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Santas of color, once met with controversy, now in high demand

Santa Larry Jefferson stands for a portrait.

The demand for Santa Larry at the Mall of America has been so high this season that some families booked photos with him back in October.

Santa Larry has already left town, but he'll be back next year. In fact, he's thinking about buying a winter home in Minnesota. And if you're from Texas, as he is, that's almost the North Pole.

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Next-generation GPS satellite heads to space this week

After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.

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Friday Five: Roma di Luna, LUXYZ, and more new Minnesota music videos

The last Hanukkah candles have burned down, kinaras have yet to be lit, and Christmas is just a week and a half away. In this installment of Friday Five, Roma di Luna and Katy Vernon share bittersweet Christmas music videos, Tiny Deaths “dance the album,” and Minnesota hip-hop represents hard. Roma di Luna – “Lonely…

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Listen: 2018 St. Olaf Christmas Festival

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The concert performance includes hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections featuring more than 500 student musicians. Listen now to this magical musical event.