At least something good came out of the bitter cold of last winter - Minnesota's gypsy moth population is down. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says its traps captured around 500 gypsy moths around the state this year.
Minnesota's senators were both "no" votes as a proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline went down by a single vote. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken were expected to line up against the proposal even before Tuesday evening's vote. It failed 59-41.
Republicans taking over the state House are forming committees that emphasize their rural/urban split with Democrats. The GOP reduced the number of committees overall even as it added new panels to focus on mining policy and jobs in greater Minnesota.
A funeral service will be held Thursday for the 14-year-old boy who authorities say died from an accidental gunshot wound in Otter Tail County. Sheriff's officials say Levi Roggenkamp was playing with a revolver at his home near Wadena last Thursday when the gun went off and shot him in the head.
The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season. The league said Tuesday it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.
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