Headlines: Two Minnesota colleges cut football and a special last-hooray for a high school band director

Clear skies and a slight breeze made for a perfect night as the St. Cloud State football team played their first game at Husky Stadium in 2004
Photo credit © File photo by Paul Middlestaedt, St. Cloud Times via Imagn Content Services, LL

1.A tough call: Shocking announcements today from both St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota Crookston — both schools are eliminating their football programs.

Both schools cited a lack of funding, and St. Cloud State also said that aligning with the requirements of Title-9 was a factor in its decision. 

2. In happier football news: The Robbinsdale Armstrong High School band is making its fourth  appearance at the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa and their last under retiring band director Todd Burkholder. He told John Hines on the WCCO Morning News that it'll be extra special with the Gophers playing in the game.

3. That time of year: A crew put up a 17-foot tall Fraser Fir in the Capitol rotunda in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon. The tree is from Happy Land Tree Farm in Sandstone, Minnesota and is set to be decorated on Wednesday. 

PHOTOS: A crew put up a 17-foot tall Fraser Fir from Happy Land Tree Farm in the Capitol rotunda today: https://t.co/lIqOtsseRz pic.twitter.com/0ISSbc2vh5

— News Talk 830 WCCO (@wccoradio) December 10, 2019

And now for something completely different:

ICYMI:

When your tiny dog realizes you plowed her a path in the snow so she won’t get lost. #puppy #winter #lovesnow @wccoradio @pdouglasweather pic.twitter.com/FiBrSDtQdF

— Jordana Green (@JordanaWCCO) November 30, 2019