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Pete Hanson

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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CDC Declares Flu Widespread in 43 States, Including Minnesota

Good news (not), if you've gotten the flu this season -- you're not immune to getting it again. That's because there are different strains, and having one doesn't prevent you from getting another; and neither does the vaccine necessarily. Getting a flu shot is still recommended because it does protect to a certain degree.

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Sure It’s Cold, But I Still Love Minnesota Because _______ .

My parents live in Ham Lake, but have rented a house in Naples, Florida through March; and keep sending me pics like this one, and texts saying it's 88˚ at the beach. (In the NFL that would draw a flag for taunting.) 40-below wind chills can't stop us! Tell us why you still love Minnesota.

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Ever Wanted To Do Crashed Ice? See It Through A GoPro [Watch]

Red Bull Crashed Ice will make it's return to the St. Paul Winter Carnival Friday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 25th. The course will start in front of the St. Paul Cathedral. It's always looked like so much fun to me, but after watching this GoPro video, I know I don't have the courage or the skills needed.

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How To Keep Your Furnace Healthy During A Minnesota Cold Snap

Your furnace can be your best friend during an average Minnesota winter day, not to mention during a bitter cold snap like the one we're having now. You don't want that friend to quit on you, so here are some tips on how to keep your furnace healthy, happy, and keeping your family warm.

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I Just Paid $1.90 For Gas In St. Cloud (+ Gas Price Finder)

If you would have told me a year ago that we'd be paying less than two-dollars a gallon for gas I would have said you were crazy. Yesterday, I filled up in St. Cloud for $1.90 a gallon (after a 5-cent discount). Last May we were paying more than $4.00 a gallon. That's a huge deal. Sounds like it might stay this way for a while. How low can it go?

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Bitter Cold Week Ahead, Wind Chills To Approach -40˚

Central Minnesota is in for a bitterly cold week, with lows in the neighborhood of -15˚, and highs only reaching single-digits below zero. Dangerous wind chills will approach -40˚, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Chill Advisory through Noon on Monday.

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