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  • Minorities half of residents under 5 in 3 counties

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While minorities make up 17 percent of Minnesota’s population, new U.S. Census Bureau estimates show they make up 30 percent of the state’s preschoolers. Educators are watching the demographic changes …

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    18 May 12
  • 370,000 utility customers getting a refund

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – About 370,000 CenterPoint Energy customers will get a small refund. The utility experimented with a tiered rate system that was designed to reward customers who used less natural gas. In some cases, …

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    18 May 12
  • Wis. county advertises with kayaks on Minn. taxis

    STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) – Tourism officials in Door County are using an unconventional advertising method to persuade Minnesota residents to go kayaking in Wisconsin. Officials have outfitted seven taxis in the Twin Cities area …

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    18 May 12
  • Lakeville father who abandoned son sentenced

    HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Lakeville father found guilty of child neglect for abandoning his son and leaving the state has been sentenced to two years of probation. A Dakota County judge also ordered 60-year-old …

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    17 May 12
  • Minn. Senate’s Ortman denied GOP endorsement

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) – One of the state Senate’s leading Republicans has been denied a party endorsement to run for reelection to her Carver County seat. The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/KejO6Y) that neither Sen. Julianne …

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    17 May 12
  • MN recovers 64 lbs mercury offered on Craigslist

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A citizen’s tip helped officials recover 64 pounds of mercury that a man was trying to sell on Craigslist. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says a Floodwood man found the …

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    17 May 12
  • Whooping cough cases on the rise in Minnesota

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say the state is dealing with a rising number of whooping cough cases this year. The Department of Health says in the first five months of 2012, …

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    17 May 12
  • Tentative agreement for 8 Twin Cities hospitals

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Workers at eight Twin Cities hospitals have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The union represents 3,500 nursing assistants, technicians and support staff. Its negotiators met with hospital representatives …

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    17 May 12