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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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Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

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Charges: 2 teens responsible for violent carjacking spree across Twin Cities

They face a combined 31 felony counts, all tied to carjackings and related crimes.

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MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting

The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.

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The mysterious streaks were not UFOs and they weren't pieces of an asteroid.

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Booming noises in the night could be frost quakes

The loud sounds are most likely to happen during the middle of the night.

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Free COVID testing site to open in St. Paul for 3 weeks

The federal testing site comes as demand for testing remains high.

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MN TikToker accused of faking federal agent life pleads guilty

He told his 10,000 followers he was a Homeland Security agent — authorities say it was a lie.

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Report: Vikings request second interview with 2 GM candidates

Ryan Poles of the Chiefs and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah of the Browns.

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Hopkins takes on No. 1 team in the country on ESPNU Friday

The game will feature a pair of top recruits in the Class of 2022.

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Educators in Minneapolis, St. Paul could strike amid contract negotiations

Teachers and support staff are demanding smaller class sizes, mental health support and better pay.

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