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A retired National Guard soldier will receive a Purple Heart after he was wounded in Iraq six years ago, according to Star Tribune

Sgt. Jesse Lund of New Ulm will receive the award Saturday at the Brooklyn Part Community Activity Center, according to Pioneer Press

Lund, a member of the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment of New Ulm, was wounded in June 2006 due to cause of a bomb explosion in Iraq.

Lund applied three times for a Purple Heart and was approved on his third try, according to a Minnesota National Guard spokesman.

A 27-year-old man had charges filed against him for suspicion of holding up a hotel in Northfield and shooting at police.

Eric W. Forcier, of Farmington, was charged in federal court along with his ex-girlfriend, Julie Ann Campana, 23, of Apple Valley, according to Star Tribune . The charges included interfering with commerce and use of a firearm during a violent crime, the robbery of the hotel.

Forcier and Campana robbed the hotel of about $100, coins, and three cordless phones, according to the indictment. Campana faces charges for aiding and albeiting in the crime, according to Northfield News

Forcier has been convicted of crimes before, including drug possession and possession of stolen property in 2008.


Minneapolis Public Schools will sell headquarters

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The headquarters of Minneapolis Public Schools for the past 82 years is up for sale, according to the Star Tribune

The space, which is technically a used light bulb factory, could be used for offices, businesses, or even residences. The city is discussing with the neighborhood what the best use of the space would be.

Just a few weeks ago, the Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters was denied a proposed rezoning of a city block they own at a City Planning Commission meeting, according to Twin Cities Daily Planet

Whether this denial played a role in the headquarters being sold is unclear.

The city will accept purchase offers for the 807 broadway area through Feb. 22.

Metro Transit's 3 billionth passenger wins contest

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Nadine Babu, 34, of St. Louis Park won a card for a year of free bus rides when her essay won a contest Metro Transit put on to celebrate it's 3 billion ridership reached this week.

Babu, who has been taking Metro Transit buses since 1996, told Star Tribune she loves the camaraderie she encounters on the bus as well as not having to pay for parking.

A story about Babu's Green Bay Packers jersey being worn on a bus full of purple on a Vikings-Bears game day charmed the judges, a group of transit employees, of the contest, according to HometownSource

Babu was named Woman of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and had her face on advertisements for the society placed on the sides of Metro Transit buses.

It was a funny coincidence that she won the 3 billionth passenger contest as well.

Metro Transit broke the 1 billion ridership mark in 1984, and the 2 billion mark in 1999.

Minnetonka high school addresses dress code concerns

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A Minnetonka principal released a message Tuesday about the growing trend of young girls wearing inappropriate yoga pants to school, according to Star Tribune

The message was in the form of a concerned e-mail sent to parents encouraging them to have a conversation with their daughters about wearing spandex pants that may be see through.

The main concern of high school students was that there was a differentiation between wearing yoga pants to be comfortable, or wearing them to be inappropriate.

According to MinnetonkaPatch, some students tweeted about the e-mail claiming it was a ban on yoga pants, although it officially was only a call for modesty.

Changing clothing trends have always been an issue for high schools as they try to adjust to what the kids are wearing with each passing generation. Some trends that have been an issue in the past include saggy jeans and low-cut tops.

Minneapolis American Indian educator honored

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Danielle Grant, Minneapolis schools' director of Indian education, was named one of the state's outstanding Indian educators, according to Star Tribune

The honor was bestowed upon her by Minnesota Indian Education Association last month.

During her time as the director, the district shifted from an intervention model of serving Indian students to a more proactive approach.

Earlier this year, she led a renewal of an agreement with local Indian agencies on Indian education in Minneapolis schools which set specific numeric achievement goals for Indian students.

Grant attributes all her values, including being open to new ideas and collaborations, to her native heritage affiliation with the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe of North Dakota.

Main Street in Anoka receives makeover

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The Main Street in Anoka finished construction earlier this week.

The business district of Anoka has been under construction since this summer and citizens of the town and those who drive through it are happy to see it finished.

"Of course we're happy" that the Main Street construction in the city's business district is finished, said Mary Gorman to Star Tribune, owner of G's Cafe. "We're appreciative of the new look."

The main changes to the street include wider sidewalks, decorative crosswalks, and a smoother street.

A "Rediscover Anoka" online campaign was launched during the summer to encourage customers to keeps coming into the businesses despite the construction.

"We wanted to take this opportunity to look at downtown and the Main Street corridor and change it to attract people to the downtown area to make it a place to be, a place to visit," said Anoka's Public Services Director Greg Lee to the Coon Rapids Herald.

Anoka Chamber Executive Director Pete Turok said that business is slowly coming back to the main street and that citizens of Anoka are greatly enjoying the new improvements to their town.

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been locked out of Minneapolis City Council meetings since they voted Oct. 1 to reject a contract that would cut minimum salaries by 32 percent, according to Star Tribune

The City of Minneapolis typically discourages the use of lockouts to settle labor disputes, so they are hoping talks between the Council and orchestra will begin again.

Currently concerts for the Minnesota Orchestra have been canceled through November and there may be a possibility to cancel the December ones as well.

Management of the Minnesota Orchestra refused to talk until the union bring a financial proposal to the table.

So far the union has three proposals: Employ binding arbitration, continue to play during talks, and a financial analysis.

The orchestra is currently trying to raise $110 million for 3 purposes: $50 million for a hall renovation, $30 million in artistic initiatives, and $30 million for endowment.

11 Twin Cities men are federally indicted for their 12 year heroin ring lasting from 2000 to Oct. 15 2012, according to Star Tribune

The men are being charged with an indictment that states the possible distribution of 1 kilogram or more of heroin.

If convicted, the men face a maximum penalty of 10 years to life in prison, according to KARE 11

Several men were also charged with distribution or possession close to 138 grams of heroin.

This indictment is one of a couple that might be signaling the growling prevalence of heroin in Minnesota.

Sports dome in Savage is ready for grand opening.

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An air-inflated sports dome will open on Thursday in Savage, city officials said to Star Tribune.

The project is considered a little controversial since it is financed by the city.

The $5 million facility will be called the Sports Center and will have an open house on Nov. 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

"We know there is a great demand for programming for youth sports in the wintertime," said City Administrator Barry Stock in a City of Savage, Minnesota Newsletter.

The sports facility will include three fields, three batting cages, and a golf cage.

The Sports Center can be used free of charge from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays for walking or jogging.

The dome will come down in April and put into storage off site.

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