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A 16-year old driver is the only survivor of a two-car collision that killed all four passengers in her vehicle and two in another car early Sunday morning near Cambridge, Minn., reported The Star Tribune.

The survivor had her license for only three weeks, according to The Pioneer Press. Minnesota state law prohibits young drivers who have had their license for less than six months to drive unaccompanied between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., and also prohibit driving more than one passenger under the age of 20.

Police said that the vehicle driven by the survivor smelled of alcohol. The driver could face criminal charges.

Heightned Police Patrols for Spring Jam Weekend

On the University Of Minnesota twin Cities Campus, police intend to increase security and patrols around off-campus housing for the 2010 Spring Jam weekend, according to a Thursday article in The Minnesota Daily.

UMPD plans to tighten security measures in response to last year's Dinkytown riot that occurred during the 2009 Spring Jam. Cars were set alight, underage drinking, and general unruliness cast a dismal light over this year's activities

The increased patrolling will include preemptive door-knocking to prevent underage drinking and to ensure students don't get too drunk, one of the main causes of the riot last year, reported MPRNewsQ.

Mpls police sergeant struck by drunk driver

A Minneapolis police sergeant was taken to the hospital after being struck by a drunk driver Thursday, according to MPR NewsQ.

The sergeant had been inspecting another drunk driver who had driven into a pole. While speaking with the driver, the sergeant was struck by another speeding car, reported KARE 11 News.

The second driver sped away but was then apprehended a few blocks later by other police personnel. After a breathalyzer test, the driver blew a .248, more than three times the legal limit of blood alcohol content.

The officer who was struck suffered only minor injuries and was released Thursday morning.

Kowalski's Market Recalls Hams

Kowalski's Market recalled some ham products on Easter Sunday due to the risk of listeria bacteria contamination, reported MPRNewsQ.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause a disease called listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease with symptoms of nausea, neck stiffness, and can cause miscarriage, according to KSTP TV News.

The recalled hams were labeled as "Kowalski's Signature Smoked Ham" and came from the Lorentz Meats company, based out of Cannon Falls.

Mike Lorentz, the owner of Lorentz Meats, said that although only a small percentage of the products were contaminated he decided to "err on the side of caution" and recall all of the product with a sell/freeze by date of 05/14/2010.

Booze at the Bank

According to an article in The Star Tribune, a bill currently in the Minnesota Senate would allow alcohol to be served in the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

A year ago, the university had plans to only sell alcohol in the premium seats of the stadium, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the State Legislature demanded stadium-wide sales, or none at all. In response, the university opted for a dry stadium.

Now, in light of the Legislature's $36 million budget cuts on the university, the alcohol debate is revived, reported MPRNewsQ. Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL--St. Paul, said that the university was losing up to $1 million in potential revenue due to the alcohol ban.

The alcohol proposal is part of a larger higher education bill that will address budget cut issues. The revenue gained from alcohol sales at TCF Bank stadium would go toward an athletic scholarship fund.

U of M Students Protest Administrative Budget Remedies

About 200 protesters comprised of students, faculty, and staff marched on the University of Minnesota Mall Thursday against the university administration's proposed remedies to the budget shortfall, reported WCCO News.

Because of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's multimillion dollar cut of state funding to the university, administrators have proposed up to a 32% tuition hike and a three-day salary furlough for all university workers, while members of that same administration retains salaries of six figures, wrote The Minnesota Daily.

As part of the "National Day of Action for Public Education," the U of M was one of many American universities to hold student protests against administration. The main complaint and rallying cry for the U of M's protest was "Chop from the top!", which demands that overpaid administrators give up some of their large salary before letting struggling low-level university workers and students shoulder the burden of the budget shortfall.

At the core of the protest, though, was a cry for more transparent and shared governance. Professors who participated in the protest complained that curricula and how to teach are dictated by administrators who never walk into classrooms, a policy that they say needs to change.

The protesters began in front of Morrill Hall, where administrative departments are housed, and marched across the Mall to Coffman Memorial Union.

Lethal Virus Threatens Fisheries in Lake Superior

The University of Minnesota released this video on Thursday about what researchers at the university are doing to try and stop a deadly virus spreading through the Great Lakes called Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, or VHS.

According to a report from MPRNewsQ, the virus usually remains in saltwater areas, though it has spread through the St. Lawrence River and into the Great Lakes system.

The virus can kill thousands of fish at a time, which presents a serious issue to the state of Minnesota. With the large revenue that the state receives from fishing and fishing licenses, the Department of Natural Resources worries about the virus effecting muskie and walleye fisheries.

The University of Minnesota said that fish with identifiable hemorrhaging should be sent to the university labs or the DNR for testing.

Infant dies after fatal bite from family dog

A newborn baby died Friday after the Independence family's Siberian husky fatally bit him, according to a report from MPRNewsQ.

The baby, 11-day-old Robert Hocker, was bitten while the infant was in his car seat on a bed, reported KARE 11. When rescue workers arrived, Robert was not breathing and they could not revive him.

Christopher Pachel, a canine behavioral specialist, said that, though rare, such incidents could happen with any breed. Pachel said that all dogs and young children must be supervised at all times.

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