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Holiday forecast: Let it snow (and baby, it's cold outside)

New snow could be on the way to a large portion of Minnesota and western Wisconsin just in time for Christmas. The Weather Prediction Center says that there is a 50 percent chance of fresh snow on Tuesday afternoon and night for the region. For the metro, the National Weather Service expects 1 to 3 inches of snow. Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to grip the region Monday night into Tuesday.

U.S. Justice Department investigates Target breach

Following news that stolen credit and debit card information from Target's security breach is being bought and sold on the black market, the U.S. Department of Justice is stepping in to investigate. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder told the Star Tribune the retailer's general counsel is scheduled to meet with state attorneys via conference call on Monday.

Better take the sleigh: Gas prices jump for Christmas

The average price for a gallon of gas in Minnesota have jumped. The average price last week was about $2.93, but it has leapt to $3.08, according to The national average on Monday was about $3.26, down a couple of pennies from two weeks ago, but probably headed back up, according to NBC News.

Minneapolis has third-highest tax burden for travelers

An annual study released earlier this month by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation shows Minneapolis has the third-highest tax burden in the country for travelers. The study ranks the top 50 U.S. destination cities by general sales tax and other "discriminatory travel taxes." The study says the combined taxes in Minneapolis cost an average traveler an additional $36.70 each day.

Arrested man wearing blaze orange in deer blind: I wasn't hunting

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a man who had been found wearing blaze orange in a camouflaged deer blind with a loaded 12-gauge next to him was hunting. Roger B. Schmid was discovered by a game warden in November of 2011 and cited him for hunting without a license. Schmid listed a number of excuses, including an argument that he was just observing nature.

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Investigation finds EPA mishandled oversight for PolyMet mine permits

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With loaded QB draft class, now is the time for Vikings to act

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Coller: Is a 'developmental' quarterback worth it?

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St. Paul announces names of parks at Highland Bridge development

Construction on the parks will begin later this year.

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MN House passes omnibus public safety bill with police reform measures

The Senate previously passed its omnibus public safety bill without police accountability legislation.

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'That's not me,' divorce lawyer with same name as Chauvin attorney clarifies

Nelson is a pretty dang common name in Minnesota, dontcha know.

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BCA identifies 4 police officers involved in fatal shooting in Burnsville

Two officers fired handguns and two others shot rifles.