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Strong Sales Raise Powerball Jackpot to $500 Million

Officials say the Powerball jackpot has risen to an estimated $500 million, which would make it the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The lottery raised its jackpot estimate hours before Wednesday night's drawing and has raised it twice since Saturday's drawing by a total of about $105 million.

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Hundreds of Target Employees Laid Off in Twin Cities

Target Corp. is terminating about 550 employees in the Twin Cities as it ends operations in Canada. The Minneapolis retailer says the bulk of those workers, about 350, are being laid off Wednesday. The remaining positions will be eliminated when Target finishes liquidation of its 133 stores in Canada by mid-May.

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February is Deadly Month on Minnesota Roads

State public safety officials say it's been a deadly start to the month on Minnesota roads. The Department of Public Safety says 13 people have died since February 1. Seven of those deaths happened during a four-day stretch, from Feb. 5-8.

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No Quick Decision on Medical Marijuana for Pain

Minnesota residents suffering chronic pain won't be able to get medical marijuana until summer 2016 at the earliest.

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Revenue Officials Say Cigarette Smuggling is Growing

Minnesota revenue officials say they need an additional $1 million annually to crack down on cigarette smugglers and retailers selling untaxed tobacco. Authorities say cigarette smuggling has become a growing problem less than two years after Minnesota raised its cigarette tax to one of the highest in the country.

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Hennepin County Approves Electronic Cigarette Ban

The Hennepin County Board has approved a ban on electronic cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and bars. The board approved the policy by a 6-1 vote Tuesday. The policy prohibits the use of "electronic delivery devices" in all indoor spaces governed by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act.

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Man Killed in Southeast Minnesota May Have Been Hit-Run Victim

Authorities are now investigating the death of a man who was run over while crossing a highway in southeastern Minnesota as a possible hit-and-run. Forty-two-year-old Patrick Daly of Stewartville was struck and killed after sunset Sunday while crossing Highway 52 on the southern edge of Cannon Falls

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Forest Lake Ski Team Involved in Fatal Crash in Northeast Minnesota

The Forest Lake Area High School alpine ski team will still compete in Wednesday's state championships at Giants Ridge after being involved in a fatal crash. None of the team's coaches or students was hurt in the crash Tuesday in Cloquet, but a passenger in the other car died.

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2 Deer Stuck Together, Police Use Stun Gun to Free 1

Police in the western Twin Cities used a stun gun to free a live buck that was stuck to a dead deer. South Lake Minnetonka Police were called to the strange sight at a home in Shorewood on Sunday morning.

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Losses Expected for Minnesota Corn Farmers with Prices Down

Most Minnesota corn farmers are expected to lose money this year as prices for the cash crop have sunk. Bushels of corn went for as high as $8 apiece several years ago. But David Bau with the University of Minnesota Extension says that price is now below $4.

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