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Minnesota Lawmakers Debate Raising Taxes on Alcohol [VIDEO]

It's been 26 years since the last Minnesota tax hike on alcohol, but if state lawmakers have their way there will be another one soon to help make up for the state's budget deficit.

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Twitter User BryanPiatt
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New Prague Minnesota School in Lockdown, Students Reported Okay [UPDATED]

WCCO TV in Minneapolis is reporting a middle school in New Prague, Minnesota was placed on lockdown this morning after someone called 911 reporting a shooting within the school.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers Defeat #1 Indiana [VIDEO]

I can't remember the last time I saw the crowd in Minneapolis storm the court following a Gophers basketball game, but that was the scene Tuesday night as the Golden Gophers defeated the #1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers.

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Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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Nolan Defeats Cravaack and Minnesotans Reject Marriage and Voter ID Amendments

While President Obama has won another term, coming out on top in both the electoral college and popular votes, other Northland elections and issues were decided in the wee hours of the morning.

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Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
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Not So Fast With The Minnesota Wolf Hunt, Two National Wildlife Groups Will Sue To Stop It

The on again, off again controversial wolf hunt received more opposition when two national wildlife groups said they will sue to protect the animals, while two other groups have also asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop the state's first managed wolf that begins November 3, arguing that the lower court was wrong when it ruled last week that the killing of 400 wolves would not cause irreparable harm.

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Is the Super Bowl Minnesota bound? - Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Is the Super Bowl Minnesota bound? - Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
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Vikings Officially Submit Bid to Host Future Super Bowl

The Minnesota Twins were just awarded the 2014 All Star Game in their new stadium, so why shouldn't the Minnesota Vikings host a future Super Bowl in their new stadium, which will be built over the next few years.

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Minnesota Vikings Percy Harvin Requests Trade

Percy Harvin has requested a trade from the Vikings. The shocking news coming from someone inside the organization who requested to be kept secret. Harvin voiced frustration with the Vikings on Tuesday at the first day of mandatory minicamp.

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Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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Happy Minnesota Fishing Opener! Get Your License With This Link

The 2012 Minnesota fishing opener is upon us!  Wisconsin got a head start but now it's game on for everyone.  Minnesota sells about 1.3 million fishing licenses each year and a large percentage of those people will be out this weekend (with mom's permission of course).

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Photo courtesy of Ariel Lift Bridge Facebook page
Photo courtesy of Ariel Lift Bridge Facebook page
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When Is The Park Point 5-Miler? Here Are Details With A Link Provided To Register

Registration is now open for northern Minnesota's oldest road race - the Park Point 5-Miler.  This years race is the evening of July 20th.  If you're already training for Grandmas Marathon weekend, run 5k's or want to make this a first organized run, I think you should totally go for it. It's a nice Friday evening and even though it's been warm and humid the past several years, there are friendly Park Point residents there to cheer you on and spray you with a hose.

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Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Dayton Decries Photo ID Push With A ‘Veto’

I posted a story on this last week and thought that it wasn't a bad idea to require more identification to vote.  My point was that government issued ID's are required for the most basic things such as opening a checking account so why not require such identification for something as important as voting?

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Minnesota Waitress Sues After Police Seize $12,000

Struggling mom has a very strange encounter with a customer and is left with a box.  Box contains $12,000!  I think the key to this story is that she notified the police right away and they told her if nobody claimed it within a certain time she could have it.  That time passed and they extended it.  That extended time passed and they said she couldn't have it because it's "drug money".   Because they didn't disclose that right away, it sounds like they're making up the rules on the fly so I can see her reasoning behind the lawsuit.

A couple of questions come to mind.  First would if this happened to you would you notify police or just take it as offered?  Second, if the series of events this woman experienced happened to you, would you sue or just take the police offer?  Here's the whole story:

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Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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When Is The Minnesota Fishing Opener? Perhaps A Week Early This Year

This amendment would only impact this year.  It is now in the hands of Governor Mark Dayton to sign.  Proponents of the bill say that it avoids a Mother's Day conflict with the Minnesota opener and it takes advantage of the warmer weather the state has experienced lately.  Opposition comes primarily from resort owners who say this short notice is causing them stress in preparation and meeting customers needs.

What do you think?  Do you support having the Minnesota opener moved up a week this year or do think the state should leave things as they are?

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