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White Castle Complaint Dropped

by  Matt Carlson

A woman scooter-riding former stripper has dropped her complaint against White Castle Restaurant for their refusal to serve her in the drive through when she rolled up in an electric mobility scooter.

According to a Star Tribune article, the woman, Ariel Wade, was "madder than fish grease" over the incident.

Last June Wade was refused service at the Rice Street White Castle restaurant just after midnight when the only part of the store open was the drive through.  According to White Castle, she was not served because her scooter posed a safety threat to other customers using the drive through, according to the City Pages.

The Department of Human Rights agreed with White Castle, saying there was no wrong doing on the part of the fast food chain.  Wade's private law firm, the Minnesota Disability Law Center didn't have the resources for a private claim, according to the Star Tribune.

Wade said that some in the community support her, while others say she's exploiting the system to receive special services due to her disability.  Either way, Wade said in the Star Tribune article, "I can't go anywhere without being called the White Castle lady."

Vikings Stars Caught Speeding

by Matt Carlson

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian joins running back Adrian Peterson in the speeding ticket club after getting caught traveling 104 mph in a 60 mph zone in Oakdale on Monday, according to Minnesota authorities.

A trooper stopped Berrian heading south according to patrol capt. Matt Langer a day after the Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 36-10, according to Chicago Breaking Sports News.

Vikings all-pro running back Peterson was cited last Saturday for traveling 109 mph in a 55 mph stretch in Edina, according to ESPN.

When the Edina police officer asked Peterson how fast he was going he said, "85."  He was shocked to hear he was in excess of 30  mph over the speed limit.  After issuing the ticket Saturday, the officer said, "Good luck tomorrow," according to ESPN.

Season-Ending Shutout for Gophers

by Matt Carlson

The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher concluded their 2009 season Saturday with a 12-0 shutout loss versus the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.

The Minnesota defense was present, holding the Hawks to only 12 points and the offense outgained Iowa 201 to 172, but the offense still floundered, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Minnesota remains bowl-eligible resulting from last week's victory versus South Dakota State.

The Hawkeyes have maintained the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry trophy with the victory and move to second place in the Big Ten conference, according to the Des Moines Register.  Finishing with a 10-2 record and a national ranking, it was the best start to a regular season for Iowa.

The push for a BCS bowl game is now out of teams hands, according to the Register.  "I think I've counted 37 different scenarios," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said.  The team is rallying for a BCS bowl game but it is not certain where the team will end up finishing its season.

The Gophers finish the season with a 5-6 record, but maintain hope for future seasons spent in TCF Bank Stadium, citing good defensive performances against the Big Ten's top three teams: Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa.  Minnesota is likely to return to the Insight Bowl versus a Big 12 conference opponent on Dec. 3, according to the Pioneer Press.

Upset by loss, Packers fan stabs man

by Matt Carlson

A Green Bay Packers fan allegedly stabbed a man outside the Leaning Tower of Pizza restaurant on Monday night after a disappointing loss to the Vikings, authorities said.

Minneapolis man Ryan Andrew Hinderaker, 30, has been charged with second-degree assault as a result of the incident, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

According to the criminal complaint, Hinderaker, 30, was arguing with 41-year-old Lefi Heide over the Packers-Vikings when the two stepped outside.

Hinderaker then pulled a knife out of his right pants pocket and stabbed the Heide in the stomach, according to FOX9 news.

Some officers were confused by the incident, given that Heide was reportedly a Seattle Seahawks fan, according to MPR.

Hinderaker later called 911 and turned himself into police custody.  Heide was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for surgery to treat his injury.

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