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Seven people were seriously injured Saturday after an SUV driven by a woman with alcohol in her system rolled over in Fridley near Interstate 694, the Star Tribune reported.

Authorities said the only person wearing a seatbelt during the crash was the driver, Jennifer L. Teetzel, 35, of Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported the one-vehicle accident occurred about 5:20 p.m. on University Ave near the interstate, according to the State Patrol.

Teetzel was convicted for third-degree drunken driving in 2009, according to court records. The Star Tribune reported she also pleaded guilty in 2003 to careless driving after a charge of fourth-degree drunken driving had been dismissed.

The State Patrol said the cause of the accident is under investigation, the Pioneer Press.

Vikings Stadium Design to Unveil May 13

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Architects will reveal the new Vikings stadium design at 7 p.m. on May 13 at the Guthrie Theater, the Pioneer Press reported.

The stadium will house 65,000 seats and space for gift shops, restaurants and an NFL team museum, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported a limited number of tickets to the unveiling will be available for the public and details about how to get a ticket has not been finalized.

The Metrodome could be razed in 2014, the Star Tribune reported. The Vikings' home games will be played at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, while the stadium is under construction.

The $975 million stadium is scheduled to open in 2016, the Pioneer Press reported.

Health Alert Issued For New Flu Strain

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Minnesota doctors were alerted to a new influenza strain in China and are urged to inform state health authorities if they have any patients who have recently traveled to China and exhibit flu-like symptoms, the Star Tribune reported.

The new strain, H7N9, migrated from birds to humans and the source in unclear, the Associated Press reported.

So far no cases have been reported in Minnesota or the United States. The Star Tribune reported there are not yet signs the H7N9 will produce a pandemic on the scale of the H1N1 in 2009.

The Minnesota Department of Health issued the alert April 5, the Star Tribune reported.

The Associated Press reported the State Forestry Administration suspended the sale of wild birds Thursday to prevent the spread of the virus.

Minnesota Student May Be Missing in Chippewa River

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A man who is missing and presumed dead after falling into the Chippewa River Friday may be a student from Minnesota, according to a news release from police.

The man fits the description of a missing University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Pioneer Press reported police searched the river Friday and Saturday but have not located the student.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Police responded to a 10:45 p.m. emergency call reporting that a man had fallen from the university pedestrian bridge into the river, the Star Tribune reported.

A witness description of the man who fell in the river match the description of missing student David Patrick Rodgers, 20, of Northfield, Minn., the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported University Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 715-836-2222.

14 People Hospitalized After Using Tainted Meth

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At least 14 people with life-threatening conditions attributed to tainted meth use have been hospitalized in the east metro since Thursday, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office told the Star Tribune.

The apparently tainted methamphetamine caused some of the patients to experience hallucinations, hyper-anxiety and combativeness, according to the Star Tribune. All are expected to recover, said Ramsey County Sheriff's Office spokesman Randy Gustafson.

The overdose victims are from St. Paul, Roseville, Maplewood and Cottage Grove, and were treated at Regions or United Hospital in St. Paul, the Pioneer Press reported. They are both men and women and are a range of ages, but many are in their 20s.

The Star Tribune reported other symptoms of the tainted meth included extreme agitation, excited delirium, temperature rising as high as 105 degrees and a racing heartbeat.

"We probably have a lot of unreported cases, given the nature of meth abuse," Gustafson told the Pioneer Press. "I imagine there are a lot of cases we haven't heard about."

Authorities said they hope the supply is running out and did not report any tainted meth cases in Hennepin County, the Star Tribune reported.

People on the tainted meth are combative, authorities told the Star Tribune. Authorities said they are worried that they could hurt someone else.

"It is really scary," Gustafson told the Star Tribune. "You've got the poison of meth, and then somebody is adding something to it that's making it even more poisonous."

Police nabbed two kids suspected of tossing a Molotov cocktail at a Minneapolis bicyclist last week, according to the Star Tribune.

The kids were identified by police Wednesday, but may be too young to charge with a crime, Sgt. Steve McCarty told the Star Tribune Thursday.

McCarty said the kids' motive for throwing the bomb is unknown, the Star Tribune reported. The bottle just missed Greenway bicyclist Drew Ditlefsen as he biked under the 15th Avenue bridge on April 3.

"I just heard a loud thud with a glass and just like a whoosh," Ditlesfen told Fox News last week. Ditlesfen said he was shaken for an hour after the attempted attack.

The Star Tribune reported McCarty said the case is being considered for charges at the Hennepin County attorney's office.

Minneapolis Legalizes Flea Markets

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Flea markets could be showing up in Minneapolis this summer after the City Council lifted a ban on the markets Thursday, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The outdoor bazaars had been outlawed for about 60 years, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Used and vintage items could only be sold indoors.

The City Council's Committee on Regulatory, Energy and Environment recommended legalizing flea markets after a public hearing Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

The ordinance was proposed by Council Member Gary Schiff, the Star Tribune reported. "Like farmers markets, flea markets can help create a fun weekend activity for neighborhoods," he said.

Minnesota Public Radio reported the ordinance requires flea markets to be licensed. It will also ban the sale of electronics, guns or drug paraphernalia.

The city will add additional rules when the council makes zoning changes, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Two flu-related deaths were reported in Minnesota last week, according to health officials, who say the outbreak is slowing, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 15 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms last week. The outbreak peaked in January, with about 600 hospitalizations per week, the Associated Press reported.

The Star Tribune reported no nursing homes reported flu outbreaks and one school outbreak was reported.

In one of Minnesota's deadliest flu seasons, there have been 186 deaths since October, the Star Tribune reported.

Health officials said the flu season can last through May, the Associated Press reported.

The Star Tribune reported it is not too late to get a flu shot.

Water Main Break in Wayzata to Close Road

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A water main break in Wayzata is forcing the closure of a well-traveled road Monday, as crews work to repair the damage, the Star Tribune reported.

The water main damage occurred on Hennepin County Road 101 at 655 Bushaway Road, CBS News reported.

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, nearly two miles of County Road 101 will be closed from McGinty Road south to Minnetonka Boulevard, the Star Tribune reported.

County Spokeswoman Carolyn Marinan said municipal crews will monitor the leak for the remainder of the weekend, the Star Tribune reported.

The Star Tribune reported Marinan did not say how long the road will be closed.

A 27-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly stuck and killed a cyclist early Saturday morning in south Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press reported.

Minneapolis Police were called around 2:15 a.m. to the scene of the crash near the intersection of E. Lake Street and Cedar Avenue S, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported the female cyclist was found dead at the scene and the vehicle that hit her had left the scene, police said.

The Star Tribune reported the victim had not been wearing a helmet and did not have lights on her bicycle, said Police Sgt. William Palmer.

The Star Tribune reported witnesses provided a description of the vehicle that hit the bicyclist and police found it and arrested the driver minutes later on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide and DWI.

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