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Shakopee Teen Charged in Texting-and-Driving Crash

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A sleep-deprived teen who admitted to texting and driving has been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor for a crash that seriously injured a 15-month-old boy.

The Shakopee 17-year-old, who is not being named because she is a minor, has been charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation and Careless Driving, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

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Remember to Set your Clocks Back this Weekend

Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

Officially, the change comes at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people usually set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night.

Cone Zone: Lane Closures to Slow Weekend Traffic in East, West Metro

I-494 just south of Rockford Road - Photo: Screenshot/Google Earth

There will be some lane closures impacting traffic in the Twin Cities this weekend.

The roadway will be down to one lane on Interstate 494 northbound from Rockford Road in Plymouth to Fish Lake Road in Maple Grove starting at 6 p.m. Friday until noon on Saturday.

Motorists can expect to see intermittent lane restrictions along I-494 through the month of November.

Law Enforcement Steps up Patrols on Minn. Roads this Halloween

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More DWI patrols will be out this Halloween not only because it’s a holiday, but also because it falls on a Friday.

From 2010 to 2012, more than 88,000 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. More than 67,000 of those arrests were made in the top 25 counties for DWI arrests.

The counties with extra patrols are list below, and ranked in order:

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Spooky Farmington Attraction Helps Feed Families

It seems like every neighborhood has that one house which goes a little overboard for Halloween.

In Farmington, one home on an unassuming cul-de-sac is a yearly attraction, and it's for a good cause. For more than a decade now, neighbors have transformed the home into a good place to get scared – The Redrum Hotel.

Rosemount Police: 4 Special Needs Kids Found Living in Fly-Infested House

Four special needs children have been placed in foster care after Rosemount police executed a search warrant of a home belonging to a registered sex offender and his wife and say they found unsanitary conditions.

Salvation Army Hands Out 8,000 Coats for Kids

Thousands of local kids on Thursday got ready for the possibly long and cold winter ahead of us. The Salvation Army gave out 8,000 coats during this year's Coats For Kids Drive. And this week, with our cooler weather, it happened at the perfect time and makes a big difference to families in need.