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Natural Gas Explosion
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Investigation Into Minneapolis Gas Blast Under Way

Engineers have begun their investigation into what caused a natural gas explosion in Minneapolis that sent flames high into the air and scorched parked cars, but caused no injuries and minimal damage to buildings.

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FEMA Encourages Minnesotans To Get Flood Insurance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging Minnesota residents and businesses to buy flood insurance before it's too late. Minnesota faces the threat of flooding statewide this year. FEMA points out there's a 30-day waiting period before a policy takes effect.

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WJON Newscast On-Demand - Afternoon News
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WJON News On-Demand: Wednesday 2/23/11 — Afternoon News

In this afternoon's WJON headlines:

-- State Patrol urges drivers to use caution after troopers hit
-- St. Cloud tows dozens of vehicles in latest snow emergency
-- This winter shaping up as one of snowiest
-- St. Cloud area students fail to advance in Spelling Bee

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Annual “Living In Avon Hills” Conference Brings in World Renown Nature Photographer

Beat the winter blues and look toward spring with a unique event at the Arboretum at St. John's University this weekend. The 2011 "Living in Avon Hills" Conference includes a talk by world-renown photographer and Minnesota native Jim Brandenburg.

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Image Courtesy of Stearns County
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Public Hearing To Discuss Rockville County Park Tonight

The Stearns County Park Commission is holding a public hearing to continue the discussion on the development of Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve.

Some of the topics to be discussed include creating trails, bridges, parking areas and an observation deck

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Report: Great Lakes Can Experience Water Shortages

A federal report says the Great Lakes region could experience water shortages in some locations because of climate shifts or surging demand, despite being the world's largest freshwater system.

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St. Cloud Markets Winter Fun in Granite Country

The St. Cloud Convention and Visitor's Bureau's showing off Granite Country's winter season activities with a new promotional video.  Kelly Sayre of the CVB runs through some of the winter fun in our area.

YouTube - Winter Sports in Granite Country - St. Cloud, Minnesota!.

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Zebra Mussels
Native Great Lakes unionid mussel encrusted with zebra mussels. (Photo by GLERL and NOAA)
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Kandiyohi County Official Warns of Zebra Mussel Threat

A Kandiyohi County commissioner says the state isn't doing enough to try to stop the spread of zebra mussels in west-central Minnesota. Commissioner Dennis Peterson says the Department of Natural Resources is failing to take necessary action. And he's worried about Green Lake being infested.

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