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Gay couple shot by BB gun-wielding homophobe outside Minneapolis gay bar

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wayne Steven Odegard
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota man is facing charges after harassing customers outside a popular Minneapolis gay bar, and after yelling gay slurs, allegedly pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun and fired at a same-sex couple. [...]

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Minn. newspaper under fire for running full-page anti-transgender ad

Monday, September 29, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's largest daily newspaper is under fire for running an anti-transgender advertisement in Sunday's edition that claimed boys may soon be allowed to shower with girls. The full page ad, paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, is in response to a proposed policy change by the [...]

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Embattled Minn. archbishop calls for resignation of gay music director

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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VICTORIA, Minn. -- Embattled Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt has asked for the resignation of a popular music director at a Victoria, Minn., church because he married his longtime same-sex partner. Father Bob White, who leads St. Victoria Catholic Church, has notified parishioners that Nienstedt has asked for Jamie Moore's resignation... [...]

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Man accused of fatally shooting former boyfriend, business partner captured

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A man accused of fatally shooting his former boyfriend and business partner in suburban Minneapolis was arrested Thursday after a month on the run, when police responding to a suspicious person report found him on foot peering at a drive-thru menu in another suburb, police said. [...]

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Search fails to locate fugitive suspected of murdering former partner

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Police officers head back to the command center at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport as they search for fugitive Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Blaine, Minn. All gates to the airport were closed as authorities looked for Hoffman, accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month.
BLAINE, Minn. -- Law officers returned to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport Tuesday, but an intensive daylong search failed to find a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month. The renewed search was prompted by an officer's early morning spotting of a man near the airport who may have resembled [...]

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A Minnesota pastor’s pulpit: Not just your ordinary food truck

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Pastor Margaret Kelly runs a food truck ministry she calls "Shobi's Table" where she serving free calzones she makes from scratch and reads some Bible verses to those assembled on the sidewalk on Payne Avenue in St. Paul, on Thursday, August 14, 2014.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There are a couple of clues that the mobile kitchen parked every Thursday at lunchtime on Payne Avenue on St. Paul's East Side this summer isn't just another food truck. First of all, the food -- hot calzones -- is free. And the person who drives [...]

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Minn. lodge to pay for gay couple’s wedding after initially turning them away

Friday, August 22, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. The Minnesota Human Rights Department says Cole Frey and his fiance have settled their discrimination case against the [...]

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Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights. Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of [...]

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Murder suspect is victim’s former partner in business and life

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Kelly Phillips
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- A Boston Scientific executive was shot and killed at a gas station in a Minneapolis suburb, and authorities were seeking a business partner of his. Kelly Phillips, 48, worked for the medical device company in its Arden Hills, Minnesota, office. The gas station where the shooting [...]

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Minn. GOP lawmaker fends off challenge brought over vote for gay marriage

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Rep. Jenifer Loon (R), of Eden Prairie canvases her neighborhood as she prepares for the Republican primary in Eden Prairie, Minn. Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Loon faces challenger Shelia Kihne in the Republican primary election on August 12.
MINNEAPOLIS -- State Rep. Jenifer Loon, the second-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House, has survived a primary challenge brought on by her vote in favor of same-sex marriage. Loon's onetime campaign manager, Sheila Kihne, decided to run after Loon voted last year to legalize gay marriage. Kihne called the vote [...]

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