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2 Killed in Hog Barn Fire in Southwest Minnesota

A hog barn fire has killed two people in southwestern Minnesota. The Rock County sheriff's office says the fire was reported just before 9:30 a.m. Monday east of Jasper.

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Todd Besser. Photo courtesy of the Elk River Police Department
Todd Besser. Photo courtesy of the Elk River Police Department
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Charges Tuesday in Fatal Shootings of Off-Duty Officer, Son

Charges are expected Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer and his 27-year-old son at a home in Wright County. The sheriff's department has identified the victims as 49-year-old Todd Besser and his oldest son, Blake.

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1 New Case of Bird Flu Reported at a Minnesota Turkey Farm

One new Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by bird flu, raising the state's total to 85 since the outbreaks were first confirmed in early March. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the latest case is in Swift County.

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Minnesota Jury Hears Opening Statements in Right-To-Die Case

Prosecutors say they'll prove a national right-to-die group assisted in the 2007 suicide of a 57-year-old Minnesota woman who suffered from chronic pain and depression. Final Exit Network Inc. is on trial for allegedly assisting in the death of Doreen Dunn and interfering with a death scene.

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In Session’s Final Push, Minnesota Budget Deal Still Elusive

Minnesota's legislative session is heading into its final week with no clear picture of how a budget will come together.

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Plagiarism Allegations Against 2nd MnSCU Professor Dismissed

Plagiarism allegations against a Minnesota community college professor have been dismissed after an inquiry.

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Photo: Ramsey County Attorney's Office
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Former School Janitor Pleads Guilty to Abuse, Peeping

A former St. Paul elementary school janitor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing several children, including his relatives, and peeping at a student in a school bathroom. Sixty-three-year-old Walter Johann Happel, of Newport, reached a plea deal in March after being accused of peeping at several students at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School.

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Judge Criticizes Archdiocese for Relying on Legal Notices

A federal judge has criticized the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for relying on legal notices to inform sex-abuse victims about an impending deadline for filing claims.

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MnDOT Says Congestion Getting Worse on Twin Cities Freeways

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says congestion is getting worse on Twin Cities freeways. MnDOT tracked rush-hour traffic flows on over 750 miles of highways in the Twin Cities metro area during 12 days in October, and found that congestion was up 2 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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Police: U of Minnesota Student Wasn’t Raped at Knife Point

Police at the University of Minnesota no longer think a female student was raped in her dorm room at knife point, but was "in crisis." The 18-year-old woman had told police she was sexually assaulted in Sanford Hall early Sunday morning by two strangers, one of whom had a knife.

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