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Ryan Anderson Wins John Beargrease Sled Dog Race

Musher Ryan Anderson pulled across the Beargrease Marathon finish line just minutes ahead of his friend and three-time champion Nathan Schroeder to win the 2015 dog sled race.
    
Anderson arrived in Duluth at 2:53 a.m. Wednesday, 28 minutes ahead of Schroeder. Anderson won the race in 2011 by beating Schroeder by just 20 seconds.
    

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Dayton Signs $17M Flood, Disaster Relief Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill to help rebuild Minnesota roads and restore lands hit by flooding last June.
    
Dayton signed the bill Tuesday.
    

Permanent Deer Stands on State, County Land in Question

Permanent deer hunting stands could be banned on state and county forest land.
    

Explosion Levels Home, Rattles Bemidji Area

Homeowner Kenneth Swenson was hurt after a home explosion in Bemidji Monday night that officials believe was related to a propane gas leak.

Homeowners reported windows rattling and pictures falling off the walls after the explosion that happened around 5:30 p.m. Homes as far as 20 miles away could feel the blast.

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$85M Mayo Civic Center Expansion to Attract Event Planners

Attracting local event and convention planners is the goal for a new Mayo Civic Center expansion in Rochester.

The plans include a two-story, 200,000-square-foot convention center addition, according to ABC affiliate KAAL-TV. The station reports that the plans have been seven years in the making, with the virtual tour video just released Monday.

Austin School Board Considers Change to School Start Times, Calendar

There’s a push to shake up the school schedule in Austin, Minnesota.

On Tuesday night, a group presented a plan to the Austin Public School Board to change school start times and get rid of summer break. The new plan calls for 45 days of school and 15 days off for students and teachers.

It would also include a later start time for grades five and up.

Brian Fitch Trial Focuses on Forensics; Testimony Could End This Week

Brian Fitch Sr. - Photo: KSTP/file

Witness testimony continued Tuesday in the trial of man accused killing a Mendota Heights police officer.

Brian Fitch is accused of fatally shooting officer Scott Patrick July 30, 2014 in West St. Paul.

Testimony included a witness who said they saw Fitch hours after the shooting and Fitch was "all over the place."