We're not alone in 'polar vortex' misery Wind chills -- what it feels like outside when high winds are factored into the temperature -- could drop into the minus 50s and 60s all across the Midwest today.
Manure: Here's what it's good for Minnesota's newest renewable energy plant, in Le Sueur, uses tiny organisms to break down a a slurry of corn silage and manure to create methane gas to fuel four electricity generators.
49ers edge Packers at frigid Lambeau The defending NFC champions are two wins away from another trip to the Super Bowl after beating the Green Bay Packers 23-20 in a wild-card game Sunday at frigid Lambeau field.
No injuries in Rogers apartment explosion The explosion occurred Sunday morning at The Preserve at Commerce apartment complex. There were no injuries and no damage to the apartments, said Fire Chief Brad Feist.
Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released an emphatic and authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death -- and the government should do something about it.
Let them eat sandwiches The USDA is easing some school lunch restrictions. Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods -- such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread, or salads.
Speaking of sandwiches, there's this: Jerome Davis was arrested on Friday after a confrontation with his brother in their Des Moines home. He was angry because he believed his brother was eating too many PBJ sandwiches.
Eating tea and other food predictions for 2014 At the beginning of every year, we read the tea leaves to see what new food trends we'll be tasting in the coming months. This year, the tea itself is the trend. Tea leaves will be big in entrees, desserts and, of course, cocktails.
Liz Cheney quits Senate bid in Wyoming The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign faced a number of problems.
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