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MN Zoo Debuts 2 Asian Wild Horse Foals in Apple Valley

Asian wild horse foals at the Minnesota Zoo. - Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo.

Two Asian wild horse foals were born this month at the Minnesota Zoo - the zoo's latest addition to help the species continue to return from the brink of extinction.

The foals made their public debut Wednesday, July 31, at the zoo in Apple Valley. The first foal, a female, was born July 17. The second, a male, was born July 20.

Minn. Man Convicted in Wis. Photo Store Homicides

A jury in western Wisconsin has convicted a Minnesota man of fatally shooting a La Crosse photography store owner and his teenage son in a robbery.
    
The jury deliberated four hours Tuesday before convicting 40-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch.
    

Veterans of WWII Raid Holding 70th Reunion in Ohio

A B-24 Liberator flies over the smokestakes at the oil refinery in Ploesti, Rumania. The Allies tried to stem Nazi oil production from this plant in a series of attacks. The most famous mission was Operation Tidal Wave which began Aug. 1, 1943. - Courtesy Photo: http:/www.af.mil

Veterans of a daring and costly World War II low-flying raid on Axis oil fields are gathering in Ohio this week for a 70th anniversary reunion.
    

Report: Minn. Judge to Retire 2 Months After DWI Plea

A Dakota County judge is retiring two months after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
    
The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection announced Judge Michael Sovis' retirement Monday.
    
Sovis declared his intention to seek a medical retirement when he pleaded guilty in May to third-degree driving under the influence.

Garage, House Fire Displaces Family in Farmington

Garage and house fire in Farmington - Photo courtesy of Alex Robinson.

Farmington firefighters battled a garage fire late Sunday that spread to an attached house.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 11:43 p.m. on the 5500 block of lower 182nd Street, said Farmington Fire Chief Tim Pietsch. Upon arrival, firefighters found the garage and two vehicles outside the garage fully engulfed in flames.

2 from St. Paul Killed in Dakota County Crash on Highway 52

State patrol investigates fatal crash in Dakota County. - Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened in Dakota County Saturday.

Two people were killed in the three-vehicle crash that happened just after 12:00 p.m., on Highway 52 just south of Hampton, according to the state patrol.

Three others were involved.

Among Teen Drivers, Survival Course "Saves Lives"

Sixteen year-old Harrison Fitschen of Red Wing was given an ultimatum recently by his father: take a street survival course or "otherwise you're not driving."

So on a windy and rainy Saturday, Fitschen and 27 other teens buckled up in their own cars at Dakota County Technical College for the Tire Rack Street Survival Course, put on by the Northstar BMW club.