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Four-year-old Orville Young, right, is one of the six children who have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis since September 20.

Minnesota is grappling with an outbreak of a rare polio-like illness that has infected 6 children so far

Acute flaccid myelitis usually presents itself at the end of a cold and then causes muscle weakness. Symptoms can worsen to paralysis and eventually death.
Birds are getting drunk on fermented berries.

A flock of drunk birds is terrorizing a small town in Minnesota — but police say they’ll sober up soon

The Gilbert Police Department published a statement on Facebook on Tuesday after receiving multiple reports of tipsy avifauna floating around listlessly and crashing into traffic.
Kyle Greene

A farmer running for Minnesota state representative identifies as the N-word in his first campaign ad

An organic farmer who is running for state representative in Minnesota identifies himself as the n-word in his first campaign video. Kyle Greene, whose running as an Independent in the race for District 18A State Representative in Minnesota, released the video on Facebook earlier this month.
The coasts are faster paced than the middle of the country.

7 things that shocked Midwesterners who left ‘flyover country’ for other parts of the US

More than a dozen Midwesterners shared with Business Insider what shocked them when they left their homes in Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and elsewhere.

The Super Bowl stadium cost the public nearly $500 million to build — the second most expensive stadium in the NFL

No state got stuck with a bigger bill than Indiana, but Minnesota was not far behind.

A CNN employee found sensitive national security documents about the Super Bowl in the seat-back pocket of a plane

A CNN employee found sensitive government documents while flying on a commercial plane.
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

Al Franken just finally announced when he will resign

Sen. Al Franken will resign on January 2, 2018, nearly a month after announcing his intent to leave in the wake of several accusations of sexual misconduct.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Franken listens during confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch in Washington

Senate Democrats: Al Franken could have waited out an ethics investigation if he wanted

"I think if he had decided to stay, he would have found a lot of support," said Sheldon Whitehouse in regard to Al Franken's coming resignation from Congress.
Sen. Al Franken

Here’s what happens to Al Franken’s Senate seat now that he is planning to resign

Sen. Al Franken resigned on Thursday. There will be a special election in November 2018 to officially elect a replacement for the remainder of Franken's term.
Al Franken

AL FRANKEN RESIGNS: Minnesota Democrat bows to pressure from Senate colleagues amid sexual misconduct allegations

Al Franken's widely expected resignation as Senator of Minnesota comes a day after at least 35 Democratic senators publicly called on him to resign.