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Grateful Dead Fans Can't Camp During Concerts

Officials in Chicago say Grateful Dead fans won't be allowed to camp out during three 50th anniversary concerts over the summer. 



Fargo Man Advances in The Voice

A Fargo man advanced Monday night on The Voice! 20 year old Mike Leier preformed his heart out to “Last Kissed” and wowed more than the crowd. 



Como Zoo in St. Paul has New Baby Gorilla

Como Zoo in St. Paul has a new baby western lowland gorilla. 

Bakk: Hold Back Some of Surplus in Case of Tax-Lawsuit Loss

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he's reluctant to use Minnesota's projected $1.87 billion surplus entirely because of a tax lawsuit that would be costly if the state loses. 

Republicans Say They Will Not Delay Right to Work if Passed

Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly say a right-to-work bill isn't a surprise and they don't want to delay implementation after it passes.

ND Senate Approves $6M Early Childhood Education Measure

North Dakota's Senate has approved legislation to provide state funding to expand early childhood education. 

Senate Reconsiders, Rejects Bill focused on Fargo Diversion

A bill that Red River diversion supporters labeled as a roadblock to the Fargo flood protection project had a short shelf life. 

ND Senate Approves Bill to Protect Cemeteries from Flooding

The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would require further study on a planned Red River diversion channel around Fargo, but project opponents have gained a temporary victory with a proposal meant to protect cemeteries.

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. 

ND Gov. Dalrymple Signs $1.1B 'Surge Funding' Bill

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a bill that will fast-track $1.1 billion for highways and communities affected by North Dakota's exploding growth. 

Retail Gasoline Prices Continue to Rise in the Dakotas

Average retail gasoline prices continue to rise in the Dakotas.

Push to Block Water Quality Standards that Protect Wild Rice

A Minnesota House committee is considering a bill that would prevent the state from enforcing water quality standards designed to protect wild rice for at least two years.

3 Eden Prairie Hockey Players Out of Sectional Championship

Three high school hockey players have been suspended following a brawl at a playoff game between Eden Prairie and Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Minnesota Could Monitor Travelers for Ebola Another Year

Minnesota will likely continue to monitor travelers from West Africa until the Ebola outbreak has been officially declared over, despite a recent slowdown in new cases abroad. 

ND Senate Kills Bill Exempting Students from Open Records

North Dakota's Senate has killed a bill that would exempt college students' contact information from the state's open records law. 

Judge Orders Wind Turbine Locked

A couple from Orono can avoid jail time if they lock up their largest wind turbine and turn the keys over to a judge in Hennepin County. 

Kevin Garnett Returns to Timberwolves in Trade

It’s all come full-circle for forward Kevin Garnett who has been traded from the Brooklyn Nets and will return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

TransCanada to Seek US Approval for $600M Upland Pipeline

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north.

CODE RED System to be Tested Friday

On Friday, February 20th Richland County Communications/ Richland County Emergency Management will be performing a County-Wide test of the CODE RED Emergency Mass Notification System. 

Clay Target Shooting Teams Spike in Minnesota Schools

Participation in clay target shooting is booming at Minnesota schools. 

Wahpeton Man Sentenced to 32 Years in 1st 'Sextortion' Case

A North Dakota man accused of threatening girls into engaging in sexually explicit conduct has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. 

CHS Inc. Planning Agricultural Services Campus at Gwinner

Minnesota-based CHS Inc. is planning a grain shuttle loading facility and dry fertilizer hub plant in the southeastern North Dakota city of Gwinner.

State Seeking Labs to Test Marijuana Grown for Medicinal Use

Regulators of Minnesota's new medical cannabis program are seeking to certify laboratories to test the marijuana cultivated for medicinal use. 

Lawmakers Aim to Update State Constitution for Data Privacy

A coalition of Minnesota lawmakers, political groups and privacy advocates and say Minnesotans' digital data should be treated the same as any other property. 

Target Canada Suppliers Hit by Retailer's Bankruptcy Filing

The end of Target's Canadian operations has had a financial impact on small and medium businesses in Minnesota that supplied the retailer. 

Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Rising in the Dakotas

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the Dakotas has continued to rise in the past week, after falling below the $2-per-gallon mark last month.

North Dakota Lands Unmanned Aircraft Manufacturing Operation

North Dakota has landed its first unmanned aircraft manufacturing operation. 

