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Tom Barnard to leave KQRS after 36 years as host

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the longest-running radio hosts in the Twin Cities metro area will be leaving his post at the end of the year.KQRS, a classic rock station based in Golden Valley, announced that Tom Barnard would be retiring from the station, with his final show being scheduled for Dec. 23.He's been with the station for 36 years, since 1986."You're the best in the business, Tom," the station tweeted Thursday. "We wish you all the best in your next chapter!"While Barnard has largely shied away from interviews, WCCO's Frank Vascellaro did manage to talk with Barnard on a few occasions, when he launched a podcast and, when he signed a fresh five-year contract in 2015, spoke frankly about his family history and upbringing in Minnesota.Barnard's tenure on KQRS was not without controversy. He has been accused of insensitivity to minorities with some of his off-the-cuff comments made on the highly-rated morning show, particularly toward the newly-naturalized Somali and Hmong communities.Barnard was inducted into Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2018.
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Popular Actor Spotted Shopping in Minneapolis

What would you do if you spotted an actor out shopping? Would you go up and say something or would you let them be? I think I'd leave them alone because I wouldn't want to make them feel uncomfortable, plus I wouldn't know what to say! Employees at some vintage shops in Minneapolis, Minnesota did the same thing for a thankful actor while he was in town on Sunday.
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Josh Naylor is the unhinged home-run hype machine this planet deserves

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Josh Naylor—Cleveland Guardians first baseman and certified maniac—after he crushed a game-tying 9th-inning grand slam and then a game-winning 11th-inning jack to almost single handedly take down the White Sox. But it wasn’t the late heroics that grabbed headlines, it was the home-plate histrionics.

KTLK Minneapolis Morning Co-Host Drew Lee Dies Suddenly.

Drew Lee, one-half of the “Justice & Drew” morning show on iHeartMedia news/talk KTLK-AM Minneapolis (1130), passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. A cause of death has not been revealed. "This is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do in my entire radio career," co-host...

Isanti man run over, killed by Clydesdale horse

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A 44-year-old man died on Sunday after his Clydesdale horses ran him over at a special event in the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, local police say. According to the St. Could Police Department, at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, officers and EMS crews responded...

Brandon Gardas charged with attempted murder after daylong standoff in St. Michael

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. -- At least a dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered from the home of a man who now faces several charges in connection to a standoff in St. Michael last week.Brandon Gardas, 39, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, possession of ammo or firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, second- and fifth-degree drug possession and making violent threats. The charges were filed Monday in Wright County.The standoff, which began Tuesday and stretched into Wednesday evening, ended after law enforcement shot Gardas and used...

Man Dies in Horse-and-Buggy Accident

St. CLOUD -- A horse-and-buggy crash killed an Isanti man Sunday afternoon. St. Cloud police were sent to the Municipal Athletic Complex on reports of a man injured by horses. Officials say a 44-year-old man brought a team of Clydesdales and a carriage to a special event at the MAC, intending to offer rides.

Timberwolves reportedly looking to trade former All-Star

The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to build on the momentum of their first playoff season in four years, and they believe they can do so without D’Angelo Russell. Russell has been mentioned as a potential trade piece since the offseason began, and the Timberwolves are reportedly still trying to move him. Matt Moore of Action Network reported on Wednesday that Minnesota is “actively” shopping Russell in trade talks.

St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million

A man who was involved in a standoff with police in St. Michael faces multiple charges consisting of attempted murder, assault, illegal possession of firearms and drug possession. Brandon Lee Gardas, 39, was shot by police after a two-day standoff at his home. A woman and three children safely left...

Former Minneapolis Cop Who Killed 911 Caller Released From Prison

Mohamed Noor, 36, was believed to be the first Minnesota police officer convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting. His conviction was reversed last year. The former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old unarmed woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home, was released.
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Trap team takes second at State

The Tri-City United Trap Team finished its season over the weekend by shooting its way to second place in the Minnesota State Clay Target Meet. The Titans took second place overall with a score of 481. Athletes who represented the team were Kaden Dietz, Jonathan Hurd, Dylan Fox, Jacob Cihak, Carter Pomije, and alternates Tanner Ahlbrecht, and Tegan Determan.