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Northstar Train Vandalized in Big Lake

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Big Lake police are investigating after a Metro Transit Northstar train was vandalized last week.

Police say the vandalism happened around 2 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, when the train was parked at a service facility near Highway 10 and County Road 43 in Big Lake.

A witness reportedly saw a suspicious pickup with Texas registration. 

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Authorities: Christopher Rossing's Disappearance is Now a Death Investigation

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The Wright County Sheriff’s Office says the disappearance of Christopher Rossing is now being handled as a death investigation.

Rossing was last seen at a bar in Howard Lake in August.

DNR: Conservative Deer Season will Lower Harvest

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The deer hunting season is coming up quickly, and this year the harvest limit may be the lowest it’s been since the early 1980s.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources big game program leader Leslie McInenly says the harvest could come in around 120,000; last year, 170,000 deer were harvested.

Minnesota Cities Face Truck Shortage for Road Salt

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Cities in the St. Cloud area are facing a shortage of trucks for hauling road salt amid an extended construction season.
    

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Another Year, Another Small Social Security Bump

This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. - Photo: AP/Patrick Semansky, File

For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
    

St. Cloud Police: Man Asked Child at Library to Come Home with Him

Lawrence Danzl, 66 - Photo: Stearns County Jail

A St. Cloud man was arrested Friday after a woman said he put his finger in the mouth of her 3-year-old child at the library and asked the child to come home with him.

The man also offered money to at least one other child at the St. Cloud Public library to come home with him, police said.

Officials: St. Cloud Lakes Need Reduced Pollution

The Sauk River as it passes through St. Cloud, Minn. - Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Minnesota officials say significant reductions in phosphorus levels are needed in St. Cloud-area lakes to meet quality standards and limit nuisance algae blooms.