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ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- Grills are fired up at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds.
The Sixth Annual Big Island Bar-B-Que State Championship kicked off today.
Cooks are hard at work preparing brisket, pork, ribs and more for a chance at more than 14,000 dollars in prizes.
More than 50 teams are taking part in the event.
Organizers say it's a way to enjoy good food and maybe pick up a few ideas of your own.
"It's an American tradition," Founder/Coordinator Perry Vining said. "So, this is kind of way for people to celebrate that. And then, learn how other people do it, exchange ideas, exchange recipes."
The event goes until 10 p.m. tonight and also goes from 11 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, and it's free to the public.
The holiday spirit is being felt in southern Minnesota.
The different weather conditions has the Minnesota DNR urging people to not let their guard down when hitting the ice.
When the temps start dropping, going outside to start your car a few minutes before you have to leave becomes a winter routine.
A local housing trust fund is receiving some grant money that will go into a new project to provide housing for people with disabilities.
The unemployment rate for the country dropped again and experts say it's reflecting locally as well.
The Kensett man faced vehicular homicide charges.
We're expecting frigid conditions throughout the rest of the week but one group in Floyd County is helping to bring energy efficient heating to families in need.
People were strapping on their fun Christmas gear and getting ready to run or walk to celebrate the 18th annual Festival of Trees.