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Minnesota Leaders Meet Privately About Sex Offender Program

An array of Minnesota officials gathered at a federal courthouse to privately discuss the future of the state's program for confining sex offenders. More than a dozen legislators, Gov. Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson and others are talking about potential changes to a program that's been declared unconstitutional.

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Minnesota Researchers Test Flowering Plants as Food for Bees

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are testing about a dozen flowering plants which dot the landscape in western Minnesota as critical food for bees and an additional source of income for farmers. Dean Peterson, a research technician with the federal agency, says the plants provide food for bees, as well as a harvest of seeds that provide various kinds of oil.

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Trial Begins in Fatal Neighbor Feud

A New Brighton man heads to court for a trial in a long-running dispute that ended with the fatal shooting of his neighbor. A defense attorney says the victim, Todd Stevens, created a "hillbilly hell" in their neighborhood by leaving beer cans strewn about, fighting with his father and threatening the defendant, Neal Zumberge, and his family.

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Former MSU Player Sentenced in Drug-Related Shooting

A former Minnesota State University football player will spend at least eight years in prison for attempting to kill a drug partner. Twenty-seven-year-old Dennis Ervin Carter was arrested in August 2014 after he allegedly shot Diaa Ahmed Abdelhakim in the head at the Renaissance Festival grounds.

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Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program’s Fate

Minnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms. It's a system that the state's political leaders have vigorously defended and resisted changing.

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