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Federal government goes into shutdown as Senate talks continue on immigration impasse

U.S. government agencies began shutting down core operations as a midnight deadline for passing new funding slipped by with the Senate embroiled in an impasse over immigration policy.  Senate Democrats threatened to filibuster the Republican plan for a four-week budget fix, with both political parties ready to blame the other for the inability to compromise and keep government services functioning.

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MnDOT prepares for expected snow storm Sunday Video included

With the potential of six plus inches of snow expected for SE Minnesota through Monday, MnDOT plow drivers are gearing up to clear more than 3,700 lane-miles of highway. Once officials get a better handle on when and where the snow will hit, more than 100 plow drivers will be working 12-hour shifts to pre-treat before the snow and then plow after the snow begins.

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Waseca High School actors honor fallen Waseca Marine Video included

Every year, a group of Waseca High School students put on one-act plays, but this year it's very different than their norm. The play they're putting on this time around is "Booby Trap".

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Rochester athletic director once pronounced dead, returns to work

Rochester Century Athletic Director Mark Kuisle is back at work after undergoing two open heart surgeries, which almost cost him his life.

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Incumbent governor out-raises opponents through end of 2017

Details about the totals, required by Friday, show the Republican governor collected more than $3.7 million in 2017.

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Fire destroys Winona home

The two people who lived there got out safely.

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Police considering stolen vehicle charges after crash

The crash happened just after 2:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of South Shore Drive outside of Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Man arrested after armed robbery in Marion

The man was arrested on the 4300 block of Countrywood Drive SE an hour after the robbery.

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Legislative Preview In Rochester

Majority and minority leaders from the Minnesota legislative chambers joined House Speaker Kurt Daudt Friday at Rochester's Double Tree Hotel for the 2018 Legislative Preview. 

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Minnesota's failed bid for Amazon stays under wraps

The state's Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday it could not release the bid because it didn't have a copy.

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Widespread influenza spike across Minnesota

The Minnesota State Department of Health says influenza surveillance indicators show the flu continues to increase across the state and is now listed in it's highest category of widespread. 

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Alexandria fatal fire victim identified

Officials have identified the teenager killed in a house fire in Alexandria, the third fire fatality in the city this month. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says 19-year-old Shandiin Goodbird died when a fire broke out in a multiple-dwelling residence Jan. 15.

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Man stabbed in St. Cloud, female acquaintance arrested

Police say a man has been stabbed at an apartment in St. Cloud and a female acquaintance is in custody. The stabbing happened about 12:30 a.m. Friday. Responding officers found a 19-year-old man with a stab wound to his upper torso.

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Former student accused of arson at university in St. Paul

A Minneapolis woman is charged with intentionally setting four fires at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, including one in a dormitory that housed an occupied daycare center. 

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CDC: all states in the entire continental U.S. reported widespread flu activity

The Centers for for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday that the flu is widespread in all states. They said that over the past 15 flu seasons, this is the first time all states in the entire continental U.S. have reported widespread flu activity during the same week. 

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North Carolina KKK group recruiting in northern Minnesota

Community leaders in Minnesota are denouncing efforts by a North Carolina-based Ku Klux Klan group that has distributed hundreds of recruiting flyers in the northeast part of the state.

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Duluth man fatally crushed by car

Police in Duluth say the death of a man crushed by his car is accidental.

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POLL: What do you think the outcome will be in the NFC Championship game?

With the Vikings playing in the NFC Championship game this Sunday, we want to hear from you.

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Gov. Dayton and Pennsylvania governor make wager on upcoming NFC Championship game

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today announced a friendly wager over this weekend’s NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Rochester man cited after witnesses say he was performing indecent acts by a mailbox

A Rochester man is cited after witnesses tell police he was performing indecent acts by a mailbox.

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GOP leaders grant chairwoman's commission request

Minnesota Republican Party leaders have granted a request by the GOP chairwoman to receive 10 percent commission on large donations.

