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More Minnesota Counties Qualify for Disaster Aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 more Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rain, flooding and cold temperatures from May 1 through July 1.

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Child Safe After Vehicle he’s Riding In Is Stolen

A toddler has been reunited with his family after the car in which he was a passenger was stolen from a Minneapolis gas station. Police say the father of the child ran inside the Colony gas station about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and left the car running with the toddler in the back seat.

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Officials Project Rochester Worker Shortfall

Minnesota officials say Rochester is expected to develop a worker shortage as thousands of jobs are created over the next few decades. There aren't enough people in the city of 110,000 to fill the expected labor needs.

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12 People Indicted In Minnesota Drug Case

Federal authorities have indicted 12 people who they say were involved in a drug trafficking operation run out of a Spring Lake Park auto repair shop. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger says the suspects were indicted on a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana in Minnesota after authorities on Wednesday raided residences in Minnesota, California and Illinois.

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Judge OKs Waseca Teen Move in School Bomb Plot

A Waseca teen accused of plotting to kill his family and classmates will be transferred to a new facility.

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DNR Rules Against Minnesota Bear Researcher

The Department of Natural Resources has affirmed its decision to deny a permit to a researcher who gained fame by putting radio collars on black bears in northern Minnesota.

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Missing Pine County Children Found In Kansas

Sheriff's officials say a Pine County man accused of skipping a custody hearing and taking his two minor children without permission has been arrested in Kansas. The 44-year-old father was pulled over in Kansas Wednesday morning for a minor traffic violation.

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Meth Lab Raided In Chisago County

Regional and local drug agents say three people are in custody after they raided a methamphetamine lab in Chisago County.

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Gay Music Director Dismissed At Catholic Church In Victoria

A popular music director at a Catholic church in Victoria has been asked to resign after marrying his longtime same-sex partner. Father Bob White leads St. Victoria Catholic Church. He has notified parishioners that Archbishop John Nienstedt has asked for Jamie Moore's resignation. White says Moore has agreed to the archbishop's request.

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Police: Stewartville Dad Brings Gun On School Grounds

Police have cited a Stewartville parent on a weapons violation after they say he brought a concealed handgun onto elementary school grounds. Olmsted County Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Claymon says the Bonner Elementary School principal escorted the 29-year-old man off school property on Friday before notifying authorities.

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