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The Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team wrapped up the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships this afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. Minnesota finished second overall in the team standings, reported news sources.

Penn State won the team title for the second consecutive year, reported Gopher Sports.

The Gophers finished with 139 team points, 12 points behind Penn State and 5.5 points ahead of Iowa in third place, reported MN Daily.

Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson each captured individual titles for the Maroon and Gold. Either of them have lost match against a Big Ten opponent and earned First Team Big Ten honors, reported Gopher Sports.

"I know the guys aren't happy with second place," assistant coach Brandon Eggum told MN Daily, "but they realize they're making good gains."

Man last seen with missing Eden Prairie woman dies

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Police said Saturday that the man they hoped could tell them wheat happened to Mandy Matula dies before he could be questioned about the 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman's disappearance, reported news sources.

David M. Roe, 24, shot himself in the head outside the Eden Prairie police station Thursday and was pronounced dead early Friday morning, the Hennepin County medical examiner said Saturday night, reported Star Tribune.

Eden Prairie Police confirm searchers discovered an unfired piece of ammunition near County Road 4 and Scenic Heights Road Saturday morning. Police closed off the area to search further, reported KMSP.

Katie Bengston, a spokeswoman for Eden Prairie police, said investigators were not disclosing whether the caliber of the bullet matched the handgun that Roe used to shoot himself Thursday afternoon, reported Star Tribune.

He had agreed to talk with a detective about Matula, whose family had reported her missing at 8:30 a.m. that day, reported Star Tribune.

Gophers nab athletic QB McKinzy

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Dimonic McKinzy, a high school quarterback considered an athlete prospect by ESPN, had committed to sign with Minnesota, according to multiple reports, reported ESPN.

"The first thing that made me decide was the relationship that I had with the coaches," McKinzy told Gopher Hole. "It excelled everybody's relationships as far as different colleges and just the excitement that I had towards Minnesota and I just wanted to close the deal.

He selected the Golden Gophers over scholarship offers from Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, reported ESPN.

McKinzy, who will be included in ESPN's next rankings update, is commitment No. 2 for the Gophers during this recruiting cycle, reported ESPN.

Faribault woman stabbed by fiancé

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Steele County authorities arrested a man wanted on suspicion of stabbing his 26-year-old fiancé, reported The Pioneer Press.

Wilson is accused of attempted murder in the first degree after he attacked Moorman on April 20, reported KARE 11.

"It felt like I was in a movie," LaLonnie Moorman said. "I've been with him for six years and never thought any of this would happen," reported KARE 11.

Shane Alan Wilson, 27, was arrested about 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21 according to the Faribault Daily News, reported The Pioneer Press.

Moorman sustained multiple stab wounds, a concussion, and a punctured lung. She is now staying with family and recovering from her injuries, reported KARE 11.

The Senate passed its higher education budget on Wednesday, a $2.8 billion package that aims to hold down tuition and make public universities and colleges more accountable to the state, reported news sources.

Legislators passed the bill, which would freeze tuition for Minnesota undergraduates at the University, but proposed numerous amendments aimed at the University's spending, varying from preventing state money paying for administrative salary bonuses to raising out-of-state tuition, reported MN Daily.

The funding bill sends an additional $80 million to the state's grant program for low- and middle-income Minnesotans, gives the University of Minnesota money for a two-year freeze and bars Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from increasing tuition by more than 3 percent, reported Star Tribune.

Much of the Senate's floor debate focused on the University of Minnesota, which had been dogged by criticism of "administrative bloat" since a Wall Street Journal article in December reported that the school's administration had grown almost twice as fast as the student body in the last decade, reported Start Tribune.

Legislators need to make sure state funding is "actually used for students," said Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, on the Senate floor Wednesday, reported MN Daily.

"(President Erik Kaler) had to cut the costs, or he doesn't get the money," said Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, reported Star Tribune.

Newman also proposed amending the higher education bill with what eh called the "Tubby Smith amendment" to make sure state dollars aren't being used for milti-million dollar buyouts in the University's athletics department, reported MN Daily.

Both amendments passed overwhelmingly, although the buyout provision is already part of state law, reported Star Tribune.

