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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hennepin County authorities have recovered the body of a homeless man who slipped and fell into the Mississippi River. (12/08/2012)
Snowy highway
Snow will continue through much of the day, with increasing winds causing near blizzard conditions in southwest Minnesota. Meteorologist Craig Edwards is warning of "particularly dangerous travel heading west of the Twin Cities as more blowing and drifting develops." (12/08/2012)
Pat Shortridge
State GOP leaders vowed to address the tactical, technical and thematic shortcomings that have sunk the party to its lowest depths in decades. Republicans now lack any statewide office and will watch Democrats assume control of the state House and Senate come January, ushering in Minnesota's first taste of one-party rule since 1990. (12/08/2012)
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, one of the federal government's least-known and most peculiar corners, collects taxes on booze and smokes and tells the companies that produce them how to do business -- from approving beer can labels to deciding how much air a gin bottle can contain between lid and liquor. It also decides what grapes can go into wine and which new alcoholic drinks are safe to import.
A 22-year-old junior from Nebraska has been found dead in his dorm room at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. No foul play is suspected.
Hundreds of people filled the newly renovated Union Depot in St. Paul on Saturday to celebrate its reopening.
Fire officials who responded to an early morning house fire in New Ulm say a 79-year-old woman has been found dead.
Small wooden cars, bulldozers, trucks and tractors line a table in Jim Frankard's brightly lit shop. The pine toys are just a few examples of the 450 others the Winona man began making this spring to donate to the Toys for Tots program. Local Toys for Tots organizers say the donation is the largest they've ever received of the kind.
This year's unusually early flu season is continuing to intensify, federal health officials say. The number of states now reporting widespread flu activity doubled to eight in the past week, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. The former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders that they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights.
President Barack Obama said Saturday that Republicans in the House are blocking a bill that would prevent a tax increase on the first $250,000 of income earned by all Americans.
The Central Committee of the Minnesota Republican Party will meet on Saturday, and some are hoping for a resolution opposing a new National Republican Committee rule about national convention delegate selection.
Pot may be legal, but workers may want to check with their boss first before they grab the pipe or joint during off hours.
The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge industry to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping despite mounting concerns about water levels.

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