Animal Shelter Facing Closure

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Windmill pet store is a small, and the only, store in the town of Elko New Market that has been around for 20 years.

However, owner Toni Maat may have to close the doors and say goodbye to her lives work. Windmill is not pulling in enough profit and Maat is running out of money of her own to keep things running.

Maat has helped over 2,000 animals find homes reports WCCO.

She is asking for donations and an awareness campaign has been started to get the word out about the pet store and the work it does. Maat is worried about what will happen to the animals if the store goes under.

Policies to Change After Science Accident

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After four junior high students were burned by a science accident gone wrong, Osseo is looking to change its policies for science experiments.

A flash fire involving methanol severely burned students when a demonstration went wrong.

Dan Neuberger, 15, was one of these students and is in the hospital with second degree burns.

Osseo has suspended various demonstrations and is looking at changed policies completely reports Kare 11.

Downtown Welcomes back the NBA

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Downtown businesses are relieved to welcome back the 2011 NBA basketball season.

Local businesses have been struggling to fill restaurants and shops as the NBA lock out continued through the beginning of December.

The NBA just agreed on a deal that could result in the season opening on Christmas day.

The Warehouse District Business Association says missed games result in one to two million dollars in lost economic impact reports Kare 11.

Athen's Citizens Hit the Streets

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In the wake of a new interim government Athen's residents took to the streets in protest.

The new government has been put in place to ensure Greece does not default on its loans and stays on track to meet the requirements set by its lenders reports

Citizens are upset because, as they say, not much has changed. A new budget is also set to be decided on in a few weeks. That budget is projected to cost tax payers billions of euros in new and raised taxes.

US Steps up Awarness for Piracy

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Homeland Security has started to crack down on websites and individuals who sell counterfeit merchandise across the country.

From luxury items to jewelry, dvd's, music and even medicine the counterfeiting world is more prevalent than ever.

Homeland Security has released new campaigns highlighting some of the problem that come with the counterfeiting business.

The government says that counterfeit merchandise and stolen intellectual property cost the economy 200 billion dollars each year reports MSNBC Today.

Izzy's Expands

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A favorite local St. Paul ice cream shop is looking to expand its business into Minneapolis.

"It's important for us to have a presence in both cities," owner Jeff Sommers told the Star Tribune. "We are very optimistic and excited and hopeful. We think it will be a beautiful place to make ice cream."

Izzy's was founded in 2000 and Sommer and co-owner Lara Hammel. The business's success has resulted in the current space becoming cramped and the owners looking to open another, bigger store.

They hope to have the new store open by 2013.

Coffee Angel

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Scene: "At 10 a.m. every Thursday -- the same day he usually took his dad for chemotherapy treatment -- Dan Dewey is at the cancer unit of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital in Pontiac, taking coffee orders.

By about 10:30 a.m., he's at the Starbucks down the street. ... "


Dan Dewey can be spotted every Thursday at Starbucks holding up the line buying multiple cups of coffee.

Dewey buys coffee for cancer patients receiving chemo therapy in honor of his father who told him to continue on the tradition. His father had cancer twice and received treatment at the hospital he continues to make coffee runs for.

A baristas at the Starbucks, Valerie Edgington, noticed what he was doing and asked to help. She created a type of debt card that people can donate money to in order to help ease the cost for Dewey since he pays for it all out of his own pocket.

"He just brings a smile to your face," Sharon Donley told "It's such a wonderful thing to do for the patients. He brings you coffee, and he makes you laugh. It's such a wonderful thing to know that there's someone who doesn't even know you who cares. It makes a difference because when you're here, you're always a little nervous. And then you have this pleasant familiar experience."

Egyptian Protesters Flee

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Army and police forces marched into Cairo's Tahrir Square Sunday spraying tear gas in an attempt to clear protestors.

Four people died in the square as police were seen beating and arresting people reported

The protesters are out in the streets and upset about the military. They are demanding that the military "announce a date for the handover of power to a civilian government" reports

They have been throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks and setting fire to police vehicles. At least 1,114 people have been injured.

"Magical" Cruises

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James Lileks from the Star Tribune shares his story about a recent cruise aboard the Disney Cruse ship, The Magic.

"There was a moment when the poolside noise level was enough to make Davy Jones swim up to the surface and tell us to hold it down, but Davy Jones was actually at the party. At least everyone went quiet when the ship launched the fireworks. Yes, fireworks," he writes.

Lileks writes about his experience on the ship while critiquing all aspects of the cruise.

The Magic is 964 feet long, holds 2,400 passengers and 94,297 crew members reports Lileks. He also says that the ship is one of the most elegant ships he's ever been on.

17 Arson Fires

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Scene: "Shawn Junjak spent Friday afternoon raking leaves with his 3- and 4-year-old daughters, then stuffing the leaves in three garbage bags that he set behind his garage in south Minneapolis.

At 10:45 p.m., his phone rang with a call from his neighbor: His garage was engulfed in flames, apparently because someone had set the leaves on fire."


On Friday night 17 fires were set within a four hour period in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.

There were no injuries and no one has been arrested yet reports the Star Tribune.

Most of the fires were set in garages and vehicles but some were also set in dumpsters and to retaining wall reported the Pioneer Press.

The Longfellow neighborhood has been seeing an increase in crime since the summer.

"We've always enjoyed our neighborhood," Shelly Junjak told the Star Tribune. "We're hoping it's just a couple of kids who are just misguided."