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Officials Confirm West Nile Virus in Minn. Mosquitoes

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West Nile virus is back in Minnesota.

A sample of mosquitoes collected by the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) in Scott County has tested positive for the virus this week.

So far this summer there have been no human cases of the virus reported in Minnesota, and dead birds tested by MMCD have also turned up negative.

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Harsh Minnesota Winter Taking Toll on Local Grape Growers

It is finally summer but the terrible winter is still causing problems in Minnesota. Local grape growers say a lot of their fruit did not make it through.

Like tiny survivors pushed to the limit, gapes are growing at Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing.

"What we have is going to be good," said owner John Falconer.

South St. Paul Beef Plant Temporarily Closing, 300 Jobs Affected

These days, you won't find any cattle inside Dakota Premium Foods in South St. Paul, and that's the problem. Parent company American Foods Group released a statement Wednesday saying the plant is temporarily closing because of an "extremely short cattle supply." It'll affect roughly 300 employees.

75-Year-Old Sues Archdiocese over Alleged Abuse

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A 75-year-old man is suing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, saying a now-dead priest sexually abused him 60 years ago.
He was an altar boy in the 1950s at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings. He alleges he was 13 when the Rev. Alphonsus Ferguson first molested him.

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Lakeville Woman Sentenced in Drunken, Fatal Crash with Motorcycle

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A 45-year-old Lakeville woman was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for drinking and driving without a license in a crash that killed a motorcyclist last June in Apple Valley.

Minn. Man Accused of Defrauding Delta of Millions

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A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges they were part of a long-running scheme to defraud Delta Airlines.
The U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta says Michael Yedor of Los Angeles and Paul Anderson of Apple Valley, Minnesota, were indicted June 10. It wasn't immediately clear if they had lawyers.

Supreme Court's Birth Control Decision Impacts Minnesota Companies

Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 30, 2014. - Photo: AP/Sue Ogrocki

A decision was made by the U.S. Supreme Court that companies, and not just individuals, can hold religious beliefs. The decision involving craft chain Hobby Lobby led to strong reaction on both sides nationally and locally.