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ND man injured in MN rollover dies in hospital

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A North Dakota man died Wednesday after an automobile accident in northwest Minnesota.

David Browne rolled his sports utility vehicle on Highway 1 just west of Warren, Minn. on Tuesday night, the Star Tribune reported.

Browne was ejected from the vehicle and landed on railroad tracks.

Browne was trasnported to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. He later died in the hospital, Inforum reported.

Graduation rate at U finally rising

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The majority of University of Minnesota students are graduating in four years, an accomplishment that seemed unlikely for the university which has been experiencing low graduation rates.

New data reveals that the university's graduation rate has risen. Now, 54 percent of students who started studying at the university in 2007 earned their degrees in 2011, the Minnesota Daily reported.

The university has implemented many strategies for increasing its graduation rate including: offering free credits after the first 13, having a Welcome Week to gather freshmen together to get organized for college, and encouraging students to map out their majors and minors on the "Graduation Planner," the Star Tribune reported.

Six years ago, leaders of the university set a goal 60 percent of students graduating in four years by 2012. As of now, they are unlikely to hit this mark, but over 90 percent of students continue studying at the university after their first year.

Minn. teacher pleads guilty to attempted pimping

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A substitute teacher at a special-education school in North St. Paul pleaded guilty last Wednesday to attempting to convince a student to give sexual favors to men in exchange for money.

Tameshia Allen-Hodges, 23, faces a felony charge of inducing an individual to engage in prostitution, KTTC reported.

The student was 21 years old at the time but had the intelligence of a second-grader, police said.

The criminal complaint states that Hodges told the student she could make some money giving messages. Hodges brought the student to her apartment and suggested making money by offering the men sex.

Hodges took photos of the student in lingerie and posted them on personal ads.

Hodges admitted to being involved in the incident, and police found the images on her cell phone, the Star Tribune reported.

A northern Minnesota man died on Thanksgiving in a helicopter crash in Cass County.

John Zacher, 56, died when he lost control of his helicopter and crashed into Ten Mile Lake, the Minnesota/St. Paul Journal reported.

His wife Vicki Zacher, 55, was the only passenger in the helicopter and she survived the crash. She was treated for hypothermia at a local hospital, the Star Tribune reported.

J. Zacher's body was found Friday near the wrecked helicopter.


Man charged with murder in Proctor bar fight

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A 32-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for the death of Dale Anderson during a bar fight on Nov. 6.

Paul Welle and Anderson allegedly got into a fight at the Powerhouse Bar after Anderson told Welle to stop pursuing a woman.

Welle and Anderson proceeded outside where Welle knocked Anderson out with one punch, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Anderson died three days after he was found on the ground outside the bar, the Associated Press reported.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office said Anderson died from an extensive subdural brain hemorrhage.

Welle's bail was set at $400,000 due to his criminal history.

A northern Minnesota man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter for the death of his sister in 2009.

Kyle Mitchell Lee Hardy, 21, was 18 when he drunkenly crashed his pickup truck while racing after a party. His teenage sister and another teenager were riding in the open bed. His sister was killed, Fox News reported.

Hardy testified that a car pulled up while he was driving home and they began to race. When the cars approached a curve, Hardy veered off the road to avoid a collision. Hardy's sister and other passenger were thrown from the bed, the Star Tribune reported.

Hardy faces up to eight years in prison.

Pastor accused of fleecing one of his flock

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Rev. Gregory Oats was charged with four felony counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult after stealing over $10,000 from a 77-year-old congregant.

Oats, 31, was given power of attorney over the congregant's finances and spent thousands of dollars at Wal-Mart, Burger King, and other retail outlets, the Star Tribune reported.

The victim suffers from Alzheimer's disease, Parkingson's, diabetes, and mental illness.

Oats also put the victim at risk of eviction from the Golden Living Center-Chateau in Minneapolis by not paying the bill for about nine months, the Pioneer Press reported.

An alleged 1,678 victims experienced financial exploitation in 2010 alone, state records show.

Opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season has left four dead and several others injured in hunting accidents.

A juvenile fatally shot himself Monday in Kanabec County. The accident took place around 3:30 p.m., the Star Tribune reported.

A 51-year-old man from Sartell was shot by his own gun Sunday after falling from his deer stand in north-central Minnesota. He was found around 10 a.m. near his stand in Beulah Township.

Arthur Joseph Kanafla, 84, died after his clothing caught fire while he attempted to light his propane heater in his stand. He fell from the stand as his clothing was engulfed by flames.

The death of Gene A. Berthiaume, 72, on Monday was determined to be a result of natural causes, the Associated Press reported.

Several injuries have resulted from hunters falling from their tree stands. One was serious enough to require an evacuation by helicopter. Others were injured by firearms including a man who had his thumb accidently shot off by another hunter and a man who was injured when his shotgun exploded because his muzzle was plugged.

In addition to the deaths and injuries, numerous people were cited for illegal baiting.

North Minneapolis shooting victim was Eden Prairie man

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An Eden Prairie man was shot and killed in his car in north Minneapolis on Saturday.

Steven E. Meyer, 36, was found dead by authorities in his car around 3:40 p.m. near 43rd and Girard Avenue, KARE reported.

Witnesses called police after hearing gunshots and seeing Meyer's car crashed on the road.

Meyer's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the abdomen, the Star Tribune reported. He was pronounced dead at the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

No arrests have been made at this point.

Man crossing busy Maple Grove street run over, killed

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A man was hit and killed by a car in Maple Grove Friday morning, authorities said.

The man was walking across the intersection of County Road 30 and Ranchview Lane at about 6:35 a.m. when a car ran him over, the Maple Grove Patch reported.

The identity of the man has not been released, but authorities reported that the man was elderly.

The motorist stopped immediately and cooperated with police, the Star Tribune reported.

The incident is still under investigation, but the police have been reported as treating it as an accident.


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