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Winona County Reports Norovirus Outbreak

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Minnesota health officials say a Winona County restaurant has temporarily closed after being linked to a foodborne illness that has sickened about 30 people.
    
The Winona Daily News reports county health officials announced the norovirus outbreak Wednesday and urged residents to avoid spreading the highly-contagious illness.
    

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Red Lake Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison in July 2013 Stabbing Death

A 26-year-old woman is charged in the stabbing death of a man on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Alison Brown was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for the murder of Byron Lussier, Sr. Authorities say she stabbed him to death in the kitchen of his own home on the evening of July 3, 2013.

$1.25M in Grant Funds Available for Improving Safe Routes to School

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says schools and their partners can apply for $1.25 million in Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects helping children safely walk and bicycle to school.

There are three different categories to apply for:

2 Suspects at Large in Baseball Bat Beatings Near New Ulm<br />

Authorities have one person in custody and are looking for two accomplices in a baseball bat beating in Nicollet County that left two men hospitalized, including one in critical condition.
 

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Authorities Looking for Missing Northern Minn. Woman

Melissa Eagleshield has been missing since Sunday Oct. 5. - Photo: Minnesota BCA

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 42-year-old woman who has been missing since Sunday night.

Authorities say Melissa Dawn Eagleshield left her home the night of Oct. 5 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. She has significant health concerns, and authorities are concerned for her safety.

Blood Moon Eclipse Visible in Twin Cities Metro

Blood moon photo taken in Champlin. - Photo: Joel Bakker

Minnesotans who woke up early Wednesday morning were treated to a rare lunar eclipse.

Starting around 5:25 a.m., the full moon was obscured by Earth's shadow. It was a total lunar eclipse – except this time, the moon had a red tint because sunrises and sunsets around the Earth reflected off its surface. This is known as a blood moon.

Stearns County Officials Uncover Marijuana Growing Operation

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Stearns County investigators say they executed a search warrant and uncovered an active marijuana growing operation in St. Cloud.

The search warrant was executed Tuesday at a home on the 25200 block of 58th Avenue. Investigators say they went to the home because the resident had previously received a citation from a Stearns County deputy.