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Duluth: Twins' honorary bat girl raising awareness

Duluth's Julie Gross is one of just 30 women in the country selected as an honorary bat girl for Major League Baseball teams. Gross will be introduced on the field before Friday's Twins-Rays game at Target Field, and she's using the opportunity to further bring attention to breast cancer awareness. Gross lost her mother to the disease and has been a strong promoter of awareness ever since.

– Read more from the Duluth News Tribun

Byron: Meet Minnesota's all-time leader in softball home runs

Six years of varsity softball, from seventh grade to her still going senior season, Byron High School's Vanessa Anderson has smashed 45 home runs. It's the most in Minnesota prep softball history. Through 18 games this spring she's slugged 13 home runs and owns a rather prodigious .636 batting average.

– Read more from the Post Bulletin

Barnseville: Prep golfer enjoying life after near-death experience

Ricky Reep is an 18-year-old golfer on the Barnesville varsity team. His story isn't really about golf: the sport is his passion but his story is one of survival. Reep, as a baby, nearly died from shaken baby syndrome. Although his agonizing injuries left him with a limp in his stride, he glides through life with an amazing attitude.

– Read more from The Forum

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Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

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Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night

Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

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Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.

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Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans

It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.

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Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence

The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.

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Minnesota state colleges boosting tuition again by 3.5%

The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

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Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

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2-year-old killed in crash on County Road 81 in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 81.

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BCA issues new details about St. Michael standoff, shooting

New details say a St. Cloud police officer struck the suspect with gunfire.

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92-year-old driver killed in rural Scott County crash

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Big-time rain totals flood Highway 10 in central Minnesota

More rain and storms are expected Friday and Saturday morning.