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2 people displaced, one dog dead after apartment fire in Rochester

Two people are displaced from their home, and a pet has died after a Rochester apartment fire on Sunday. The fire happened at about 4:20 p.m. at the Gates of Rochester Apartments on 41st Street Northwest.

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Operation Cold Kidz hands out free coats, mittens, and hats Video included

Operation Cold Kidz spent Sunday afternoon at Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria handing out free coats, mittens, and hats to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade whose families might not be able to afford them. Several local retailers donated the garments.  Meanwhile, Pasqual...

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Owners of iconic Albert Lea business announce retirement Video included

Steve and Kathy Nelson Steve and Kathy Nelson

After more than 60 years of serving Albert Lea, an iconic business will be closing its doors. Steve and Kathy Nelson, owners of Fleet Farm Supply at 310 E. Main Ct., announced last week they'll be retiring.

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Iowa lawmakers could face pressure over Medicaid benefit cut

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The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature could face pressure next session over its decision earlier this year to reduce a key Medicaid benefit for poor and disabled people. 

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Child accidentally shoots 3-year-old in Minnesota

Authorities in western Minnesota say a 3-year-old child was accidentally shot and wounded by another child. 

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Firefighters rescue 2 teenagers stuck in St. Paul cave

Firefighters rescued two teenagers who got stuck in a deep cave in St. Paul over the weekend. The boys descended 100 feet down a shaft to reach the cave on St. Paul's West Side but could not climb back out early Saturday. 

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Minnesota man charged with fatally running over girlfriend

Authorities have charged a 42-year-old Watertown man who allegedly killed his live-in girlfriend by running her over with his truck. 

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Iowa man sentenced to life for child sex trafficking

A federal judge has sentenced a central Iowa man to life in prison for hooking girls aged 12 and 15 on crack cocaine, having sex with them and later providing them to his drug dealer for sex acts in exchange for drugs. Federal prosecutors in Des Moines described Clark Wesley Betts Jr. as a dangerous predator who should spend the rest of his life in prison. 

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Minnesota doctors face opioid prescribing limits Video included

A Minnesota task force has set new limits on opioid prescriptions by doctors who participate in the state's Medicaid program. 

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University of Minnesota works to prevent sexual assault

The University of Minnesota is rolling out a multi-step initiative next year with the goal of preventing sexual misconduct by changing campus culture. 

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7 year-old boy's family search for a match for bone-marrow transplant Video included

Sammy Chesney's family asks for help from community members to try and find a match for a bone-marrow transplant. Seven year-old Sammy was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a form of bone marrow failure. 

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Local farmers showcase their produce at the winter farmers market Video included

If you're looking for some locally-grown fresh produce you can try out the winter farmers market. The market is indoors at buildings 31 and 35 at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.

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Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show turns 12 Video included

The Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show turned 12 Saturday morning. It featured 62 vendors selling an array of items for adults, kids, sports fans, and outdoor fans. Mayo Civic Center's Exhibit Hall featured 377 tables for people to visit. 

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Salvation Army brightens Apache Mall with Sharing Tree

Down at Apache Mall Friday Night, a sign that the season is upon us with the lighting of the Salvation Army Sharing Tree. The tree at gives people an opportunity to donate gifts for kids that wouldn't otherwise get one. The Salvation Army is asking for unwrapped toys and presents that will then be donated to parents to wrap for their kids. 

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Hundreds of Iowans line up for "Hamilton" tickets

The NBC-affiliate in Des Moines reports hundreds of people lined up outside the Des Moines Civic Center starting Thursday, some of them camped overnight. 

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Minnesota Chamber of Commerce looks to what's ahead in 2018 Video included

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is hoping to propel the economy forward in 2018. The Chamber held an event Friday afternoon at the DoubleTree hotel in downtown Rochester. Members from the Minnesota and Rochester Chamber of Commerce attended.

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Tips on making a healthy and "perfect" turkey dinner Video included

Looking for that perfect Turkey dinner this thanksgiving? Here's a few tips on how to do that and make it a little healthier at the same time.

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Rochester man tries to raise money for the Stewartville School Lunch Program Video included

A story we brought you Thursday has garnered a lot of attention from viewers. We told you about a Stewartville Public Schools Policy giving students with negative account balances alternative lunches. On Friday we've learned about fundraising efforts to support students. 

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One man crime spree takes over northeast Rochester neighborhood Thursday afternoon Video included

An elderly couple down the street was just arriving home when the male suspect was in their backyard. "As I drove up I saw him standing there, so I went up this side to ask him what he was doing," said homeowner Gerald McGuire. McGuire approached the man, who told McGuire he would beat him up. The suspect ran and went into McGuire's truck, while the wife, who was still inside, began to honk.

