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St. Paul Police Investigate Fatal Shooting On City’s East Side

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul police are investigating the city’s 16th homicide of the year Monday night. Officers were called to a reported shooting in an apartment building’s parking lot on the 800 block of Hazel Street North at about 5:30 p.m. They arrived to find the gravely-injured victim, who was soon pronounced dead at the scene. The Minnesota State Patrol helped search the area for the shooter via helicopter, but no one is in custody as of late Monday night. Police describe the shooting as “brazen” due to the time of day it occurred, and they don’t believe it was random. They’re asking for the public’s help to figure out what happened, and are asking for surveillance video from area residents. Anyone with information is asked to call 651-266-5650.   More On WCCO.com: Minnesota Weather: Air Quality Alert Extended Due To ‘Unprecedented’ Conditions Toddler Killed When Car Rolls Off I-94 Overpass; State Patrol Says Alcohol Involved Alexis Saborit Charged With Beheading Girlfriend In Shakopee The Do’s And Don’ts As Air Quality Alert Casts Pall Over Minnesota
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COVID Surge Has Minnesota Institutions, Including The State Fair, Taking Note: ‘Everything…Is Still On The Table’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Changes are happening in Minnesota as COVID-19 cases surge. Right now, 45 Minnesota counties fall within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to wear masks indoors. When health experts first released the guidance last week, there were only 14. Jerry Hammer, the Minnesota State Fair’s general manager, is keeping an eye on the state’s COVID situation. “We’re in close contact with the state health department and whatever the latest CDC guidelines are, so they’re always a big part of whatever we do with planning,” Hammer said. As of now, masks will not be required, even indoors. The fair also...
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Companies Have Year To Find Safer Alternative After Minnesota Bans Toxic Chemical TCE

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Companies in Minnesota have one more year to replace a toxic chemical with a safer alternative. The state became the first in the nation to ban TCE in 2020. The move followed two years of investigative reports by WCCO on Water Gremlin. Its Twin Cities plant had released unsafe levels of the cancer-causing chemical into the air for more than 15 years, resulting in a multi-million dollar fine. WCCO’s Jennifer Mayerle looks at a program working with companies to make better choices. Water Gremlin’s illegal and excessive release of TCE into the air in White Bear Township brought to light...
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Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Calls for Response From City of Bloomington for Commissioner’s ‘Divisive’ Comments

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) called for a “response” and “potentially further action” from the City of Bloomington following comments made by Bloomington Human Rights Commissioner Anita Smithson. In a letter, the MPPOA called Smithson’s comments “grossly inappropriate” at best and “appalling, divisive, and bring suspicion to the Human Rights Department” at worst.
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Boy holds lemonade stand to help support Farmington Police K-9

FARMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) - Over the last couple of weekends in the Twin Cities south metro, a lemonade stand has had so many people stopping by, it’s bringing a small town together. At seven years old, Benjamin has a bright future ahead in Farmington. For now, the budding entrepreneur...
Edina, MNmspmag.com

Store Closing: Gather

After 16 years selling a thoughtfully-curated assortment of gifts and home wares, Gather owner Michael Hagie announced he will be closing the doors to his 50th and France boutique. According to Hagie, his decision to close isn't due to the impacts caused by COVID or the shutdown. He reports that...
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Why Are Weeds Growing So Well In The Drought?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As our lawns continue to turn a deeper tan color, some green is sprouting up in our yards and gardens. Weeds seem to have no problem powering through this dry hot summer. We wanted to know: Why are weeds growing so well in the drought? And how can we stop them? Jeff Wagner learned it’s a problem you better not just ignore. Whether you’re a University of Minnesota Extension educator of horticulture like Julie Weisenhorn, or a news anchor like our own Jason DeRusha, it’s likely your garden, lawn, or patio have yielded quite the crop of weeds this summer. Why...
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Minnesota's schools and stores requiring masks indoors

A growing number of institutions and companies in the Twin Cities are once again requiring masks amid increasing infections and concerns about the Delta variant.What's happening: Minnesota, local counties and cities haven't enacted any new mandates, but organizations are asking people to mask up indoors — in accordance with last week's guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those now include:University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State systemTarget, for employees in high-transmission areas. Masks are recommended for shoppers, regardless of vaccination status.Cub Foods is taking a similar approach.Mayo ClinicHaus SalonGrand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino HinckleyMeanwhile, First...
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COVID Testing Is On The Rise Again, And Trickier To Find

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota is seeing a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections. The state says out of all the positive cases in the last two months, about half of them were reported in just the last two weeks, and about 85% of cases are the Delta variant. Testing is also going up, but getting one might be harder than it was a few months ago. Laura Neal of Minneapolis ran into the issue over the weekend. “So someone I was in contact with had potentially been exposed, so for me I needed to get tested because I have an immunocompromised niece,”...
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National Night Out block parties return to the Twin Cities

COVID-19 wiped out many of last summer's National Night Out block parties, but neighbors across the country are heading back to the streets tonight. How it works: Neighbors who register with their cities can typically block off a street to hold a potluck. Why it matters: It's a great way to meet and reconnect with your community. NNO has also historically been a time when officers visit neighborhoods and build relationships. But it comes as police-community relations have changed dramatically nationwide in recent years, particularly following the murder of George Floyd.By the numbers: In Minneapolis, residents have registered 1,407 block...
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New month, worsening drought conditions in Minnesota

After one of the driest Julys on record in parts of Minnesota, the drought conditions affecting the region show no signs of letting up to start the month of August. In the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ended July with just 0.87 inches of rain for the month - more than 3 inches below normal. Since June 1, the airport is nearly a half-foot below normal rainfall.
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