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  • As Minnesota's 'corn rescue' grows, tons of produce reach food banks nationwide
    More than a million pounds of Minnesota sweet corn is expected to feed hungry people across the nation this fall, the result of an effort by hunger relief groups and food companies to capture corn that would otherwise go to waste.September 26, 2013
  • George H.W. Bush witness at same-sex wedding
    A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends in Maine.September 25, 2013
  • Young Somali-Americans try to repair community's image
    With the intense glare of news outlets on Minnesota, where the nation's largest Somali-American population resides, many members of that community try to repair its image and raise awareness about the challenges they face.September 25, 2013
  • Mpls. seeks way to kill fewer stray dogs
    The council's Public Safety Committee holds a hearing today on a proposal to reduce the number of stray dogs killed by the city's Animal Care & Control department.September 25, 2013
  • Hazelden, Betty Ford Center say they'll merge
    If the merger is approved, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will be the largest non profit addiction treatment provider in the U.S. It will keep its headquarters in Center City, Minn.September 24, 2013
  • County prosecutor 'troubled' by archdiocese's handling of clergy abuse case
    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he's looking into findings from a Monday MPR News investigation that shows Catholic Church leaders did not tell parishioners of the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer's sexual addiction and past misconduct.September 24, 2013
  • New signs of rising illegal immigration into US
    The number of immigrants crossing the border without authorization into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again after dropping during the recession.September 24, 2013
  • Migrant deaths shift to Texas from Ariz.
    A mounting body count that has overwhelmed sparsely populated Brooks County, providing further evidence that immigrants are shifting their migration routes away from the well-worn paths into Arizona and instead crossing into deep southern Texas.September 23, 2013
  • Priest takes leave of absence after being accused of 'inappropriate contact' with woman
    During Sunday mass, the Rev. Mark Huberty, pastor of the chuch, characterized an allegation that he had inappropriate contact with a woman as a "serious concern."September 22, 2013
  • White supremacist leader visiting ND town
    Members of a white supremacist group plan to visit the small North Dakota town of Leith, to lend support to a man who's been buying up property there in hopes of developing a white enclave.September 22, 2013
  • Adjunct professor dies destitute, sparks debate
    After 25 years of teaching French at Duquesne, the Catholic university had not renewed her contract. As a part-time professor, she had been earning about $10,000 a year, and had no health insurance.September 22, 2013
  • Survey attempts to number Detroit's stray dogs
    On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will scour the city in an attempt to count the number of strays as part of an Internet documentary series. It also is seen as a first step in finding a way to humanely deal with what has become a disease and safety risk for residents as the strays breed, increasing their population even as the city's population falls.September 21, 2013
  • Minneapolis cracks down on stray cat feeding
    The Minneapolis City Council Friday passed an ordinance requiring residents who care for colonies of the cats to register with a sponsoring agency. If you feed the cats, you will now have to make sure they are vaccinated, neutered and implanted with a microchip.September 20, 2013
  • MNsure 101: Your guide
    MNsure, the state's online health insurance marketplace, goes live on Oct. 1. We've created an essential guide to help you understand what MNsure is, how it affects you and your family, and how it will change your options for insurance coverage. Can you keep your doctor? We've got that covered, too.September 20, 2013
  • Chart: Child poverty stubbornly high in Minnesota
    New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota is one of only two states in which the percentage of people in poverty fell in between 2011 and 2012. But child poverty remains stubbornly high, with 14.6 percent of Minnesota children living below the poverty level.September 19, 2013

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