Regions Hospital in St. Paul expressed remorse Wednesday, April 17, after a stillborn baby's body was wrapped in linen in its morgue and accidentally sent to a commercial laundry, reported news sources.

The Red Wing, Minn., laundry found the male stillborn, which likely weighed about 1 pound at 22 weeks' gestation, on Tuesday morning, reported the Pioneer Press.

Officers were called to the Crothal laundry just before 12:30 p.m. after the infant's body tumbled out of a bed sheet that was being prepared for cleaning. The baby had a tag on its ankle and was wearing a diaper. There linens were traced to Regions Hospital, reported Kare 11.

"We're deeply saddened and troubled that this happened and want to make sure that it never happens again," Chris Boese, the hospital's chief nursing officer, said as a news conference, reported the Pioneer Press.

On Tuesday, Regions disclosed that the remains had been wrapped in linen in the Regions Hospital morgue, and were mistaken for laundry that was to be sent for cleaning. Regions officials immediately collected the remains and secured them according to proper procedures, reported Kare 11.

St. Paul police said they were investigating the Regions case with the Ramsey County medical examiner's office and Red Wing police, reported the Pioneer Press.

Deputy Rescues Teen from Icy Andover Pond

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An Anoka County Sheiff's Deputy is being credited with saving a teen driver whose car slid off an icy road and into a lake, reported news sources.

Deputies were dispatched to an area near Bunker Lake Boulevard and Crosstown Boulevard in the city of Andover just after 6 a.m. Thursday on a report of a single car accident, reported Kare 11.

When they arrived at the scene, deputies found a car completely submerged in the water, reported KSTP.

The driver, 19-year-old Zach Steven Fritz of Andover, was out of the car but struggling to stay afloat in the 36-degree water, reported Kare 11.

Deputy Chris Pierro jumped into the water, and brought Friz to shore, reported KSTP.

"I am very proud of the work our team does every day," said Sheriff James Stuart in a written statement to Kare 11. "Deputy Pierro truly demonstrated heroics as our first responders sought to save this driver."

Emergency crews gave aid to Fritz at the scene and he was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment, reported KSTP.

Mayor Chris Coleman announces run for third term

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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announces his intentions about seeking a third term as mayor Wednesday, news sources reported.

Coleman will make the announcement at noon at the downtown Pioneer-Endicott Buildings. The location was once home to his father's advertising firm, reported Pioneer Press.

Gov. Mark Dayton even stopped by the event, told MinnPost that he was there to support Coleman both as a governor on his lunch hour, and as a constituent.

No one has officially filed for the mayor's seat which Coleman is widely expect to defend, reported Pioneer Press.

In his remarks, Dayton said that Coleman is held in high regard on Capital Hill in St. Paul and on Capital Hill in Washington, reported MinnPost.

"We'll be better off if he's re-elected," Dayton told the MinnPost.

A 22-year-old Hastings man is charged with brutally assaulting a baby girl he was babysitting, news sources reported.

Steven Edward Dale Wiltermuth is charged with first degree assault in the alleged beating of the 11-month-old, reported KARE 11.

A Hastings woman contacted police March 16 reporting that Wiltermuch had offered to take care of her child overnight and returned the child with numerous injuries, reported Pierce County Herald.

Court reords show an examination at a hospital indicated a fractured bone, some fluid on the brain, many bruises and blisters, reported Pierce County Herald.

If found guilty Steven Wiltermuth could serve up to 20 years in prison, reported KARE 11.

Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

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Just one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament, Minnesota fired coach Tubby Smith, news sources reported.

Athletics director Norwood Teague announced the decision Monday and said it was time for a "fresh set of eyes" for the basketball team, reported the Big Ten Network.

Smith won 20 games five times. But he went just 46-62 in Big Ten play and never finished higher than sixth in the conference, reported ESPN.

Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, helping to bring the program back to respectability and ramping up expectations for a team hit hard by an academic cheating scandal, reported the Big Ten Network.

"I want to thank the University of Minnesota and the people of Minnesota for giving me the opportunity to lead the Golden Gopher basketball program for six years," Smith said in a statement provided by the school reported to ESPN. "Our staff did things the right way and will leave knowing that the program is in far better shape than when we arrived."

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