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I'm just a regular Minnesota guy that grew up on the north-side of the Cities (Fridley), spent some quality time at the U of M, chill on the weekends at the family cabin near Duluth, bleed Vikings purple, and miss the North Stars. I have a short attention span; and enjoy Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Zac Brown, 80s hair bands, coffee, beer, scotch, and long sunset walks on the beach. (One of those isn't true.) I'm a two-time cancer survivor now (Colorectal 2002, Kidney 2014), and know that life is damn short -- so by all means we should be playing as hard and as often as we can. I think that's it. (Did I mention that I have a short attention span?) Hit me up below on Facebook & Twitter.
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Minnesotans Might Need A Passport To Fly Within The U.S.

After the 9-11 attacks the Federal Government put new enhanced I.D. laws into place requiring states to upgrade I.D.s and Driver's Licenses effective January 2016, with the intent of protecting the friendly skies. The problem is the State of Minnesota isn't playing ball, and your Minnesota Driver's License is not compliant.

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These Are The 10 Laziest Cities In Minnesota

The team at RoadSnacks.net is at it again, this time collecting the data, crunching the numbers to determine which cities are the 'Laziest in Minnesota.' Any Central Minnesota cities on the list? You bet there are. I'm surprised St. Cloud didn't crack the top-10 because I usually have a profound effect on my town's lazy-ranking.

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Is Snow Headed For Minnesota Next Week? [Watch]

Last night on the channel 5 news, Dave Dahl hinted that parts of Minnesota could see snow next Wednesday. I for one love the first snows of the year. (I just need it to be spring in February). We'll track the possible snow for you. Here's when the snow typically starts to fly in St. Cloud.

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Albany, Becker, & Pierz Advance To Section Finals + More

Albany advanced to the Class 3A Section 6 final with a 40-6 win last night over New London-Spicer. Becker cruised past visiting Zimmerman 34-3 and will face Orono in Saturday's section final. Pierz knocked off Foley 42-6 to set a date with Annandale at Husky Stadium on Saturday. Here are more area scores from yesterday:

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Nominate A Teacher For The 98.1 ‘Teacher of the Month’

Do you know of a teacher here in Central Minnesota that deserves special recognition for what they bring to the lives of the kids in their classroom? A teacher who is engaging or inspiring students in an exceptional way? Someone who cares, makes a difference, and is a total rockstar? Nominate them for the 98.1 'Teacher of the Month.'

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What Prep Playoff Game Should 98.1 Tailgate At Today/Tonight? [RESULTS]

There are a bunch of area high school teams playing in Sectional Semifinals today & tonight for the right to advance to the finals -- and continue their runs to the state title. 98.1 can only be in one place at a time, so we left it up to you to decide! You voted all day long...AND, we're going to party in Pierz tonight! Thanks to all who voted. It came down to just 31 votes. 

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Prep Football Playoffs Today: Foley, Paynesville, Albany + More

Another round of Sectional Semifinals are scheduled across the state this afternoon and tonight featuring several area teams. Foley travels to Pierz to face the Pioneers at 7 PM. Paynesville hosts Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at 7 PM. Albany's at home against New London-Spicer at 7 PM.  Here are the rest of tonight's area games:

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