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ALBERT LEA (TNS) — One day after Gov. Mark Dayton said he was "very, very concerned" about Mayo Clinic's consolidation plans in Albert Lea, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith called on Mayo to hit pause on a process that has sparked fierce opposition across Freeborn County.

ALBERT LEA (TNS) — Mayo Clinic officials expanded on their review and rationale for the decision to consolidate most inpatient services to Austin on Wednesday in a letter sent to the Attorney General’s Office.

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For several months this spring, St. Olaf College was convulsed by a series of hate incidents. More than half a dozen racist notes were found across campus, including one slipped into a student’s book bag that said, “Go back to Africa.” Then, in late April, an African-American senior reported…

The city of Northfield, Carleton College and St. Olaf College issued a joint statement Thursday affirming that all three are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive community for all in the wake of last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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OWATONNA — When Tyler Morgan and Zach VonRuden were children visiting the Blast Softserve after school concerts and sporting events with family and friends, they never in their “wildest dreams” imagined owning it.

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Donald Blom, the man who kidnapped and killed 19-year-old Moose Lake convenience store clerk Katie Poirier in one of the state’s most-publicized crimes, has returned to Minnesota.

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OWATONNA — The banquet room at Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Owatonna was filled with cheers and applause Thursday night as Medford’s Straight River Days celebration kicked off with the Miss Medford Pageant.

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OWATONNA — More than 100 adults and children sought relief from the heat and humidity Saturday afternoon at the River Springs Water Park in Owatonna.

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OWATONNA — Three men played table tennis in the multipurpose room at SeniorPlace in Owatonna Wednesday afternoon, while rooms on the second floor of the building were occupied with the week’s usual pinochle and bridge card game participants.

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The state’s economic development and commerce departments fared financially better in the second go-around of the omnibus job growth and energy affordability finance bill.

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A group of Minnesota sex offenders has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to examine whether the state is violating the Constitution by confining people indefinitely in prison-like treatment centers after they have already completed their criminal sentences.

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MEDFORD — Beneath clear skies and sunshine, more than 10 people gathered at the corner of Third Street Northeast and Second Avenue Northeast in Medford Wednesday morning to witness the placement of two monuments at the city’s veterans memorial.

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