Conservation Officers to Ice Anglers: Pick Up Your Trash

The officers who enforce Minnesota's fish and game rules have an order for ice anglers: Pick up your trash. 

Berthold Bust Nets 11 Pounds of Meth, Thousands in Cash

A traffic stop for erratic driving in Berthold resulted in a drug bust that netted 11 pounds of methamphetamine. 

Speaker Enrolls Keystone Bill, Urges Obama to Sign It

Congress' Republican leadership has made it official, formally enrolling legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline and urging President Barack Obama to sign it. 

College Seeks More Help with Probe into Student's Death

The North Dakota State College of Science is seeking more help from the state crime bureaus in North Dakota and Minnesota as campus police continue investigating the death of a student. 

Police: Car Not Related to Moorhead Homicide Investigation

Moorhead police say a vehicle spotted near where the body of a slain North Dakota State University student was found in September is not connected to his homicide investigation.

Dayton: 'I Can Live With' Cuts to Agency Budgets Over Pay

Gov. Mark Dayton says he "can live with" a GOP move to modestly trim budgets of a few state agencies in response to raises he granted department commissioners. 

BNSF Plans to Spend $326 Million on North Dakota Projects

BNSF Railway says it plans to spend about $326 million this year on improving rail capacity and maintenance in North Dakota. 

2 of 3 Suspected Measles Cases in North Dakota Test Negative

North Dakota's Health Department says two of three suspected cases of measles in the state have tested negative for the disease. 

GOP Bill Would Halve Minnesota Health Exchange

A Republican state senator wants to split Minnesotas health insurance exchange into two separate entities.

2 Deer Stuck Together; Police use Stun Gun to Free 1

Police in the western Twin Cities used a stun gun to free a live buck that was stuck to a dead deer.

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Mississippi and West Virginia are known for their struggles with health crises. 



Gas Prices Creep Back Above $2 Per Gallon in the Dakotas

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the Dakotas has crept back above the $2 mark. 

Hapless Romantic? Name a Roach after Your Ex for Valentine's

This Valentine's Day, name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your ex — or mother-in-law — or a loved one who's an incredibly good sport. 

North Dakota Guard Soldiers Recognized for Service Overseas

North Dakota National Guard soldiers who served in Afghanistan have been formally recognized for their service.

Judge Takes Peterson Arbitration Arguments Under Advisement

The NFL Players Association's attempt to have Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reinstated has been taken under advisement by a federal judge. 

Girls Lobby to Change 'Redmen' School Nickname in Sisseton

A group of high school girls basketball players on the Lake Traverse Reservation in the Dakotas is lobbying the Sisseton School District to change its "Redmen" nickname. 

Vaccine Skeptics Find Unexpected Allies in Conservative GOP

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. 

Tax Preparer Charged with Defrauding State of $1.4M

A Minneapolis woman is charged with 53 felony counts for filing false income tax statements on behalf of her clients and failing to file her own tax returns. 

Michelle Obama Announces Funding to Fight Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama wants kids to maintain a healthy weight. 

Committee Approves Plan to Bar Female Genital Mutilation

A state House committee has approved a proposal that would ban female genital mutilation in South Dakota. 

Fighter Jets Grounded Due to Engine Damage

About a dozen jets from the Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing have been grounded because of damage apparently caused by debris on the runway at the Duluth International Airport.

ND Bill Would Make Medical Marijuana Legal in the State

People suffering chronic pain and parents of critically ill children pleaded with North Dakota lawmakers to legalize medicinal marijuana in the state.

Watchdog Group Sues State Bar Association of North Dakota

A national conservative watchdog group has sued the State Bar Association of North Dakota on behalf of a Bismarck attorney. 

Lung Cancer Now Top Cancer Killer for Women in Rich Nations

New numbers show that lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women in rich countries. 

ND House OKs Bill Allowing Concealed-Carry Guns in School

North Dakota's House has approved legislation that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to pack guns at schools, if officials allow it. 

More File in Minnesota's Top Tax Bracket than Expected

More people filed in Minnesota's top income tax bracket than expected in 2013, despite warnings from critics that a tax increase would drive high earners out of the state. 

House Speaker Boehner: 'All Children Ought to be Vaccinated'

House Speaker John Boehner says all children ought to be vaccinated. 

North Dakota Considers Measure to Scrub Common Core

The House Education Committee is slated to hear testimony on a bill that would require North Dakota to scrub Common Core education standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Pennsylvania Groundhog 'Forecasts' 6 More Weeks of Winter

The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

Power Outage Affects 200-Plus Fargo Homes During Super Bowl

Officials say a hit-and-run driver caused a power outage that affected more than 200 homes in Fargo during the Super Bowl.

