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Twin Cities Zombie Pub Crawl sets Guinness world record

A gathering of the walking dead in the Twin Cities last month has officially been dubbed the world's largest. Guinness World Records sent an email Monday to the organizers of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Zombie Pub Crawl to say they knocked off the New Jersey Zombie Walk in 2011 for most zombies in one gathering.

Minn. State Lottery posts record sales

Preliminary figures show the Minnesota State Lottery pulled in a record $520 million in lottery sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30. MPR reports that's roughly $16 million more than the record set last year, despite losing 20 days of sales last summer during the state government shut down.

Woodbury appears to be less thirsty despite scorching heat

The July heat wave is proving the city's water-conservation efforts are working. So far, Woodbury officials tell the Pioneer Press water consumption is million of gallons less than the record set back in July 2007. That's despite the record breaking temperatures and about 6,300 more residents.

Minnesota Zoo sets annual attendance record

Zoo officials say 1,369,515 people visited the zoo in Apple Valley during the last fiscal year ending June 30. It's the highest attendance in the zoo's 34-year history. Memberships were also at an all-time high.

North Dakota oil drillers set another production record

Records from the state's Department of Natural Resources show North Dakota produced 18.3 million barrels of crude in April -- up from 17.9 million barrels in March. Minnesota's western neighbor has surpassed Alaska to take the No. 2 slot among the states. Natural gas production also set a record in April.

Twin Cities had warmest spring ever

It's official: This spring was the warmest on record in the Twin Cities, and it was the second-wettest, too. Temperatures during the meteorological spring -- defined as March through May -- averaged 54 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the highest since modern record-keeping began in 1873.

DNR: Heavy rains affecting state trails and public accesses

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning boaters, hikers and mountain bikers, that some forest roads and trails are closed after some areas received more than a foot of rain last week. Last month was the second-wettest May on record in Minnesota.

2011 exports beat previous record

Increased demand for Minnesota-made goods in China, Japan, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Belgium, Singapore and the Philippines helped boost exports in 2011 by $1.4 billion.

March heat wave continues to shatter records

It's crazy. But it keeps happening. Insanely warm March weather broke records again this weekend. The Twin Cities had the earliest-ever 80-degree reading. Even the nation's icebox - International Falls - turned in a steamy 77 degrees, breaking the previous record for the date by 22 degrees. Duluth, Fargo, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Winona all set records, as well. Some much needed rain is expected late Sunday through Wednesday, with temperatures cooling down in the 60s for most of the work week.