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Grandmother of murdered 4-year-old calls on GOP to remove Dayton attack ad

The grandmother of boy who died from parental abuse wants a political ad featuring the child to be taken off the air. Yvonne Dean called on the state’s Republican Party to stop airing an ad that blames Gov. Mark Dayton for the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean. She calls the ad unfair and said "to use our family's tragedy is crossing the line." An investigation into the boy’s death at the hands of his stepmother prompted a review of Minnesota’s child abuse system.

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Teens shot at, assaulted by mob in South St. Paul

Two teens were attacked and shot at by a South St. Paul mob over the weekend. The victims told police they were walking near strip mall on Sunday evening when a group of at least a dozen attacked them. One of the victims said the two were punched, kicked, physically hit with a firearm, and robbed before they ran to safety. Two teens ages 14 and 15 have been arrested and police are looking for additional suspects.

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Grab a fork: Record number of Twin Cities restaurants opened this year

Hopefully you’re hungry – the Twin Cities has a bevy of new restaurants to try. Reports say there has been an unprecedented boom in metro-area restaurants this year totaling 91 new openings, with 42 more in the works. Most are independently owned, not chains. At the same time, about two dozen restaurants have closed, but most have been replaced by new eateries.

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Animal Humane Society plans trailblazing new campus

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Minnesota reports 'concerning level' of syphilis cases

The Minnesota Department of Health says most of the cases are being discovered in the northern part of the state.

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Airport police intercept 5,600 fentanyl pills headed to St. Cloud

Three were arrested following a police raid in St. Cloud.

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Minnesota switches to weekly COVID updates

The weekly updates will be provided on Thursdays.

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Man shot inside Oakdale movie theater expected to survive

The 23-year-old victim underwent surgery and is recovering at the hospital.

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Minnesota confirms second case of monkeypox virus

More cases are expected in the coming days and weeks, the health department says.

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, June 29

One of the newly reported deaths was a person aged 15-19 from Yellow Medicine County.

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Drone drops bag of candy near kids fishing

A black SUV quickly left the area afterwards.

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Al Franken to bring comedy tour to Minneapolis

Acme Comedy is hosting the former senator in late August.

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Alabama replaces Toby Keith as headliner at MN music festival

The Lakefront Music Festival is set to take place in Prior Lake on July 8-9.

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