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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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Why Are Protesters Allowed to Block Minnesota Traffic for Hours?

Another day in Minnesota, another interstate blocked for hours by protesters. Yesterday it was I-35W in Minneapolis during morning rush hour. Saturday night it was I-94 in St. Paul. In both instances traffic was blocked for hours before law enforcement finally cleared them out. Why so long? What's up with that?

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Vote for the Best Tattoo Shop for Best in Central Minnesota

It's summertime in Minnesota and time to show some skin (and ink). Do you have a tattoo or a bunch of 'em? Do you have a favorite or 'go to' tattoo shop or artist here in Central Minnesota? We are looking to find the best tattoo shop in Central Minnesota. Cast your vote here.

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Flooding Occurring in Benton, Kanabec & Mille Lacs Counties

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning in effect until 10:30 AM Wednesday morning for Benton, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs Counties in Central Minnesota. Many streams & rivers are flooding today as a result of last night's torrential rains, and are not expected to peak until later today or tonight.

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UPDATE: Tornado Watch Allowed to Expire

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch in effect until 10 PM for a large portion of Central Minnesota including Anoka, Benton, Chicago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright Counties. Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Tune to 98.1 for possible warnings.

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More Severe Weather Possible This Evening & Tonight

Another round of severe weather is possible this evening and tonight across Central Minnesota. Thunderstorms are expected to develop in Western Minnesota late this afternoon, and could become severe as they push east -- with large hair & damaging winds as the main threat. Tune to 98.1 for possible watches and warnings.

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UPDATE: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Expired

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 5 AM Sunday morning for West Central Minnesota, including Douglas, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Pope, Stearns, and Todd Counties. Damaging winds and large hail are possible in and near the watch area. Tune to 98.1 for possible warnings.

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Ever Wanted To Zip Line? (Now You Can in Brainerd)

I've only been zip lining once -- a couple of years ago in Hawaii. Loved it! Not so much for the thrill (wasn't that scary), but for the views! The latest opportunity to go zip lining in Minnesota is now waiting for you at Mount Ski Gull in Brainerd. This is now on my 'must-do' list for the summer.

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What Are The Most Popular Baby Names In Minnesota?

The Social Security Administration has released it's annual list of the most popular baby names for last year. You won't find Peter, Ashli or Barry in the Top-100, but Ava is the cool kid on Team 98.1 coming in at #4. Here are the Top-10 boy & girl names given to newborns in Minnesota in 2015. 

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More Severe Weather Possible Tonight & Tomorrow

More severe weather is possible tonight and tomorrow across Central Minnesota according to the National Weather Service. The main threats will be large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding during the overnight tonight, and again tomorrow afternoon and evening. Stay tuned to 98.1 for possible watches & warnings.

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