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CONTEST: KSTP's Back to School Giveaway

Teachers put a lot of time, money and effort into making sure students get a great education. A recent survey found that teachers spend more than $500 out of pocket on school supplies for their students.

KSTP is partnering with Target to give away gift cards, each worth $750.

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Calorie Crackdown: New Rules Mean Healthy Snacks in School

There are new rules your child will have to follow when buying a snack at school this year. It's part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks in School initiative.

World's 3rd Oldest Snow Monkey to Turn 31 at Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is preparing a birthday party for Nikko, a 31-year-old snow monkey that's believed to be the oldest in North America.

Zoo officials will give him birthday presents, or "enrichment items," on Tuesday morning.

Nikko was born in September 1983 and has been at the Minnesota Zoo since 2001.

New Initiatives in Place for Students Heading Back to School

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Many students across the state will head back to school Tuesday, and children and parents might notice new changes this year.

Here are some new initiatives in place this year:

All-Day Kindergarten

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Minnesota Gas Prices Down from Last Year

Gas prices in Minnesota are lower than they were during the Labor Day weekend last year, and analysts say they could fall even further heading into the fall.
The Star Tribune reports that in the Twin Cities, the average gas price was $3.36 per gallon on Friday. That's 20 cents less than last year.

Model Airplane Enthusiasts Seek Permission to Fly in Scott County

Model airplane enthusiasts in the southwest Metro are looking for a field to fly over. The Minnesota Valley Radio Controlled Club of Shakopee has its sight set Cleary Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake. 

Flyers appreciate the wide-open spaces of the public park because there's plenty of room to fly battery-powered, remote controlled planes fast and far.

1 Person Hurt in Plane Accident at Airlake Airport in Lakeville

One person is hurt after an accident involving a "light aircraft" at Airlake Airport in Lakeville.

A Metropolitan Airports Commission official says it happened around 2 p.m. and one person was inside the plane. That person has been taken to a nearby hospital.

No further information was immediately available.