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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's wolf season has closed more than a month early. The season closed Saturday after hunters killed a total of 237 wolves —17 more than the target harvest set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The season was to run until Jan. 31, or until the 220-wolf target harvest was reached. The Star Tribune reports officials are not concerned that the quota was exceeded. Minnesota's east-central wolf zone was closed Saturday after hunters had registered nine wolves.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Feeling a bit more crowded around town? That's because more people are calling Minnesota home. A new estimate released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows the state's population is still climbing. By the bureau's estimate, there were now 5,420,380 people living in Minnesota as of July 1. That's up almost 41,000 from last year's projection. The count isn't as precise as the once-a-decade population surveys.
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Residents in the Brainerd lakes area reported seeing flashes of light streaking across the sky and hearing a boom that rattled homes and buildings, and meteorologists say the reports are consistent with a meteor event. The reports started flowing in to authorities on Friday between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the Brainerd Dispatch reported.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota State University, Mankato, will start offering online courses this spring to help nursing students on the Iron Range complete their four-year registered nurse degrees at home. Hibbing Community College offers a two-year nursing program, but the closest four-year program to the Range is at St.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just two shopping days left for Minnesota health insurance shoppers who expect to have coverage as the new year starts. Tuesday is the final day to enroll for a plan through the state's health insurance exchange, known as MNsure. The deadline had been moved from Dec. 23 to accommodate consumers struggling to navigate the clunky Website. Meanwhile, the board that oversees MNsure will meet Monday afternoon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fan who want a piece of Metrodome history can now buy the stadium's bright-blue seats. Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, tells the Star Tribune an agreement was to be signed Friday with a Fridley firm to begin removing the dome's seats. More than 60,000 of the stadium's seats will be removed by Albrecht Sign Co.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Minnesota lawmakers debate raising the minimum wage, Gov. Mark Dayton says he prefers tying future increases to inflation. Dayton told The Associated Press on Friday that it would be "useful" to include an automatic escalator clause. The state has one of the nation's lowest minimum wages at $6.15 per hour, but most people at the bottom qualify for the federal minimum of $7.25. The Democratic-led House and Senate both passed bills to boost the Minnesota rate but couldn't come to an agreement on how much.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis mayoral candidate says he was injured in an attempted theft of his iPhone. Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew tells the Star Tribune he was attacked at a coffee shop at the Mall of America about 7 p.m. Thursday. Andrew says he was at a table when someone grabbed his phone and ran out. He says he chased the thief, who he thinks was male, and two young women waiting outside the Starbucks tackled him.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he has urged supporters of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Minnesota to work with opponents in law enforcement if they want progress on the issue. Dayton repeatedly cites law enforcement concerns for his own opposition to medical marijuana.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers are closing the late wolf hunting-and-trapping season in northwestern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources says the northeast zone closes at the end of shooting hours Friday. Hunters and trappers there registered 93 wolves by midday Friday, four over the zone's late-season target. The season remains open in the east-central zone until Jan. 31, or whenever the target is expected to be met.