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Minnesota unemployment ticks up slightly to 4.8 percent

Minnesota's unemployment rate climbed from a seasonally adjusted 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent in February, state Department of Employment and Economic Development officials announced.

Charges: Maplewood man shot after cable TV dispute

An 84-year-old man accused of shooting his adult son did so after an argument over cable TV, according to criminal charges filed today, WCCO reports. Pang Se Vang, of Maplewood, was charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Chue Vang, the station says.

Study suggests link between autism and prenatal brain growth

A new study published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine adds to the theory that autism may start in the womb. Autism researchers at the University of California, San Diego, examined the brains of children of autism who died. They found abnormal patterns of cell growth in tissue samples from regions important for regulating social functioning, emotions and communication.

Marinating meat in dark beer may inhibit cancer risk

With spring finally on the horizon, thoughts turn to backyard barbecues. Well, there's more good news. European researchers have discovered that marinating meat with dark beer dramatically reduces carcinogenic contamination, which is caused by the "contact of dripping fat with hot embers."

Forest in shape of Minnesota: Oaks hoax? Nope – genuine pine shrine

At first glance, it looks a bit fake, like a Photoshopped woodsy version of crop circles. But Google Maps doesn't lie. Tucked into the forests of Park Township in Lake of the Woods County is a 23-acre stand of jack pine trees in the shape of Minnesota.

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More than 2 years after announcing, Duck Donuts finally opens at MOA

The grand opening of the new location took place Wednesday.

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St. Paul is closing 6 schools amid declining enrollment

The board revised the plan after the school communities voiced concerns.

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X-rays negative after Karl-Anthony Towns takes scary fall

Towns crashed hard to the ground late in the game Wednesday night.

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2 more homicides push Minneapolis closer to record set in 1995

The deadly shootings happened on the city's North Side Wednesday night.

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KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

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Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

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Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

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'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

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Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

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Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

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Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.