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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Discussing plans
A wildfire destroyed at least six structures as it skirted the small city of about 700 people near the Canadian border. The local nursing home, school, assisted living center and a group home, all in the southern portion of the city, were evacuated. (10/02/2012)
A new study may reassure some women considering short-term use of hormones to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. (10/02/2012)
Backburn
Fire crews are making progress battling several wildfires in northwest Minnesota tonight as the temperature drops and the wind slows down, fire officials said. (10/02/2012)
Dr. Jon Hallberg discusses weight and a recent study that projects the incidence of obesity in Minnesota to double by 2030.
Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month.
Worried your kids spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it.
The U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees home on Tuesday in a two-month experiment aimed at relieving Mexican border cities overwhelmed with people ordered to leave the United States.
Funeral services are being held this evening for Ronald Edberg, one of five people killed by a fired employee at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis last week.
The AFL-CIO has endorsed a nationwide consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar products to protest its 14-month lockout of union workers.
Negative ads in Minnesota's most closely watched House race claim that Democrat Rick Nolan wants to do away with Medicare and Republican Chip Cravaack made constituents pay for face time.
Federal grants will support stepped-up research into ways to prevent invasions of the Great Lakes by foreign animal and plant species, with special emphasis on refining techniques that detect their DNA in the water, officials said Tuesday.
On the eve of the first presidential debate, the early autumn Republican reviews are in for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, and they are not pretty.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeal of the "roadless rule," a policy established in 2001 that bars development on about 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, including parts of the Superior National Forest.
Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra say they are trying to organize a concert in lieu of the season opener cancelled by management.
Crews are working this fall to wrap up prep work on a new bridge over the St. Croix River between Oak Park Heights in Minnesota and St. Joseph in Wisconsin. The bridge is still several years away from becoming a reality and officials continue to refine plans for one of the most expensive public works projects in the state's history.
A unit at the Xcel Energy Sherco coal-fired power plant is on schedule to be up and running by the end of March.
An outbreak of infections last year at St. Cloud Hospital caused serious harm, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to take a stand against the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Several northern Minnesota communities are threatened by wildfires driven by strong winds today.
A conversation about the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment.
Minnesota kicked off a campaign Tuesday to urge more Minnesotans to plan for their needs as they age so they can live independently for as long as possible.
In many voter ID states, turnout is higher since the measure passed. Nationwide, not a single case of voter disenfranchisement has been shown.
The proposal's real-world effects could bring radical and unpopular changes that may undermine election integrity.
Ten North Dakota State University football players pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor election fraud and were sentenced to community service for faking signatures on proposed ballot measure petitions that they were hired to collect.
Low humidity and windy conditions are driving the warnings, especially in the northwest and west-central part of Minnesota.
Based on what they have said, President Obama and Mitt Romney have more in common than their rhetoric suggests, an analyst says.
Today on the Update we learn how Andrew Engeldinger 's shooting victims fought for their lives, the willingness of lakeshore residents to raise their own taxes in the fight over invasive species, a court battle over a Minnesota man's alleged links to Somali terrorists, and more.
Was Mahamud Said Omar an al-Shabab facilitator who steered two waves of American men into the arms of a terrorist organization? Or was he too incompetent to facilitate a jihadist movement?
A 4-year-old boy struck by a vehicle in Minneapolis has died from his injuries.
A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6 percent in August compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting early Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, according to the Border Patrol.
Since 2007, at least 20 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. The FBI has confirmed that two of the recruits became suicide bombers, and seven others are believed to have been killed in the fighting. A mix of nationalism and religious extremism motivated the men to join the fighting. Here is what we know about these men.
John Finnegan grew up the son of a resort family in Walker, Minn., but knew early on he wanted to be a newspaperman.
A judge is postponing Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification requirement, ordering that it not be enforced in the presidential election.
Terry Vance Garner, 69, never returned after he set out to feed his animals last Wednesday. A family member found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure several hours later.
Mark Anders Chalin told Blue Earth District Court Judge Bradley Walker Monday he doesn't remember anything about what led to last year's crash that killed 23-year-old Amber Menezes, of Mankato, and 35-year- old Jonna Martin, of Lakeville.
Climate experts are predicting a weaker-than-expected El Nino. What does that mean for Minnesota's winter? Will we see any relief from the drought?
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is 'Mad River' by John Sandford.
When Minneapolis songwriter Jeremy Messersmith released his new EP, "Paper Moon," he sent out a Twitter message asking fans to remix it. That's because Messersmith released the new album under a Creative Commons license. The license gives users permission to share creations ranging from software to songs while avoiding standard copyright restrictions around sharing. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Messersmith about his decision.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures list 175 cases of the mosquito-borne illness in South Dakota, a rate of about 21 infections per 100,000 people. North Dakota has 74 documented cases, or about 11 per 100,000 people.
Records show police calls to the Woodbury motel where a fatal hostage standoff occurred in August outnumber calls to all the other hotels in the city combined.
A Detroit man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for assaulting a former Minnesota college football player.
A 61-year-old man has pleaded guilty to running over a young boy who was going to greet his soldier father at the Twin Cities airport.
A conversation about the marriage amendment.
Opponents of the amendment want to change the one definition of marriage that applies to all of us.
Our state needs to have an honest and positive conversation about who should have the freedom to join in marriage.
If the mayor's proposed budget passes in December, St. Cloud city employees could get their first cost-of-living raise in four years.
Opening statements begin today in the trial of a Minneapolis man accused of helping send young Twin Cities men to fight with the Somali terror group al-Shabab.
President Barack Obama has one mission heading into his first debate with Republican Mitt Romney: Don't screw things up.
Andrew Engeldinger's parents pushed him for two years to seek treatment for what they suspected was mental illness, but even though he became increasingly paranoid and experienced delusions, there was nothing more they could do.
More Minnesota lake residents have begun creating lake improvement districts to tax themselves and fight aquatic invasive species.

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