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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — The last time the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears, they were well on their way to an important division victory on the road. Until, that is, Jay Cutler, ruined their day. The Vikings led by six points with 3:15 to play at Soldier Field on Sept. 15. Then Cutler drove the Bears 66 yards, finishing the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds to win it. Cutler will not play in the rematch Sunday at the Metrodome because of a high left ankle sprain.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota Vikings’ practice on Friday and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Peterson, second in the league with 997 yards rushing, has been limited for three weeks with a groin injury and was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday.
The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint. More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days. About 15,000 people waited for the flagship Macy’s in New York to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Long checkout lines formed at the Target in Colma, Calif., on Friday morning.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps. Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier. Some let you search for coupons, while others tell you whether you're better off buying online instead. And one keeps track of all those promotional fliers that do little good if you forget them at home. I tested more than a dozen shopping apps - in the process getting some of my holiday shopping done early.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Anyone interested in seeing how reindeer behave this time of year can get a peek, anytime of the day. Animal Planet has set up a "Reindeer Cam" at Como Park Zoo. The camera is up and running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ( http://bit.ly/IjDP32 ) viewers can watch the reindeer socialize, nap and eat. There are even some planned feedings by Santa Claus. Reindeer range from 130 to 700 pounds. Reindeer also have a powerful sense of smell and can pinpoint food up to three feet beneath snow.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud teenager is making a name for himself as a power soccer player. Sixteen-year-old Riley Johnson was born with arthrogryposis, a disorder that causes joint stiffness. He walks with leg braces and plays soccer with a specially-designed power wheelchair. The St.
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Residents of Cold Spring will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of local police officer Tom Decker with an evening candlelight vigil. The...
AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Hormel Foods said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 19 percent, benefiting from strong export sales of its Spam canned ham and Skippy peanut butter. Its performance beat analysts' expectations. The Austin, Minn., company also boosted its annual dividend 18 percent to 80 cents per share from 68 cents per share. Hormel earned $157.3 million, or 58 cents per share, for the period ended Oct. 27.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jeff Ansorge once commanded a staff of 17 and made around $80,000 a year as executive chef at a posh downtown Minneapolis restaurant where a 24-ounce dry aged Porterhouse steak goes for $48. But he gave it all up to become the head cook of a Salvation Army soup kitchen, where the meals are free.
ST. LOUIS PARK (AP) — At least two of the three surviving children pulled from a pond in St. Louis Park are apparently showing signs of improvement at a Twin Cities hospital. Family attorney Rick Petry says 5-year-old Amani Coleman-Guerrido and 1-year-old Aliyana Rennie have recognized the voices of family members. Petry did not have an update on the condition of 6-year-old Zarihana Rennie, who also remains hospitalized. Two other children died when the car in which they were riding veered off a highway ramp and into the water last Thursday.