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Abigail Anderson, sister of late Gophers track star Gabe Grunewald, dies after being run over twice by same driver

A woman killed in Falcon Heights after being struck twice by the same driver Saturday evening has been identified as Abigail Anderson, sister of the late Gophers and Team USA track star Gabe Grunewald.

Anderson, 29, was walking near the University of Minnesota's Elizabeth Lyle Robbie soccer stadium in Falcon Heights when a truck crash into a parked car, sending both vehicles into her and through a chain-link fence.

She was then struck again by the truck when the driver made a U-turn, running over her again as they turned back onto Cleveland Avenue..

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Greenwood Fire more than doubles in size, now estimated to be at least 1,000 acres

A wildfire in northern Minnesota continues to spread remarkably quick, having more than doubled in size to at least 1,000 acres since first detected less than a day ago.

The Greenwood Fire, located about 15 miles southwest of Isabella, Minnesota, was initially detected around 3 p.m. Sunday. Originally estimated to be a few hundred acres, the blaze grew swiftly amid the dry, windy conditions in the area.

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A view of the massive fire Monday in northern Minnesota. 

The fire is now thought to be at least 1,000 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday afternoon, though its exact size isn't known. Fire crews are working to slow the blaze from the ground and the air. Meanwhile aircraft are being used to get a better sense of the fire's footprint, the agency said.

The agency doesn't expect it to slow down, citing continued southerly winds pushing the fire further north toward McDougal Lake. The campground and other recreational spots there have been closed by the Forest Service.

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These are the 20 least populous cities in Minnesota

Without further ado, here are the 20 least-populated cities in Minnesota, according to the most recent estimates (July 1, 2019) from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Funkley city
Beltrami County
Est. population: 8

Kinbrae city
Nobles County
Est. population: 12

Barry city
Big Stone County
Est. population: 15

Johnson city
Big Stone County
Est. population: 27

Correll city
Big Stone County
Est. population: 32

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GOP statement sparks new controversy for Jennifer Carnahan

Jennifer Carnahan's tenure as chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota came under increased pressure Sunday thanks to a statement issued by the party in her defense.

Already facing calls for her resignation over her close links to alleged child sex trafficker Anton Lazzaro, those calls have intensified after an official statement by the party was published Sunday afternoon, which followed an allegation of sexual harassment posted in recent days on Twitter involving a Minnesota GOP staffer in Georgia assisting with the election recounts last November.

After the allegation of sexual misconduct emerged, it was alleged that Carnahan flew to Georgia to deal with the fallout – a claim that the Republican Party of Minnesota denied in the Sunday statement, while also saying that no formal complaint was made to Carnahan or other party leaders.

Carnahan has denied any wrongdoing, calling the situation she's facing a "coup." 

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COVID-19 hospitalizations back over 400 in MN

Cases and hospitalizations continue to climb as the delta variant spreads throughout Minnesota. 

Today's update from the Minnesota Department of Health does not include information from Saturday or Sunday, but going back to Friday there were more than 400 people hospitalized, including more than 100 patients in ICU. 

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Tuesday's COVID-19 report will include three days of data, including Saturday, Sunday and part of Monday. 


Kevin Fiala signs one-year deal with Wild

Fiala had the option to choose a one- or two-year deal with the Wild. Since he went with one year he'll go through the same pre-arbitration process next year unless he signs a long-term extension before then. Had he elected a two-year deal he would've bee able to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022-23 season.

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Now all eyes turn to Kirill Kaprizov, the reigning NHL rookie of the year who according to a report has a tentative deal for at least $10 million to play next season in the KHL if the Wild can't come to terms with him before Sept. 1.

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Woman found dead in Minneapolis was shot in the head

Tiffany Monique Walker died around 7:10 a.m. on Aug. 11 from "multiple gunshot wounds" to the head, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said, describing her death as a homicide.

Minneapolis police had said the 29-year-old was found in the alley on the 3600 block of Knox Avenue North with "obvious trauma." The exact circumstances of the shooting remain unclear, with the medical examiner saying it isn't yet known where the shooting occurred.

On Saturday, New Black Panther Nation Minnesota held a press conference and said Walker was "thrown out of her vehicle," dropped in the alley and left for dead. 

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Walz green lights National Guard to fight wildfires

Soldiers and airmen from the Minnesota National Guard will help respond to wildfires burning in northern Minnesota.

Among the hundreds of fires this summer is the Greenwood Fire, which erupted Sunday afternoon near Greenwood Lake in Superior National Forest and quickly burned more than 1,000 acres, with the U.S. Forest Service saying late Sunday night that the fire was "moving very quickly due to strong gusts of wind and dry vegetation."

Monday's forecast in the Northland calls for hot and sunny conditions with a southwest wind gusting up to 20 mph, the Duluth office of the National Weather Service says. In fact, hot, breezy and dry conditions are expected through Thursday.

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Drought, low water levels force closure of Lake Minnetonka Swim Pond

Three Rivers Park District said the early closure, effective Aug. 16, is due to both the "severe drought conditions" and low water levels on Lake Minnetonka — the water source for the swimming pond.

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The 1.75-acre, chlorinated Lake Minnetonka Swim Pond is part of Lake Minnetonka Regional Park in Minnetrista. Surrounded by sand, it normally reaches a maximum depth of 6 feet.

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Shooting victim found in car in St. Paul dies

A man died after being shot in a vehicle in St. Paul's Como Park neighborhood early Monday. The St. Paul Police Department says officers responded at 12:45 a.m. to the 1000 block of Larpenteur Avenue for "multiple" reports of shots fired.

When police arrived, they found an unresponsive man in a vehicle. He had an apparent gunshot wound. Officers rendered aid and when paramedics arrived, they pronounced him dead at the scene. He has not yet been identified. 

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Man inside grain bin gets feet stuck in auger

A Minnesota man was airlifted to a hospital last Friday after his limbs became stuck in piece of farm equipment. 

According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, 35-year-old Jared Johnson, of rural Litchfield, had both of his feet trapped in a sweeper auger while he was working with the auger inside a grain bin on the 68300 block of Highway 24 in Forest City Township.

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$100 vaccine incentive program extended in MN

Gov. Tim Walz will extend Minnesota’s $100 vaccine incentive program another week, his office announced Sunday. The program, which offers a $100 Visa gift card to Minnesotans receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, began July 30 and was due to expire on Sunday. It will now extend through Aug. 22.

According to Walz’s announcement, 55,456 Minnesotans have received their vaccine since the program began and applied for the gift card. The state’s weekly rate of first doses has also increased 129% over the last month.

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Body of missing Twin Cities canoeist found up north

Philip Poulose, 21, of Roseville, and a friend were canoeing on Sand Lake in the Britt area, north of Virginia, on Aug. 12. Conditions were "very windy" and waves started to flood their canoe, so Poulose told his friend he was going to swim for the shoreline, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities said Monday that his body was recovered after four days of "exhaustive" searching. 

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Lynx return from break to win 8th straight

More than a month away from action didn't hamper the momentum the Minnesota Lynx had going into the Olympic break as they dumped the New York Liberty 88-78 Sunday night at Target Center for their eighth straight victory. Minnesota is now 13-3 since losing four straight games to start the season. 

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Wisconsin woman shoots man while teasing cat with gun laser

Two people — both the suspect and the victim — are facing potentially serious legal consequences after a bizarre shooting in southeastern Wisconsin. Reports say a 19-year-old Kenosha woman was using a gun laser to play with a cat when the weapon went off, accidentally shooting the gun's owner

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