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Dodge County Sheriff's Office says Riess likely to be tried in Florida first Video included

Friday morning, KTTC learned from Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose at a press conference that investigators want to build a strong case against Lois Riess before charging her with the murder of her husband David Riess. She already faces a second degree murder charge in Florida for the murder of Pamela Hutchinson. 

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Rochester residents kick off Earth Day festivities early Video included

The Rochester Area ReStore helped bring a start to the Earth Day activities by hosting reusable plant potting sessions and other games for store visitors. 

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Spring Valley residents rally support for buildings affected by fire Video included

A fire last October resulted in damage to the Spring Valley VFW post and today the community helped to raise money to build it back up.

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Iowa State Patrol says 3 killed in crash near Charles City

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Authorities say three people have died in a two-vehicle crash in northeastern Iowa. The crash happened around 5 p.m. Friday at an intersection east of Charles City. 

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Feehan, Hagedorn get party nods in Minnesota's 1st District

Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota's 1st District have picked their candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Walz. 

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Welch Village opens for one extra day of skiing Video included

Because of all the snow we saw this April, Welch Village opened on Saturday for one bonus day of skiing. The special day and mild weather brought in a lot of skiers, some in shorts and t-shirts. Welch Village has never opened this late in its more than 50-year history. 

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Firefighters train to extinguish fires faster by burning donated house Video included

Firefighters from Rochester, Cannon Falls, and Goodhue gained some experience today about how to put out fires quickly, since fires burn faster from certain materials homes and buildings are made with. Not to worry, there was no one inside. The owner donated the home to the Goodhue Fire Department so they can train younger firefighters.

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Quarry Hill re-opens after renovation Video included

The Quarry Hill Nature Center re-opened Saturday morning after a seven week-long renovation. The Center opened at 10 a.m. to show off all the new exhibits to park visitors. 

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Police auction in Austin benefits community

Austin police auction benefits local community.  

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DFL endorses Feehan

The DFL endorses Dan Feehan for the 1st Congressional District seat in Minnesota.  

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Timeline takes shape after Lois Riess's Arrest

It all started on March 23rd when David Riess was found dead in his home with multiple gunshot wounds. Friends say they hadn't heard from him for a of couple weeks.  When authorities showed up to the house, they say he had long been dead. 

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Minnesota judge orders release of files in Wetterling case

A district judge ruled that any files connected to the investigation of a criminal case become public record once the case is concluded.

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Iowa health system patient info may have been compromised

UnityPoint Health says a phishing attack on its email system could have compromised the health and personal information of 16,000 patients. 

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Rochester couple displays their eco-friendly dream home

The home is the couples vision for an environment friendly future and their dream home they hope to retire in.

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Community rallies to rebuild Spring Valley VFW Video included

Last October, a fire consumed Johnny Ringo's Bar and Grill in Spring Valley. Six months after the fire, the VFW next door is rebuilding, but major repairs are needed.

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Mock crash emphasizes efforts against drunk driving Video included

Stewartville High School students organized a mock crash to simulate the dangers and life changing events that could result from drinking and driving or distracted driving.

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Austin students demonstrate on anniversary of mass shooting

Students at Austin High joined others across the country Friday in walking out of class in protest.  

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The Latest: Minnesota preparing case against Blooming Prairie murder suspect

A county sheriff in Minnesota says his office is preparing charges to build what he calls "the strongest case" against a woman suspected in the deaths of her husband and a woman in Florida whom she resembled. 

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The Latest: Prince's sister troubled by death investigation

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One of Prince's sisters is expressing disappointment about the way the investigation into her brother's death was handled. 

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UPDATE: Mason City police release details involving multiple Verizon burglaries across two states

Four teens are in custody after police believed they were involved in multiple Verizon burglaries across Minnesota and Iowa.

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Twin Cities school bus driver removed after leading prayer

A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.

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Iowa unemployment drops to 2.8 percent, 5th lowest in US

Iowa's unemployment rate fell slightly in March to 2.8 percent, leaving the state tied for the fifth-lowest rate in the nation. 

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House looks to revamp sexual harassment, workplace rules

The Minnesota House of Representatives is considering sweeping changes to their decades-old discrimination and sexual harassment policies.

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Woman accused of stealing from hospital auxiliary

A northern Iowa woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a hospital auxiliary. 

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Local students walk out to protest gun violence Video included

Students around the country walked out of class Friday to rally against gun violence.

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The Latest: Murder suspect arrested on tip in Texas bar Video included

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose confirmed via Twitter Thursday night that murder suspect Lois Riess is in custody after nearly a month on the run.  

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Second suspect in Rochester's Cold Stone robbery arrested at work Video included

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The trail to catch a suspected robber leads police from ice cream to coffee. It took an off-duty officer's trip through a coffee-shop drive thru to spot a suspect at the center of an ice-cream shop burglary earlier this year.  According to Rochester police, the officer was waiting for his brew Thursday morning in Northwest Rochester when he noticed 19-year-old Andres Green working inside the shop. Uniformed cops arrived shortly after to make the arrest. A warrant ... More>>

Additional exposure charges filed against ex-superintendent

The former superintendent of the Rocori School District is facing additional charges of indecent exposure.

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21-year-old charged with killing woman, son near Perham

Prosecutors say a 21-year-old man with a history of mental illness and violence killed a woman and her adult son who had taken him into their home in Otter Tail County.

