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PHOTO: There have been improvements, but more than 175,000 children remain in poverty in Minnesota. Photo credit: Geraint Rowland/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show a slight drop in Minnesota's poverty rate, although the financial struggles of many families are still greater than they were before the recession. The poverty rate in the state last year dipped to 11.2 percent, while the rate for...Read More

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IMAGE: Minnesotans are being urged to do their homework on candidates for the 2014 midterm elections, with in-person absentee voting starting Friday. Image credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the airwaves fill up with political ads ahead of the midterm elections, Minnesotans are being urged to look beyond the soundbites and get to know where each candidate stands on the issues. In addition to various local races this fall, Minnesota voters will decide on a U.S. Sena...Read More

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PHOTO: Minnesota has joined the growing list of states confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D-68. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting the state's first case of an illness linked to Enterovirus D-68, which continues to sicken children across the country. The child in the Minnesota case is now recovering at home, after having been hospitalized with acute respiratory ...Read More

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PHOTO: The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is warning consumers about payday lenders, saying itís important to research them thoroughly before agreeing to any loan. Photo credit: Taber Andrew Bain/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - With many in the state still struggling in the wake of the recession, caution is being advised for those considering a payday lender. According to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota, the payday-loan industry continues to be problematic, whether it's brick-and-mortar - or online, ...Read More

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PHOTO: The Vikings have reactivated running back Adrian Peterson, with team owners saying they believe it's best to let the legal case proceed before they determine a course of action. Photo credit: Joe Bielawa/Flickr.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - It's a case that has revealed the deep divide in the state and across the country over the use of corporal punishment, and as of now, despite the allegations of child abuse, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is back on the field. Peterson was reactivated Monday by the team ...Read More

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PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The frustrating indicator of a slow download, known by many computer users as the spinning wheel of death, will be seen all over the Internet today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online fast lanes and slow lanes. Graphic courtesy

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare or Vi...Read More

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PHOTO: Understanding sleep safety is important in helping reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the major cause of death in the United States for infants ages one month to one year. Photo credit: Jessica Merz/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With stronger requirements coming into effect this year on safety training for Minnesota child-care locations, providers across the state are now starting to plug into a new tool to meet that mandate. Called Anytime Learning, the new training format was launched in July. Corey Woo...Read More

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