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Minnesota hits lowest jobless rate in 8 years

Minnesota’s unemployment rate is at 4.1 percent, the lowest jobless rate in eight years, according to figures released this morning by the state. This is the last such monthly report before the November election. Jobs have been a campaign issue in the governor’s race, with Gov. Mark Dayton pointing to the state’s dropping unemployment as a sign of his administration’s success. Republican Jeff Johnson says Minnesota's job growth, specifically in the private sector, lags behind other states.

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Two wounded as gunman opens fire at Minneapolis gay bar

Police are looking for a man who opened fire in a Minneapolis gay bar and injured two people last night. The man was reportedly thrown out of the 19 Bar and returned later, firing shots at patrons before fleeing. The two shooting victims were reportedly taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 19 Bar is the city’s oldest gay bar.

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Flirting with 70 degrees Thursday, more ‘fall-like’ Friday

A great day to join the kids in getting outdoors. Minnesota students have a long weekend in connection with the annual teachers meeting, and today they should enjoy a sunny fall day, with highs expected around 70. That’s going to change by tomorrow, when the temperature will drop by 20 degrees, with rain and a chilly wind blowing into much of the state. However, there's a chance for warmer temperatures next week.

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Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

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US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.

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7 tornadoes touched down last week in western MN, ND

Two of the seven were EF-2 level tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, May 17

72 hours of case data reported over the weekend is included in Tuesday updates.

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City of Minneapolis, Jaleel Stallings reach $1.5M settlement

Although a settlement was made, the city will not admit fault or take any responsibility for the incident as part of the agreement with Stallings.

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2 rescued after kayaks capsize on Sauk River

Recent heavy rainfall produced a strong currents on the water.

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How to order 8 free at-home COVID-19 tests

A third round of free tests is now available from the U.S. government.

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Three new Grandstand shows added for Minnesota State Fair 2022

The Beach Boys and Portugal. The Man are among several acts booked.

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St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels

Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.

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Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis

The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.

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