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Hennepin County offers free weddings on Valentine's Day

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You are cordially invited to a noon-hour wedding. Forty-six, in fact.

For the second year in a row, Hennepin County judges are planning to marry the couples for free on Valentine's Day at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

"This was a fun event for us last year, and we expect it to be even better this year. Even if you just want to come and watch a special event, we invite you to come to the Government Center over the lunch hour," Hennepin County District Court Judge William Koch told KSTP.

The event starts at noon and should be over by 1:30 p.m., officials said. There's more information on the court's page.

Nationwide, it's a popular day for weddings. In other Valentine's Day news today: The winter storm that clobbered the Southeast canceled weddings Friday in Charlotte, N.C., at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, which typically marks its busiest wedding-traffic day on Feb. 14.

In L.A., it's the biggest "smooch day" of the year for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and Clerk, the Los Angeles Times reports.

And in Indiana, a county clerk is forgoing her officiant's fee in favor of donations to the American Heart Association.

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