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Three Students Hurt in Dinkytown Hit-and-Run

Early Friday, three people were hurt and one is in critical condition after being hit by a wrong-way driver who fled the scene in Minneapolis' Dinkytown neighborhood, according to Minneapolis police.
According to the Pioneer Press, the incident took place around 2 a.m. at 12th Avenue Southeast and 5th Street Southeast.
"The three were walking on sidewalk when they were hit by a vehicle going the wrong way on 5th Street Southeast, which is a one-way street," Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty told the Pioneer Press. "The vehicle fled the scene."
According to a hospital spokeswoman, Benjamin Van Handel, 23, of Appleton, Wis., was in critical condition, and Bagley, 21, of Minneapolis, was in satisfactory condition, the Star Tribune reported. All three victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
One victim, Katelynn Hanson, 21, was treated and released after hitting her head and getting her legs scraped up, her father told Star Tribune.
"We were just walking back to my house from the bar" with carryout pizza, Hanson's boyfriend told Star Tribune. "We heard something that made us turn around, and it was coming at us pretty quickly. You don't really know what to do when a car is coming at you on a sidewalk."
According to the Pioneer Press, the driver is still at large and the police have not released details about the vehicle due to differences in witnesses' descriptions.

Minneapolis Denies Circus

Minneapolis, for the first time, denied a request by a circus Monday to bring wild animals to the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 14 and 15.
By using regulations that were enacted in 2008, the city denied Piccadilly Circus, from Sarasota, Fla., a permit to bring its wild animals, the Star Tribune reported.
According to the Star Tribune, the circus had asked to bring a pair of kangaroos, eight ponies, an elephant, a monkey, and two lemurs.
Manager of Animal Care and Control of the city, Dan Niziolek, denied the application, and a City Council committee rejected the circus's appeal on Wednesday, the Star Tribune explained.
In a telephone interview from Florida, John Whitfield of Piccadilly Circus said that Minneapolis is the only city he has encountered that requires that the circus turn over animal care records, the Downtown Journal reported.
According to the Star Tribune, Niziolek said, in a letter to the company, that the circus didn't apply the required 90 days in advance of the event, did not provide required veterinary care records, or a filling fee.
The Star Tribune reported that Whitfield wrote to Minneapolis that a representative from the convention center would speak for the circus at Wednesday's Public Safety commitee meeting, which did not happen.

Jennie-O Recalls 55K Pounds of Turkey Burger

From fear of salmonella contamination, Jennie-O Turkey Store of Willmar, Minn., recalled about 55,000 pounds of frozen raw turkey burgers Friday.
The meat has been linked to salmonella poising 12 people from 10 states, reported CBS News.
Richard A. Carlson, vice president of quality management at Jennie-O Turkey Store, said in an e-mail Sunday that they chose to recall the meat "because of potential illness from salmonella," the Star Tribune reported.
According to the Star Tribune, the nationwide recall includes 4-pound cartons of Jennie O's "All Natural Turkey Burgers With Seasonings: Lean White Meat."
The boxes, containing 12 individually wrapped burgers, were only sold at Sam's Club Stores and have a use-by date of Dec. 23, 2011, reported the Star Tribune.
According to Fox 9 News, 12 illnesses from eating the burgers have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Jennie-O says that all consumers should return the frozen meat to the place of purchase for a refund, Fox 9 News explained.

Colton Iverson Leaves Gopher Basketball

Junior forward-center, Colton Iverson, of the University of Minnesota, has been granted a release from his scholarship and will be transferring to another school.
Five players, including Iverson, have left the basketball team since February 2010, the Star Tribune reported.
"I just want to say that my experience at the U has been great but my family and I [have] decided that it is best for me to move on," Iverson said in an e-mail Friday to the Pioneer Press. "Minnesota is a proud program and I wish them the best of luck in the future."
The Pioneer Press reported that the team's spokesman, Matt Slieter, said he could not "confirm or deny" the reports. He also said that the Gophers coach, Tubby Smith, wasn't available for comment Friday.
Iverson can play next season for an NCAA Division II or III school, the Star Tribune explained, but if he transfers to a Division I program, he will not be allowed to play until 2012-13.
The Gophers are now expected to replace Iverson with Elliot Eliason, a redshirted freshman this season, and freshman Mo Walker, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, the Pioneer Press reported.

First Female VP Candidate Dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro, who was chosen as Walter Mondale's running mate in the 1984 presidential race, died Saturday at the age of 75.
Ferraro died of blood cancer in Boston and was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket, reported the Star Tribune.
Mondale, in a phone interview with the Star Tribune Saturday, said he last spoke to Ferraro two weeks ago by phone. They had the opportunity to say their final goodbyes, he said.
The Associated Press described Ferraro as "a barrier-breaking pioneer for women in politics."
"At the time it happened it was such a phenomenal breakthrough," Ruth Mandel, from the Center on the American Woman and Politics at Rutgers University, told the Associated Press. "She stepped on the path to higher office before anyone else, and her footprint is still on that path."
Mondale chose Ferraro to run with him against Republican incumbents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, the Star Tribune reported.
"She was a pioneer in our country for justice for women and a more open society. She broke a lot of molds and it's a better country for what she did," Mondale told The Associated Press.

Gopher Sports Leave WCCO Radio

On Wednesday, after 68 years of broadcasting with WCCO radio, the University of Minnesota Athletics Department announced their move to a new radio home.
Kare 11 News reports that beginning this fall, football games will air on KFAN 1130 and KTLK 100.3, while basketball and hockey will air on KSTP 1500.
"We just really feel the all-sports talk format is a great fit for Gopher athletics," Garry Bowman, the Director of Athletic Communications for the University of Minnesota, told Kare 11 News. "We have to continue to expand our market."
When Learfield Sports, the university and sports-rights syndicator, began shopping Gophers' broadcasts recently, reaching a younger audience than WCCO's older demographic was an important factor, Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi told the Star Tribune.
"We've always wanted the Gophers, but I wondered if we would ever be given a shot at them," Mike Crusham, general manager of Clear Channel's seven Twin Cities stations, told the Star Tribune. "This is a great day for [KFAN], and I think a great day for Gopher fans, too."
According to the Minnesota Daily, if KFAN 1130 picked up sports besides football, there would possibly be a conflict in scheduling, but since college football is often aired on Saturday with Vikings games on Sunday or Monday, the move was a good fit.

Goldy Gopher Punched in the Face by Annoyed Fan

The University of Minnesota mascot, Goldy Gopher, was punched in the face Saturday night during a gymnastics meet at the Sports Pavillion.
According to Fox 9 News, Goldy sat down behind Douglas Dokken, 60, and started "messing with him." According to a witness, Goldy was tapping Dokken on the shoulder and messing up his hair.
"The kids went from laughing to screaming because they were right there," Mike Elder, Goldy's coach, told the Star Tribune. "He was shocked. Then the guy stands over him and punches him again."
The Minnesota Daily reports that Goldy instantly talked to his supervisor and the police officer that was already stationed at the gymnastics meet. There have been no reports that he was hurt, but the mask was damaged.
After the meet finished, Dokken was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, Fox 9 News reported.
Dokken told the Minnesota Daily that he regrets punching the mascot and that he should have just walked out of the meet.

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