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Hiawatha Light Rail Damages causes Headache for Motorists

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All stations along the Hiawatha Light Rail line are back open. The line had been closed near Lake Street since early Monday morning.
A pedestrian bridge over Hiawatha Avenue will remain closed for now reports the Minnesota Daily.
Crews worked on the Sabo Bridge for five days. Friday they removed a set of broken cables, which was the cause for the light rail shut down. Temporary supports were added beneath the bridge.
For now, Hiawatha Avenue will remain closed, the Star Tribune reports.
Drivers are having to use detours which can add up to 20 minutes to their commute.

Twins Spring Training Takes a Sad Turn

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Relief pitcher, Joel Zumaya has a torn UCL and will miss the entire 2012 season reports The Star Tribune.
Terry Ryan, Twins general manager said that Zumaya will take a few days off to decide on his future with baseball in general. Ryan said Zumaya is frustrated with all the injuries he has had since breaking into the majors in 2006.
Zumaya has a year or so of therapy and rehab ahead of him.
The Twins signed Zumaya to a one-year contract worth $850,000, reported Pioneer Press. But only $400,000 was guaranteed because of shoulder and wrist injuries. Zumaya hasn't pitched more than 38.2 innings in any season since 2006.
The Twins are already being criticized for how poorly spring training is going, Zumaya's injury is yet another reason for the Twins to receive heat.

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Kurt Zeller, Minnesota House Speaker, says the House will take emergency steps to pass legislation to close loopholes in sex offender notification law.
Gov. Mark Dayton has agreed with state Republicans to pass a bill to require community notification when a sex offender moves into a halfway house.
Until late, the law required that the public be notified when a sex offender is released but not if the offender is released to a halfway house first. The purposed bill would close that gap, reported the Star Tribune.

Professional Lacrosse Players Arrested in Bloomington

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Five professional lacrosse players were arrested after an altercation at a Bloomington restaurant, authorites said Wednesday.
Members of the Rochester Knighthawks appeared Tuesday in Hennipin County District Court and returned home, team president, Lewis Staats, told the Star Tribune.
The ruckus started around 1 a.m. Monday at T.G.I Friday's in Bloomington arcoss from the Mall of America. The incident involved 20 to 30 people dining at the restaurant, Deputy Chief of Police, Rick Jart said.
"It started with someone tossing a menu," Hart said to Star Tribune. "One of the groups didn't like it."
The restaurant reported about $1,600 in damages to the police.
Democrat and Chronical reported the charges against the players-Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Travis Hill, Jordan Hall and Tyler Burton-include disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and obstructing the legal process with force. The charges are either gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors.
The teams next game is Saturday and it is still to be determined if any of the five players will be allowed to play.

St. Paul Bridge Jumper Identified

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St. Paul Police identified an unknown bridge jumper as Berhane Desta Worku, 62, of St. Paul the Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.
Worku died after jumping from the Smith Avenue bridge Tuesday. Witnesses reported a man jumped off the south side of the bridge into the Mississippi River below, St. Paul fire marshall Steve Zaccard told Star Tribune.

Firefighters in ice rescue suits pulled Worku from the Mississippi, he was taken to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Gov. Mark Dayton purposed borrowing $775 million for public works projects, saying it would put more than 21,000 Minnesotans back to work by rehabbing colleges and universities, enhancing downtown areas across the state and expanding light rail in the southwest metro.
The DFL, governor's bonding plan included $27 million to design and build a ballpark for the Saints minor league baseball team in downtown St. Paul and nearly $60 million to expand civic centers in Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud.

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