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How did a Minnesota kid end up fighting in Syria?

That’s the question national media outlets have been scrambling to answer since NBC News broke the story that a 33-year-old man who grew up and went to high school in Minnesota was killed while fighting in Syria over the weekend.

Former MSU football standout charged in shooting near Renaissance Fest

Former Minnesota State University, Mankato football player Dennis Carter was charged with attempted murder Wednesday, after police say he shot a longtime friend near the Renaissance Festival fairgrounds last week.

Minneapolis to launch coding 'bootcamp' in 2015

Computer coding has become an in-demand skill in the job market, and the city of Minneapolis wants to help job seekers learn more about it with a new “Coding Bootcamp" next year.

Minnesota Orchestra receives $13 million from four anonymous donors

The Orchestra says a $10 million "leadership gift" came from one donor. Most of the money will go into endowment funds.

Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor getting ripped after taking shots at Kevin Love 

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor criticized Kevin Love on Tuesday, saying his former star player will be a third wheel and defensive liability in Cleveland. Taylor, in turn, was taken to task by sports analysts who say Taylor's comments are not true.

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Coller: Do the Vikings have a tough schedule?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

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Grand jury indicts 2 with aiding and abetting murder of Minneapolis Realtor

Four people have now been indicted by a grand jury in connection to the 2019 killing of Monique Baugh.

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White Sox sweep Twins for first time since 2016

The Twins' offense disappeared in a 4-2 loss on Thursday.

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Report: Vikings trade Mike Hughes to Kansas City

The Vikings received a 2022 sixth-rounder in exchange for the former first-round pick.

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Backup from fatal crash in Stearns County leads to another bad crash

The crash backed up traffic, which led to another crash in which two people were injured.

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For The Week: Monster cookies, and a search for the best gluten-free pizza in MN

BMTN food writer Lindsay Guentzel's weekly column aims to make life in the kitchen easier.

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South Twin Cities metro besieged by aggressive gnats

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has received more than 100 calls in recent days.

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Teddy Bridgewater criticizes Panthers' practice habits

The former Vikings quarterback was not a fan of his time in Carolina.

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Amazon will give $100 to new hires who are fully vaccinated against COVID

The company is hoping to hire 1,300 people in Minnesota.