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The Cardinals like their talent, but know reaching their potential may take time after so many seniors played key roles a year ago.
The two-day celebration included fiery acrobatics, plenty of food, street dances, games for kids and more.
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Now here are the top stories to look out for in Friday’s paper:


  • A new U.S. Bike Route that includes the Central Lakes Trail. 
  • Two sets of young Afghan refugees are expected to arrive in Alexandria soon.
  • An Alexandria police officer was honored for getting a “hat trick.” 
  • In Life, a hearing center that’s expanding treatment for musicians
  • In Sports, the first female will be inducted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame.
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A theater performance can be overwhelming, and not in a good way for people sensitive to lights, sounds and certain movement.

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In recent weeks, the strength and position of the jet stream has favored very little storm activity.
This happens when the air underneath a cloud is dry.
Farwell, Minn. has a population of about 50. It doesn’t have traffic lights or a gas station. But as of this summer, four buildings — most of its remaining town center — are now open as renovated arts and community spaces.
Ukraine and Russia have traded accusations over multiple recent incidents of shelling at the Zaporizhzhia facility, Europe's largest nuclear power plant. Russian troops captured the station early in the war.
The last record of a traditional bark lodge built here dates back to the Lower Sioux Agency in the spring of 1862, right before the U.S.-Dakota War.

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In its 2021 uniform crime report released Friday, Aug. 12, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported 201 murders, an 8.5% annual increase, and a 21.6% increase in violent crime. The previous murder record was set in 2020, when Minnesota had 185 murders — a 58% increase from the 117 reported in 2019.

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