Extra Patrols to Enforce DWI Law this Weekend

Minnesota troopers say more people are arrested for driving drunk on Super Bowl weekend than the subsequent and prior weekends. 

College Student Found Dead Worked as Confidential Informant

A new report shows that a North Dakota college student who was found dead in a river last year was working for a regional drug task force as a confidential informant in the months before he died.

Feb. 17 Deadline for Documents in Priest Abuse Case

A judge has given the Dioceses of New Ulm and Duluth until Feb.17 to turn over documents pertaining to alleged clergy sex abuse dating back to 1949. 

New ND Revenue Forecast Assumes $4B Shortfall in Oil Revenue

North Dakota lawmakers have adopted a revised revenue forecast that reflects a more than $4 billion shortfall in oil revenue due to the slumping price of crude. 

Officials Question Free 2-Year College Plan in Minnesota

Some higher education officials are questioning whether a plan from Minnesota Senate Democrats to make two-year colleges free would be worth the cost.

Semitrailer Crash on I-29 South of Wahpeton Kills Driver

A truck driver died when his semitrailer veered off Interstate 29 south of Wahpeton. 

Permanent Deer Stands on State, County Land in Question

Permanent deer hunting stands could be banned on state and county forest land. 

Ford Recalls Cars, Vans for Door Latch and Seat Belt Trouble

Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. 

Dayton Wants Big Chunk of Surplus for Education

Every Minnesota public school student would be worth more in the eyes of the state if lawmakers support Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.

West Virginia, Ohio Visitors Seek Guidance in North Dakota

A delegation of government and economic development leaders from West Virginia and Ohio is visiting northwestern North Dakota to see firsthand what it's like to deal with an energy boom. 

Weather service: Flood chances are low in Red River Basin

The National Weather Service has issued its first spring flood forecast for the Red River Basin, and it's as mild as the winter weather. 

Dayton Sheds Light on Education Funding Increases in Budget

More details are spilling out from Gov. Mark Dayton about his upcoming budget proposal, and this time it's about new money for education programs.

Police Concerned ND On Path To Legalize Recreational Pot

Local police are concerned that smoking pot recreationally could become legal in North Dakota. North Dakota lawmakers are talking about easing up on penalties for having small amounts of weed. 

School District Investigates Snapchat Bullying

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools administrators say the district is conducting its own investigation after the father of a black student confronted his daughter's bullies in a posting on YouTube. 

Sunday Liquor Sales Advocates Promise to Keep Fighting Ban

Advocates for allowing Minnesotans to buy booze on Sundays are back at it. 

3 Charged After Allegedly Posting Facebook Photos from Jail

Three inmates at the Williams County Correctional Center in Williston are accused of possessing a cellphone in the jail after two of them allegedly posted photos of themselves on Facebook. 

Fire-ravaged New Jersey Apartment Complex Continues to Burn

Officials are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a four-story New Jersey apartment building, displacing hundreds of people.

3M Gallons of Saltwater Spills, Damage Unclear

State officials say nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, though the environmental effects aren't immediately clear. 

WCCO of Wahpeton Donates New Boots to Local Fire Departments

The presentation of more than 80 pairs of boots was made to the Wahpeton Fire Chief at the Southside Fire Department at 10:00 am this morning. 

Ex-Gophers Quarterback Reaches Plea Deal in Assault Case

The attorney for Philip Nelson says the former Minnesota Gophers quarterback has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a fight that injured former Minnesota State, Mankato, linebacker Isaac Kolstad.

ND Measure Would Cut Income Tax Rate for Low-Wage Earners

A Minot lawmaker is pushing a measure that would give state income tax breaks to low-wage earners in North Dakota.

House Kills Bill to Extend UND Nickname Moratorium

North Dakota's House has defeated a bill that would extend a moratorium for a new nickname and moniker for the University of North Dakota. 

Vikings Stadium Bird-Safe Glass Could Cost $60M

Officials say adding bird-safe glass to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium could add as much as $60 million in extra costs. 

Workers Aren't Prepared to Handle Oil Accident

A new report says Minnesota firefighters and first responders arent adequately prepared to handle an oil spill or fiery accident.

