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Minnesota lawmakers move to ban electronic cigarettes inside public places

Minnesota may become the next state to treat electronic cigarettes like combustible tobacco products when it comes to “vaping” inside public places. The Minnesota House approved legislation Thursday to add e-cigarettes to the state’s indoor smoking ban. The vote was 100-25. Similar...

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State troopers use CPR to revive motorist who nearly drowned in flipped pickup

A pair of Minnesota State Patrol troopers used CPR to revive a Centerville woman who nearly drowned Wednesday night when her pickup flipped into a holding pond on Interstate 35 in Wyoming.

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Minnesota Legislature OKs disaster loans for winter-wracked farmers

Minnesota farmers hit by catastrophic winter weather could access zero-interest disaster loans through the state. The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives both unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would let the Rural Finance Authority offer loans through the Disaster Recovery Loan...

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Five things you may not know about medical marijuana in Minnesota

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is often called one of the most restrictive in the country. Why? The drug is available only in the form of pills and liquids; the plant is illegal. There are just two manufacturers. And only patients who have one of 13 severe conditions can qualify. RELATED:...

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In 2004 the state of Minnesota wanted to demolish the historic Ford Building at 117 University Avenue, St. Paul, but backed down in the face of serious opposition from historians, community groups, and even a special legislative committee that was formed to examine the issue. The state had owned the...

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Michelle Obama got a big Minnesota standing O when she walked onto the Xcel Energy stage in St. Paul on Wednesday evening, wearing black pants and and a black top with sparkles on the sleeves and shoulders. “I think this is the biggest crowed we’ve had,” the former first lady said as she stood...

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‘Pervasive’ child care fraud alleged by state investigators — but evidence and convictions are hard to come by

Child care fraud is “pervasive” in Minnesota, providing substandard care for children and costing taxpayers unknown millions of dollars annually — and the leader of a team of 14 investigators says they’re unable make a dent in the problem. The head of the Department of Humans Services team...

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‘Epic’ winter storm blasts nation from Rockies and Texas to Minnesota

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. “This is a very epic cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National...

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St. Paul’s Summit Brewing bests state breweries in national rankings

Minnesota breweries Summit, August Schell and Surly have made the list of the 50 top-selling microbreweries in the country, with St. Paul’s Summit Brewing Co. besting the others in the state. This week, the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and...

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