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The Most Popular Toys In Minnesota This Holiday Season [VIDEO]

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Flu Raging In Minnesota

It appears the flu is off to an early and potent start. The Minnesota Department of Health is now describing the flu as 'widespread' in the state. Some area schools have cancelled games due to too many sick players, hospital ERs are being overrun, and the shot may be less effective than we had hoped.

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Adrian Peterson’s Appeal Denied

The arbitrator appointed by the NFL to hear Adrian Peterson's appeal to his suspension for violating the league's player conduct policy has upheld the NFL's ruling, sidelining Peterson until at least April 2015.

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Flu Shot May Not Be As Effective As Hoped In Minnesota

Hey, wait a minute. I want my flu shot money back. (Ok, what? Oh, right I did't pay anything. Insurance covered it.) The news of the day is saying the our usual flu shot effectiveness (60%) may not be as effective this year (40%) as we had hoped. Turns out that one of the strains mutated leaving us all a bit unprotected.

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What I Want For Christmas? All Of Us To Stop Drinking & Driving

I had the opportunity to chat with Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota Highway Patrol yesterday, and he said there were more than 500 DWI arrests in Minnesota over the Thanksgiving weekend. WHAT? 500+? Not to get all preachy, but what the hell is wrong with us?

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Iconic Minneapolis Grain Belt Sign Coming Back To Life

Not to be overly dramatic, but part of my Minnesota soul is coming back to life. The iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on the bank of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis has been purchased by the Schell's Brewing Company, and may soon be lighting up the skyline (just as I remember it from my childhood).

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Minnesota Ranks Second Among States With ‘Best Quality Of Life’

According to a study published by 24/7 Wall Street, Minnesota has the second best quality of life when compared to other states. New Hampshire took the top spot. Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin also finished in the top-ten. The study used nine factors to determine the ranking.

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Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Fair
Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Fair
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Archivist: Minnesota State Fair A Popular Haunt For Ghosts [AUDIO]

You never know who you might bump into at the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesotans of all shapes and sizes have been known to attend the State Fair, even a few old timers - as in really old timers.

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You Want to Buy the Spamboni?

I think would make a great addition to anyone's fleet of toys - if nothing else just for nostalgia.  Think  of how many hockey games this Zamboni has seen in the 42 years it's been around? The cool thing is it actually works.  

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Is Minnesota Really The State Of Hockey? [POLL]

As Minnesotans we feel our state IS the state of hockey - and for good reason too.  Hockey is in our blood, we eat, sleep, and play hockey, like no other state.  Well, except for Alaska.  Based on some dome survey, it looks like Alaska could be the official state of hockey.  I say poppy-cock to that!  

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Mendota Heights Officer Shot And Killed, Suspect Arrested [Update]

UPDATE  - 39 year-old Brian Fitch, Sr. has been shot, wounded, and arrested by St. Paul Police after firing on officers tonight. A woman with Fitch has also been shot and wounded by police.

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Photo by 9th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office, Vietnam via Minnesota Military Museum
Photo by 9th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office, Vietnam via Minnesota Military Museum
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Camp Ripley’s Minnesota Military Museum Hosts Traveling Vietnam Exhibit

The mobile museum and memorial is dedicated to the soldiers of the 9th Inf. Division and sailors of Navy Task Force 117 and others.

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