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County Officials Preparing For New Virus Stearns County Health is keeping a close eye on the novel coronavirus.

Matthew George Witt Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison For Killing His Mother And Attacking His Father In July 2019 In mid-January, he entered a Norgaard plea in court, meaning he maintained that he didn’t remember the offense, but that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him in a trial.

MnDOT To Remove Trees Along 'Corridor Of Death' To Improve Safety After Deadly Crashes The trees are on state property in Orono, Maple Plain and Independence. Crews will be working between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6.

Minnesota Budget Surplus Increases to Nearly $4 Billion - Alpha News Democrats were quick to respond with new spending proposals to offset the surplus. Conservatives, however, see this as proof that Minnesota residents are overtaxed and that money should be returned to the taxpayers.

DNR: Deadline To Remove Ice Fishing Houses Is Near If a shelter isn’t removed by the deadline, its owner will be cited and the house may be confiscated or destroyed by a conservation officer.

MN State Patrol: Driver Ticketed 3 Times For Speeding - In Less Than An Hour The Minnesota State Patrol says if you feel the need to speed, you will get ticketed. One driver managed to take that to another level over the weekend.

Best Buy Posts Strong 4Q Sales During Holiday Season Reported strong fourth-quarter results as shoppers bought appliances, mobile phones and tablets during the holiday season.

St. Paul Homicide Victim ID'd As 21-Year-Old Abigail Simpson Paul police have identified the victim in an apartment death that police called a "disturbing scene." One person remains behind bars in connection to the homicide.

Geeking Out Over A Town Of The Week Tie - KVRR Local News Adam Has Been Waiting For This Moment for Years.

Minnesota's Projected Surplus Grows The new estimate is $181 million higher than the last budget forecast.

Surly Brewing Suspends Darkness Day… For Now Surly officials noted that when they moved the venue from Brooklyn Center to Somerset, Wis. in 2018, it became "very apparent that this event needs to happen here in Minnesota."

Minnesota's budget surplus grows, but uncertainty remains Lawmakers have plans for the cash in what is an election year, but caution is being urged.

Boy, 7, Critically Injured By Motorist While Attempting To Board School Bus, Driver Cooperating With Police Paul say a 7-year-old boy was struck by a motorist while he was attempting to board a school bus Thursday morning.

Cargill Halts International Travel For Its Staff Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Any essential international travel will first have to be approved by the company’s executive team.

7 counties added to deer-feeding ban to prevent CWD spread It brings the total to 31 of the 87 counties in Minnesota.

Union Workers At HealthPartners Approve Tentative Agreement SEIU says the new contract will see wage increases of 7.5% over three years, along with protection of employee health plan benefits, and overtime pay provisions.

Minnesota Projected to Have Over $1.5 Billion Budget Surplus - KVRR Local News –Minnesota budget officials are predicting a $1.513 billion budget surplus over the next two years. Minnesota Management and Budget released its 2020 February Budget and Economic Forecast on Thursday, saying the state’s budget and economic outlook remains stable.

T-Shirt Sales Raise $16,000 For Officer Hurt In Shooting Megan Matson said every penny counts toward her husband’s recovery and he is making steady progress.

Let's read Minnesota's FCC complaints about that Shakira/J.Lo halftime show They might not be our brightest, or our most cultured, our most adept at spelling and punctuation… hell, they may not even be remotely familiar with female reproductive anatomy. But dammit, they are Minnesota's most available citizens on a Monday morning, and for that we should all be proud.

Weather Service: Risk of Red River Flooding Down Slightly - KVRR Local News FARGO, N.D.–The risk of spring flooding in the Red River Valley has been reduced slightly because of limited precipitation in the last few weeks, although National Weather Service forecasters say there’s still a lot of moisture in the system.

T-shirt Sales Raise $16,000 for Officer Hurt in Shooting - KVRR Local News WASECA, Minn.–An effort to sell T-shirts for a Minnesota police officer injured in a shooting has raised nearly $16,000. Waseca Officer Arik Matson was shot in the head in an exchange of gunfire in January.

Four People Sent to Hospital after Fire Destroys Their Home - KVRR Local News Photo Credit: NewsDakota.comVALLEY CITY, N.D.–Authorities say a fire destroyed a home in Valley City and sent four family members to hospital. Fire Chief Scott Magnuson says that neighbors heard an explosion before the fire broke out about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Minn. Budget Officials Forecast $1.5 Billion Surplus Minnesota budget officials say the state’s projected surplus is $1.513 billion - $181 million larger than a November estimate.

Minnesota officials project $1.5 billion budget surplus, reignite debates over how state could spend it - Duluth News Tribune The projected extra funds in the state's coffers likely will fuel a debate between Republicans and Democrats over how to spend the $1 billion.

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