Planned St. Cloud mosque faces opposition Members of St. Cloud's planning commission will hear testimony today on a proposed mosque, school and retail complex that's facing some opposition from neighbors in a quiet, residential part of the city.
Rodeo clown in Obama mask banned Missouri State Fair officials have now banned the rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask during a performance that mocked the president. Fair officials also say they are reviewing their contract with the Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association, which ran the event.
New Ulm tourism chief admits faking 'Herman the German' story The tourism chief in New Ulm admitted Monday his office faked a story of finding a mysterious concrete cast footprint that the southern Minnesota city promoted as that of Herman the German, the statue of a Germanic warrior that stands guard over New Ulm.
Average credit card debt per borrower dips in 2Q Americans remain stingy about carrying credit card balances and are making more of an effort to make timely payments, trends that have helped whittle the rate of late payments on credit cards down to the lowest level in nearly 20 years.
Minn. e-pulltab take continues to tumble Another month, another slide for electronic pulltabs. That billion dollar-plus vision the state had back in 2012 seems to be slipping away altogether this summer.
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