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As the saying goes "the heat is on" and it looks like this summer-like spell in our weather is going to hang around all the way through the holiday weekend.

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John Marshall baseball player makes remarkable recovery after suffering stroke during game Video included

Baseball is a way of life for John Marshall's Austin Brown. In what feels like the swing of a bat, it's already Senior Night. "It's going to be really tough after the game, just thinking I'm not going to play on this field anymore," says Brown. The soon-to-be graduate is the right fielder for the John Marshall High School Rockets this year. But just one year ago, Austin's senior season seemed out of reach.

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Reminder: beware of ticks while enjoying the outdoors Video included

After a long winter, many across Minnesota are itching to spend some time outdoors this Memorial Day weekend. However, experts warn the closer you get to nature, the closer you get to things like ticks that can cause more problems than your typical bug bite.

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Rochester nonprofit looking for help following flood

A local nonprofit organization that helps homeless families had to discard many donated items as they were damaged in the floods. Family Promise Rochester Day Center's basement was flooded twice in two weeks. The water damage was extensive; dozens of Items were destroyed. 

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Fischbach takes oath as lieutenant governor

Minnesota has become a full-time lieutenant governor once more. Longtime Republican Sen. Michelle Fischbach was sworn in Friday morning to join Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.

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Rochester band director gets surprise going away concert

John Marshall band director Christopher Jarvis is retiring after 17 years, prompting students and alumni to honor him with a farewell concert.

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Officials: Iowa flu deaths more than double from year ago

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Iowa health officials say the flu killed more than twice as many residents this past winter as the year before. 

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Minneapolis raises age for buying tobacco to 21

Supporters of the new law say a majority of adult smokers started the habit before they turned 21, and that the ordinance will discourage young people from smoking.

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Elected leaders list accomplishments in Rochester

Friday, area legislators came to Rochester to go over everything that's been accomplished in St. Paul this year. 

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Dakota County judge is confirmed as Minnesota US Attorney

The U.S. Senate has confirmed a Minnesota judge as the state's next U.S. Attorney. Erica MacDonald was confirmed as the state's top federal prosecutor on Thursday. 

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Two dogs fatally shot after lunging at Mower County deputy

The Mower County Sheriff's Office says a deputy fatally shot two aggressive dogs after they charged at him.

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"Drive your tractor to school day" continues its tradition Video included

For the past 8 years, seniors at Blooming Prairie High School have started their tractors and drove the rigs to their last day of school. 

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Teen accused of attacking school employee released from jail

A teenager charged with critically injuring a Minneapolis school staff member has been released from jail without posting bail.

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One vehicle crash involving motorcycle sends rider to hospital

A one vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Northwest Rochester sends the rider to the hospital. 

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3 rescued from rushing creek water in Minneapolis

Three people have been rescued from rushing water below Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.

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Racine woman spends her time cleaning gravestones in nearby cemetery Video included

Would you willingly clean moss off of tombstones for those you've never met? Jill Helget is doing just that. She lives a couple of miles away from Hamilton Cemetery in Racine. After getting permission from the cemetery board to clean the moss covered headstones, she's been at the cemetery three days a week, two hours a day since late April beautifying the grave markers. 

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Semi driver charged after January crash into Lyle School building Video included

A man is now facing a charge following that semi-truck crash into the Lyle School Building earlier this year. The crash happened back in January, and Thursday Minnesota State Patrol said that the driver of the Semi has been charged with Failure to Drive with Due Care. 

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American flag makes its way through Albert Lea to help vets

The American flag is a symbol of pride to the people of the United States.  A group of motorcycle riders in Albert Lea is giving a certain flag a big honor.

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Southeastern Minnesota cemeteries prepare for Memorial Day Video included

Cemeteries across the area are preparing for Memorial Day by cleaning up sites and placing American flags around the cemetery.

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Child care crisis alleviated in Eyota with opening of new center

There are nearly one hundred spots for childcare opening in Eyota within the next couple weeks. 

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Gov. Walker: Police video shows value of cameras

A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he believes video of Milwaukee police using a stun gun on a Bucks player shows why body cameras are important.

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Saint Mary's University dedicates new Cascade Meadow expansion

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota dedicated a 10,000 square foot expansion to its Cascade Meadow Center Thursday with a ribbon cutting. 

