The 2012 annual fair in Freeborn County kicked off appropriately enough with a birth – in a bathroom near the Cattle Barn. A baby boy was born Tuesday to parents who both work for the carnival group Merriam’s Midway Shows, the Austin Daily Herald reports. Dale Merriam, a semi-retired owner of the traveling carnival, said the mother had worked just Monday night until after midnight setting up for the fair. A collection was being taken for the parents.
Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother
The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.
Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts
His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.
Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI
The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.
Police: Man in minivan approached kids, claimed he was former principal
Investigators say children were approached by a man in a white minivan who falsely claimed he'd been a local school principal.
Police: 2 people shot, 1 fatally over the weekend in La Crosse
Officers arrived to the scene and found one person suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
Wisconsin couple fight, kill bear that broke into their home
The incident happened last week in north-central Wisconsin.
USS Minneapolis-St. Paul officially launched in Duluth ceremony
It's the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Minnesota.
North High principal Mauri Friestleben returning to finish year
The principal said Friday she had been fired from her role over her support of a student protest.
One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169
The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.
Woman hospitalized after wild turkey hits car in Freeborn Co.
A woman suffered injuries to her face after a wild turkey hit her car traveling south on I-35 in Freeborn County. The Pioneer Press reports 66-year-old Mary Haukoos of Bricelyn was transported to an Albert Lea hospital with non-life threatening injuries Monday night.
This year's St. Paul Winter Carnival buttons to be unveiled Friday
This year's St. Paul Winter Carnival royal family will unveil the 2012 commemorative carnival buttons during a public ceremony Friday. Buttons for the 126th carnival will be for sale immediately following the event for $5 each.
Snow sculpture contest canceled at the St. Paul Winter Carnival
The 126th St. Paul Winter Carnival will go on, but without the annual snow sculpture contest. Due to the lack of snow this winter, organizers made the decision to cancel it, but the carnival will still have ice carving. The St. Paul Winter Carnival is set to take place January 26 through February 5.
Jewel the bear shows signs she's close to giving birth
Officials at the North American Bear Center in Ely say Jewell is agitated and vocalizing--signs she may be ready to give birth. The center is monitoring her with a camera in her den.
Hudson woman gives birth in gas station parking lot
Nine days overdue, Andrea Nicolet and her husband, Russell, were rushing to the hospital when they realized their baby on the way was not going to wait. With the assistance of a Washington County Sheriff's deputy and a passerby who happened to be a registered nurse, baby Gabriel was delivered in the parking lot of a Lake Elmo Holiday station.
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