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Thousands Celebrate Somali Independence Day

Thousands of people are expected in Minneapolis on Sunday for this year's Somali Independence Day festival.
    
Organizers say the event is designed to celebrate Somalia's independence, and also pay homage to the United States - the country that gave refugees a chance at a new life.
    

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Plymouth Leaders Picks New City Manager

Dave Callister, New City Manager for Plymouth - Photo: City of Plymouth

The Plymouth City Council has selected a new city manager.

Dave Callister take over the position that is being vacated by retiring City Manager Laurie Ahrens. The new city manager’s start date will be determined once he and the City Council finalize a contract.

Hopkins City Offices Closed for the 4th

Hopkins City Hall will be closed on Thursday, July 4. The City of Hopkins does not host any fireworks displays on the 4th. Several surrounding cities, including St. Louis Park and Edina, do have fireworks. There will be a fireworks display as part of Family Day on July 20.
 

Free Home Fire Inspection for Hopkins Residents

Smoke detector. - Photo: MGN Online

Hopkins residents can get a free home inspection by fire officials.

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8-Year-Old Girl with Autism Found Unharmed

The search is over for a missing 8-year-old girl with autism.

Minnetonka police officers say she was found unharmed at a creek near County Road 101 and Creek View Trail around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. The creek is about a half mile away from where she was reported missing.

Mpls. Police Investigate 2 Stranger Rapes

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Minneapolis police are investigating two reported stranger rapes in south Minneapolis.

Both incidents occurred around 2 a.m. in public areas, police said. The suspect approached the women while they were walking alone. Suspect descriptions in both cases are limited.

Details of the incidents include:

Mpls. Man Catches 'Fish of a Lifetime' on Lake Nokomis

Craig Quam caught a giant tiger muskie on Lake Nokomis - Photo courtesy of Craig Quam.

Craig Quam caught "the fish of a lifetime."

It happened Tuesday night, June 25, while boating on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis with his two neighbors. The 47-year-old was bobber fishing with a shiner minnow, a very small pole and an 8-pound braided line when he saw his bobber dip into the water.

Quam reeled the line in and felt a slight tug.