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ST. PAUL — Woodbury native Brennan Menell grew up idolizing Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, and the connections between the two players aren’t lost on those who have been paying attention.

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Despite a lingering injury to his collarbone area that forced him out of Minnesota’s previous game, Dalvin Cook never hesitated when asked if he’d be able to play against Detroit.

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OWATONNA — What arguably could have been some of the busiest days of the Christmas season, the Hometown Holiday Weekend once again brought a little something for Steele Countians — and visitors — late last week.

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WASHINGTON. D.C. — The comment period closed on Nov. 29 for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Lawmakers and the biofuels industry asked EPA to uphold the RFS and the deal they cut with…

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Many U.S. agriculturalists are looking for additional ways to earn money, and a new federal government analysis confirms that agritourism is a growing source of income for farmers and ranchers, though much of North Dakota and Minnesota are identified as “cold spots” for agritourism.

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It was in July 2017 that two young cops were dispatched to southwest Minneapolis on reports of a possible assault. The 911 caller, Justine Ruszczyk, approached the police SUV in the alley behind her home. The officer in the passenger seat, Mohamed Noor, shot her through the open driver’s sid…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea insulted U.S. President Donald Trump again on Monday, calling him a “heedless and erratic old man” after he tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wouldn’t want to abandon a special relationship between the two leaders and affect the American presi…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House lawyers sparred with lawmakers and each other in an acrimonious hearing Monday over the impeachment case against President Donald Trump as Democrats prepare formal charges.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Farmers don’t want to get help for their mental health from the Internet or phone hotlines, new research shows. Instead, face-to-face conversations are what matters most, with family, friends and others, recent research indicates.

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OWATONNA — A minor’s foot was run over by a float Thursday evening during the Lighted Holiday Parade, according to an incident report from the Owatonna Police Department. Police say that the mother told officers she and her daughter had just finished handing out candy, and the girl was runni…

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OWATONNA — When Floyd Piepho first returned from service at the end of World War II, he admits that he never talked much about his time in the Pacific theater.

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Ten years ago, when the Minnesota National Guard opened a Black Hawk helicopter base next to the St. Cloud Regional Airport, it was a big deal for the community.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad’s Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Michael Pineda agreed Thursday to a two-year, $20 million contract to bring the right-hander back after a suspension for a banned diuretic, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

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PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government said Friday it had sent nine Venezuelans — including two families — back to Mexico after they tried to make an asylum claim by driving up to a customs officer instead of lingering south of the border on a list waiting to be called up under a Trump administr…

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft warned Iran on Friday that the Trump administration will keep up its maximum pressure campaign and use “other tools” if Tehran continues its “malicious behavior.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knows he has fierce Democratic adversaries in Congress. But there is also ample push-back from the Judiciary branch, where black-robed judges who sit in courtrooms just blocks from the Capitol and in New York City have repudiated his view of executive power.

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Minnesota’s medical marijuana program was approved by the state Legislature in 2014 as one of the most restrictive programs in the country. Minnesota is one of 33 states with a law allowing medical marijuana, even though federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer’s disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval.

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Three soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard were killed Thursday when the Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in for a routine maintenance test flight crashed in a farm field in central Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz confirmed.

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MINNEAPOLIS — When Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua gave a stick salute to the Ohio State pep band and skated off the ice of Scheels Arena in Fargo in March, it was clear that an important era in Buckeyes hockey had come to a quiet end.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota budget officials projected a $1.332 billion surplus in the current two-year budget period on Thursday, setting up contentious debates for the 2020 legislative session on whether to save the extra money or spend it, possibly to cover tax cuts.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Thursday to resume insults of U.S. President Donald Trump and consider him a “dotard” if he keeps using provocative language, such as referring to its leader as “rocket man.”

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of one of Colorado’s worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the Whit…

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Thursday to immediately extend the only remaining nuclear arms reduction pact with the United States, but a senior U.S. official said Washington wants a broader deal involving China.

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