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Man accused of killing officer Patrick pleads not guilty; trial date set

The man accused of fatally shooting Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick in July entered a not guilty plea as expected Monday. During Monday's hearing, Brian Fitch's attorneys challenged the statement he made admitting his guilt and also asked for a change of venue. The trial is expected to begin Jan. 12.

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U of M asks students to wear appropriate Halloween costumes

Think before donning a Halloween costume. That’s the request from the University of Minnesota to its student body. The Minnesota Daily reports that students got an email reminding them to choose wisely as they dress up for Halloween. Students are asked to refrain from wearing outfits that would be offensive to Native Americans or that would belittle other cultures.

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Gophers jump into Top 25 of Coaches Poll

The Golden Gophers are a top 25 football team. Saturday’s 39-to-38 win over Purdue vaulted them to No. 24 in the latest Coaches Poll. They still haven’t cracked the AP’s top 25. Minnesota will be favored again this week against Illinois.

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Around 100 kids run from carnival fight into Northtown Mall

Police say a large fight was happening on the ferris wheel before kids fled into the mall.

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Former state senator Scott Jensen endorsed by GOP for governor

Jensen beat to multiple other hopefuls for the endorsement at Saturday's convention.


NWS already monitoring Thursday for severe weather in MN

Monday-Wednesday should be fantastic weather in Minnesota.


Body of missing Mankato woman believed to have been found

A canoer found the body in a swamp near Eagle Lake Friday.

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MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.


Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.

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Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit

The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.

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Worker killed in skid loader accident was 23-year-old apprentice lineman

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative called the incident "the unthinkable."

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Raging North Shore rivers overtake bridges, snap trees in half

Pedestrian bridges near the Lutsen Resort have been damaged by the vast river flow.

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St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.