An Iconic Grandstand Destroyed by Fire at Tink Larson Field

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On Wednesday of last week, the grandstand at Tink Larson Field went up in flames. The ball park, which is based in the small Southern Minnesota town of Waseca, is an icon in the state-wide baseball community, especially to those in the region.

The fire, which was first reported around 8:11 p.m., destroyed most of the grandstand which included seats from the old Metropolitan Stadium. You can see pictures of the destruction here. It is believed the fire started somewhere in the center of the grandstand. There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

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Freeman Announces No Indictment In Jamar Clark Shooting

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There will be no indictments handed down in the fatal police shooting of twenty-four year old Jamar Clark.

On Wednesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he will not pursue charges against Officer Mark Ringgenberg or Officer Dustin Schwarze for the shooting. In the investigation, Freeman said he was concerned with determining whether Jamar Clark was handcuffed and what the evidence suggested about the use of force by police.

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Minnesota Super Tuesday is ‘Berning’

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The results are in. Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were both winners on the national stage this Super Tuesday in their respective parties. They each captured seven states out of eleven and both won the majority of their party’s delegates. However, here in Minnesota neither Clinton or Trump were winners.

Instead Bernie Sanders won for the Democrats and Marco Rubio won for the Republicans. For Sanders this was a much needed victory that is one of four states he won on Super Tuesday, the other states being Colorado, Vermont, and Oklahoma. In Minnesota, Sanders captured well over 60% of the votes in the Democratic Caucus, won every single district, and gained 46 delegates to Clinton’s 29. In short, Sanders won very convincingly in Minnesota.

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Who Will Minnesota Vote for on Super Tuesday?

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With Donald Trump’s recent second primary win in South Carolina, taking 44 delegates, and giving him a commanding lead over the other candidates, he solidified himself as the front-runner for the Republican party and the one to beat in future primaries and caucuses. Marco Rubio placed second and is gaining momentum while Jeb Bush has bowed out. Hillary Clinton, on the Democratic side, narrowly beat out Bernie Sanders in Nevada and is hoping to stifle his momentum. The race is far from over.

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Minnesotans ‘Feel the Bern’ in St. Paul

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The normally bone chilling Minnesota was really “Feeling the Bern” on Tuesday, January 26th as Bernie Sanders rode into Minnesota to speak in front of thousands of Minnesotans in Duluth and St. Paul. Excited attendees braved turbulent masses of people and the cruel Minnesota gusts outside the RiverCentre in Downtown St. Paul to catch a glimpse or hear a word from the Vermont Senator.

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Nye’s Polonaise Room Officially to Shut Down in Early Spring

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One of Northeast Minneapolis’s most notable restaurants, Nye’s Polonaise Room, will close its doors in early spring after 67 years of service. Nye’s has given people around the area a chance to sit back, enjoy a Classic Martini and listen to the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band. If you haven’t already had the pleasure of experiencing Nye’s, April 3rd is the last day to do it.

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101 Year-Old Still Out Shoveling Snow

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Recently, a 101-year-old man was filmed shoveling the neighbor’s walkway after a recent snowfall. Richard Mann, of St. Paul, was filmed by 55-year-old Keven O’Bannon shoveling another neighbor’s driveway while the neighbor was out of town. In the video, which has gone viral, Mann stated that he needed the exercise and that he wasn’t going to exert himself.

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Albertville Could Be Home to a New Family Theme Park

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Albertville could soon have a new indoor amusement park — the proposed family destination would be chock full of activities and events all based around the world of Sony’s movie universe.

A group of Minnesota developers and Sony are pooling resources, attempting to construct this mini indoor amusement park which will feature characters like the Smurfs, Ghostbusters and more, a Marriott hotel and a massive indoor water park. The project, which will cost an estimated $115 million to complete, is said to create some 2,000 jobs for Minnesota workers. As of now, the proposal has the support of elected officials like Governor Mark Dayton and Albertville Mayor Jillian Hendrickson.

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The Trump Pattern: Controversial Comments Will Do Nothing to Hurt Poll Numbers

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On Monday, Donald Trump proposed blocking all Muslims from entering the U.S. for an indefinite period of time.

This proposal was almost universally criticized or condemned by every imaginable figure spanning the entire U.S. political spectrum from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton to Paul Ryan to Dick Cheney. The White House said Trump’s statement “disqualifies” him from being President. Representatives from all over the world also weighed in to chastise the leading Republican Presidential candidate for what many view as dangerous and provocative rhetoric.

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Salvation Army Receives $500k Donation in Red Kettle

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Around the holiday season, you can hardly go into a retail store without seeing someone in a red apron ringing a bell in front of a red Salvation Army kettle. The donation buckets have become synonymous with the Christmas season — while many make it a point to drop some dollar bills or coins in the bucket, very few of us (or none) could ever match the donation the Salvation Army got last week.

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