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The federal trial involving three men accused of bombing a Bloomington mosque three years ago continues in St. Paul. Accomplice Michael McWhorter testified on Friday as the prosecution’s star witness. He told the court that defendant Michael Hari said they were going to Minnesota to bomb a mosque. No one was hurt in the blast that happened back in August 2017. Joe Morris, who is one of three co-defendants, is expected to take the stand this week.
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Minnesota State Patrol authorities are investigating a deadly crash that killed a pedestrian in Coon Rapids. 32-year-old Elisa Hansen crossed the northbound lanes of Highway 47 at University Avenue. Police say she disobeyed the red light before being struck by a pickup truck. Tests reportedly showed that Hansen had alcohol in her system.
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The historic Archer House River Inn in Northfield has taken on heavy fire and water damage after a blaze. It happened yesterday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The Archer House is considered a landmark that first opened in 1877.
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Dollar General plans to open a upscale new concept store in Nicollet Mall. The DGX Minneapolis store will provide groceries, grab-and-go salads, toys and beauty products. The retailer is expected to open early next year.
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Northfield-based St. Olaf College has become the second member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to cancel its winter sports. School officials announced that it will cancel men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and diving, hockey and indoor track due to the pandemic. Three weeks ago, Carleton College, also from the MIAC, canceled its winter sports.