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Salvation Army Hands Out 8,000 Coats for Kids

Thousands of local kids on Thursday got ready for the possibly long and cold winter ahead of us. The Salvation Army gave out 8,000 coats during this year's Coats For Kids Drive. And this week, with our cooler weather, it happened at the perfect time and makes a big difference to families in need.

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Fire Marshal: Replace Batteries in CO, Smoke Detectors this Weekend

This year when we are all turning our clocks back over the weekend, State Fire Marshal Bruce West is urging Minnesotans to put fresh batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, fire alarms need to be checked monthly and batteries changed at least once a year. The alarms should be replaced after 10 years.

Twin Cities Bus Plan Would Expand Service by 2030

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Metro Transit wants to expand Twin Cities-area bus services over the next 10 to 15 years with improvements that would cost $72.3 million a year.
    

Mice Infestations on the Rise in Metro

Have you heard scratching in your walls? Or seen evidence of droppings in your cupboards? You're not alone.

Mouse infestations are climbing in the Twin Cities, in fact one expert tells KSTP, they're up 40 percent.

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Christmas Tree Farmers Approach Busy Season Long Before Holidays

As an 88-foot-tall Minnesotan white spruce is on its 2,000 mile cross country journey to stand as our National Christmas tree, Minnesota tree farmers are getting ready to start the season.

The large whole-sale shipments have started and are headed on similar long journeys across the country.

Law Enforcement Steps up Patrols on Minn. Roads this Halloween

More DWI patrols will be out this Halloween not only because it’s a holiday, but also because it falls on a Friday.

From 2010 to 2012, more than 88,000 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. More than 67,000 of those arrests were made in the top 25 counties for DWI arrests.

The counties with extra patrols are list below, and ranked in order:

Blaine Police: Wis. Man with 4 DWIs Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving

33-year-old Derrick James Tinsley of Spooner, Wisconsin - Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office

A Wisconsin man with four previous DWI convictions was arrested in Blaine last week on suspicion of drunk driving.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, a Blaine officer saw a vehicle swerving on Highway 65 near the 12500 block of Central Avenue, according to the criminal complaint.