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Seven injured in SUV rollover

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All seven passengers, including a 4-year-old are in serious condition after their SUV rolled over near I-694 in Fridley, Friday, the Pioneer Press reports.
The one-vehicle crash occurred on University Avenue around 5:20 p.m.
Six of the passengers were not wearing their seat belt and multiple people were thrown from the car, the Star Tribune reports.
The driver, 35-year-old Jennifer Teetzel of Minneapolis, was the only one wearing her seat belt. She and the other passengers were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center. The state patrol said alcohol was detected in her system, the Pioneer Press reports.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, the Pioneer Press reports.

A friend of the teenage boy, who was shot and killed while breaking into a home in Little Falls, Thanksgiving Day, pleaded guilty Friday to two charges that he helped the kid with his thefts, the Star Tribune reports.
Cody Kasper, 17 pleaded guilty to the charges a day after Byron Smith was indicted first-degree murder when he shot and killed Kasper's friend Brady and Brady's cousin Haile Kifer, the Star Tribune reports.
Smith killed the two teens when they came down into his basement after breaking into his house, through a window. He shot them multiple times in the head and chest with a revolver and shotgun and then dragged them into his office, the Pioneer Press reports.
Kasper was sentenced to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and 200 hours of community service, the Star Tribune reports.

Teen dead after apartment shooting in Shakopee

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19-year-old Marcos Antino Pantaleon died of gun shot wound Thursday at an apartment in Shakopee, Pioneer Press reports.
Pantaleon was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 22-year-old and a 17-year-old were wounded. Three others in the apartment were not injured, the Pioneer Press reports.
Police say three people were scene fleeing from the shooting, the Pioneer Press reports.
Steven Andre Moore, a 27-year-old Minneapolis man, was arrested as a suspect Friday while the police are still looking for the two other male suspects, sources report
The shooting occurred a day before Pantaleon's 20th birthday, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Saturday that will ban employers from considering a job applicants criminal history until an interview or job offer is given, the Pioneer Press reports.
The senate approved the bill by a vote of 44-16 and if passed by the house it will prohibit private employers, as public employers already have to follow this law, from keeping the are-you-a-felon box on applications, the Star Tribune reports.
The bill does not extend to private employers who are prohibited to employ certain offenders, like nursing homes and hospitals, the Star Tribune reports.

Semis carrying livestock crash on I-94

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A crash involving three semis, one carrying pigs, and another carrying cattle closed part of Interstate 94 in northwestern Minnesota Sunday, the Star Tribune reports.
The crash happened near Barnesville and after the crash authorities had to round up the pigs that were grazing near a flipped over semi, the Pioneer Press reports.
The crash temporarily closed a freeway exit and eastbound lane of I-94 at State Highway 34, the Star Tribune reports.

Twin-Cities voted safest to walk in at night

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A Gallup poll showed that people feel safer in the Twin Cities than any other city of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., Gallup reports.
Of the 500 people questioned every day in 2012 80 percent said they felt safe while walking around the city at night. Leading Denver and Raleigh N.C., which came in at 78 percent, the Star Tribune reports.
Memphis Tenn. yielded the lowest percentage at 55 percent. The average percentage of residents who felt safe in the areas they lived was 72 percent, Gallup reports.

Two men that had been missing for five days after escaping from a Duluth prison camp were found in a Burnsville hotel Friday, the Pioneer Press reports.
Michael Krzyzaniak, 64, and Gerald Greenfield, 67, escaped a minimum-security prison March 30, the Star Tribune reports.
Paul Engh, Krzyzaniak's former attorney expected them to be in Mexico already, but instead authorities were given a tip and able to capture the fugitive at Hampton Inn 175 miles from the prison, the Star Tribune reports.
The men had been staying there since Sunday, the Star Tribune reports

Flip Saunders turns down Gophers

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Former Minnesota Timberwolves coach and Golden Gopher basketball player, Flip Saunders declined the University of Minnesota's offer to take over the men's basketball coaching position, the Pioneer Press reports.
After the University fired Tubby Smith, after his best season with the team, on Monday they have struggled to fill the position. The attempted to get Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth and Fred Hoiberg from Iowa State, but they have both decided to stay put, the Star Tribune reports.
Andy Enfield, current Florida Gulf Coast coach, appears to be the next leading candidate, the Pioneer Press reports.

Minneapolis Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident

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A Minneapolis woman was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash with a vehicle early Saturday morning, KSTP reports.
Police received a call at 2:15 a.m reporting an accident in which a woman was severely injured near the intersection of E. Lake St. and Cedar Avenue S., the Star Tribune reports.
When the police arrived on scene the victim Elyse Mary Stern, 28, was already dead, the Star Tribune reports.
The suspected driver was 27-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez-Campoceco. Police arrested him on a suspicion of DWI and he could face a criminal vehicle operation charge, KSTP reports.

Cottage Grove looks to become more bike-friendly

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Cottage Grove is pursuing three new bike projects this year in an effort to become more bicycle-frendly, the Pioneer Press reports.
The city plans to build three miles of bike trails in city parks this year and designate eight miles of bike trails for the Mississippi River Trail, the Pioneer Press reports.
Cottage Grove is also building a 1-acre bike park for stuns and mountain bike riding. It would be the first bike park in the east metro area, Cottagegrove.org reports.
The $10,000 in costs for the park will be raised by bike enthusiasts, the Pioneer Press reports.

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