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Life In Prison For Man Who Killed Mother, Nephew

A man convicted of killing his mother and teenage nephew with a sword in Minneapolis has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Ishmael Roberts was convicted of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the October 2012 deaths of 57-year-old Beatrice Wilson and her 14-year-old grandson, Peter.

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Standout Mankato Football Player Charged In Shooting

A leading college football player at Minnesota State University Mankato last season has been charged with attempted murder in what police say was a drug-related shooting. Twenty-five-year-old Dennis Carter, of Mankato, is charged in Scott County with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and fleeing police. Carter is in jail on $75,000 bail.

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Xcel Energy Defends $665 Million Monticello Plant Project

A Minneapolis-based energy company says customers should pay for a $665 million project to rebuild a power plant in Monticello. Xcel Energy executives are defending their actions in an investigation conducted by utilities regulators.

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6 Arrests in Northland Human Trafficking Sting

Authorities conducting a human trafficking sting in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin have made six arrests.

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Security Enhanced At University Of Minnesota

University of Minnesota is stepping up security on the Twin Cities campus this year. Students may notice additional police, stricter access to buildings and more discussions about safety.

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St. Paul Man Charged With Moving Woman’s Body

St. Paul authorities have charged a man with moving the body of a woman who was found wrapped in a blanket outside. Sixty-four-year-old John Stanton Sr. was charged in Ramsey County court Tuesday with one count of interference with a dead body.

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Savannah Cole, photo courtesy of the Miss America Organization
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Brainerd Woman Needs Your Vote For Miss America [AUDIO]

For the second year in a row, a Brainerd woman is competing for the title Miss America. Savannah Cole says she's been a busy woman since she was crowned Miss Minnesota in June.

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Photo courtesy of Senator Al Franken's office
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Brainerd Woman Finds Father’s Portrait At Pentagon

After years of searching, a Brainerd family has finally found an original painting of their late relative hanging in the Pentagon. Caralee Bjerkness traveled to Washington, D.C., with her 13-year-old grandson last week to see the painting of Roy Schellin.

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Little Falls Homeowner Fights Victims Restitution

A Little Falls man convicted of murdering two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home is contesting the restitution prosecutors are asking he pay for the deaths. Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith took the stand Tuesday to testify about what had been stolen in a series of burglaries at his Little Falls home before the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shootings.

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Home-Care Workers Vote To Unionize

Thousand of in-home health care providers in Minnesota have voted to unionize. About 60 percent of the roughly 5,800 care providers taking part in a union election say they support organizing.

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