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Not really news

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Reporter Todd Walker does some not-really-news news coverage.
The Fox 9 team helps facilitate a tailgate marriage proposal between two Denver Broncos fans.
There's no real lead-in, no nut, just action. Manufactured, even.
After giving them champagne, Walker says, "the Broncos are kind of our anti-Christ here..."
And that's all that one does.

Brazen burglary

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"Return to the neighborhood, you may get hurt," KSTP's Leah McLean leads off a crime story, before passing it off to Nick Winkler.
Winkler's SOT begins with a great quote from St. Paul resident Ron Kogler about how he would've hospitalized the burglar if the cops hadn't gotten him first.
Another interviewee, who called the police and who requested anonymity (and got it by hiding behind a tree) expressed a similar sentiment about the possible fisticuffs the accused, Tyler Running, would face upon return.
Running was arrested and is accused on multiple counts of burglary on West Cook Avenue.
Running was reported as released on bail, and back in the neighborhood...

Duluth diffuser

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A Duluth News Tribune article describes what Tech. Sgt. Bill Williams does for the Wisconsin Air National Guard, as well as a few of his exploits in bomb diffusing in Afghanistan.
"The mortar was lying smack-dab in the middle of he dusty road," the story begins.
From there, back story on Williams is given before getting to the action of exploding the mortar with C-4 and a blasting cap, as well as taking enemy fire-and returning it.
Told from a third-person, past-tense perspective, the story effectively gives a snapshot of what Williams has done in his work in Explosive Ordinance Disposal.

Closings for Christopher & Banks

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Women's clothing retailer Christopher & Banks Corp. is slated to close 100 of its retail outlets, they announced in a press release Friday.
The company currently operates 761 stores, CBS News reports. The 100 closures will mark a 13 percent reduction in their retail store presence.
The Star Tribune reports that in 2010, "Christopher & Banks said it lost $22.2 million, its largest ever annual loss."
According to the Star Tribune, these losses came from what executives described as a miscalculation of what their customers would accept in pricing.
In addition to their retail closures, about 7 percent of their corporate employees were laid off, said CBS News.

Same-sex stalemate

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In Minnesota, the debate over same-sex marriage continues to be deeply divisive, according to St. Cloud State University's annual statewide survey.
The Republic reports that 47 percent of the 626 randomly selected pollsters (294 people) do not support a state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, while 44 percent (275 people) do support it.
The results of the St. Cloud survey, which was conducted Oct. 16-27, transpose almost exactly the results of Star Tribune poll conducted Nov. 2-3.
The Star Tribune survey, which polled 807 Minnesotans, found 48 percent favor an amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman, while 43 percent oppose it--387 for, 347 against.
Both polls were conducted via telephone, with a margin of error of +/-5 percent in the St. Cloud survey and +/-4.4 percent in the Star Tribune's.

Obituary: Ed Pauls of NordicTrack

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The inventor of the NordicTrack exercise system, Ed Pauls, died Sunday at his home in Montrose, Colo., at the age of 80.
He was born in Sheboygan, Wis., in 1931. In 1959, he and his wife Florence were married, and they moved to Excelsior, Minn.
An avid skier of all forms, Pauls invented the NordicTrack in his basement over an especially rough winter cross-country training season in the late 1970s, writes the Star Tribune.
After the company, headquartered in Chaska, Minn., grew to employ about 400 people, the Chaska Herald writes, the Pauls family sold it to the CML Group in 1986.
His wife, Florence; Son, Glen; daughter, Terri; and two grandchildren survive him.
The Star Tribune reports a celebration of Pauls' life will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minn. For those in Colorado, the Telluride Daily Planet reports the funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home at 802 East Main Street in Montrose.

Obituary: Dr. David Utz of Rochester.

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Dr. David C. Utz, distinguished urologist who for years worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., died last Sunday in his Scottsdale, Ariz. winter home. He was 87.
Born in 1923 in Rochester, Utz became a trailblazer in the field of urology, pioneering numerous techniques and creating the largest surgical prostate cancer database, according to PostBulletin.com.
Some of Utz's more famous patients, the Star Tribune reports, included Billy Graham, former Chief Justice Warren Burger, and President Ronald Reagan.
Dr. Utz is survived by his three sons and one daughter; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at noon, Saturday, at the Church of the Evangelist in Rochester.

Cook benched, simmering

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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook is facing felony domestic assault charges for allegedly attacking and attempting to strangle his girlfriend last Saturday.
According to the Star Tribune, Cook became upset because she had spoken with an ex-boyfriend.
When police arrived, they found the woman sitting on the living room floor. She had a bloody nose, marks on her neck, and a hemorrhaging in one eye, USA Today reports Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman as saying.
Cook was released on $40,000 bail, but is suspended without pay from the Vikings until further notice.
He may also face punishment from the NFL, including fines and a probationary period, reports the Star Tribune.

Ferret death brings felony charges

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A Minneapolis man was arrested and is facing felony animal cruelty charges after allegedly drowning his girlfriend's pet ferret.
According to the Star Tribune, Thomas James hart, 23, had been at the bar with his girlfriend and another female friend, but returned home upset that the two were having a "girls' night." When the women returned home, the girlfriend discovered her ferret dead, its head wet but body dry.
City Pages reports that Hart told his girlfriend, "Yeah, I killed the ferret."
Hart is also alleged to have pulled a knife on the two women, who fled the apartment and called the police.
Police arrived to find Hart hiding under a piece of plywood and the ferrets body behind a dumpster, the Star Tribune reports.
According to Kare 11, Hart was released on Friday from Hennepin County jail.

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