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Unpermitted Irrigation Threatens Minnesota Groundwater

As irrigation booms in Minnesota, a report says hundreds of farmers appear to be pumping groundwater for their crops without the required state permits. Of the roughly 1,200 crop irrigation wells drilled from 2008 to 2012, more than 200 likely are operating without a permit.

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Narrow Escape When Duluth Gas Station Canopy Collapses

The driver of an SUV escaped with only minor injuries when support beams gave way and a gas pump canopy came crashing down while he was in his vehicle at a service station in Duluth.

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Aunt Says Grandmother Will Care For Orphaned Boy

A relative says a 2-year-old boy who survived a high-speed crash that killed his parents in Anoka County will live with his grandmother. Wilbur and Patrice Hooks, of Crystal, were killed when their car hit the back of a semitrailer Friday night on Interstate 694 in Fridley.

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Minnesota DNR Evaluating Central Minnesota Groundwater Levels, Quality

The state Department of Natural Resources is trying to figure out whether current levels of groundwater use are sustainable and whether action is needed to protect water availability in the future.

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Speeding Preceded Collision That Orphaned Boy

Minnesota troopers say a 1-year-old boy has been orphaned after his father allegedly sped more than 100 miles per hour before slamming into the back of a semi truck in Fridley.

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Truck Driver Finds Child Barefoot in Minneapolis Snow

Minneapolis police don't suspect child neglect after a 4-year-old boy was found barefoot in snow and freezing temperatures.

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Winona Store to Benefit Victims of Sex Trafficking

A Minnesota woman who plans to sell jewelry and other items handmade by women rescued from the sex-trafficking industry is opening her store in Winona this weekend.

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Bill Would Delay Minnesota’s Soybean-Fuel Mandate

A Minnesota mandate that most diesel fuel sold in warm-weather months be a blend containing 10 percent biodiesel faces an uncertain future.

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Conservationists Claim Victory on New Farm Bill

Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory when it comes to conservation under the new farm bill.

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Minn. Farm Families Could Get Property Tax Relief

Most Minnesota farm families could get an extra $260 in property tax relief per year under legislation approved by the House that's meant to ease the squeeze they're feeling between rising property taxes and falling crop prices.

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