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Blaine man charged with killing wife: ‘I guess I don’t have to worry about a divorce now’

A Blaine man charged with fatally shooting his estranged wife on Friday called police and then told officers who arrived, “I can’t believe I did it” and “I guess I don’t have to worry about a divorce now,” according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. Matthew Lynn Jansen, 46, was...

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Walz, legislative leaders pledge orderly end to session

Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota’s top two legislative leaders announced deadlines for committee and floor action Monday that they hope will avert the traditional political gamesmanship at the end of the session and bring it to an orderly conclusion by May 20. “Too often Minnesota’s budget-drafting...

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Walz, Flanagan to host first Governor’s Fishing Opener in May

Here’s a warm thought for Minnesotans shivering in the cold and snow — the annual Governor’s Fishing Opener is only three months away. Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will host their inaugural Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener since winning election in November. This year’s...

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5 killed in weekend snowmobile crashes in Wisconsin

MENOMONIE, Wis. — Five people have died in weekend snowmobile crashes in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the crashes happened Friday and Saturday in Calumet, Dunn, Langlade, Iron and Forest counties. In western Wisconsin, a 28-year-old rural Boyceville man died when...

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Lake Superior could break high-water record dating to mid-1980s

Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes. The Detroit News reported that Lake Superior is unusually high and by...

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Vulgar anti-Trump message in ‘Non Sequitur’ comic strip stirs anger

At first glance, Sunday’s “Non Sequitur” comic strip just showed bears dressed up like Leonardo da Vinci. The syndicated strip opens with Bear-Vinci holding a picture of a Virtruvian Bear. It ends with the ursine artist painting a Mona Lisa, who is also, you guessed it, a bear. They are all...

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Twitter dustup, apology not firsts for Minnesota Rep. Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has relished the attention attached to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, eagerly engaging with supporters and critics on social media.

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Authorities ID mother-daughter fatally shot in Southeast Minneapolis

Two women fatally shot in Minneapolis on Saturday night have been identified as 67-year-old Eileen Marsha Mark and her daughter, Jennifer Ann Angerhofer, 42 of Coon Rapids, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. The women were slain in Mark’s apartment in the 300 block of...

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Cass R. Sunstein: Trump is right to warn Democrats about socialism

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump was entirely right to reject “new calls to adopt socialism in our country.” He was right to add that “America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion,” and to “renew our resolve that America will never be...

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Dog DNA testing takes off, and generates debate

NEW YORK (AP) — As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man's best friend is under the microscope, too.

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Information, as the saying goes, wants to be free, though copyright lawyers do their best to make us pay for it as long as possible. In the case of creative works published between 1923 and 1977, the legal stranglehold is 95 years, to be exact. That means on Jan. 1 of this year a trove […]

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The natural flavor of shrimp enhanced with cashew nuts, without the need for heavy sauces, is the style of cooking in Suzhou, China. Jin Wen Yuan is a trained chef and businessman in this charming area of China. He prepared this dish for my friend Joanna Preuss on her recent trip there. I’ve...

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Burnsville church to change name to avoid confusion with conspiracy theory

Illumination church in Burnsville is rebranding itself for the third time in 10 years. By Easter, its name will change to Mercy Road Church. The church was planted in 2009 under the name Lifeprint Church and kept that name for a year before the pastor had, as the website describes, “a very public...

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Dear Abby: Should I dredge up an old affair to let him know he might pass on a genetic disorder?

DEAR ABBY: Ten years ago, I had an affair with a married man that resulted in a pregnancy and then a miscarriage. I was also married at the time. Pathology testing revealed that the child had a rare genetic disorder inherited on the paternal side. My husband’s genetic test indicated that he was...

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., again faced accusations of anti-Semitism on Sunday night after she suggested in tweets, which started with a Puff Daddy rap lyric, that members of Congress support Israel because of money from the pro-Israel lobby.

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Business People: Sunday, Feb. 10

ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS Minneapolis-based Solve has been named agency of record for Sunoco, a Dallas-based gasoline retailer and wholesaler. … Nemer Fieger, St. Louis Park, announced the following new clients: Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota; Angel Foundation; Donnie...

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The Loop Ten: 2-11-19

Our weekly countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick.

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Timberwolves’ Dario Saric has been one of their few recent bright spots

There weren’t many positives to come out of Minnesota’s recent three-game road trip. Three winnable games ended in three losses. The Timberwolves are now five games back of the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Again, not many positives. But if there was one, it came in the form of Dario...

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Sluggish Wild bounced in Brooklyn by Islanders

NEW YORK — No sleep ’til Brooklyn? Tell that to the Minnesota Wild. With a freight train of teams stalking them in the Western Conference playoff race, the Wild were sloppy, sluggish and undisciplined Sunday afternoon in a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Too many...

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