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Twins fire Ron Gardenhire: 'We didn't win enough games'

Ron Gardenhire is gone after 13 seasons managing the Twins. At an afternoon news conference, he said the reason was simple -- the team lost too many games the past four years.

Slain NDSU student laid to rest in hometown of Sartell

More than 1,200 mourners attended funeral services Monday for Thomas Bearson, the North Dakota State University student who was killed last week, as authorities continue the search for his killer.

Political roundup: Christie to campaign for Johnson; gov. debate coming up

With a month to go before the November election, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and his Republican challenger Jeff Johnson have released several TV ads and are scheduled to debate on Wednesday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will stump for Johnson next month.

Most retailers plan to hike their hiring of holiday help

The majority of U.S. retailers will hire more employees this year than they did last year. Macy's, for example, plans to hire 950 temporary workers for its Twin Cities stores.

Vikings 'hopeful' Bridgewater can play Thursday at Green Bay

Will the border battle against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football feature Teddy Bridgewater or Christian Ponder at quarterback for the Vikings? Team officials said Bridgewater's ankle, which he injured in Sunday's game, it doing better.

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'Please, please, please get vaccinated,' Minnetonka mayor pleads

This comes as the local state of emergency officially ends.

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Can you answer all the Minneapolis questions from this week's 'Jeopardy?'

KARE personalities including Randy Shaver and Rena Sarigianopoulos presented the clues.

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35 counties, including most of Twin Cities, now COVID hotspots

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in public, indoor places in these counties.

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CDC document: Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

Vaccines remain very effective at preventing severe illness from the delta variant, however.

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'Unprecedented': The wildfire smoke isn't going anywhere this weekend

The air quality alert that was supposed to end Friday is now in effect into early next week.

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Charges: Woman killed in horrific Shakopee attack was trying to leave suspect

The shocking incident happened at an intersection Wednesday afternoon.

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Multiple injuries after pickup crashes into shuttle bus at 3M Open

Blaine police listed 25 people as being involved in the collision.

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Teen arrested in connection to recent St. Cloud shootings

The shootings, which occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, did not result in injury or property damage.