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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Orders All Public K-12 Schools Closed Monday, January 6, 2014

With extremely cold (yes, even colder than we've seen) temperatures forecasted for Sunday and Monday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all public K-12 schools closed Monday, January 4, 2014.

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Where Are The Best And Worst Drivers In The United States? Minnesota And Wisconsin Rankings Might Surprise You

I think everyone thinks that they're surrounded by the worst drivers in the country while on their daily commute - but  - how do those motorists around you rank on a list of the best and worst drivers in the United States?  An automobile insurance company recently reviewed statistics and came up with their rankings.

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How Private Is Your Cell Phone Data? Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies Reportedly Track Cell Phone Use

If you believe that your cell phone activity is secure - think again.  Minnesota Law Enforcement agencies are reportedly tracking your cell phone use.

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There’s A Turkey In The White House; Minnesota Turkeys Make Their Way For 2013 Pardon By Barack Obama

There's a turkey in the White House - and it's not what you're thinking and it also has Minnesota ties.  Two turkeys raised on a farm in Thief River Falls will play a central role in the 2013 Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon.

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Minnesota’s Increased Tobacco Tax Helps Reduce State’s Cancer Burden

Smoker or not, you probably heard that the price of a pack of cigarettes went up sharply this past summer in the State of Minnesota.  An increase of $1.60 brought the state's Tobacco Tax from $1.23 o $2.83 per pack.

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Minnesota Department Of Transportation Announces Ten Corridors Of Commerce Projects

Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that ten highway construction projects will receive funding through the state’s new $300 million Corridors of Commerce program. The projects will strengthen Minnesota’s transportation system by adding capacity and improving the movement of freight across the state.

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Chisholm’s Coach Bob McDonald To Retire At The End Of This Basketball Season

To me - he'll always be my dad's classmate and my high school World History teacher.  But to many, Bob McDonald is Minnesota's basketball coach with the most wins - 994 to be exact.  This week, McDonald announced that he will step down at the end of this upcoming basketball season.

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Today Is Give To The Max Day In Minnesota, A Day For Giving To Charity

Today, every donation you make gives your favorite nonprofits and schools the chance to win even more money. Hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours.  Simply click here and search for your non profit or charity.

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Who Is Mister Jimmy? Rolling Stone Song Character Has Ties To Minnesota

He was at the drugstore - the Chelsea Drugstore, but in reality that wasn't its name.  The narrator was standing in the prescription line with a gentleman named "Mr. Jimmy" - two strangers who decided to have a soda.  But what kind?  Ah, their favorite - Cherry Coke.  When the pop came back, it was plain Coca Cola - not cherry.  Sound familiar?

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The United States-Canadian Border: A Primer On The Odd Nature Of This Man-Made Line [Video]

Think you know all there is to know about the U.S.-Canadian border?  Think again.  Every northlander should watch this video to fully realize how eccentric our relationship really is with Canada!

 

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Why Do Midwesterners Say Those Crazy Things? This List Compiles Often-Heard Midwestern Phrases That The Rest Of The Country Can’t Stand

Uff 'da!  For cryin' out loud, those Midwesterners say some crazy things don'cha know.

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Minnesota Speed Limits Raised On Highways Near Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Willmar, and Mankato

Three state highways in western Minnesota are sporting new speed limit signs.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has raised the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph on the entire length of Highway 75, the majority of Highway 59 and 14 miles of Highway 7 in western Minnesota. The speed limit will be effective once the signs are posted. The Minnesota State Patrol will enforce the new speed limit.

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