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2 Minnesota classmates die years apart fighting for Islamic extremist groups

New details about a man with Minnesota ties who is believed to be the first known American to be killed while fighting with Islamic militants in Syria was friends and classmates with another Minnesota man who died fighting with an extremist group overseas in 2009, reports say.

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Police fatally shoot 'aggressive' man in St. Paul

A St. Paul police officer fatally shot a man Thursday morning after witnesses say the man was aggressive towards the officers. Witnesses say the suspect was throwing rocks and punching the officers before he was shot.

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DPS: Drunk driving crackdown planned for holiday weekend

Deaths from impaired driving were down last year compared to 2012. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says there were 95 impaired related traffic fatalities in 2013, which was nine fewer than the year before. Despite this drop, officials say they'll be out in full force this weekend to crack down on drunken drivers.

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Minnesota tourism: 5th straight year of summer-season growth

Minnesota’s tourism industry apparently had a good summer. Explore Minnesota says an end of summer survey shows about half of lodging properties experienced an uptick in occupancy, and even more had increased revenue compared to last summer. It’s the fifth straight year of continued growth in travel.

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Peterson on playing for Cowboys: ‘I would love to retire a Viking’

ESPN “Outside the Lines” reports that in June, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones he would like to play for the Cowboys when he’s done playing in Minnesota. Peterson issued a statement saying it was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues, saying he never claimed that he wanted to leave the Vikings.

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