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(St. Paul, MN) -- An amendment to a defense authorization bill is set to provide opportunities for many in Minnesota's Liberian community to apply for U.S. citizenship. The measure would give permanent resident status to Liberians living in America under the Deferred Enforced Departure progr… Read more

(Burnsville, MN) -- A former Burnsville man will spend four-and-a-half years in a Wisconsin prison for a Ponzi scheme that targeted the elderly. Prosecutors say Jamie Smith stole more than a million dollars from customers through his gold and silver coins business. Smith formerly operated tw… Read more

(Arden Hills, MN) -- Declining enrollment is prompting staff and budget cuts at Bethel University. The private Christian school in Arden Hills plans to cut as many as 30 staff members and 30 faculty members as a way to address a projected eleven-million dollar budget shortfall over the next … Read more

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(St. Cloud, MN)  --  A court hearing for a Paynesville man accused in a deadly mobile home fire is being pushed back until January 23rd.  Forty-six-year-old John Newport is charged with second-degree murder for starting his daughter's trailer on fire last July and killing Jamey Newport.  His… Read more

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(Washington, DC) -- Congresswoman Ilhan Omar voted "no" on the bi-partisan National Defense Authorization Act in the U-S House. Omar said in a statement, "at a time when Minnesotans have unmet needs in healthcare, education and housing, it is simply unconscionable to pass an N-D-A-A bill tha… Read more

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(Clara City MN-) Four people, including two children, were hurt when a car left Highway 7 near Clara City yesterday morning and hit a tree. The state patrol says at 1017 a.m. a Toyota Avalon driven by 24-year-old Jessica Perkins of Clarkfield was eastbound on Highway 7 near 140 Avenue Southe… Read more

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(Olivia MN-) The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give Nov. 18-Dec. 18 will also receive a $… Read more

 

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(Willmar MN-) MnDot has issued an update on the Willmar WYE Project taking place on the west side of town. They say the contractor has re-started earth moving operations this week. Construction operations will be suspended from December 22, 2019, through January 5, 2020, for the holidays. Th… Read more

(St. Paul, MN) -- A suspect is facing charges in the 1992 brutal stabbing death of Annette Seymour. Investigators used DNA evidence to track down the man they believe to be the killer in the St. Paul cold case. Prosecutors charged John Capers Tuesday with second-degree murder. Seymour's estr… Read more

(Undated) -- The U.S. Census Bureau is pushing to fill temporary jobs in Minnesota in 2020. The once-a-decade operation needs about 38-thousand workers to mostly find and count people who don't fill out their census forms. Only about a third of the applications needed have been received. Read more

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(Olivia MN-) An Olivia man who admitted sexually molesting a child was sentenced to more than 6 years in prison in Renville County District Court Wednesday. In March, 60-year-old Ronny Ray Oleson was arrested and charged with 8 felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd and 4th Degr… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Willmar police say a man was shot and wounded in southeast Willmar Tuesday morning. His name and current condition are unknown. Willmar Police Captain Mike Anderson says at 9:48 a.m. officers were called to the 1300 Block of Dana Drive Southeast and when they got there, they fo… Read more

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(Collegeville MN-)  Funerals are scheduled for the three Minnesota National Guard members killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash. Chief Warrant Officers James Rogers, Junior and Charles Nord and Sergeant Kort Plantenberg died in the crash last week. The guardsmen were on a maintenance test … Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- State health officials say five Minnesotans have been sickened by e-coli linked primarily to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits. Doctor Kirk Smith with the Minnesota Health Department says like the larger national outbreak this product has romaine. But he says… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give Nov. 18-Dec. 18 will also receive a … Read more

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(St. Cloud, MN) -- St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota Crookston are eliminating their Division II college football programs. St. Cloud State said it was making changes to its intercollegiate athletics program to "ensure Title IX compliance, and to address the financia… Read more

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(Granite Falls MN-) The Pioneer PBS board of directors has appointed Jon Panzer as interim general manager of the station that serves western Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Iowa. Panzer will assume his new duties at the Granite Falls-based headquarters in early January. Read more