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At Issue - Aug. 17: Look Ahead to General Election, Property Taxes

In this week’s edition of At Issue, the winner of the GOP primary for governor is in studio. Host Tom Hauser looks ahead to the general election.

Also, how much could property taxes go up in St. Paul and Minneapolis?

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Minn. Agency: Warm Weather Brings Out Algae

Blue Green Algae - Photo: Sherburn County

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the recent stretch of warm, calm weather has brought good conditions for blue-green algae in lakes.
The St. Cloud Times reports that this year the heavy rains in May and June washed a large amount of nutrients into Minnesota lakes and streams. Those nutrients, including phosphorus, help feed the algae growth.

INTERVIEW: Minnesota State Fair Preview

The Minnesota State Fair starts in four days!

The fair, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, attracts around 1.8 million guests each year.

KSTP sat down with Brienna Shutte to talk about some of the new things to see and do out there this year.

VIDEO: Coco's Heart 5K Doggie Day Had Lots of Dogs in Attendance

Coco's Heart 5K Doggie Day had a great turnout this morning in Woodbury. For information on how to foster or adopt a dog visit Coco's Heart pet listings.

Washington County Bluegrass Festival Returns for 13th Year

Bluegrass image by Dave Witt -

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of fun here in Minnesota! Organizers are preparing for the 13th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival.

Entertainment will be provided by Blue Hazard, the Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund, and Monroe Crossing. There will also be various food vendors and food trucks, merchandise, face-painting and more.

Winter Takes Bite out of Minn. Apple Crop

The long cold winter has left its mark on this year’s apple crop, damaging some branches and delaying the entire season up to 10 days. 

Many growers are happy the impact wasn't worse.

Despite 'Move Over' Law, Tow Truck Drivers Feel Unsafe

Nearly 80 first responders and tow truck drivers are killed at traffic scenes on average each year, according to the U.S. National Towing Association.

That figure includes 12 police officers, seven fire and rescuers and 60 tow truck drivers.

Marc Daluge, a tow truck driver in Buffalo, says he was hit by a driver in 2012.