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From the editors of Twin Cities Business:

MN Added 400 Jobs In June As The Unemployment Rate Dipped

Although Minnesota’s private sector added 2,500 jobs in June, the growth was offset by a 2,100-job loss in government. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate reached a post-recessionary low of 5.2 percent.

Thrivent Financial Is Among Those Urging Congress To Retain Their Tax Exemption

The writers of the nation’s tax code said they want to start with a “blank slate.” But Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial and other “fraternal benefit societies” are making a push to ensure they remain tax-exempt.

Hubbard Broadcasting Will Acquire 10 Radio Stations For $85.5M

St. Paul-based Hubbard will gain five stations each in Seattle and Phoenix, which it said are the 13th- and 14th-largest U.S. radio markets, respectively. It’s buying the stations from Sandusky Radio.

5 MN Hospitals, Led By Mayo Clinic, Rank Among Best In U.S.

Mayo Clinic ranked third in the country, while four other Minnesota hospitals earned a “national ranking” on this year’s list from U.S. News & World Report.

Former Radio Host Pat Kiley Sentenced To 20 Yrs. In Trevor Cook Ponzi Scheme

Patrick Kiley solicited investments for Trevor Cook’s $190 million Ponzi scheme through his radio show. In addition to the prison sentence, he and his co-defendants were ordered to pay $155.4 million in restitution.

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Wild to face Vegas in playoffs; Game 1 Sunday

Game 1 is Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas.

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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.

Mike Hughes

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.