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Vehicle theft near Utica devastates farmer Video included

A vehicle theft in rural Utica leaves a farmer wondering how he is going to be able to feed his cattle. Luke Kurth says he was having a normal Thursday morning until he returned from the vet to find his trailer, skid loader, and green 1999 F-350 truck all missing Kurth then called his neighbors who said they saw the equipment drive-by.

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Package thief strikes two Oronoco homes Video included

A package thief is at work in Oronoco, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to the 300 Block of 5th Street Southeast just before 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, after a neighbor witnessed a driver in a white Pontiac back into a driveway, get out, and take a package sitting on the front doorstep of the home. The Pontiac Grand AM or Grand Prix had a sun roof and rear spoiler, according to the witness. Inside the stolen package were two pairs of chi... More>>

Minnesota's top insurance regulator steps away

The state's top insurance regulator is stepping down from the job. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday that Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman would step down immediately after more than six years on the job.

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Rape survivor wants Franken's name off bill

A Minnesota woman and rape survivor who worked with Sen. Al Franken to craft legislation for fellow survivors says the senator should take his name off the bill.

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High School Girl's Hockey: Simley vs. Lourdes 5:00 Graham Arena Four NA3HL Hockey:

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Minnesota doctors face opioid prescribing limits

A Minnesota task force has set new limits on opioid prescriptions by doctors who participate in the state's Medicaid program.

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Rochester police ask for public's help in locating suspect in a domestic assault case

Rochester police are turning to the public to find a man that is accused of domestic assault. 

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Book festival says Franken canceled appearance

Organizers of a major book festival in Atlanta where Sen. Al Franken was scheduled to speak say the senator has abruptly canceled his appearance.

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Hunter missing in Minnesota finds own way back using compass

A missing hunter in northern Minnesota prompted a search involving officials with multiple agencies, before the hunter made his way back on his own using a compass.

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2 gubernatorial candidates ask Franken to resign

Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Minnesota are calling on U.S. Sen. Al Franken to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment.

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Minnesota #1 producer of turkey in the nation

According to our sister station, WXOW, about 45 million birds are produced each year and over $800 million in economic impact according to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

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Store cashier held hostage by man armed with pair of scissors Video included

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A man apparently high on drugs took a young cashier hostage and held her in a chokehold against her will Wednesday evening at Jim's Marketplace Foods in Austin.  The man was armed with a pair of scissors held against her neck and chest.  Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said the attacker let the 17-year-old girl go free after officers and sheriff's deputies swarmed to the scene about 8:30 p.m., confronting him and ordering him to surrender.

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Flash of white in Pine Island backyard breaks the gloom of a chilly gray day Video included

Albino squirrel in Pine Island (Photo by Jim Alm) Albino squirrel in Pine Island (Photo by Jim Alm)

One of our friends in Pine Island got quite the surprise in his backyard Thursday morning.  It came down to scavenge by Jim Alm's birdfeeders--an albino squirrel. Jim said he couldn't resist trying to capture the moment, but when he went in for a closer look, the squirrel took evasive action and up the ash tree he went. 

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Jeremiah Program set to change lives in Southeast Minnesota

Brittany Block knows all too well what can go wrong when raising a child on your own. 

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UPDATE: Franken accuser accepts apology for sexual misconduct Video included

A woman who says Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) forcibly kissed and groped her more than a decade ago has accepted the lawmaker's apology. Leeann Tweeden, a news anchor for KABC-AM 790 TalkRadio in Culver City, Calif., wrote an article on the station's website -- accusing Franken of sexual misconduct in December 2006, before Franken became a senator.

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President Trump responds to Sen. Franken's alleged sexual misconduct

President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday on allegations of inappropriate behavior against Democratic Sen. Al Franken, saying the photo of Franken with his accuser "speaks a thousand words." 

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Concern in Stewartville over a new policy by the school district Video included

According to the Unpaid Meal Charge Policy, if an account balance for a student is negative, those children are given an alternative meal. But the execution of this policy by Stewartville Public Schools is what's worrying some parents. 

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Unclaimed money could be yours

It's the 13th agreement in settlements with companies over unpaid claims, annuity contracts and retained asset accounts.

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Houston County Sheriff's Office mourns loss of K-9 officer Video included

In a facebook post Wednesday night, the Houston County Sheriff's office said that their K-9 Ray, was struck by a motor vehicle earlier in the day.

Ray died from his injuries.

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Give to the Max Day encourages donations to Minnesota non-profits

It's a way for non-profits to get donations from supporters and to get matching funds from GiveMN.

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