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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Duluth mayor Don Ness
Duluth Mayor Don Ness said Thursday that he's leaning against running for office in 2015, although he won't make a final decision until fall. (07/03/2014)
Capitol renovation
A new phase in the $272 million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol that begins next week will force the closure of some parts of the building to the public. (07/03/2014)
Core samples
The firm's partner in the Minnesota mining project, Toronto-based Duluth Metals, now has the option to buy out Antofagasta for $230 million. (07/03/2014)
The nearly $1.7 billion budget for the proposed Southwest Light Rail project includes a tantalizing pot of money for the cities along the line: a contingency fund estimated at about $300 million.
Engineers are leaning toward an underground structure to reinforce the bank, said Mary Edwards, Fairview's vice president of public policy.
When the Great Recession hit in late 2007, employers started slashing jobs, eventually sending the jobless rate to a 10-percent peak. The recovery began in mid-2009, but the climb back has been slow and precarious, making companies reluctant to hire.
The State Patrol says there were no injuries with the accident, which happened just before 4 p.m.
West Nile virus has been found in Minnesota every year since its arrival in the state in 2002. Last year, there were 73 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota.
Parades, picnics, canoeing and fireworks. Judging by these photos of Fourth of July celebrations through Minnesota's history, the holiday has changed remarkably little over time.
Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion," recorded July 4, 2006 at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts. This popular program features guest appearances by Meryl Streep, The Wailin' Jennys, Jearlyn Steele and more.
We look back at America's founding document and what it means to new Americans.
Days after confirming zebra mussels in one Becker County Lake, officials on Thursday acknowledged another lake in the county is infested.
The service will also rebrand from Car2Go Minneapolis to Car2Go Twin Cities, said Josh Johnson, the company's local manager.
Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up. So many people from the Twin Cities -- as Minneapolis and St. Paul are known -- head to lakes in northern parts of the state that the city's attractions truly open up to out-of-towners.
The Fourth of July weekend marks the start of peak camping season. While Minnesota's state parks weren't immune from recent heavy rains, reservation numbers predict a very busy weekend.
It was on July 3 in 1968 that David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash sang together for the first time. It was at a party at Joni Mitchell's house. The song was "You Don't Have To Cry."
Independence Day is expected to go off with a bang across Minnesota, even though flooding has shifted some of the festivities around.
Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist, on staying safe near water this weekend.
In his new book, "A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade," novelist Kevin Brockmeier re-examines the worst year of his childhood.
We look at forecasts for the economic impact of climate change.
Fire crews from several departments are battling a blaze in downtown Waterville, in southern Minnesota.
With survival rates reaching historic highs during the two wars, the Naval Health Research Center is launching a major, six-year study on wounded warriors to track their quality of life and better understand the road to recovery.
Affected are 2005 through 2009 Legacy and Outback, the 2008 through 2014 Impreza and the 2009 through 2013 Forester.
The United States economy created 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth straight month of strong job creation above 200,000 per month. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008.
Facebook's No. 2 executive apologized on Wednesday over an experiment that manipulated the news feeds of more than 600,000 users. The Wall Street Journal reports Sheryl Sandberg said the study was communicated "poorly."
It may be possible to predict with about 70 percent accuracy which teens will become binge drinkers, based on their genetics, brain function, personality traits and history, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature.
The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new. And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow.
In the late 1980s and early '90s, Washington, D.C., was a city under siege. As with other cities, it descended into near chaos because of the crack epidemic that claimed even innocent lives. Whole neighborhoods became war zones, and the nation's capital became the nation's homicide capital.
Myers wrote more than 100 children's books, winning five Coretta Scott King Awards and two Newbery Honors along the way. Myers' mission was as social as it was literary.
A year ago, chikungunya didn't even exist in the Western Hemisphere. It was only found in Africa and Asia. But in October, the mosquito-borne illness cropped up on the island of St. Martin. Then it spread like wildfire.
No doubt there are plenty of people who couldn't care any less that a really large airplane took off into a beautiful sunset at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday evening. But for thousands of others, the reaction to the four-day stay of the Antonov 225 was a stirring reminder of the magnificence of flight and the human mind that allows it to happen.

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