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Minnesota’s Big Breweries To Sell Growlers Again, Smaller Breweries Can Sell 6 Packs To-Go Under New Law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Minnesota beer lovers can again buy growlers at some of the state’s largest breweries and six packs to-go at other smaller taprooms under a new law effective Monday. The bipartisan deal approved by the legislature that marks the most significant changes in the state’s liquor laws since allowing sales on Sundays five years ago. The bill, dubbed “Free the Growler,” increases a production cap from 20,000 barrels to 150,000 barrels so the state’s largest breweries — Summit, Surly, Castle Danger, Schell’s and Fulton — can sell 64 oz. growlers on-site and still operate a tap room. Under the...
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Primary In Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District Will Be Closely Watched

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s August primary will be a big one. One of the biggest contests is in the Fifth Congressional District where incumbent Rep. Ilhan Omar faces a challenge from former Minneapolis City Councilmember Don Samuels Federal officials, like members of Congress, have little say when it comes to local law enforcement matters. But that is not preventing candidates running in the Fifth District from weighing in on the future of the Minneapolis Police Department. Omar has been a supporter of the “defund the police” movement, and she was in favor of last year’s Minneapolis charter amendment that would have...
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Minnesota Legislature Races To Complete Its Work, But Time Running Out

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Legislature is racing to complete its work before late night deadline on Sunday, but it appears unlikely to happen with many proposals still unsettled in the divided Capitol. Legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz last week agreed to a big picture supplemental budget agreement that included billions for tax cuts, education, public safety, health and human services and more. At the time they expressed optimism the legislature would work quickly. Since then, House Democrats and Senate Republicans have been trying to bridge their differences and find compromise. “We’re going to make every effort to get done,” Senate...
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Tow Boat Hits Lock And Dam On Mississippi River In Wisconsin

ALMA, Wis. (WCCO) — Officials in Wisconsin say a tow boat crashed into a lock and dam on the Mississippi River Saturday night. No injuries were reported, and no cargo or fuel was spilled into the river, according to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office. The crash happened just after 11 p.m. at Lock and Dam 4 in Alma. The sheriff’s office said the tow boat lost control as it approached the lock and dam. (credit: Peter Schultz) The Canal Barge Company, which owns the tow boat, is working to recover it. The sheriff’s office said the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating.
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Minneapolis North H.S. Principal Will Now Finish School Year

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two days after the district announced Minneapolis North High School’s principal would be placed on paid leave, the superintendent now says she will finish the school year. On Friday, Minneapolis Public Schools said Mauri Friestleben would start her leave on Monday. In a letter Friestleben shared with families of students, she said Friday would be her “last day with Minneapolis Public Schools.” On Sunday, in a message to families, Superintendent Ed Graff said Friestleben will now “continue as the North High School leader through the end of the school year in an effort to bring this school year to...
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State Patrol: Wrong-Way Driver Causes Fatal Crash On Highway 169

ST. LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities say a driver going the wrong way caused a fatal crash on Highway 169 when he struck another vehicle head-on. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 34-year-old man from Chaska was driving north in the southbound lanes of highway near St. Lawrence Township around 3:20 a.m. Sunday. He crashed into another vehicle heading south. Two 20-year-old women in the other vehicle were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening. A 19-year-old woman was the only other passenger listed, though the state patrol gave no information about her condition. The patrol described the crash as fatal. The man driving the wrong way was not injured, but was hospitalized, according to the state patrol.
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Man In His 30s Killed In North Minneapolis Shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say a man in his 30s was shot to death in north Minneapolis early Sunday morning. The Minneapolis Police Department said ShotSpotter notified them of gunshots on the 2200 block of Ilion Avenue North. (credit: CBS) Responding officers found a man who had been shot. He died at the scene. Police did not identify him. No arrests have been made. The shooting is under investigation. Police said this was the city’s 35th homicide of the year.
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An Exclusive Look At Minnesota’s First 5-Star Hotel

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s the first one ever in Minnesota. Yes, there is a list of impressive companies here, but for some reason, there’s never been a five-star hotel — until now. Four Seasons Minneapolis opens June 1. A five-star hotel sounds kind of intimidating, but the leaders say they are going to make this into a community center for all. Until now, no one has seen inside. WCCO is bringing you the is the very first public look. You may have seen it from the outside, but this is the first look inside. And it’s quite a sight to see. “This is special. This...
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Next Weather: Mild Sunday With A Mix Of Sun And Clouds

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Temperatures will be below average again on Sunday, but lighter winds and some sunshine will make it feel very mild. The high in the Twin Cities will be 60, and most of the state will land somewhere between the mid-50s and 60 degrees. (credit: CBS) Showers are possible early on, but most will evaporate before they hit the ground. Monday will start sunny and be a few degrees warmer. Temperatures will dip again midweek before bouncing back up ahead of he holiday weekend.
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Man, 78, Dies After Car Collides With Pickup South Of Kellogg

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 78-year-old man was killed and a teenager was hurt Friday after their cars collided in southeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. when a pickup truck slammed into a Ford Taurus at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 42, just south of Kellogg. Killed in the crash was the driver of the Taurus, identified as James Gander of Kellogg. The pickup’s driver, a 19-year-old from Welch, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She was treated at Wabasha Hospital. Investigators say that road conditions were dry at the time of the crash. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.
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‘This Is Historic’: Lawmakers Reach Tax Cut Deal Ahead Of Session Deadline

