give Their Snowplows NamesThe Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking Minnesotans' help coming up with names for eight of their fleet's snowplows -- one for each MnDOT district in the state.
More Americans To Make New Year's Resolutions Amid PandemicPerhaps not too surprisingly, many of the resolutions people say they're planning on making involve personal betterment.
Like Walking On Water: Crystal-Clear Ice Forms On Lakes In Boundary Waters AreaThe lake ice is as clear as glass and stretches for miles along Sea Gull Lake in northern Minnesota.
Dog En Route To Minnesota Rescue Delivers 14 Puppies During TripThe puppies are with their mom at a foster home right now. They should be available for adoption when they're around eight or nine weeks old.
Hawaii Lures People To Work Remotely ThereHawaii launched a campaign called Movers and Shakas to try to get workers to set up their remote offices there.
Minnesota's Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish Is ... (No, It's Not Grape Salad)Mashed potatoes are number one in ten states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin and also North Dakota.
Survey: Parents Relaxing House Rules With Kids During PandemicFurthermore, "pet parents" have also been finding themselves relaxing the rules more often, doing things such as offering extra treats to their dogs and cats.
Wisconsin State Patrol Pulls Over Vehicle With Snowmobile On RoofThe Wisconsin Department of Transportation published a photo of the incident Monday. They say they pulled the vehicle over on U.S. Highway 63.

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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.
Police Chief: Officers Who 'Don’t Have An Issue' With Floyd Arrest Should Turn In BadgesChattanooga Police Chief David Roddy is taking a strong stand on the death of an African-American man at the hands of law enforcement officers in Minneapolis.
'It Sounded Like A Bomb': Turtle Smashes Through Driver's Windshield On HighwayA woman in Georgia was "literally in shock" after a turtle went flying across the highway and through her windshield, nearly striking her brother in the face.
'Biggest I've Ever Seen': Massive Alligator Trapped At Mini-Golf Course Is EuthanizedAn alligator believed to be the largest ever captured on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was euthanized after it was trapped Tuesday evening at a miniature golf course.
Wedding Videography Company Denies Man Refund After Fiancée Dies In Crash: 'Life's A B***h, Justin'A wedding photography company is denying a refund to a man who lost his fiancee in a car crash before their wedding.