Foundation: Child poverty on the rise in Minn. Child poverty in Minnesota has increased 23 percent in the past decade, according to new figures from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and advocates say the depth of poverty is increasing as well.7:20 a.m.
For now, jobless benefits still won't last past 86 weeks The latest extension of federal emergency unemployment benefits may have come as a relief to some Minnesotans who have been jobless for a long time. But the new extension has led to a lot of confusion, with many unemployed unsure about how long checks will keep coming.7:25 a.m.
All the news from Northwestern Minnesota The DNR sues a Minnesota township over housing construction too close to a lakeshore, a $360,000 training facility is being built for power line workers near Baudette, and Moorhead becomes one of about 50 Minnesota communities with ordinances punishing those who host parties knowing that underage drinking occurs.
Reporter Dan Gunderson talks with host, Cathy Wurzer.8:35 a.m.
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