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Reports: Two more women accuse Sen. Al Franken of groping them

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 18, 2017. Many voters in Minnesota were not ready to demand Franken’s resignation after he became the latest public figure to be accused of mistreating women, even after aiming the same call at two state legislators accused of sexual harassment earlier this month. (Tom Brenner/copyright 2017 The New York Times)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., faces new allegations of sexual assault after two unnamed women have come forward accusing Franken of grabbing their buttocks on separate occasions, the Huffington Post ...
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Woodbury family in limbo after FDA rejection of new drug for muscular dystrophy

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Parents Roberto Enriquez and Ashley Rassett pose for a photo with their children Gian, 3, and Talia, 2. Youssef Rddad / Forum News Service 2 / 3
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Ashley Rassett and Roberto Enriquez want to give their son a fighting chance. The Woodbury couple’s 3-year-old son Gian was recently diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or DMD, a rare ...
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The race to replace Schoen: Bigham is in, McNamara ‘strongly leaning toward’ a run

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Karla Bigham announced she will run for the Minnesota Senate in a special election following Sen. Dan Schoen's resignation. Submitted photo2 / 4
State Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, said he is considering running for the Minnesota Senate following Dan Schoen's resignation announcement. Forum News Service file photo3 / 4
State Rep. Keith Franke, R-St. Paul Park, said he is considering running for the Minnesota Senate. Submitted photo4 / 4
Two former lawmakers could square off in a bid to return to the Minnesota Legislature.
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Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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Sen. Schoen to resign amid sexual harassment allegations

Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, will resign Wednesday amid sexual harassment allegations, his attorney said. Forum News Service file photo
Under fire for allegations of sexual harassment, state Sen. Dan Schoen will resign Wednesday, his attorney said. Since allegations surfaced against Schoen two weeks ago, the St. Paul Park Democrat ...
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Texas woman tells CNN that Sen. Franken inappropriately touched her at State Fair

CNN says this photo is from the Facebook account of former Minnesotan Lindsay Menz of her and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken. After a radio host on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, accused Franken of 2006 sexual harassment, Menz came forth with her own claim that Franken grabbed her buttocks when this picture was taken during the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.1 / 2
FILE — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 18, 2017. (Tom Brenner/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)2 / 2
ST. PAUL -- A former Minnesota woman says U.S. Sen. Al Franken grabbed her buttocks while her husband was taking their photo at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Lindsay Menz‏, ...
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Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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Wis. plow driver spots house on fire, helps owner get to safety

River Falls firefighters were assisted by other area firefighters in putting out a house fire on Highway 65 Saturday morning, Nov. 11. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Moody said flames could be seen coming from windows when firefighters arrived on scene. Photo courtesy River Falls Fire Department.1 / 3
Emergency responders lined one side of the road on Highway 65 Saturday morning, Nov. 11, on the scene of a structure fire. 2 / 3
Smoke could still be seen coming from the building at around 7:50 a.m. Saturday morning. 3 / 3
River Falls and other firefighters and emergency responders were sent to the scene of a structure fire near N7521 Highway 65, in the town of River Falls, Saturday morning, Nov ...
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Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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Cyclists celebrate new bike lane at 94, Century Avenue

Members of the 3M Employees Bicycle User Group celebrated the grand opening of a new bikeway on Century Avenue Nov. 1. From left: state Rep. JoAnn Ward, DFL-Woodbury, Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, cyclist Kent Meyer, cyclist and organizer Peter Grasse and MnDOT engineer Gina Mitteco. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia
Motorists who cross under Interstate 94 on Century Avenue may have been obliged to share their lane with a cyclist or two — particularly during morning or evening rush hour. ...
William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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New Life Academy musical 'Singin' in the Rain' set to make a splash

There’s a lot more to the movie “Singin’ in the Rain” than that iconic scene of Gene Kelly dancing with a lamp-post in a downpour. For example, there’s….well, just what ...
William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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Crash backs up Highway 61 traffic north of Hastings bridge

A truck rests diagonal over the Highway 61 median north of Hastings after an accident Friday afternoon. Lanes on both sides of Highway 61 are backed up due to the accident. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia
Both the north and south-bound lanes of Highway 61 are partially blocked as of 3:30 p.m. due to a crash. A semi-truck crashed into a median on Highway 61, just ...
Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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Video: Massive Lake Superior waves damage Duluth's lakeside walkways

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Powerful waves lash the Lakewalk in Canal Park on Friday morning, tearing off part of the walkway. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com2 / 2
DULUTH, Minn. -- The city of Duluth has closed a Lake Superior beach and portions of the popular beachside walkway until further notice due to damage caused by large waves ...
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