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State Farm cutting auto insurance rates in Minnesota

If you have State Farm as your auto insurance, you may be in luck. The auto insurer decided to cut insurance rates in Minnesota. 

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Students set to walk out of class again to protest gun violence

Nineteen years after a Colorado high school was forever scarred by the shooting deaths of 13 people, students across the country are once again walking out of their schools, to rally against gun violence. 

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Mayo clinic study shows patients don't use opioids as often as they're prescribed

Opioids are very powerful painkillers, often prescribed for surgery recovery. In the face of the opioid crisis, doctors are trying to find out what they can do to avoid contributing to the problem. At Mayo Clinic, the first step was identifying what was actually happening. 

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Winona nonprofit celebrates a year of bringing change

Engage Winona strives to bring people together around shared passions, concerns and getting each other to do good works in the community.

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Rochester unites through power of music Video included

A community songwriting group is set to debut an original song at the MLK and the American Dream concert in Rochester this weekend.

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Sheriff: Video shows slaying suspect at Iowa store

The surveillance video shows 56-year-old Lois Riess at a Kum & Go convenience store in northern Iowa.

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Plainview residents notice strange-tasting water due to flushing

The Plainview Public Works Department is chlorinating water in town.  

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Attacks at a Minnesota prison rise significantly

Attacks on employees and inmates at a Minnesota prison that houses the state's most violent offenders are on the rise. 

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Riverside Central Elementary students learn about Woody Guthrie's music Video included

Some Rochester students who are new to living in America learned about their new home through music. Thursday morning was all about music - particularly the music of Woody Guthrie, who wrote the song "This Land Is Your Land." 

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Minnesota man among 3 to plead guilty in construction contract fraud scheme

Three men, including one from Minnesota, plan to plead guilty in a $200 million construction contract fraud scheme involving a Milwaukee company. 

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Senate passes bill penalizing fake service animals

People who pass their pets off as service animals in Minnesota may soon face a $100 fine under a proposed law. 

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Woman charged after taking vulnerable child across state lines

A woman is being charged with deprivation of custodial rights after she kidnapped a vulnerable child and brought them across state lines.

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Father charged with causing death of 3-year-old son

The father of a toddler who died last week in Wilkin County has been charged with causing his son's death. 

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Two arrests in Rochester massage parlor sting

Two Rochester women were arrested after a sting at a Rochester massage parlor. 

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Police searching for suspects after Austin vehicle stolen

According to police, a report came in around 7 a.m. Thursday of a stolen vehicle in Northeast Austin.

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Marijuana, meth and cocaine found inside Austin home, 2 arrested

Two Austin women are arrested after a search warrant finds 100 grams of marijuana and other drugs inside the house.

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Eyota Mayor announces bid for Minnesota House

Eyota mayor Tyrel Clark announced he's running for House District 26B, a seat currently held by Republican Nels Pierson.

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Iowa students plan to join US gun violence walkout

Students at several high schools across Iowa plan to join Friday's national walkout to protest gun violence and seek safer schools.

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Billboards go up as search for double-murder suspect continues

As the search for suspected Blooming Prairie double-murderer Lois Riess nears the one-month mark, investigators release new details on the trail she's leaving behind.  The hunt is heading West, and perhaps, out of the country.  

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Attacks at Oak Park Heights prison rise significantly

Attacks on employees and inmates at a Minnesota prison that houses the state's most violent offenders are on the rise. 

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Man accused of molesting teen convicted a third time

A Charles City man accused of molesting a 17-year-old boy has been convicted again.

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Throwback Thursday: making the Med City's bright lights Video included

    

On April 19, 1938, the Rochester Post Bulletin started a series of articles called "Made in Rochester". 

The first company the paper profiled was Universal Advertising, which manufactured neon signs.

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Rochester Figure Skating Club prepares for 80th annual Ice Show

It takes a lot of preparation, and a little thrill, to get the Rochester Figure Skating Club's annual ice show running smoothly. Even before the makeup, and costumes, it takes nearly a year of planning and practice. but it's all worth it just to put the show on. 

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Mother, son identified as victims of Perham homicides

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the victims as 42-year-old Denise Mcfadzen and her 21-year-old son, Dalton Mcfadzen.

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Liquidation firms win bid for Herberger's parent company; all stores expected to close

Two liquidation firms are the victors of an auction for the bankrupt company's assets, after the retailer failed to find a bidder willing to continue operating the business.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton opens in Rochester

Common areas include a combined laundry and fitness room, a small convenience store with snacks and toiletries, and a complimentary breakfast. 

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Woman who police say was slain for ID only recently left Va.

A Florida woman who police say was killed by another woman for her identity had only recently left Virginia.

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KTTC archive video shows Barbara Bush's visits to Rochester Video included

As tributes continue to come in honoring the life of Barbara Bush, we took a closer look at her strong ties to Mayo Clinic. She was on the Mayo Board of Trustees for eight years, and was even given an award for her strong humanitarian values.

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Iowa appeals court grants new trial in murder case

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An Iowa appeals court has granted a new trial for a man convicted of murder who argued that the jury was biased against him. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday sided with Lee Christensen, who argued on appeal that several jurors had seen Facebook posts threatening the jury and warning of riots if Christensen weren't convicted.

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