Fargo Advances in Competition to Reduce Energy Consumption

The city of Fargo has advanced in a national competition among cities to reduce America's energy consumption. 

Vikings Stadium will Showcase Minnesota Art

The works of Minnesota artists will be on display at the new Vikings stadium. 

Target to Exit Canada

Target is exiting Canada. Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell says the company was unable to find a realistic scenario in which Target Canada would become profitable before at least 2021.

Bill Would Require Further Study of Red River Diversion Plan

A southeastern North Dakota lawmaker opposed to a Red River diversion project that would flood land in his district says impacts of the channel have not been addressed and more study is needed. 

Another lawsuit claims abuse by Boy Scout leader

Another lawsuit claiming abuse by a scoutmaster has been filed against the Boy Scouts of America, a Burnsville troop and the church that sponsored it. 

Minnesota, North Dakota Lawmakers Renew Sex Trafficking Bill

Democratic U.S. senators from Minnesota and North Dakota are reintroducing bipartisan legislation in an effort to crack down on sex trafficking across the country. 

1 dead, 1 Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash in West Fargo

One person is dead and another injured in a three-vehicle crash in West Fargo. Authorities say the crash involving two cars and a van happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on the city's Main Avenue. 

Ohio State Football Revelers Set Fires, Tear Down Goal Post

Ohio State University says revelers who got into Ohio Stadium after the football team's championship victory tore down a goal post on the south end of the field.

University of Minnesota Students Examine Sex Consent Policy

Student leaders at the University of Minnesota are examining a rule that would require students to give some form of 'yes' before having sex. 

Autopsy On Larimore Bus Driver Completed

Tom Iverson of the ND Highway Patrol says the autopsy on Larimore school bus driver, Max Danner has been completed. 

Senate Democrats to Put Transportation Funding Plan on Table

Senate Democrats are releasing a transportation plan that spells out how they would pay for repairs and new construction for decades to come. 

Minnesota Dentists to Provide Free Dental Care for Kids

Dentists across Minnesota will provide free dental care for children in need at the annual Give Kids a Smile event next month. 

Hands-on Bismarck Science Center Plans $40 Million Facility

The Gateway to Science Center in Bismarck is planning a new, $40 million facility.

UND Researcher Donates Unique Video Game to University

The University of North Dakota's Department of Special Collections has an unusual addition — an Atari video game cartridge that once was buried in a New Mexico landfill. 

Explosions at building where 2 terror gunman are holed up

Explosions and gunshots rang out and smoke rose outside a building where two brothers suspected in a newspaper massacre are holed up with a hostage.

JP Parise, Ex-Minnesota North Stars Standout, Dies at 73

Former Minnesota North Stars standout J.P. Parise has died from lung cancer at 73. 

Officials Investigating Chuck E. Cheese Norovirus Outbreak

Washington County officials are investigating a norovirus outbreak that infected at least 30 people at a family restaurant in Woodbury.

First Bills Hit at Minnesota Legislature, Showing Priorities

The showcase bills of the new Minnesota legislative session are being trotted out. 

Corps of Engineers Officially Declares Lake Sakakawea Frozen

The Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Sakakawea is officially frozen.

US Geological Survey Records Cluster of Quakes in Texas

A cluster of small earthquakes has rattled a Dallas-area city over a two-day period. 

Scene of Bus-Train Crash had Another Fatal Collision in 2009

The scene of a fatal collision involving a school bus and train near Larimore was the same rail crossing where a man was killed six years ago.

WWE Executive will Manage Vikings Stadium

The general manager of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium comes from World Wrestling Entertainment.

PUC Denies Effort to Stop Keystone Recertification

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has denied efforts from opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline to block TransCanada Corp.'s request to re-approve the portion of the pipeline that would run through the state. 



Schools Band Together in Wake of Fatal ND Bus-Train Crash

The head of Larimore Public Schools says school officials have received offers from about 30 schools to provide counselors in the wake of a school bus-train accident that killed two people and injured 12 students. 

Flu Season Continues to Worsen, Could Peak this Month

Health officials say the flu is rampant in most of the country and could peak soon. 

Wahpeton Zoo Nursing Injured Bald Eagle

Staff at the Wahpeton zoo are nursing an injured bald eagle back to health. 

Dakotas Begin Workweek with Extreme Cold and Heavy Snow

The work week in the Dakotas is beginning with bitter cold and heavy snow. Wind chills plummeted to as low as the minus 30s in the two states early Monday, as a storm moved in from the west.