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Minnesota Legislators make progress during legislative session

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Minnesota legislators passed a number of laws early this morning that will affect Minnesotans in their everyday lives, including laws involving WiFi, alcohol sales, and Real ID.

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NRRI successfully refines ilmenite Video included

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Research underway is demonstrating how to get very valuable mineral deposits in the Northland. 

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Multiple Memorial Day events planned throughout the Northland

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The following events are among those to be held on Memorial Day, or throughout the Memorial Day weekend:

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Construction season in full swing, motorists asked to be cautious over Memorial Day weekend

MnDOT says work on most road projects will be suspended during the weekend, however work zones are still in place, and drivers should slow down, pay attention, and not follow other vehicles too closely.

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Deadliest time on Minnesota roads is just around the corner

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In 2016, 120 of the 392 fatalities on Minnesota roads happened during that time frame, which made up 31 percent of all traffic deaths last year.

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Racial disparities decreasing in Minnesota

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DEED says over the past year, through April, the unemployment rate for black Minnesotans has averaged 8.1 percent compared to 12 percent at this time last year. 

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911 up and running again in Itasca County

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A 911 outage in Itasca County has been fixed after crews fixed a fiber cut.

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IRRRB approves budget

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Iron Range lawmakers approved a budget for the IRRRB next year. 

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Aurora business, property owner fined more than one million dollars by MPCA

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Cich, Anderson and J&D Services must pay a civil penalty of $677,072, reimburse the state $316,035 for waste cleanup and disposal as well as $67,000 in attorney's fees.

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Man sentenced for cutting down tree tops in Chippewa National Forest

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70-year-old Joseph Edminster will pay nearly $4,100 in fines, in addition to over $24,000 in restitution.

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UPDATE: Two dead in Iron Range crash

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According to the State Patrol, 73-year-old Carol Mattila and 79-year-old Gerald Mattila were traveling north on Spirit Lake Road just before seven p.m. when their vehicle pulled in front of a westbound vehicle on Highway 169.

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Biwabik councilor fights for future of historic building Video included

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In a special city council meeting, Biwabik city councilors have decided to vacate and board up the century-old former city hall. Biwabik City Councilor Dave Setnicker said he always saw the old city hall as more than a 100-year-old temporary home for their police service.

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Dayton signs Real ID bill, averting travel woes for 2018

Minnesota residents don't need to worry about trouble boarding flights next year: Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill complying with Real ID into law.

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With days to go, Minnesota budget talks hit a stalemate

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are in a standoff as they try to agree on a new budget. 

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Minnesota lawmakers sign off on upgraded IDs

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Fear not, Minnesotans worried about boarding flights next year: A fix from the Legislature is on the way.

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Attorney to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear lawsuit on Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program

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Gustafson plans to go to a higher court for a final ruling on the constitutionality of the program.

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Minnesotan reels in shark jawbone from Mississippi River

© The MN DNR confirms the jaw belongs to a sand shark. © The MN DNR confirms the jaw belongs to a sand shark.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) -- Joe Piskel, of Grand Rapids, caught the jawbone near the town over the weekend.

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Woman escapes house explosion in Itasca County Video included

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According to the Itasca County Sheriff's Office, crews were called to a fire on Arbo Road in rural Itasca County around nine. 

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