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Minnesota Traffic Deaths Surpass 200 for the Year

A total of 201 people have been killed on Minnesota roads this year. Officials say that's a 21 percent increase from this time last year, when 166 people had died on the state's roadways.

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Viking Stadium More Than Half Way Done

Construction of the Minnesota Vikings new stadium is more than half way done. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Vikings said Monday US Bank Stadium is 65 percent complete and a year away from being finished.

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USDA Secretary Not Ready to Declare Bird Flu Outbreak Over

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over. While no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected over for over a month, Vilsack told The Associated Press on Monday that the threat hasn't passed.

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Motorcyclist Hurt, Bear Killed in Collision

A motorcyclist was injured and a black bear was killed when the two collided on an interstate in Pine County. The Minnesota State Patrol says 48-year-old Edmund Hanson of Brook Park was northbound on I-35 when he hit the bear Friday.

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(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Volunteers Help Clear Storm-Damaged Orchard

Residents in Carver County spent the weekend cleaning up debris scattered by a tornado. The EF-1 twister touched down early Saturday morning in the communities of Watertown and Hollywood.

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Shoreview Man, 22, Gets Prison for Kidnapping 15-Year-Old Girl

A 22-year-old Shoreview man has received a five-year prison sentence after he was convicted of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl in a plan to force her to marry him. Kong Xiong was sentenced last week and could be released from prison in July 2018 with credit for time served. He was convicted of sexual assault and kidnapping.

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Xcel Energy Hopes to Have Nearly All Power Restored Sunday

Xcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers still without electricity after a weekend storm continues to shrink. A company spokeswoman says as of mid-afternoon Sunday, the number of customers without service was down to about 19,000, mostly in the western Twin Cities.

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Man Who Jumped Into River Rescued by Boat Near Red Wing

Emergency responders used boats to rescue a 21-year-old Wisconsin man who was seriously hurt after jumping into the Mississippi River near Red Wing. The Goodhue County sheriff's office says the accident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday on a sand island in the river.

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Girl Struck, Seriously Hurt by Boat on Southern Minnesota Lake

Authorities say a 15-year-old Mankato girl was seriously injured when she was struck by a boat on East Jefferson Lake in southern Minnesota. The Le Sueur County sheriff's office says the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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Medical Marijuana, photo courtesy of the Minnesota News Network
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Medical Marijuana, Now Legal, Still Not Easy to Get for Some

Maria Botker has to drive 400 miles round-trip to buy the medical marijuana that treats her daughter Greta's rare seizure disorder. She's not the only Minnesotan making long drives. Just two facilities in Minneapolis and Eagan opened when Minnesota's new medical marijuana program launched this month.

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