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In 2009, Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, Pioneer Press reports.

Sobiech, 17, was told in June that he only has a year, maybe even just months, to live.

When his mother heard the news, she suggested he should start writing letters to say his goodbyes. Instead, Sobiech began writing songs.

The first song he wrote was "Clouds" for his girlfriend. Sobiech also wrote songs for his sister and a long time friend.

"It feels good to be able to write a song and feel fulfilled. And getting everything out on one page and then being able to share it with people is even cooler" Sobiech said.

Sobiech and his friend Sammy are currently working on their first CD, "Blueberries" that will be released Dec.15.


More snow for metro area expected tonight

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After Friday dusted Minneapolis with the first snowfall of December 2012, a winter snow storm is expected Saturday, StarTribune reports.

The storm is expected to begin at 10 PM and leave 5-7 inches of snow when it comes to a hault.

The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities area has issued a winter storm warning for the area because of the heavy snowfall.

The snowfall is expected to come to a close Sunday afternoon, a strong wind is predicted to follow causing strong drifts of snow, likely to create blizzard like conditions in some areas.

Minnesota women's hockey continues winning streak

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Minnesota women's hockey continues there winning streak on this weekend, beating Wisconsin on both Saturday and Sunday, Minnesota Daily reports.

On Saturday, the Gophers beat Wisconsin 4-1 and continued to triumph on Sunday, beating them 2-0.

This is the first time Minnesota has swept Wisconsin since the 2004-2005 season.

Amanda Kessel scored in both the Saturday and Sunday game and goaltender Noora R├Ąty kept Wisconsin from scoring, blocking a total of 19 shots in Sunday's game.

Saturday also was the first time the Gopher's sold out the Ridder Arena, a total of 3,400 seats.

Mall Of America expanded restrictions on the hours teens can be in the mall without supervision to include all hours of Black Friday, Star Tribune reports.

Mall Of America (MOA) will not allow those under the age of 16 to be without the supervision of an adult, age 21 or older, on Black Friday, or during the week between Christmas and New Years Day.

Bridget Jewel, spokeswoman for MOA, said the mall experienced an influx of teens at the mall during these times last year.

"We don't it to turn to a place for people to come and hangout." said Jewel.

Every store at MOA will be open at 6 a.m. Friday, except Nordstrom, which decided to open at 9 a.m.

"We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time," a sign at Nordstrom explains.

Two Minneapolis writers win National Book Awards

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For the first time, two Minnesota writers won National Book Awards on Wednesday, Startribune reports.

Louise Erdrich won her first National Book Award for her book, "The Round House" and William Alexander won for "Goblin Secrets," his debut fantasy novel.

Erdrich currently lives in Minneapolis and owns Birchbark Books. "The Round House" is her 14th novel and second in a planned trilogy to take place on a Native American Reservation.

Alexander also lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He first began writing in March of last year and said he was shocked to even be a finalist for the award.

Winning the award includes a prize of $10,000 and a bronze statue.

St. Paul teacher wins education award

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A St. Paul teacher won a $25,000 award on Friday for an excellence in teaching, Star Tribune reports.

Steve Abenth, 37, was the only teacher in Minnesota to be awarded the 2012 Milken Educator Award for excellence in teaching.

Abenth teaches the fourth grade at Highland Park Elementary School in St. Paul. According to the award program, Abenth created a data-tracking system to isolate student learning gaps and improve achievement.

Abenth said he will use the money to get his masters degree in technology education.


St. Paul teacher wins education award

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A St. Paul teacher won a $25,000 award on Friday for an excellence in teaching, Star Tribune reports.

Steve Abenth, 37, was the only teacher in Minnesota to be awarded the 2012 Milken Educator Award for excellence in teaching.

Abenth teaches the fourth grade at Highland Park Elementary School in St. Paul. According to the award program, Abenth created a data-tracking system to isolate student learning gaps and improve achievement.

Abenth said he will use the money to get his masters degree in technology education.


Stillwater couple convicted of mortgage fraud

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A Stillwater couple was sent to federal prison on Thursday in connection with a 10-year-old fraud scheme, Startribune reports.

Jim and Teresa Gay Hoffman, both 53*, were convicted in connection with a $5 million mortgage fraud.

Jim Hoffman pleaded guilty to money laundering and tax evasion and was sentenced to six years in prison. Teresa Hoffman pleaded guilty to tax evasion and will spend one year and one day in prison.

Teresa Hoffman's attorney argued for probation for her due to the fact that she is the primary homemaker for the couples four children.

The couple was also ordered to pay $344,409.26 in restitution to victims.

*One source said Jim Hoffman is 52.

Non-profit Small Sums Gala 2012

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A St. Paul non-profit, Small Sums, threw their Gala 2012 Saturday which raised money in the attempt eradicate Minneapolis' homeless, Pioneer Press reports.

Small Sums held there annual gala Saturday at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, raising funds to help the "new homeless" recover from the Great Recession.

The non-profit aids homeless in getting the tools necessary to become self-sufficient. This includes the donation of bus passes, uniforms for work, or helping cover expenses to keep small-businesses afloat.

By the end of the year the non-profit hopes to aid more than 500 clients.The organization works with its various donors to directly choose who which clients they wish to help.

'Movember' fundraising begins

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In efforts to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues members of the "Mo Medics & Mo Friends" begin a month-long mustache contest in Stillwater, Wisc., Pioneer Press reports.

The 83 member group's goal is to raise more than $5,000 by the end of November, when they will decide who's mustache is supreme.

The men will all start of November beardless then begin to groom themselves until Novemeber 31st, when the winner will be awarded for best mustache. The mustache-growers will have sponsors, who will donate money to the Movember charity in honor of their growers mustache-ing efforts.

The funds for Movember go towards prostate and testicular cancer research and education. The Movember charity teams up with LIVESTRONG and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The Men of "Mo Medics & Mo Friends" said they will be sporting mustaches that are anything from the "monkey tail" mustache, to a Godfather inspired look.

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