The Department of Natural Resources says there are fewer than 250 whooping cranes in North America. The DNR is also asking hunters to be especially watchful so they don't mistake a whooping crane for other waterfowl.
Fire destroys shop, kills four dogs in Perham Township
A passerby spotted the blaze.
Longtime Excelsior chocolate shop closed after destructive burglary
The Truffle Hill Chocolates shop opened in 1995.
Hospital chiefs say nursing strike will come at 'worst possible time'
A nurses union announced an almost three-week strike to take place in the Twin Cities.
Sven Sundgaard: What's in store for MN's weather in December?
Sundgaard recaps Minnesota's fall and looks ahead to December.
Brooklyn Park: 2 arrested after shots from 'ghost' gun killed teen, injured another
Syoka Siko died in the shooting.
Manure spill in Wisconsin leads to hours-long main street disruption
The spill was first reported just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Ice Cube to perform 2 nights at Mystic Lake Casino
The rapper hasn't performed in Minnesota since 2018.
Target's annual 10% sale on gift cards will be held this weekend
You can get a $500 gift card for $450.
Nicollet Mall's new Ties Lounge & Rooftop closes 'indefinitely'
The establishment aimed to reconnect the downtown community.
Man steals car with kids inside, father tracks them down using thief's vehicle
Police said no arrests have been made as of Thursday.
Chinese restaurant closing after 50 years in Columbia Heights
The beloved family-owned restaurant will close Dec. 24.
Kris Laudien leaving KARE 11 after four years on 'Sunrise'
KARE 11 announced the appointment of Jason Hackett to the morning show this week.
Otter Tail County reports its first cougar sighting
Department of Natural Resources officials say its the first cougar documented in Otter Tail County. They believe the big cat is traveling from the Black Hills in South Dakota.
Thousands of sandhill cranes take refuge in central Minn.
Nearly seven thousand sandhill cranes were counted at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Zimmerman last Friday. The birds coming from Canada and northern Minnesota are making a pit stop before heading south to Indiana and eventually Florida for the winter.
State confirms 400 whooping cough cases in past month
Minnesota's number of whooping cough cases continues to grow. The state confirmed about 400 new cases of whooping cough in the past month, raising the total in Minnesota to nearly 2,400 infections this year. The number of confirmed cases is the highest since vaccines were introduced in the 1950s.
June floods left little for wild rice harvest
Wild rice growers on the Fond Du Lac Reservation say June floods devastated aquatic life in several lakes where fall harvests typically reap several thousand pounds of wild rice, which is used at community events, funerals and the school, WDIO reports. It was the first time in 13 years that there was no harvest, a natural resources program manager says.
No end in sight for grouse flight
The grouse population index has dropped significantly in Minnesota over the past three years and there are signals that the birds are descending on their 10-year boom-to-bust cycle. The DNR predicts that this is not the bottom, one state official told the Star Tribune that grouse numbers may not begin to rise again until 2014. It's unclear what kind of impact this exodus will have on Minnesota grouse hunters.
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