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Coon Rapids House With 200 Snakes Passes Inspection

A suburban Minneapolis home where more than 200 snakes reside has passed a local inspection. Authorities in Coon Rapids began keeping an eye on the house several years ago after neighbors complained about a foul smell coming from the yard.

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Harsh Minnesota Winter Stomps Out Grape Harvest

Minnesota grape growers are reporting a harvest shortage after an especially harsh winter. Minnesota Grape Growers president Irv Geary says many northern vineyards have lost all or most of their grapes this year.

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Road-Fund Standoff Stokes Worry In Minnesota

The current Washington standoff over highway construction dollars is causing some discomfort among the people charged with keeping Minnesota's roads and bridges in proper shape. Without a deal soon between Congress and President Barack Obama, the federal Highway Trust Fund could run dry.

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Deadline Nears For Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest

Time is running out for entering the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest auditions. Registration closes at 4 p.m. on July 28.

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Brainerd Man Returns To Jail For Flea Market

A Brainerd man is back in jail after resuming operations of what officials call an illegal flea market. A judge sent Chad Ross back to jail Friday. He will stay there until his yard sale is cleared or he completes his 270-day sentence.

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Lawyers Seek Man’s Release From Offender Program

Attorneys for a man who was committed to Minnesota's sex offender program for crimes he committed as a child say his confinement violates his rights.

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Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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Fort Snelling State Park to Reopen After Flooding

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Fort Snelling State Park is reopening after a three-week shutdown caused by torrential June rains and flooding.

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Document: Archdiocese Considered Silencing Priest

A canon lawyer who became a whistleblower against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says church officials considered silencing a critic by declaring him to be disabled.

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Wasps Let Loose in Winona to Fight Ash Borer

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is releasing stingless wasps in Winona to try to control the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer.

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Families In Winona Ask For Return Of Rabbits Taken From County Fair

Someone appears to be messing with the rabbits at a Minnesota fair. Two rabbits disappeared from the Winona County Fair last week, and two others were tampered with hours before competition.

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