Deer Bites Man Story: Hunters falling from trees

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Two hunters have plummeted to their deaths in as many days as the Minnesota deer hunting season started not with a bang, but with a whimper.

84-year-old, Arthur Joseph Knafla fell to his death after his clothes caught fire as he attempted to light his propane heater outside of Hibbing, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Another hunter, Gene A. Berthiaume, 72, of St. Paul died when he fell from his stand in Beltrami County, according to the Star Tribune.

No deer could be reached for comment.

Norman Ramsey Obituary New York Times

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Norman Ramsey New York Times Obituary

Sources were colleagues and a director of the Fermi lab that Ramsey helped to found.

The lead is fairly standard, it is more the scope of the subject's work that is more weighty than those found in most obituaries. I believe it is effective in introducing the impact that Ramsey's scientific work had on the world.

The obit is story- like personal narrative, where as a resume is a dry cataloging of skills, qualifications and work history.


Is Cain Able?

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Flummoxed by increasing accusations of sexual harassment, presidential candidate, Herman Cain's attempted to change the tone.

Last week Cain's campaign had made several ham fisted swipes at the swirl of accusations that he had made lewd comments to multiple female co-workers in the past.
Cain seemed to make statements that did not help his predicament, blaming fellow GOP candidates, Texas Governor Rick Perry and frontrunner Mitt Romney.

In spite of Cain's attempt to move past the controversy influential Republicans appeared on the Meet the Press Sunday urging Cain to be more forthcoming about the allegations, according to the New York Times.

Cain claimed he faced faceless claims and declared, "I am in it to win it," in an interview that aired on Fox News' Geraldo Live Sunday night.

Kardashian Wedding seeks Closure in Minnesota

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Reality television star Kim Kardashian was in Minnesota today seeking closure with her estranged husband, Kris Humphries, according to TMZ.

Kardashian filed for divorce after just 72 days of marriage to the NBA star, after a disagreements over where to live, Humpries' prenuptial demands, and his hiring of a publicist, according to the New York Daily News.

Kardashian, no stranger to the public eye herself, has received criticism from fans who have suggested the short lived marriage was just the latest in a series of publicity events.

Greek Economic Rollercoaster

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After a week that saw a proposed referendum on austerity measures lead to the resignation of Prime Minister George Papandreou, a new Greek coalition government appears poised to enact a European Union debt-relief plan in an effort to stave off further financial turmoil for its foundering economy.

Widespread opposition to the plan imposed by the the world's financial regulators in the past weeks, resulting in political scrambling to satisfy the EU without further irritating the nations fragile social peace, according to the Guardian U.K.

Public sector lay-offs dictated by the aid package are likely to touch off another round of unrest, according to the New York Times
Key government players find themselves choosing from a variety of difficult options.

Minnesota Artist wins 2011 Duck Stamp Prize

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Plymouth Artist Joseph Hautman was declared winner of the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.

This is the fourth time that Hautman has won the award. His acrylic painting of a wood duck will be the face of a 2012-2013 stamp and go on sale in June of 2012, according to the Town Talk.

Hautman's entry beat out 189 others in a two-day competition that produced 32 finalists.

Hautman's brother, Bob, one the contest in 1996 and 2000.

Body Found in Zumbro River

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Zumbro Sheriff's divers found a dead body in the Zumbro River Sunday morning.

Members of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office dive team on a training dive found the body of a 42-year-old female floating about 8 feet from the shore, the PostBulletin reported. The woman appeared to be recently deceased and the cause of death has yet to be determined.

The woman has been identified, but authorities have not released the victim's identity. An autopsy will be performed Monday t o determine the cause of death, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Since the dive team had practiced at the same spot the past two Sunday mornings. It was only after seeing police cars speeding up the access road that neighbors became aware that there was anything out of the ordinary.

The Zumbro River has a history of flash floods that have been the cause of multiple drownings in recent years.

Unwanted Stadium Closer to Happening

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"Progress" moves slowly, but continues toward a deal to use tax payer dollars to fund a billion dollar stadium for the struggling Vikings.

Governor Mark Dayton met with Republican leaders Friday in an effort to meet his self-imposed deadline to reach a deal for a new stadium by Thanksgiving.

In spite of overwhelming popular opposition and at the height of the worst economy and highest unemployment numbers that the state has recorded in decades, Dayton and the Republicans have made it clear that the new stadium is a shared priority.

In a creative vision for revenue reallocation, Dayton suggested that he would support using the states legacy funds to pay for a new stadium, according to MinnPost. The Legacy Amendment, passed in 2008, designates a small percentage of tax revenue to support arts and natural heritage projects.

Dayton has been bringing the full force of his charismatic energies to make the deal happen, Kare11 News reported. Tuesday he was at the Capitol leading a meeting that included Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback. Ryback is committed to wooing the team away from the current front-running Arden Hills location, with three Minneapolis sites, according to MinnPost.

Which side will be the first to yell "Bingo!" and win the tense game of Russian Roulette is uncertain, but the shared message from all parties is that Minnesota needs the continued economic responsibility of subsidizing the storied and consistently average franchise.

Critics of the plan to spend state money on a private stadium may take heart that fans in the city of Los Angeles, now in it's second decade without a professional football team, occasionally court the team to relocate.

Kuwait and See: Iraq pullout means Gulf buildup

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Troops withdrawn from Iraq may be repositioned to Kuwait as part of a regional buildup forwarded by the Pentagon.

In response to President Obama's plan to withdraw remaining U.S. military units in Iraq by the end of this year, the pentagon is moving to repurpose the force for regional trouble shooting, according to the New York Times.

The Pentagon is drawing up plans that would increase naval presence in the Persian Gulf and keep as many as 20,000 troops in Kuwait to influence Iraq's progress and take part in any conflict with Iran.

For its part the administration is seeking deeper military cooperation with the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

"Iran is waiting in the wings," U.S. presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann told Fox News Sunday, Bloomberg News reported.

Weather blows in Northeast

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Winter came early and ugly as an October nor'easter dumped heavy wet snows leaving utility crews scrambling to clean up the mess after the Northeast was pummeled Saturday.

Powerful winds downed trees from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, accompanied by heavy snow totals that snapped branches and pulled down power lines, leaving 2 million without power.

Residents began to dig out Sunday in the wake of the storm that killed nine, according to the New York Times.

"You just have absolute tree carnage with this heavy snow just straining the branches," said National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro, in an interview with the Associated Press.

The storm "absolutely crushed" records that had stood for decades according to Vacarro.

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