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ST. CLOUD — Two men who harassed and then stole a vehicle belonging to a Lyft driver in St. Cloud died after they crashed the vehicle into a grove of trees southeast of the city early Tuesday morning, Nov. 13. According to a news release, the two men were picked up by a 46-year-old Lyft driver in the southeast part of town about 1 a.m. and he drove them around for a short period of time as they didn’t appear to know where they were going.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul's Como Zoo is now home to two recently orphaned mountain lion cubs. The cubs, who arrived at the zoo on Oct. 30, come from different areas of northern California. They are a male and female, about 8 to 12 weeks old. Mountain lions are also known as pumas or cougars.
EDINA, Minn. -- A look at Minnesota’s congressional maps shows a Republican ring nearly encircling the Twin Cities. Could this be the year Democrats break through? Democrats are banking on challengers Angie Craig and Dean Phillips — neither of whom has held political office — to win over suburban voters to the south and west of the Twin Cities. Craig is in a rematch with U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis for the 2nd District, and Phillips is trying to unseat five-term U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen in the 3rd District.
LAKE MILLE LACS, Minn. -- The number of walleyes over 14 inches long have nearly tripled in Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs over the past five years, the state's Department of Natural Resources revealed Tuesday, Oct. 30, an improvement that will again allow ice anglers to keep one fish daily this winter. The one-walleye limit starts Dec.1, the third winter where some walleye can be kept after a series of summers that have been catch-and-release only for all walleyes.
ST. PAUL -- On Halloween night, some brave trick-or-treaters will cautiously walk a long path leading to dark house in St. Paul. As they climb the stone steps to the front door, spotlights will suddenly flood the entryway and illuminate a large cage. Behind the bars of the cage, a massive gorilla will be pounding its chest and grunting. “Did you bring a canned good for the food shelf?” the gorilla will ask.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The 2019 MNsure open enrollment period begins this Thursday, Nov. 1. Beginning at 7 a.m., on Nov. 1, Minnesotans can log on to the MNsure website and enroll. For those who want coverage that begins Jan. 1, they must enroll by Dec. 15, 2018. Open enrollment runs until Jan. 13.
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Duluth Police Department has closed an investigation into a recent assault captured on video outside East High School and widely shared on social media. The video appears to show a male student tackling another student, repeatedly punching him in the head, violently stomping on him and delivering several kicks to his face. A second video appears to show the assailant bragging about the incident, vaguely referencing a theft and other issues that may have precipitated the assault.
BISMARCK — Motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways this time of year because juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges. October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents, according to the North Dakota Department of Game & Fish department..
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans now have a third choice when obtaining their driver’s license or identification card for identifying their gender. Instead of male or female, there is also now an “X” box to check in an apparent move to establish a gender-neutral ID. The option became available on Monday, Oct. 1, when the state also began offering the new Real ID.
ST. ROSA, Minn. -- Two adult black Labradors were found shot to death in a wildlife management area in Stearns County in east-central Minnesota over the weekend. After an investigation by the county sheriff’s department, the skeletal remains of two other dogs and a cat were also found in the same area near the town of St. Rosa or about 30 miles northwest of St. Cloud near the Todd County line.