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32 Hennepin County libraries to re-open, nine to stay closed through 2020

32 Hennepin County libraries to re-open, nine to stay closed through 2020

Breaking NewsHere's the complete list10:42 PM CDT June 23, 2020MINNEAPOLIS — Stuck at home?  At least you’ll be able to find a good book to read.The Hennepin County Board has approved a list of 32 public libraries that will reopen in some form by the end of the summer:Ten of the libraries on the list are already offering curbside pick up and return of library materials:Josh Yetman, library communications manager, said, “Some buildings will start with curbside pickup, some buildings with computers by appointment, some buildings will start with contactless printing."Yetman said the goal...

June 24, 2020
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Group rallies against Minnesota mask mandate at State Capitol

Group rallies against Minnesota mask mandate at State Capitol

Breaking NewsWhile many people are masking up others believe it's not necessary and impedes on their rights.6:45 PM CDT August 1, 2020ST PAUL, Minn. — Wrapped in the flag and free of masks, demonstrators gathered elbow to elbow on the state capitol mall to protest Minnesota’s mask mandate.“If I choose not to wear a mask into a business, that should be my right,” an organizer told the crowd through a bullhorn. “If I want to risk something that’s on me.”Jim Lahr stood with a small group of protesters nearby. “It’s just a big hoax,” the Ramsey man said of the global pandemic. “It’s all about...

February 8, 2020
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Eleven months after his restaurant burned during rioting, a determined owner cooks in a trailer in an alley

Eleven months after his restaurant burned during rioting, a determined owner cooks in a trailer in an alley

Breaking NewsLuis Tamay makes do in an alley until he can reopen his Lake Street restaurant.9:38 PM CDT April 22, 2021MINNEAPOLIS — Luis Tamay used to run a restaurant at Lake Street's front door. Now, he serves his food from a trailer in an alley.“Very delicious,” the Ecuadorian immigrant says as he closes a to-go lid on an order of Papi Pollo, a chicken and fries combo popular in his home country.  The trailer is small, with less room to work than in his old restaurant kitchen, but, “We have to make money,” Luis says. “We have to do something.”, part of a strip of mom and pop Lake...

April 23, 2021
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16-year-old maple maven has thousands of tapped trees and syrup in 100 stores

16-year-old maple maven has thousands of tapped trees and syrup in 100 stores

Breaking NewsStill a high school junior, Will Wanish built a syrup production facility with $30,000 in new equipment.9:00 PM CDT March 22, 2021COLFAX, Wis. — A lot of pancake-snarfing kids consider themselves fans of maple syrup, but a western Wisconsin teen is doing them all one better.  Sixteen-year-old Will Wanish has become a maple maven, with thousands of trees tapped,“This is what I want to do for the rest of my career,” the driven Colfax High School junior says. “I don’t even eat breakfast in the morning – get up and go.”Will’s interest in maple syrup started from a seed planted...

March 23, 2021
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With no pulse for more than 30 minutes, Minnesota native survives thanks to quick action

With no pulse for more than 30 minutes, Minnesota native survives thanks to quick action

Local NewsThree medical professionals step up when Erik Sanders goes down during a mountain race.BURNSVILLE, Minn. — For a guy who grew up in relatively flat Minnesota – then attended college in even flatter North Dakota – Erik Sanders has a thing for mountains.“That's where I feel the most alive,” the Burnsville native says.So, after work stints in Colorado and Arizona, Erik found himself again working among the mountains of Montana, where last month he started a ski mountaineering race that ended sooner than he expected.Loading ...“You know, I don't really remember,” the 31-year-old says...

February 9, 2021
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Cut off from rest of U.S. by Canada, Minnesota's Northwest Angle builds a 22-mile ice road

Cut off from rest of U.S. by Canada, Minnesota's Northwest Angle builds a 22-mile ice road

Breaking NewsThe ice road crosses Lake of the Woods, giving struggling resorts a lifeline.9:35 PM CST February 1, 2021ANGLE INLET, Minn. — Paul and Karen Colson live 40 miles north of Warroad, Minnesota.They may as well be on the moon.“Cut off,” Paul says. “Totally, totally.”For the past 10 months, the Minnesota husband and wife have been essentially severed from the rest of the United States.That’s when Canada, seeking to slow the spread of COVID-19, closed its southern border to all but essential travel.Roughly 40 miles away, a dozen resorts, and about 100 residents they support, lost the...

February 2, 2021
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Lake Harriet elf reflects on 25 years answering notes left in his tree

Lake Harriet elf reflects on 25 years answering notes left in his tree

Breaking NewsNearing the end of a difficult 25th year, Mr. Little Guy remains an optimist9:09 PM CST November 23, 2020Credit: Boyd Huppert, KARESummer home of the Lake Harriet elf, Mr. Little GuyMINNEAPOLIS — In times like these the world can feel like it's spinning out of control.Violence.Bitter election.Global pandemic.Big problems, that can make us feel small.For 25 years, Minnesotans have been consulting an expert on small.Both children and adults have swung open a tiny door to drop off their handwritten notes at the base of an ash tree along the walking path at Lake Harriet. Days...

November 24, 2020
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