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Multi-car pileup closes Mendota Bridge for nearly 2 hours

Sixty-one vehicles were involved in the pileup in the westbound lanes of the bridge. It began when two cars lost control, and then a semi truck jacknifed. Incredibly, only one person was injured. A driver posted a video on Facebook showing the crash and its aftermath.

Father, son charged in student-athlete's underage drinking death

A father and son have been charged with hosting an underage spring break booze party for about 100 people at the family’s unoccupied farm in western Minnesota that was busted by authorities, prompting a star high school athlete who was there drinking to flee and die within hours from exposure to wintry weather.

Report: Minneapolis police to wear body cameras starting this summer

Minneapolis police officers are expected to start testing wearable video cameras that will record all their actions. The chairman of the Minneapolis City Council Public Safety Committee said police could start testing new body cameras as early as June.

Steer breaks out of slaughterhouse, ends up in greener pasture

Waldo the steer became a local celebrity in Casselton, North Dakota, when he made a last-minute break for it at the slaughterhouse and spent several hours wandering around town earlier this month. He'll now live out his live at an animal rescue farm in Michigan.

Future Gopher named AP basketball player of the year

Senior Carlie Wagner of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva has been named the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year in girls’ basketball. Wagner, who has committed to the University of Minnesota, led the Panthers to an undefeated 31-0 record and a second consecutive state Class 2A Championship.

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Here's what Amy Klobuchar said at Joe Biden's inauguration

The Minnesota senator was one of the leader organizers of the inauguration.

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All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

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Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

830-WCCO host calls for Dave Lee's replacement to be person of color

WCCO-AM has not had a person of color as a weekday daytime host in its history.

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Harmful grass fly larvae found in shipment to International Falls

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials safeguarded the shipment until the threat could be mitigated.

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Minnesota high schoolers will be reimbursed for canceled European trips

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a settlement with the travel company Friday.

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Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.

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9 businesses in Richfield affected by strip-mall redevelopment plans

Affected businesses may be eligible for grants that would help keep them in Richfield.

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More than $260K in fake heaters seized at Minnesota border

The 780 infrared zone heaters were found in a rail car bound for Ranier, Minnesota.

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Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.


St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.