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  • A thank you from the kids who play hockey
    There's been plenty of hating against the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team in the wake of the egg they laid in Sochi. But these two videos, one released four days ago and one over the weekend, are still a pretty neat celebration.February 25, 2014
  • Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies; pianist was 110
    In 1943, Alice Herz-Sommer and her husband, Leopold Sommer, and their son, Raphael, were sent from Prague to a Nazi camp for Jews in the Czech city of Terezin. According to The Guardian, "she never saw her husband again after he was moved to Auschwitz in 1944."February 24, 2014
  • Heavy snow brings Minneapolis parking restrictions for remainder of winter
    City officials put the ban in place Sunday morning. There is no parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes. Cars parked on the even side risk tagging and towing.February 24, 2014
  • Photos: Red Bull's Crashed Ice in St. Paul
    The third annual installment of the Red Bull Crashed Ice event concluded on Saturday evening in St. Paul with the International Shootout individual races.February 23, 2014
  • Parking restrictions start Sunday in Mpls.
    Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, parking will be prohibited on the even-numbered sides of all streets, except those marked as "snow emergency routes" and parkways.February 22, 2014
  • Russia's cossacks ride back from history as 'patriots'
    The Cossacks tried to enforce a government ban on protests this week. They knocked Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to the ground and lashed her with a horse whip. Cossacks are part of a long tradition in Russian music, but mostly in the form of rousing traditional folk songs.February 22, 2014
  • Photos: Crashed Ice event descends on St. Paul
    For the third consecutive year, the Red Bull Crashed Ice event has descended upon St. Paul. On Friday, the international field of skaters was reduced to 64 competitors for today's individual finals.February 22, 2014
  • Girl Scout peddles cookies outside pot clinic
    If there's a merit badge for business savvy, 13-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei might well deserve one. Danielle, who set up her table of Girl Scout cookies outside The Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco earlier this week, sold a whopping 117 boxes in a single day.February 21, 2014
  • Cause of deadly Minneapolis fire still unknown
    Investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a fire that killed five children in north Minneapolis on Friday.February 19, 2014
  • FAA halts flight path changes for the Twin Cities airport
    Twin Cities residents opposed to revised flight paths at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have won a victory in their attempt to block changes that would have concentrated noise over some homes in South Minneapolis and Edina.February 19, 2014
  • Creating a network of 'Marital First Responders'
    A new training program, developed at the University of Minnesota, will help create a network of people that can help married couples when they hit road bumps.The Daily Circuit, February 19, 2014
  • 'Crypto-Jews' in U.S. Southwest find faith in a shrouded legacy
    Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape what Jewish identity is today, and we continue the series with this post about the murky and fascinating history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest.February 19, 2014
  • Overwhelmed by ice cave visitors, park needs back-up to handle crowds
    The Park Service estimates about 50,000 people have visited so far -- more than come to the area most summers. The Bayfield County Tourism estimates those tourists have spent as much as $10 million.February 18, 2014
  • Wis. Senate to vote on bill limiting use of drones
    The bipartisan bill up for a vote Tuesday would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. Police could use drones freely in certain emergency situations like manhunts or rescue operations.February 18, 2014
  • Got road salt? Cities across the country are running out of it
    If you think the roads you're driving on seem worse than usual this winter, you're probably right. The waves of snowstorms in much of the country have exhausted supplies of rock salt, the main tool that road crews use to melt ice and snow.February 18, 2014

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