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  • For many, getting a DMV road test is like winning the lottery
    Minnesota has 93 testing stations but not enough employees to handle the number of people looking for a license. They're teens who have turned down job offers because parents can't haul them back and forth, and they're college kids who are heading off to school in a few weeks.August 11, 2014
  • Exasperating detour drives one Brit to build his own road
    Most people have been frustrated at least once in their driving lives by construction delays and detours. But when a road closure in England took drivers on a especially long detour, a local businessman took matters into his own hands.August 9, 2014
  • Why Somali presidents come to Minnesota and what it means
    Mohamud's visit is more than a Minnesota courtesy call. The state is home to the nation's largest Somali-American population, an influential group that helps sustain Somalia's economy through investment and money transfers.August 9, 2014
  • 'It's a miracle,' mother of girl swept by tsunami says
    The four year old daughter, Raudhatul, was swept onto an island, found by a fisherman, and raised with the name Winni by the fisherman's mother.August 8, 2014
  • 'Power breed dogs' to get free training
    Under a new agreement between the city and the Animal Humane Society, new adopted dog owners can get two months of free training including a free 'human' training class.August 8, 2014
  • Main stretch of 35W closing for road work this weekend
    The closure is needed while crews survey 35W for a road construction project between 46th Street and I-94 scheduled for the summer of 2017.August 8, 2014
  • 'Ex-wife sale' sign taken down in Fargo
    "We're proud to be part of a community that does not tolerate this kind of humor," Christopher Johnson, the Center's executive director, said.August 8, 2014
  • Minneapolis 6th friendliest to facial hair
    Beard and mustache trends come and go. But Wahl, which makes gadgets designed to trim facial hair, wants us to believe that furry faces are once again in style.August 8, 2014
  • Human remains found at Minnesota construction site
    Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer says the bones discovered Wednesday are likely more than 50 years old.August 7, 2014
  • Will Americans buy bug snacks? Maybe...if they're funny and cute
    A certain "ick factor" has kept U.S. consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness, bug-food advocates are trying a specific marketing tactic: be clever and cute.August 7, 2014
  • Why adults need recess too
    Play helps us maintain our social well-being. And it's not just board games that do this, but soccer leagues, or playing paintball in the woods. Playing is how we connect.August 7, 2014
  • Former Minn. Marine paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan
    When the Winona, Minnesota, resident returned from the war eight years ago, he was coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, the fallout from a minor stroke and other injuries.August 7, 2014
  • A year of living carlessly in Minneapolis
    Daniel Sarles doesn't consider himself a "biking guy," at least by Minneapolis standards in which bicycling is a religion. "I liked biking, but that wasn't my main mode of transportation before. It's an upgrade and a commitment to living with a bike."August 6, 2014
  • Pigs that surf
    Sometimes the world just needs a little video of a surfing pig.August 6, 2014
  • Michelle Obama, Laura Bush reunite on Africa
    Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, first ladies of different generations and opposing political parties, are taking the stage at the Kennedy Center for a program Wednesday with spouses of the dozens of African heads of state and government who are participating in the third and final day of President Barack Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.August 6, 2014

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