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Waffle feed fundraiser benefits 8-year-old in need of transplant

Make your breakfast count tomorrow morning, and help out an 8-year-old looking for a bone marrow transplant.  In November, we told you the story of Sammy Chesney. He has aplastic anemia, and a bone-marrow transplant would save his life. Saturday, a fundraiser is planned for his family at Christ Lutheran Church in Byron.  The benefit includes all-you-can-eat Waffles, plus a silent auction and bake sale.  It's $10 for adults, $5 for kids, or $30 for a famil... More>>

KROC looking to build 190ft Transmittal Tower

A new addition could be coming to Rochester's skyline. KROC is looking to build a new transmission tower on its property. This is going to be quite the big addition, 190 feet tall.

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Guilty plea in hacker-for-hire conspiracy case

A New Mexico man accused of paying hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employers and state agencies has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Minnesota. The plea from John Kelsey Gammell avoids a federal trial on hacking conspiracy charges.

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Mason City police partner with mental health officials

Police and mental health professionals in northern Iowa have agreed to more closely work together on difficult cases in an effort to improve outcomes and reduce costs.

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Rochester Art Center introduces new exhibit based on Upper Midwest architecture

Artist Eamon O'Kane shed some light on his career tonight at the Rochester Art Center, talking about his inspiration while presenting his life's work.

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Minnesota unemployment the lowest in 17 years

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Minnesota's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in 17 years. The state jobless rate for December was 3.1 percent... down slightly from November's 3.2 percent.  State officials say employers added 8,900 jobs in December, with construction activity especially strong, adding 5,700 of those new jobs. Minnesota's education and health services sectors added about 2,500 new jobs in December. Over a 12-month period, most of the job growth came in the Min... More>>

Icy conditions on Highway 52 cause northbound semi to crash into two southbound pickup trucks

Ice developing on a stretch of Highway 52 is being blamed for a burst of crashes just before 7 a.m. Thursday near Hader between Cannon Falls and Zumbrota.

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First Congressional District candidate plans to skip DFL endorsement process

He says he's doing it because the precinct caucus doesn't represent everyone's voice, whereas everyone can vote in the primaries.

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2018 Rochesterfest theme announced Video included

It's a nod to this year's Super Bowl in Minneapolis.

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Blue Earth boy and his mother to attend the Super Bowl next month

A Blue Earth boy and his mother get to attend the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium. It's all thanks to 'Hyundai Hope on Wheels,' a non-profit organization that helps kids fight cancer, that they get an experience of a lifetime. They donated the tickets to Sully McGuire after a long battle with cancer. 

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Familiar KTTC face hangs out with Today Show hosts Video included

Shannon stood right behind Megyn Kelly during part of the 8 a.m. hour of the Today Show on Wednesday. Shannon stood right behind Megyn Kelly during part of the 8 a.m. hour of the Today Show on Wednesday.

You may have noticed a familiar face on the Today Show Wednesday morning. KTTC weekend anchor, Shannon Rousseau, took a little vacation in New York City this week. She stopped by the studio at the Today Show on her last day and met Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Carson Daly, and Megyn Kelly. 

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Name change approved for lake named after slavery supporter

The state of Minnesota has approved changing the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to its original Dakota Indian name of Bde Maka Ska. 

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Deputies arrest man after he violates DANCO Video included

Sheriff's deputies responded to a homeless man violating a domestic abuse no contact order Wednesday in Oronoco.

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Traffic stop in Rochester leads to drug arrest

According to the Rochester Police Department, a car driven by 29-year-old Cory Christopher Meredith, from Stewartville, ran a red light at the 200 block of 2nd Street Southwest around 2:30 p.m.

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1 arrested after he broke into home and tried assaulting a man, police say

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According to Rochester police, they received a report from residents at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday of a man acting strangely on the 10th Block of 8th Street Northeast.

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Sen. Klobuchar and Louisiana Sen. Kennedy make good on Vikings-Saints game bet

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and John Kennedy (R-LA) exchanged winnings Wednesday from their friendly “Cake and Ice Cream” bet on Sunday's National Football League playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints.