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Major progress was made Saturday as lawmakers work to cobble together a budget deal before the end of the legislative session. Legislators have until midnight on Sunday to have everything buttoned up, but the tax package has been agreed on. DFL Rep. Paul Marquart, the chair of the House Tax Committee, said the bipartisan agreement equals the largest tax cuts in the history of the state. “This…is going to have a real and meaningful impact on people’s lives. This is historic,” Marquart said. Lawmakers from both parties made tax cuts a priority this session with more than $9 billion in state...
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Owner Reunited With Dog After Car Was Stolen In Downtown Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities woman is reunited with her dog after her vehicle was stolen in Minneapolis earlier this week while the pet was inside. The dog’s owner, Emily Moe, posted Saturday on Facebook saying that Lolo was found safe in West St. Paul. She wrote that on Friday a woman in West St. Paul used her own dog to attract the 2-year-old Lolo and get her under control. (credit: Emily Moe) Moe says that while Lolo has had a difficult couple of days, she’s going to be “just fine.” She thanked the public for their support and urged people not to leave pets unattended in cars. Moe’s vehicle, a black Honda CR-V, was stolen Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis, outside an apartment complex near Gold Medal Park.
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Next Weather: Frost Advisory Issued For Western, Northern Minnesota

Update (6 p.m.): The National Weather Service has issued an overnight frost advisory for most of western and northern Minnesota. The advisory will go into effect at 11 p.m. and last until 9 a.m. Sunday. Forecasters say that frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if it is left uncovered. Gardeners are urged to take proactive steps to protect plants. (credit: CBS) MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesotans will need to bundle up a little over the next few days, as temperatures will be well below average. There’s a frost advisory up in northern Minnesota, where feels-like temperatures on Saturday morning were in the 30s. The average...
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Thousands Of Minnesota Nurses Prepare To Picket As Contract Expiration Date Nears

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Thousands of nurses plan to picket in a few weeks as contract negotiations continue at several hospitals. Some nurses were creating signs on Saturday to hold the line. They say they’re overworked, understaffed, and patients are paying too much for health care. “Our healthcare system is in critical condition,” said RN and President of the Minnesota Nurses Association Mary C. Turner. “Hospital executives with million-dollar salaries have created a staffing and retention crisis which is pushing nurses away from the bedside. Nurses say that in the end, better contracts mean better care for patients. They plan to hold an informational picket...
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2 Arrested After Boy’s Body Found In Trunk; Victim Identified As Eli Hart

MOUND, Minn. (WCCO) – Police say they found a boy’s body in the trunk of a vehicle during a traffic stop in Mound on Friday morning, and two people are in custody. On Saturday, family members identified the victim as 6-year-old Eli Hart. Additionally, the superintendent for Westonka Public Schools said the victim is believed to be a kindergarten student at Shirley Hills Primary School. Police say that the boy’s death is being investigated as a domestic incident. Court records show the boy’s mother, Julissa Thaler, was recently awarded full custody of Hart. Thaler was arrested Friday in Orono and is currently...
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Mpls City Attorney Halts Talks With Human Rights Department Until Allegations Of Police Spying On Black Leaders Can Be Verified

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minneapolis City Attorney’s office says it has yet to be able to confirm some of the most cutting allegations found in a recent Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation, which said the city’s police used social media to spy on Black leaders and organizations. In an email sent to Mayor Jacob Frey and the Minneapolis City Council, Deputy City Attorney Erik Nilsson said his team “did not find any material proving that MPD systematically targeted covert social media to target Black leaders, Black organizations, and elected officials without a public safety objective.” Until his team can verify the information...
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Man Who Escaped From Northern Minnesota Corrections Facility Back In Custody

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in northern Minnesota say a man who escaped from a corrections facility is in custody. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Kris Severin escaped Wednesday morning from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw, which is 17 miles northwest of Duluth. He was being held at the facility for violating a restraining order. Deputies learned Severin had connections with a homeowner south of Eveleth, and attempted to make contact with the homeowner several times. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, deputies pulled up to the home to find Severin knocking on the front door. He fled into a swampy area, and law enforcement was not able to find him after searching for several hours. Around 8:30 a.m. the next day, deputies returned to the home and found him inside a car which belonged to the homeowner. He was taken into custody without incident and is being held at St. Louis County Jail in Duluth. The incident is under investigation.
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Man Injured In North Minneapolis Shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – One man is critically injured after a shooting in north Minneapolis on Friday evening. Minneapolis police say that officers responded to a shots fired call around 9:15 p.m. at the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North. When they arrived, they found a man in his 50s with apparent life-threatening gunshot wounds in the front yard. He was taken to the hospital. Investigators believe that there were three people – a woman and two men – inside the home when the shots were fired. The victim then went outside to the front yard, where officers found him. Police believe at least one of the suspects stole the injured man’s vehicle, which was found early Saturday morning in St. Paul. The other suspects also fled the scene. No one is in custody as of Saturday morning.
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What Happened At Minnesota’s 21 Native-American Boarding Schools? Unpacking A Complex History

Originally published May 20, 2022 RED WING, Minn. (WCCO) – A trip to the Goodhue County Historical Society’s basement in Red Wing is a trip back to a complex and complicated time in United States history. And right now, the traveling display the organization spent years trying to secure is once again a topic of national conversation. Titled “Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories,” the display on loan from Arizona’s Heard Museum details the decades Native American children spent in federally run boarding schools across the country through artifacts and first-person testimony. “This is definitely a conversation that needs to be...
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Minneapolis North H.S. Principal Put On Leave After Attending Sit-In With Students

Originally published May 20, 2022 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The principal of Minneapolis North High School, Mauri Friestleben, is being placed on leave for the remainder of the school year, according to district officials. And in a letter she shared with the families of students, she said that Friday would be her “last day with Minneapolis Public Schools.” This comes after Friestleben attended a sit-in with students in the wake of the Amir Locke shooting, which she says she did even though she had been “strongly advised to not attend.” She says her decision to attend came after she encouraged students to plan their...
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