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Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

Minnesota's pollution agency is monitoring it.

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Mayo Clinic donates bottled water for disaster response to Channel One

Channel One Food Bank just got a truckload of 173 pallets of bottled water, donated by Mayo Clinic.

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Sword collection missing after teenager reports home intruder

An unusual theft in Northeast Rochester resulted in eight swords with blades over 20 inches long being lost.   

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Bomb squad responds to suspicious device on Frontage Road

Police were called to check out a suspicious object in the middle of West Frontage last night, and it could be related to a different crime. 

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Man arrested for allegedly selling drugs out of Rochester park bathroom

A man is behind bars for allegedly selling drugs out of a bathroom at a public park. Police say two people reported the activity at Soldiers Field in Rochester around 6:15 Wednesday evening. 

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Austin man arrested for drunk driving after he hit a city lawn mower with his truck, police say

An Austin man is arrested for drunk driving after police say he hit a city lawn mower with his truck.

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Two finalists selected for Rochester fire chief

Two current members of the Rochester Fire Department were selected as finalists for the fire chief position.  

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Troopers in 3 states to enforce safety on Interstate 90

Highway Patrol troopers in South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota are joining forces for an annual traffic safety operation on Interstate 90.

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Throwback Thursday: stenciling a new era for the Chateau Theatre Video included

In 1994, the Chateau Theatre underwent extensive renovations to bring back its original design and character before being reopened as a Barnes and Noble bookstore.  

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Duluth teacher accused of having sex with former student

A Duluth teacher is accused of having sex with a former student at her home earlier this month.

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Man acquitted of killing neighbor in Chisago County

A man charged with killing his neighbor over a lake access dispute has been acquitted in Chisago County.

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Two moms set to open Eyota daycare, host open house Thursday

Finding childcare. It's right up there with affordable housing and healthcare as a major issue for many across our region. Small towns especially feel a childcare crunch, including Eyota. That's set to change, though.  

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WEB POLL: How many distracted drivers do you see per day?

You see it all the time on the road. You drive by a car and the driver is buried in their phone.

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Governor Dayton vetoes Republican tax and omnibus budget bills Video included

Governor Mark Dayton has exercised his veto power just a few days after the 2018 legislative session wrapped up in St. Paul.   On Tuesday, we heard very different reactions at the end of the legislative session; Republicans were happy, DFLers were disappointed. But on Wednesday as the governor announced his veto of the Republican Tax and Omnibus bills, it's the Republicans who now feel disappointed.

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MnDot to host meeting ahead of Hwy. 63/I-90 interchange project

MnDot is replacing the bridges and making upgrades to the interchange ramps beginning in 2020.

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Rejected RPD Chief candidate reacts to removal

Roy Alston, Ph.D. posted a statement Wednesday night about being dropped from the hiring process.

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Volume of Saint John's Bible on display at Saint Anne of Winona Video included

The Sisters of Saint Scholastica, who sponsor the Benedictine Health System, are celebrating their 125th anniversary. To make it even more special they are touring two volumes of the Saint John's Bible around the Benedictine Health System's 30 facilities.  That bible is one of a kind. 

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Minnesota tourism industry forecasts a strong summer travel season Video included

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As summer kicks off with Memorial Day this weekend, a recent survey from Explore Minnesota reveals a solid outlook for the tourism industry. 

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Wisconsin Justice Department launches elder abuse website

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It describes how to recognize signs that an elderly person is being neglected or being emotionally, financially, physically or sexually abused.

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Open house commemorates end of Austin Utilities rehabilitation project

Big news for customers of Austin Utilities as an open house was held Wednesday to celebrate the completion of a rehabilitation project that has been going on for two years. 

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Candidate for Iowa governor makes stop in Mason City

Dr. Andy McGuire, who is making a run for the position of Iowa's governor, made a campaign stop Wednesday in Mason City.  McGuire took a tour of a local community college to get a better idea about what she can do for education, healthcare and the economy of the Hawkeye State. McGuire answered questions while meeting with administrators and students at Northern Iowa Area Community College.  A medical chemist and doctor by profession, McGuire says she feels science is i...

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Report: Iowa gubernatorial candidate accused of misconduct

A newspaper reports three women have accused a Democratic state senator running for Iowa governor of sexual misconduct that includes inappropriate touching.

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