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Forecast Surplus Could Spell Tax Cuts, Leaders Say

Talk of tax cuts has followed word that Minnesota's budget will run up a $1 billion surplus.

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Demonstrators Block Highway Traffic In Minneapolis

Demonstrators are stopping traffic on a major highway near downtown Minneapolis.

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Wages Creep Up Slowly, Housing Market Does Too

Minnesota's economy is headed in the right direction but many people may not be feeling it in their paychecks yet.

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Flu Vaccines are ready to stop the flu in its tracks. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Flu Vaccines are ready to stop the flu in its tracks. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective This Winter

Health officials are telling doctors that the flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter. As flu season begins to ramp up, officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year.

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UPDATE: 2 Die In Trailer With High Carbon Monoxide

St. Louis County sheriff's officials have identified the two people who died and two others who were injured in an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning case near Duluth. Authorities say 39-year-old Michael Mechley and 11-year-old Charlene Mechley were found dead in a camper in Rice Lake Township Wednesday night.

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Minnesota Officials Expect $1 Billion Surplus

Minnesota finance officials say lawmakers have a $1 billion projected surplus at their disposal in the upcoming session. The estimate provided Thursday in a new economic forecast should make for a smoother path to a new two-year budget.

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Transgender Athlete Policy Heads To Vote

Minnesota's high school sports league will soon vote on new guidelines for transgender students to participate in sports. The Minnesota State High School League is expected to vote Thursday morning on the controversial policy.

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Missing Man’s Snowmobile Found In West Fargo River

Officials are searching the Sheyenne River in West Fargo for a missing snowmobiler. Police in West Fargo say friends of 34-year-old Cole Schwindt reported him missing Tuesday night when he failed to meet them to go snowmobiling.

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Worker Burned By Beet Juice Sues American Crystal

A man who was severely burned while working at an American Crystal Sugar plant last year has filed a lawsuit that accuses the company of negligence. Kevin Birnbaum was a contract worker at the East Grand Forks plant when the accident happened during an employee lockout in January 2013.

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Vigil Planned For Winona State Student

Winona State University is planning a candlelight vigil for a student found dead at a restaurant where she worked. The gathering Wednesday at 8 p.m. will take place at the alumni gazebo in the center of the Winona, Minnesota campus.

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