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Early Figures Show Rising Minnesota Property Taxes

Minnesota property taxes are on course to rise by an average of 4 percent next year. That's according to an analysis of preliminary local government levies compiled by the state Department of Revenue.

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Large Dairy Farm Approved For West Of Willmar

Officials have given the go-ahead for an 8,800-head dairy operation west of Willmar in west-central Minnesota, and construction is expected to begin next spring. The St. Johns Township Board unanimously approved a permit Nov. 7 for the Meadow Star Dairy, owned by Riverview LLP, which owns several dairy operations in west-central Minnesota, as well as South Dakota and Nebraska.

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East St. Paul Sex Offender Clinic Risking Shutdown

A day treatment center that works with sex offenders who suffer from traumatic brain injury or other disabilities may close after some contracts with Ramsey County run out.

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Reports: More Than 90,000 Illegal Immigrants In Minnesota

Estimates from two Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations say there are more than 90,000 illegal immigrants living in Minnesota. The Pew Research Center's study says illegal immigrants make up 1.8 percent of Minnesota's population and 2.5 percent of its workforce.

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Patrol: Pedestrian Killed On Highway In Brooklyn Center

Police say a pedestrian has been fatally hit on a Twin Cities-area highway by two vehicles that didn't stop after the collisions. The Minnesota State Patrol said the pedestrian was hit Tuesday night near Highway 252 on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park.

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Police: Robbers Steal Rolex Watches In St. Paul

Police say robbers have taken about $300,000 in Rolex watches from a St. Paul jewelry store while it was open. St. Paul police on Tuesday released surveillance video of the robbery over the weekend at R.F. Moeller Jeweler in the Highland Park neighborhood.

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Minnesota’s Gypsy Moth Population Drops

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.

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Byron Smith Must Pay $21K to Teens’ Families

A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims' families.

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Franken, Klobuchar ‘No’ On Keystone

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.

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Minnesota Firearms Hunters Register 102,000 Deer

Minnesota hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season.

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