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  • AP Source: Cassel to re-sign with Vikings
    Cassel went 3-3 in his six starts for the Vikings last year and was on the field at the end of the game for all five of the team's victories. Cassel opted out of the final year of his deal in February.March 7, 2014
  • Archdiocese suspends capital campaign, OKs some parish fundraising
    In a letter to pastors and parish administrators Thursday, the archdiocese said a small number of parishes with significant debt would move ahead in what was once hoped to be a wider capital campaign effort.March 7, 2014
  • People with disabilities ask public to keep sidewalks clear
    The winter has been dangerous for Minnesotans with disabilities, many of whom have had to navigate those areas in a wheelchair or without sight.March 7, 2014
  • This weekend: I-35E to close south of Little Canada
    The closure will last until 5 a.m. Monday, March 10. Traffic will be diverted to I-94 on the south end of the closure and I-694 on its northern end.March 7, 2014
  • Trades bolster Minnesota Wild with playoffs on the horizon
    The Minnesota Wild will be in Dallas tomorrow to play the Stars. The Wild have won five games in a row and acquired some new players this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team.March 7, 2014
  • Cancer, kids, and why wrestlers are cool
    At the state high school wrestling tournament, St. Michael Albertville High School's Mitchell McKee really wanted to win the state title for his father, who has terminal cancer. And he did win, which means, of course, someone has to lose.March 7, 2014
  • Wounded soldiers go from war in the desert to 'murder ball on ice'
    Sled hockey, popularized by war veterans, might be the fastest sport in the Paralympics; players strap on to a tiny sled perched a few inches off the ice, balanced on one double-runner skate. They use two short sticks like ski poles to fly across the ice. Then the sticks flip around, with a hockey blade on the tip.March 7, 2014
  • Traffic congestion: The drama of little numbers
    The people who want to dramatize the traffic congestion in the Twin Cities are doing it again -- making big numbers out of trivial little numbers.March 7, 2014
  • Why would you snowskate?
    Alan Gerlach has been snowskating since about 2001, just a few years after the invention of the snowskate, which looks like a hybrid between a skateboard and snowboard.March 7, 2014
  • Wake up and smell the bacon? There's an app for that
    Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison-based company's Institute for the Advancement of Bacon.March 7, 2014
  • Mille Lacs Band to host hand drum contest
    The Saturday afternoon contest is free and open to the public. Teams from across the Midwest and Canada are expected to participate for their chance at a top prize.March 7, 2014
  • Owl festival draws bird lovers to SE Minnesota
    The International Festival of Owls is expected to draw nearly 2,000 visitors Friday through Sunday to the city of 979 people. It's a treat for bird lovers and a boon for local businesses.March 7, 2014
  • Harshest winter in decades gives Minnesotans frozen water pipe headaches
    Frozen indoor pipes are common every winter. But this year, it was so cold for so long that the pipes that bring water to your house from the main in the street have been freezing deep underground. It's costing some homeowners hundreds of dollars to get their water flowing again.March 7, 2014
  • Advocates ask Girl Scouts to end partnership with Barbie
    "Holding Barbie, the quintessential fashion doll, up as a role model for Girl Scouts simultaneously sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type, and undermines the Girl Scouts' vital mission to build `girls of courage, confidence and character,"' said Susan Linn, director of the Boston-based commercial-free childhood organization.March 6, 2014
  • Gold Star family never stops 'paying it forward'
    By now, you've probably heard the story of Myles Eckert, the Toledo-area boy who found $20 outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant and then decided to give it to a soldier who was having dinner inside -- in memory of his father, who was killed in Iraq. There's another kid in that family, and she's got a pretty good story, too.March 6, 2014

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