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Duluth: Twins' honorary bat girl raising awareness

Duluth's Julie Gross is one of just 30 women in the country selected as an honorary bat girl for Major League Baseball teams. Gross will be introduced on the field before Friday's Twins-Rays game at Target Field, and she's using the opportunity to further bring attention to breast cancer awareness. Gross lost her mother to the disease and has been a strong promoter of awareness ever since.

– Read more from the Duluth News Tribun

Byron: Meet Minnesota's all-time leader in softball home runs

Six years of varsity softball, from seventh grade to her still going senior season, Byron High School's Vanessa Anderson has smashed 45 home runs. It's the most in Minnesota prep softball history. Through 18 games this spring she's slugged 13 home runs and owns a rather prodigious .636 batting average.

– Read more from the Post Bulletin

Barnseville: Prep golfer enjoying life after near-death experience

Ricky Reep is an 18-year-old golfer on the Barnesville varsity team. His story isn't really about golf: the sport is his passion but his story is one of survival. Reep, as a baby, nearly died from shaken baby syndrome. Although his agonizing injuries left him with a limp in his stride, he glides through life with an amazing attitude.

– Read more from The Forum

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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.

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Red Lake Band raising money for children of slain officer Ryan Bialke

They're hoping to create a memorial and scholarship fund.

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8 years in prison for man charged with shooting at National Guard

He was accused of firing multiple shots at soldiers patrolling Minneapolis.

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'Large crash' involving semi-truck on Highway 212 in Chaska

Police are warning motorists about long delays.

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Fairmont Raceway admits 'bad mistake,' announcer on leave after racist comments

The raceway promoter initially backed Len Oelke, but has now apologized.

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Air quality still bad on Friday as wildfire smoke continues to blanket MN

The smoky haze will continue till at least Friday afternoon.

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Maple Grove man defrauded PPP of $1.7M, used some to install pool

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court.

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Report: Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to Cleveland

Rubio's homecoming in Minnesota lasted just one season.

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Gov. Walz: Newly-vaccinated Minnesotans will get $100

The incentive was announced shortly after President Biden announced the initiative.

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