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MINNESOTA — Nearly 30 million Americans have some type of diabetes. In Minnesota, about 466,638 people, or 10.5 percent of the adult population, face the considerate health risks that come with the disease in addition to paying about $300 for a vial of insulin here.

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BIWABIK — The Biwabik City Council on Monday met for their regularly scheduled meeting and approved a 2020 budget set at $3,202,557. The levy was set at $1,099,595, and 11.7 percent increases from a $984,648 levy in 2019.

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AURORA — The baking crew of Our Lady of Hope Parish will be busy Friday turning out dozens upon dozens of cookies. The shoppers will arrive Saturday morning to stock up on cookies for Christmas. And they will have 10 varieties to choose and 150-170 dozen to buy.

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VIRGINIA — One hundred former employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor to receive Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits after a round of layoffs earlier this year.

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GILBERT — City Councilor Rocco Leoni's controversial garage building project is not compliant with city code — the two-story structure is too tall — the Gilbert Planning and Zoning Board ruled at a meeting last week.

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HIBBING — Range Regional Airport had a record-setting 16,905 passengers in 2018, a 12 percent increase from the previous year. Soon the airport is expected to report another record-breaking year with 18,000 passengers for 2019. Such impressive numbers at the rural airport have garnered appla…

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VIRGINIA — If you don’t have cash or change on you, no problem. You can still make Christmas and the coming new year brighter for area families in need.

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota counties are refusing to reimburse the state for nearly $9 million in overpayments of federal funds because they say the state — not the counties — made the mistake.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar on Thursday rolled out a plan to help Americans succeed in a changing economy, as she returns to Iowa looking to quickly build support with weeks to go before the first votes are cast for the party’s 2020 nomination.

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VIRGINIA — Pretty blue and silver ornaments adorn a tree honoring a child gone-too-soon at the Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial Park — hung in time for today’s annual candlelight service.

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ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota budget officials projected a $1.332 billion surplus in the current two-year budget period on Thursday, setting up contentious debates for the 2020 legislative session on whether to save the extra money or spend it, possibly to cover tax cuts.

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The state of Minnesota is suing e-cigarette maker Juul, claiming the company created a public nuisance and violated several consumer protection laws in the way it marketed and sold its vaping products.

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BIWABIK — Sarah Stachovich of the Weihnachtsfest committee says they "love to see families make a tradition of coming and spending the day with us and seeing families walking along throughout town making their own memories." And it's been many years of making memories — this year's Weihnacht…

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MOUNTAIN IRON — The Mountain Iron City Council changed its mind about raising the tax levy for 2020 at Monday night’s meeting and returned to its long-standing tradition of adopting a 0 percent increase.

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IRON RANGE — The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) is now offering the Grocery to Go program to homebound seniors.

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Cleveland-Cliffs is entering the steelmaking business through a $1.1 billion deal to buy Ohio-based AK Steel, marking a major shift for the 172-year-old taconite producer, company officials said.

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HIBBING — The blizzard that pounded the Twin Ports and forced areas of Interstate 35 to shut down didn’t forget to dump snow on northland cities throughout rural Minnesota this weekend.

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VIRGINIA — Diocese of Duluth Bishop Paul D. Sirba died Sunday morning after having a heart attack in Proctor. He was 59.

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EVELETH — Korey Dropkin’s team won the 16th annual Curl Mesabi Cashspiel over the weekend in Eveleth.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old Eveleth woman was not injured Monday after her car collided with a train on the North Ramshaw Road in Clinton Township.

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EVELETH — Tom Violette can trace his curling start to the Iron Range. It’s where he grew up, lettered in high school in the 1970s and recently sat on Thanksgiving weekend reflecting on the busiest, craziest and perhaps most important couple of years curlers have ever experienced.

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GILBERT — Mary Bradach's late father, Joseph Crep, was a Navy veteran of World War II. And four of her five brothers served in the military -- Matt Crep was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War, serving in Germany with the military police, Tom Crep was in the Marines, Mark Crep was a…

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IRON RANGE — Marjorie Holmstrom-Sabo announced on Wednesday that she made the “difficult decision to suspend” her race for Eighth Congressional District in northeastern Minnesota, ending a campaign in which she was one of two DFLers seeking to usurp Republican Representative Pete Stauber from office.

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CHISHOLM — If you’re looking to burn a few calories before consuming your Thanksgiving feast, the Chisholm Save Our Swimmers Club Gobble Trot 5K fun run and walk may be just the ticket.

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NASHWAUK — Chad Snider, a band instructor at Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, was chaperoning the homecoming dance earlier this fall at school when he witnessed a comical scene that took him aback.