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Amazon cuts potential new headquarters landing spot to 20, Minnesota misses cut

Amazon said Thursday, they have narrowed the list of potential sites for its second headquarters from 238 to 20.

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Throwback Thursday: remembering an icon in Rochester Video included

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day to honor and remember the Civil Rights leader, has been officially observed on the third Monday of January since 1986.  Observance activities vary across the country, but community service projects and church services are common.  On January 19, 1992, the Rochester Community Baptist Church held such a service.  Pictured here in this p... More>>

1 person dead near Nashua officer-involved shooting along Highway 218

Around 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, the Floyd County Sheriff's Office got a call of a person with a gun pointed at his head at Love's Truck Stop in Floyd.

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Mayo Clinic talks sex trafficking ahead of Minnesota Super Bowl

Mayo Clinic briefs a portion of its staff Thursday on sex trafficking.  A Mayo spokesperson says the discussion comes as a response to the heightened awareness around trafficking with the upcoming Super Bowl.  Mayo's medical director of the Child and Family Advocacy Center will speak to staff to give them a better understanding of how to recognize and approach a traffic victim.  This comes as Mayo Clinic announced last month's it's partnership with the "Link&quo... More>>

Rochester City Council takes on 3 mayor vetoes and affordable housing

The mayor recently vetoed a couple items that passed with a slim margin at the beginning of the month, and after today those vetoes stand. 

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Court: Order to unlock phone with fingerprint constitutional

 The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a judge's order requiring a man to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cellphone was constitutional and didn't violate his right against self-incrimination.

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Bloom Riverfront Towers project set in motion with Conditional Use Permit Video included

It's been in the works for the past 3 years but now it's finally looking like the Bloom Riverfront Tower Project might soon become a reality. Without much fanfare, a conditional use permit was filed last week, the first major activity since it was announced last April that the development company was in final negotiations with the city. 

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4th graders send Mayo Clinic patient a message Video included

4th-grade class at Gage Elementary send letters of encouragement to 10-year-old Landon Solberg, a patient at Mayo Clinic.

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High School Mock Trial competition underway

In Wednesday's showdown, student prosecutors from Century High took on a defense team from Cotter High.

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Minnesota GOP leader seeks cut of big donations

The chairwoman of Minnesota's Republican Party is seeking a commission from large donations to supplement her salary in what campaign finance experts call an unusual arrangement. A memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press shows Jennifer Carnahan requesting a 10 percent payout from large contributions.

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Man pleads guilty to threatening Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa

A Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to threatening Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. Court records say Robert Simet, of Omaha, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Council Bluffs.

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MNsure boasts 116K signups in record year

Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it enrolled more than 116,000 residents in plans this year. MNsure announced its record level of signups for the individual market on Wednesday. It comes days after open enrollment ended Sunday in Minnesota.

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Rochester City Council commits $250,000 to affordable housing efforts

That commitment lands them a seat on the Rochester Area Foundation's new Coalition for Rochester Area Housing's Leadership Council.

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Lewiston-Altura school bus driver ticketed after crash; 20 kids on bus unhurt

A Lewiston-Altura Public Schools bus driver was ticketed after a crash Tuesday afternoon north of Lewiston. Winona County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jeff Mueller said Gerald Fagerness, 67, of Lewiston was cited for inattentive driving. There were 20 children on the school bus when Fagerness pulled out from Whistle Pass Drive to cross County Road 25 about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday into the path of an oncoming car.

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Fountain home severely damaged by fire

The fire broke out shortly before 2 o'clock at 340 Highway 52.

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UPDATE: Suspect in deadly Rochester shooting charged with Second Degree Murder

After staying in the Olmsted County Jail for more than three days, the suspect at the center of a homicide investigation now faces charges.

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UPDATE: Minnesota State Patrol releases names of people involved in Lyle School crash Video included

The accident happened at the Lyle Public School at 700 2nd Street in Lyle.

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