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Man arrested on suspicion of robbing Hudson gas station

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By Karen Elizondo

A Bay City, Wis. man is being held by authorities after being arrested on suspicion of armed robbery Sunday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Jason S. Kearns, 28 was arrested in connection with an armed robbery at Freedom Valu Center in Hudson the Pioneer Press reported.

Kearns is also being held on suspicion of knowingly fleeing police and other oustanding warrants, WQOW News reported.

Kearns went into the gas station early Sunday morning, pulled out a handgun demanding money and left with an undisclosed amount of money, WQOW reported.

Authorities were called to the scene and on the way saw a man who matched the description of the robber driving on a motorcycle. The police pursued him until he abandoned the motorcycle in Stillwater, the Pioneer Press reported.

The motorcycle had been reported stolen Tuesday from Inver Grove Heights and the gun recovered is said to be a BB gun, the Pioneer Press reported.

Woman faced with sex trafficking charges

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By Karen Elizondo

A Minneapolis woman is facing sex trafficking and prostitution charges after two missing girls were discovered in her home, the Star Tribune reported.

Meranda Warborg, 29, was "harboring" the two teens ages 15 and 17, in her home while providing them drugs and promoting their prostitution, the Star Tribune reported.

The two teens had reportedly gone missing from their home town Eau Claire, Wis. earlier this month and poilce began investigations last week when they received a tip that the two were involved in sex trafficking, CBS Minnesota reported.

Each of the charges that face Warborg "carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine," CBS reported.

According to CBS, warborg has a pending criminal history including two DWI counts and two counts of patronizing a prostitute.

One dead after Minneapolis house fire

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By Karen Elizondo

An early morning house fire at a 112-year-old house killed one and hospitalized four others, the Star Tribune reported.

At about 4:30 a.m. firefighters responded to a call to the 2800 block of First Avenue South where they found five people inside the Star Tribune reported.

One person died at the scene and the remaining four were sent to the hospital where their conditions are unknown as of Saturday night, the Pioneer Press reported.

The family who had been inside the house had been renting it for about a year, the Pioneer Press reported.

Minnesota's fight against sale of designer drugs

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By Karen Elizondo

A new law effective Aug 1 in minnesota has made the sale of synthetic drugs in Minnesota a felony, the Star Tribune reported.

Government and law enforcement officials are cracking down on synthetic drugs that have been linked to at least two deaths in Minnesota, the Star Tribune reported.

The crackdown, not limited to just Minnesota, is a nationwide effort driven by a federal ban on 26 different synthetic drugs that was signed by President Barack Obama this month, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

The ban has led to 265 search warrants in 90 cities being carried out. Law enforcement executed raids nationwide in sales establishments and manufacturing locations, reported MPR.

In Minnesota officials raided Last Place on earth head shop and collected 20,000 packets of synthetic marijuana, MPR said.

Nationwide agents collected 4.8 million packets of synthetic marijuana, enough material to produce 13.6 million packets, 167,000 packets of "bath salts" and enough material to produce 392,000 more, according to MPR.

The law in Minnesota provides the Pharmacy Board the authority to "speed through new rules to keep up with the fast-changing formulas" that have been used to get around current law, the Star Tribune reported.

By Karen Elizondo

Shingle Creek Elementary was given 12 to 18 months to stand Tuesday in order for a historical significance study to decide its worthiness to stay, the Star Tribune reported.

The now-vacant school, built in 1958 with "recognizable mid-century American architecture" was facing threats by the Minneapolis School District to be demolished, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

The district closed the school in 2007 and since then has been frequented by "unwanted visitors" and vandals, Minnesota Public Radio said.

There is an estimated $35,000 to $50,000 spent on clean up for the building every year, MPR reported.

According to MPR a permit is required to demolish a building in order to preserve historic architecture. It may be worth saving according to Commissioner Robert Mack.

The Minneapolis School District is expecting to appeal the decision, the Star Tribune Reported.

Rare baby Amur tiger at Minnesota Zoo

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By Karen Elizondo

Chances are better for a baby Amur tiger that was brought to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley where it will be raised with another newborn of the same breed, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday.

The cub was born on July 1 in the Saint Louis Zoo with a brother who did not make it past the first few critical days of these tigers life, according to the Minnesota Zoo press release.

The cub was brought to the Minnesota Zoo to be hand-reared with another newborn in order for the cubs to "encourage their natural tiger behaviors," the Star Tribune reported.

The cub arrived in Minneapolis on July 19, was examined by veterinarians and joined the Minnesota born cub where hopes are the two will learn from each other, the Press release said.

According to the Star Tribune the Amur tiger is the largest of all cats and has gone through several population changes in its natural habitat of Russia including a low period of only an estimated 20 or 20 in 1940.

Missing man found dead three weeks later

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By Karen Elizondo

An 82-year-old man was found dead in his pickup truck in the woods after being missing for three weeks, the Star Tribune said.

Edward Krueger was reportedly driving from his home in Chicago to visit family in Minnesota when his pickup left Interstate 90, crashed through a fence and finally stopped in the woods, reported the Star Tribune.

A crime alert for a missing person was issued on Monday in Minnesota, reported the Star Tribune.

Krueger had been last seen driving his 1994 Dodge Ram pickup truck on June 29, reported CBS Minnesota News.

CBS also reported that authorities do not think there are any "suspicious circumstances" related to the accident.

Burnsville man charged with manslaughter

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A 23-year-old Burnsville man was charged Monday of manslaughter associated with the fatal death of his friend last December, the Star Tribune reported.

Kyl Alan Dague was charged with second degree manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm. His bail is set at $150,000 without conditions and $25,000 with conditions, the Star Tribune said

Dague and his friend Justin James Schauer of savage were reportedly playing a game in which they would catch the ejected bullet after pulling back the slide of a handgun when Schauer, 22, was shot in the forehead, the Pioneer Press said.

When Dague called 911 he told police that he had not been looking when the gun when off and thought that Schauer must have shot himself with the weapon. However, a witness said Dague had pulled the trigger when Shauer was shot, the Pioneer Press reported.

In addition, police found a "dominant amount of DNA match to Dague on the gun and no match to Schauer, reported the Pioneer Press.

Three girls dead, father in jail

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By Karen Elizondo

A River Falls father was arrested on suspicion of homocide after his three daughters were found dead Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, were found dead in their mother's home with the smell of gas filling the house, the Star Tribune reported.

The father, Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, turned himself in to the police at about 4:45 p.m., about an hour after the girls were found by the police. He is being held at St. Croix County Jail, the Star Tribune reported.

The girls' mother initially called the police with concern after their father, the mother's ex-husband, had made threats, reported the Star Tribune.

Both newspapers report that the mother is safe and is helping with the investigation.

According to the Pioneer Press, the couple filed for divorce August 2011 and was granted in January along with joint legal custody of the girls and "primary placement with their mother in River Falls."

Amy Senser sentenced

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By Karen Elizondo

Amy Senser, former Vikings-player's wife. was sentenced to 41 months in prison on a charge of criminal vehicular homicide, reported the Star Tribune.

Hennepin County Judge Daniel Mabley said he "wasn't satisfied" with Senser's account of the initial incident. He said he trusts her remorse but is dissatisfied with her story, reported the Seattle Post.

Senser struck and killed Anousone Phanthavong, 38, last Aug. 23, the Seattle Post said.

Senser could have been sentenced to up to about 57 months but was sentenced to less, reported the Star Tribune.

Senser apologized to Phanthavong's family and gave his mother a hug after the sentence, reported the Star Tribune.

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