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Minnesota Budget Reserve Bumped By $150 Million

Minnesota's defense against future budget shortfalls is a bit sturdier. State finance officials said Tuesday they deposited $150 million more into Minnesota government's main rainy-day account. It brings the total to $811 million, with more money automatically going into it if there are future surpluses.

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Hormel Foods Buying Muscle Milk Maker For $450 Million

Hormel Foods is buying Muscle Milk maker CytoSport for approximately $450 million, a move that will diversify its business and tap into younger consumers' demand for sports nutrition products. Hormel Foods Corp., based in Austin, Minnesota, makes products such as Spam and Dinty Moore stew.

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Faulty Fan Blamed For Moorhead Church Fire

Fire investigators say a faulty bathroom fan sparked an early morning fire that destroyed a Moorhead church. The fire at the Moorhead Baptist Church on Highway 75 broke out just after 5:30 a.m. Monday.

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Minnesota Bear Researcher Removes Radio Collars

A Minnesota researcher has surprised his followers and officials alike by removing radio collars from his research bears in the Ely area.

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Big Crane Delivery Begins at Vikings Stadium Site

The Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has an important delivery on the way.

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Timberwolves Owner Closes Star Tribune Purchase

Minnesota Timberwolves owner and printing company billionaire Glen Taylor has completed his purchase of the Star Tribune.

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New Laws: New E-Cigarette Restrictions Phase-In In Minnesota

The Minnesota Legislature passed scores of new laws this spring, and many of them take effect Tuesday. A look at some of the more notable:

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Federal Agency To Assess Minnesota Flood Damage

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says federal disaster officials will start assessing Minnesota's flood damage this week. Klobuchar says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin compiling its preliminary damage assessment on Tuesday. She says the agency's assessment will take about a week.

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Annoying Black Flies May Be Extra-Pesky This Year

Black flies are such annoying biters that most people would rather be bitten by a mosquito. Unfortunately, the pesky pests are about to appear throughout the state in large numbers. Breeding conditions have been ideal for the bugs, which are also known as biting gnats or buffalo gnats.

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New Prague Man Struck By Lightning Doesn’t Miss Concert

A Minnesota man was struck by lightning Friday, but that wasn't enough to keep him from attending Country Fest in Wisconsin on Saturday. Gage Stroening says he had special passes to see performer Randy Houser, and he wasn't going to settle for missing the show.

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