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Verso Paper collects $40M in advance insurance settlement

Verso Paper Corp. says it has received about $40 million in insurance money after the explosion and fire that killed one worker and injured four other employees in Sartell, Minn., on Memorial Day, the St. Cloud Times reports. The company expects to collect an additional $44 million settlement.

Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Where do Vikings sit?

Heading into the bye week, the Vikings are 6-4. Are they getting any respect out there? Here's the latest look at the various Week 11 power rankings...

No guarantees for Jarius Wright

Jarius Wright's NFL debut featured the Vikings' longest passing play of the season and a touchdown. Good enough to play every week, right? Wrong. Head coach Leslie Frazier says he'll consider playing Wright going forward, but there are no guarantees.

Orchestra lockouts discourage U of M student musicians

The orchestra lockouts in the Twin Cities are apparently being felt outside of the membership of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A University of Minnesota doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting says students "don't have a model right now" because of the lockouts.

Minnetonka principal dispels yoga pants ban, calls for modesty instead

Minnetonka High School principal Dave Adney sent an email to parents Monday to address confusion over a so-called ban on yoga pants. In the dispatch, Adney noted a new "fashion trend" where girls have "chosen to wear T-shirts with the leggings, thus exposing more leg and backside area."

MN History Quiz: Who was the first pro football player?

On Nov. 12, 1892, this Minneapolis-born athlete becomes the first person to sign a professional football contract. Who was he? 1) Jim W. Thorpe 2) Barney W. Rubble 3) William W. Heffelfinger For the answer, click on the headline above...

Peterson, Ponder push Vikings past Lions, 34-24

The Vikings and Lions lock up at the Metrodome, with Minnesota getting a key Week 10 victory -- and a season sweep over Detroit.

Vikings vs. Lions -- How they scored, etc.

At Mall of America Field, it's the Vikings and the Lions as Minnesota goes 6-4 before the bye week. As for the Lions, with their loss -- their playoff hopes went -- bye-bye. How did it go down? Here's the blow-by-blow...

Concern grows about environmental impact of anti-bacterial chemical

Traces of a chemical compound called triclosan are showing up in the environment and raising concerns about its potential to impact human health. The St. Cloud Times reports that Prof. Bill Arnold from the University of Minnesota, who is researching triclosan, met with river advocates and citizens in St. Cloud. He told them that the chemical is showing up in increasing levels in sediment at the bottom of the Mississippi River.

Police say they won't give up on Wadena woman missing for 25 years

Local law enforcement official are still looking for leads in the missing persons case of a Wadena woman who vanished 25 years ago. Wadena's police chief said there haven't been any new developments in the case of Carla Beth Anderson in the past five years. Anderson was 23 when she went missing Nov. 13, 1987.

Twins' minor league team auctions jerseys for Sandy relief

The Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins in Connecticut, The New Britain Rock Cats, are auctioning off jerseys to benefit the victims on the East Coast recovering from superstorm Sandy. Proceeds from the sales of the team's black alternate uniforms will be donated to the Salvation Army's Hurrican Sandy Relief Fund. Jersey's worn by Jason Kubel, Scott Baker, Trevor Plouffe and Francisco Liriano are among those on the auction block.

Gophers shutout Alaska Anchorage

Kyle Rau scored twice and Nick Bjugstad and Ben Marshall added goals as the Gophers skated to a win at Alaska Anchorage. The defense was smothering, which allowed goalie Adam Wilcox to stop all 14 shots he faced for the 4-0 shutout.

Duluth NAACP calls Obama effigy terroristic threat

The Duluth chapter of the NAACP says an effigy of President Barack Obama hung from an electronic billboard should be prosecuted as a "terroristic threat," the News Tribune reports. Police cut down the effigy after residents reported it on Election Day. The scarecrow had a mask of Obama and a noose around its neck.

Stop the presses ... Moose Lake newspaper ends publication

A small town newspaper in northern Minnesota has published its last edition, the Pine Journal reports. After 30 years in business, the Arrowhead Leader in Moose Lake, Minn., has abruptly closed its doors. Editor Lois Johnson says she was told the owner could no longer afford to publish the newspaper.

Barea questionable with foot sprain

The last thing the Wolves need right now is another injury. But that's what they have with point guard J.J. Barea, who missed practice Thursday with a mid-foot sprain. He's listed as "day-to-day" and will be re-evaluated before Friday's game at Indiana.

Gang member charged for tattoo that threatens police officer

A known gang member's tattoo depicting a police officer has led to criminal charges by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. Police say in late October, 20-year-old Antonio Jenkins Jr. of St. Louis Park posted a photo on Facebook showing a tattoo of a pig dressed as a Minneapolis police officer with a person holding a gun in the pig's mouth.

Deer crashes through window at UW-Stout

An 8-point buck being chased by a dog leapt through a window at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and tore down a hallway in the Vocational Rehabilitation building, the Associated Press reports. The animal escaped out an automatic door. One man had a minor injury after scrambling to get out of its way. The deer lost a lot of blood and officials tried to track it, but they never found it.

Record number of ballots cast in Minnesota

Minnesotans on Tuesday flocked to the polls in record numbers, over 2.9 million – a record. About 76 percent of eligible voters participated, which was lower than the 78 percent in 2008.

DFL retakes control of Minnesota Legislature

Democrats gained seats in key state legislative districts on Tuesday and appeared to pick up enough seats to retake control of both the House and Senate, which the DFL lost in 2010.

CBS: Obama wins Wisconsin

President Obama has won the key battleground state of Wisconsin, Fox News, CBS News and NBC projected. The win, paired with another projected win in swing state New Hampshire, makes it tougher for the Romney campaign to get to the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

Kill: 'Miracle' needed for A.J. Barker to play against Illini

Gophers coach Jerry Kill says it would take "a miracle" for receiver A.J. Barker to be able to play at Illinois Saturday. In his weekly news conference, Kill also said he thinks his team will bounce back after losing to Michigan.

Bomb threat shuts down Minn. polling place

A Yellow Medicine County polling place was evacuated because of a bomb threat Tuesday. An elections official says a co-worker found a threat written on a wall in the women's bathroom of Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Canby, Minn. and called authorities.

How did Albert Lea gain the county seat in Freeborn Co. in 1860?

On Nov. 6, 1860, Albert Lea was named the county seat in Freeborn County over Itasca. How was it decided? A) By a horse race. B) By the Minnesota Legislature. C) By the flip of a coin. For the answer, click on the headline above...