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16-year-old killed in a 2-car crash.

16-year-old Deanna M. Anderson of Onamia is dead after she was broadsided by an SUV Saturday, Kare 11 News said.

Anderson pulled in front of the SUV at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 27 in Mille Lacs County, Kare 11 said.

According to police alcohol was detected on Anderson and her mother, who was a passenger, WCCO News reported.

WCCO reported Danielle Berger, 6, and Denise Anderson, 10, of Onamia, both passengers in Anderson's car, being treated for injuries and released at the scene.

The SUV, a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, was southbound on Highway 169 when Anderson's Chevrolet Lumina pulled out in front of it, after being stopped at a stop sign. The Jeep struck Anderson's car broadside, killing her, WCCO News said.

Douglas Hodgeman, 47, of Coon Rapids, the driver of the Jeep, was treated and released at the scene as well, Kare 11 said.

Six die in car crash allegedly involving alcohol.

A head-on collision west of Cambridge killed four young people in a car smelling of alcohol and also left two dead in a SUV Sunday, the State Patrol told the Star Tribune.

The car smelling of alcohol was driven by a 16-year-old girl from Isanti. The Patrol told the Tribune she had gotten her license less than three weeks ago. She has been hospitalized at Hennipin County Medical Center.

The conditions of her new license state that she was not allowed to drive after midnight and could only drive one other minor passenger in her vehicle, WCCO said.

The girl was identified in the Tribune by relative as Sabrina Schumacher. Schumacher could be faced with criminal charges.

Kelsee Blackledge, 15, Stephen Kendryna, 16, Travis Buchan, 17, and Travis Gryczkowski, 21, were killed in Schumacher's car. Authorities don't think any of the passengers were wearing seat-belts, according to WCCO News.

The two people in the SUV were also killed. Their names have not been released. The SUV burst into flames after the crash and severely burned both occupants, the Patrol told WCCO.

This accident brings the total to 11 Minnesotans killed in crashes since Monday, the Tribune said.

Body found in Crow River.

The McLeod County Sheriff's Department for the body of a man who fell in the Crow River Tuesday, Kare 11 News said.

Jeffrey Degn, 37, was recovered after police received a call of a red jacket floating in the river Sunday, the Star Tribune said.

According to a witness, Degn slipped on some rocks near the damn on Main Street in Hutchinson Tuesday and was carried away by the river, Kare11 said.

McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann said cadaver dogs were used Wednesday to try to find the body along the river, the Star Tribune said.

Couple found dead in Columbia Heights.

A married couple was found dead in a murder-suicide in the middle of the day Saturday the Kare 11 News.

Soon after hearing gunshots a Columbia Heights police officer went to Asia Chow Mein, 4905 Central Av. NE, and found the two bodies dead in the parking lot, the Star Tribune reported.

"It does appear at this time that this was a murder-suicide," Columbia Heights Police Chief Scott Nadeau said, in the Tribune.

The two bodies were found in the parking lot, covered in white sheets. There was a gun lying next to the man on the ground and a white car with an open door about 20 feet away, Kare 11 News reported.

Debbie Porterfield, 42, of Lino Lakes died after being pulled out of her SUV that landed in Hugo Pond, the Star Tribune reported.

Sheriff's deputies were called to Oneka Parkway and Frenchman Road in Hugo at 1:30 p.m., the Tribune said.

Witnesses tried in vain to save Porterfield before emergency personal arrived, WCCO reported.

Washington County divers rescued Porterfield after breaking the window of her submerged SUV and pulling her out. Porterfield died that night at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, the Tribune said.

Woman survives collision with train.

A New York Mills woman was driving on the train tracks when the train came and hit her from behind, the Star Tribune said.

The 28-year-old woman was driving alone at approximately 4:30 a.m. near Wadena Saturday when she was hit by a train from behind, WCCO reported.

Firefighters had to extract her from the car, though she did not appear to be seriously hurt. She was brought to the hospital where she was later released, the Tribune said.

The Daily Journal of Fergus Falls reported to WCCO that the train crew had tried to stop the train, and sounded the horn to alert the driver, but they could not stop.

University president Bruininks had to cancel his speech on the state of the University of Minnesota due to a case of laryngitis the Pioneer Press reported.

The address was scheduled for this Thursday in the Coffman Memorial Theater on campus. It will not be rescheduled, the Star Tribune said.

Bruininks' speech was expected to discuss a revival and reform of higher education in Minnesota, instead he plans on posting his remarks on the university Web site the Star Tribune said.

Daniel Wolter, a university spokesman, said in the Tribune that there is no link between Bruininks' laryngitis and the recovery from his prostate cancer surgery.

A woman was shot through the windshield of her car while sitting in the parking lot of Rasmussen Woods Nature Area in Mankato Sunday morning, the Star Tribune reported.

The man suspected to have fired the gun was arrested after a car chase fleeing the scene, the Tribune said.

Witnesses have told the police that they saw the man waving the gun. The suspect had fled when the police arrived to respond to reports of gun fire, the Pioneer Press said.

The man is said to be working with investigators, the Tribune reported, the police are calling this a homicide investigation.

Police have not released the names of the victim or the suspect and are investigating further, the Tribune said.

Robin Johnson, 48, was charged with four crimes after assaulting a man at a basketball game Saturday the Pioneer Press reported.

Johnson is charged of first-degrees and third-degree assault, along with interfering with a 911 call and disorderly conduct, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in the Star Tribune.

Johnson was hassling a basketball player who was shooting free throws when Jeff Shand, 50, a school coordinator, approached Johnson to tell him to stop the Pioneer Press said.

After the game Johnson approached Shand and started to harass him. When Shand tried to call the police Johnson knocked the phone out of his hand and sucker-punched him when he turned his head, the Star Tribune said.

Shand lost consciousness and had three cracked molars has a result of the punch. He was seen by an oral surgeon who had to remove fragments of the cracked teeth, the Pioneer Press reported.

Johnson's has a criminal history of violating an order for protection and giving police false information and in 1997 for fifth-degree assault and fifth-degree domestic assault the Pioneer Press reported.

Kallie Palmer, 6, was playing at a friends house when they climbed over a chain-linked fence that separated the yard from Interstate-35W The Star Tribune said.

It is understood that Palmer was not chasing anything, though investigators are still trying to figure out why she would run into the freeway, Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said in the Pioneer Press.

Palmer's family lived within a few hundred miles of the highway, so she was not familiar with the traffic, Roeske said in the Star Tribune.

Palmer was hit by a 61-year-old man from Cold Springs Minn., in the southbound lanes near McAndrews Road at around 7:15 p.m.. Police do not think alcohol was involved, the Pioneer Press reported.

It is still unknown how many children where in the group, but the oldest was 11, said Roeske in the Pioneer Press.

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