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Franken-McFadden debate: Mines, terrorism, health care

Senator Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden held their first debate in Duluth this morning. They sparred on a variety of topics, including terrorism, the state’s health insurance exchange and mining in northeastern Minnesota. Another debate, this time between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, Republican nominee Jeff Johnson and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet, is scheduled for tonight in Rochester.

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Minnesota realtors reconsider safety measures after death of Arkansas agent

The apparent murder of a real estate agent in Arkansas has Minnesota realtors re-evaluating safety protocols. The CEO of the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors told ABC 6 the death of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave outside Little Rock on Tuesday, has devastated the group’s members. She said safety training is part of a new agent’s orientation, and added some are seeking self-defense courses. Carter’s murder has been linked to a prospective buyer she met alone at a home last week.

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An alligator in Minnesota? Anoka County woman startled by live gator

Unlike the fake alligator incident in Rockville, Minnesota, last month, an Anoka County woman says she encountered the real deal last week when she walked out of her house and noticed the reptile in her front yard. She called police, who were advised to destroy the 3 to 4 foot long animal because alligators are considered invasive species in Minnesota. The homeowner says she regrets the alligator's death. It's unclear how it ended up in the area.

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DFL efforts to pass abortion, reproductive health bills blocked in Senate

The push to pass a slate of abortion and healthcare-related bills comes after a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft indicated Roe v Wade will be overturned.

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Teen hospitalized after going missing for 40 mins in St. Croix River

The teen was located around 40 minutes after he had gone under water.

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Thursday performances of Runestone! canceled due to COVID cases

This weekend's performances are still going ahead, History Theatre says.

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Storms cause grain bin to fall, killing one in Kandiyohi County

The National Weather Service confirmed the death on Thursday evening.


Ferocious winds, possible tornadoes leave destruction in MN

Numerous reports of tornadoes and nearly 100 mph straight-line winds.


Canoe carrying 4 overturns near St. John's University

Of the four, only one was wearing a lifejacket when the boat capsized Wednesday.

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MN's craft alcohol makers back new push to loosen state's liquor laws

The pushback includes loosening restrictions on growler sales for bigger craft breweries and a more direct line of spirit sales to customers.

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Severe thunderstorm warnings in the Twin Cities

It's the second night in a row that severe storms are hitting the metro.


Twin Cities placed in tornado watch ahead of intense line of storms

Photo above is a view from Marshall as the line of storms moved through Thursday evening.

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1 dead, 1 escapes western Wisconsin house fire

The single-story home was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived early Wednesday morning.

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Rare 'particularly dangerous situation' weather watch issued in SW MN

The warning covers an area of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.