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Metrodome heat adjusted

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In order to prevent another roof collapse at the Metrodome, the heat has been cranked up at the Metrodome, the Associated Press reported.

This was done to melt the snow at a faster pace. Steve Maki, director of facilities for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority, said it would remain that way until after the storm ends, the Associated Press confirmed.

The roof of the Metrodome collapsed in December, 2010. The Vikings were forced to relocate for two home games.

Accuweather reported that the building was heated over night so snow would not build up on the roof.

Snow emergency declared in Minneapolis

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A snow emergency was declared in Minneapolis, among other places on Sunday, the Star Tribune reported. The paper reported that the city could get as many as 15 inches.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the snow is moving east, and is expected to taper off throughout Sunday.

Lt. Eric Roeske, a spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol, said more than 300 crashes have taken place around the state since 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Pioneer Press reported.

In addition, 150 flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have been cancelled, the Star Tribune reported.

Adrian Peterson "overslept"

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Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson spoke out Thursday as to why he missed the team bus from the hotel to Soldier Field on Sunday: he overslept.

'I slept through the alarm, through the calls. I overslept. I had the wake-up call set up. I slept through it. That's it. It's unfortunate. But you know, it happened," Peterson told the media.

The Star Tribune reported that Peterson and head coach Leslie Frazier have "turned the page," from the incident.

The Pioneer Press reported that Peterson was seen getting into a cab at 10 a.m., and arrived at Soldier Field at around 10:23 a.m., about 20 minutes past the reporting time.

Powerball ticket sold in Winona County worth $1 million

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A Powerball ticket that was worth $1 million was sold in Winona County, the Associated Press reported.

The largest Powerball drawing ever occurred Wednesday. Two winners were picked -- one in Missouri and one in Arizona, CBS News reported.

The jackpot had recached $587.5 million.

CBS News also reported that 8,924,123 people won a prize in the lottery, and 60 won $1 million for having five of the numbers drawn.

Two Minnesotans honored as Rhode Scholars

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Two Minnesotans were named Rhodes Scholars on Sunday, AP reported. They are among 32 other students who received the honor this year.

Clayton Aldern, who hails from Cedar, Minn., is a neuroscience major at Brown University and Georgianna Whiteley, from Wayzata, Minn. is a chemistry major at Luther College.

According to the Rhodes Trust website, scholars are chosen "not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead."

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has had seven Rhodes Scholars since 2001, according to a release on the school's website.

Mall of America tightens Black Friday security

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Unaccompanied minors will be turned away from Mall of America on Black Friday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

These rules will also hold for the week between Christmas and New Year's, according to the paper.

The paper also reported that last year 219,000 shoppers came out on Black Friday, which was a record.

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported that approximately 35% of the mall will open at midnight for Black Friday shopping.


Target sets Black Friday shopping time

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Minneapolis-based Target will open Black Friday shopping at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The newspaper reported that the company has not confirmed its hours yet, but that a copy of Target's ad has started circulating online.

MSN Money reported that Target's hours will rival Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart's.

The sale will run for 26 hours and will end at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

Body of Minnesota man found in Arizona

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The body of a missing Minnesota man was found in Arizona, CBS Minnesota reported.

Shaun Rentz, 27, went missing this summer. His car was found near Oak Creek Canyon shortly after he disappeared, the station reported.

Rentz' body was found last week, but his dental records were confirmed Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The paper reported that the cause of death is still undetermined


Kluwe quits Pioneer Press blog

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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has quit writing his "Out of Bounds" blog for the St. Paul Pioneer Press because the paper printed a "Vote Yes" editorial, Deadspin reported.

Kluwe has repeatedly spoken against the marriage amendment in the past month.

Kluwe made his announcement via his Twitter account (@ChrisWarcraft) where he posted: "Sent my email to the @PioneerPress informing them I will no longer contribute to their blog network. It will be my last post on the site."

His next tweet read: "I will not be associated with any organization that tries to pull some bullshit like that. Have the strength of your convictions."

Paul Ryan rallies in Minnesota

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Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan made a campaign stop at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday afternoon, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The paper estimated that there were around 8,000 people in attendance to listen to Ryan who was in a Sun County Airlines hangar and there were more than 2,000 people listening to the speech on the loudspeakers nearby.

The Star Tribune reported that the stop is part of a trip that will also take Ryan through Colorado and Ohio.

A Star Tribune poll from last week showed that President Barack Obama still holds an edge in Minnesota among likely voters over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, but the lead was within the poll's margin of error.

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