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Friday, October 25, 2013

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Minnesota Public Radio alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday that the head of a Rochester company with which MPR is partnered misappropriated almost $315,000 over the last decade. (10/25/2013)
Outfitter and guide Jason Zabokrtsky has emerged from two weeks in the wilderness after bushwhacking his way from the depths of Quetico Provincial Park, through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and into Ely, Minn. (10/25/2013)
Does bacon truly make everything better, as some cookbooks have boldly declared? When it comes to recipes online, the answer seems to be pretty much yes, according to a data-mining project from the folks at Wired.com. (10/25/2013)
The Federal Reserve says it is tightening the security procedures in place when it releases information to reporters.
An upstart distiller's switch to square-shaped bottles has it embroiled in a trademark infringement fight with Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.
A subsidiary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group will take the leading role in fixing the federal government's health-insurance exchange website which has been plagued by delays, severed connections and other woes that prevented customers from enrolling in health plans.
Robert Redford's quiet performance in 'All is Lost' left Stephanie Curtis speechless this week. And Euan Kerr navigates the darkness of "The Counselor."
The swinging bridge will soon be back at Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 18 and 22 veterans across the country die from suicide every day. The study is based on numbers from fewer than half of U.S. states. Researchers say the government's treatment programs have led to improvements, but that the agency needs to do more to prevent military suicides.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges draws a sharp contrast to her rival Mark Andrew by opposing building a publicly-subsidized hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
Investors appear to have cooled on the medical device industry, which typically gets the lion's share of venture dollars in Minnesota.
North Dakota Department of Health officials say a person who was infected with the virus participated in services and touched communion wafers at four churches in Fargo and Jamestown in late September and early October.
Rosendahl, who began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Woodbury, Minn., in 1974, has also led the Owatonna Fire Department and served as state director of emergency management.
According to data compiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 18 to 22 veterans die from suicide every day in the United States. Dozens of veterans embarked Oct. 25, 2013, on a 23-mile walk to raise awareness about military suicides. The march began at the VFW on Lakeshore Drive South in Richfield, went through the State Capitol in St. Paul before ending at the VFW in Uptown Minneapolis.
16 year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012. A year later, she speaks in Boston at a JFK Library event and called for tolerance, genuine respect for diversity and to abolish all forms of discrimination based on gender. She was, and is, an outspoken advocate for the education of girls, and now lives in Britain.
The march began Friday morning at the VFW on Lakeshore Drive South in Richfield where it was headed to the State Capitol in St. Paul before ending at the VFW in Uptown Minneapolis.
"Things have to get pretty bad before Minneapolis-St. Paul pops up on the radar," said John Thavis, former Vatican bureau chief The Catholic News Service. "It may take a long time before this comes to the pope's attention. People don't necessarily like to bring the pope bad news."
Longtime church watchers point out St. Paul and Minneapolis are a long way from Rome.
Japan's Meteorological Agency raised the tsunami warning for the area of Honshu. But the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.
Dayton put MNsure on the fast-track when he took office in 2011, but was far from a public cheerleader at the outset. He's clearly gotten more comfortable with the plan, but his recent comments are also a response to a brewing political battle over the exchange in next year's gubernatorial race.
American Indian Movement founder Clyde Bellecourt appeared before the authority to ask that the name be banned. He contends that allowing it creates a double standard in public policy.
Over the last three years, The Cathedral of St. Paul's two pipe organs were taken completely apart and cleaned, the leather windchests were replaced and more than 1,000 pipes were added. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation raised $3.4 million dollars to pay for the restoration.
You'd think he'd be more careful: The man who was once responsible for the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency was giving a background interview during a train ride, but he didn't notice that a fellow passenger was live tweeting the highlights.
The Center to Protect Patient Rights and Americans for Responsible Leaderships admitted to making millions of unlawful intermediary contributions during the 2012 California campaign season.
In 2010, a judge ruled that the program was illegal under a law banning classes that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people."
To some veterans of the charity world, giving cash is worrisome. When we first reported on this we spoke with Carol Bellamy, who used to run UNICEF, and who said people might spend the money on things like alcohol or gambling. To see whether this was actually happening, researchers did an experiment.
Target Vice President Jim Rowader says the company is planning to work with a Minneapolis-based group Council on Crime and Justice to increase the company's hiring of ex-offenders.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Friday over a recent levy campaign in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. The Minnesota Voters Alliance claims the district used taxpayer dollars for political purposes when it sent out mailers ahead of a 2011 levy vote.
A group of Ely residents is working to spread the word about a possible expansion of mining in northeastern Minnesota.
"I wanted a cashier who would know me, who would chat with me," an 80-year-old woman told the Pioneer Press. "I didn't want someone who just rang up my stuff and sent me on my way. I tried her out and she was perfect. She is absolutely one in a million."
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is bidding to host the new game, which is the successor to the current, oft-criticized system for hashing out the best college football team in America.
The mineral leases are auctioned off periodically to companies interested in discovering minerals like copper, nickel or gold. The DNR held an auction for these leases a year ago, but the state's Executive Council decided not to sign off on them because of a court challenge.
While the race for mayor of Minneapolis features 35 candidates, the race for mayor of St. Paul is decidedly less competitive this year. Incumbent Chris Coleman has drawn just three challengers. They met for their first first debate last night.
Police say one man is dead and another injured after a shooting in near downtown Minneapolis last night.
GOP delegates will meet Saturday to vote their early preferences for governor and U.S. Senate in a non-binding straw poll. The poll is imperfect -- many past winners did not end up as the party nominee. GOP leaders, though, still see it as an important test for candidates and their messages.
A nutritional rating system using gold stars affixed to price labels on grocery store shelves appears to have shifted buying habits, according to a study.
The FDA said it planned to recommend that Vicodin and other prescription painkillers containing the powerful opioid hydrocodone be reclassified from a "Schedule III" drug to a "Schedule II" drug.
The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future this week scolded the animal agriculture industry again with a review of how it has fared in the five years since the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its original report.
Proponents of a Red River diversion project said the decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the channel should provide momentum, but it still needs leadership to help secure funding.
Tourists may do a double take when they pass by the White House on Thursday.

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