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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis business is providing patrons with a place to sip coffee and play with rescue cats that are up for adoption. Minnesota Public Radio reports that The Cafe Meow opened Feb. 16. The cafe is divided into two areas: a coffee shop on one side and the cat lounge on the other side. The felines can roam freely in the cat lounge and enjoy the jungle gym, nap in cubbies or curl up on couches.

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) - A home in central Minnesota is offering victims of sex trafficking a safe place to live. The St. Cloud Times reports that Terebinth Refuge in Waite Park will be able to house six people when it opens in April. Terebinth Refuge officials says the home will provide faith-centered services with a holistic, relationship-building approach to healing.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 20-year-old Minneapolis man who said he was inspired by the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking two brothers at the Mall of America. Mahad Abdirahman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack. Abdirahman declined to speak when the judge gave him the opportunity. Investigators say he attacked two brothers as they shopped.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A newspaper has identified a disgruntled former staffer on "A Prairie Home Companion" as the person who first accused creator Garrison Keillor of inappropriate conduct with a female employee. The Star Tribune names him as Dan Rowles. He'd been a close associate of Keillor but was informed in mid-August that he would not be invited back for a second season with new host Chris Thile.

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