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Secret Service investigates New Ulm council candidate

In a letter sent to President Barack Obama, Ron Larsen, a candidate for the New Ulm City Council, notes that he's long had a nagging feeling he was put on this earth for a specific reason: "Now I know it was to take down a sitting U.S. president." That got the Secret Service's attention, and an agent paid him a visit in May, the New Ulm Journal reports.

Tiny technology is secret behind many of 3M's biggest products

MPR uncovers some fascinating facts in a feature on 3M's microreplication technology: A microreplication machine is large enough to fill a house, but even most of the company's own employees aren't allowed to see them. The technology can make road signs better reflect headlights and dramatically improve abrasives, and now the company hopes to use it to develop patches of microscopic needles that would deliver vaccines painlessly.

Secret Service alerted about burned cat in Mpls.

Minneapolis police are consulting with federal agencies after a Longfellow Park employee discovered a dead cat Monday. KARE 11 reports the animal had been burned and staked to a tree stump with an American flag. A President Obama/Biden campaign sign was also nearby.