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$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:

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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.

Former State Senator Helps Educate Homeless Kids in Metro

For nearly half a year Pam Wolf Sladek, a former State Senator, has been raising money to start a high school for homeless teens. It's called Life Prep Academy and is now open in Spring Lake Park.

The school is located in a non-descript building on County Road 10. 

Gas Prices Drop Below $3 per Gallon in Parts of the Twin Cities

Gas prices hit $2.94/gallon in Fridley. - Photo: KSTP Viewer

Gas is dropped below $3 per gallon in parts of the Twin Cities Tuesday.

Prices are $2.94 per gallon at the Sam’s Club in Fridley. Prices were at $2.99 North St. Paul, South St. Paul and other parts of the metro over the weekend, as well.

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6th District Candidates to Debate in St. Cloud

Two candidates for the Sixth Congressional District will square off during a debate in St. Cloud later this month.

Republican Tom Emmer and DFLer Joe Perske are the candidates facing off. Independence Party's John Denney is also running to succeed outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann.

8 Indicted for North Mpls. Heroin Trafficking Operation

Several members of a North Minneapolis-based heroin trafficking organization called "The Crew" have been indicted after a lengthy investigation, officials announced Monday.

Eight members were charged for conspiring to distribute heroin in Minneapolis from January 2012 through this September.

Anoka County Town Takes Steps to Fight Heroin

St. Francis in Anoka County is battling heroin after overdoses hit their community

Over the last year, St. Francis added a school liaison police officer who speaks to kids about drugs in high, middle, and elementary school.

The town has also started a drug awareness group which holds meetings to inform parents and children about the dangers of heroin.