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The Minnesota teacher's union has a new leader, reported multiple news sources.

Denise Specht was elected by delegates at the Education Minnesota Representative Convention on Saturday in Bloomington, reported the Pioneer Press.

Specht, 47, ran against current president Tom Dooher, who had been president since 2007, reported the Pioneer Press.

She is finishing her second term as secretary-treasurer of the union, Education Minnesota, and will begin her three-year term as president July 1, reported the Star Tribune.

Fridley: SUV rolls, seriously injuring 7

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Seven people, including a 4-year-old boy, were seriously injured Saturday in an SUV rollover crash near Interstate 694, reported multiple news sources.

Jennifer Teetzel, the driver of the car, was the only one wearing a seat belt, reported the Star Tribune.

According to the State Patrol, alcohol was detected in her system, reported the Pioneer Press.

The other six passengers were not wearing seat belts, and multiple people were ejected from the SUV, according to State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske, reported the Star Tribune.

Minnesotan may be missing in Chippewa River

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Emergency crews continued to search the Chippewa River near Eau Claire Saturday after a person was reported in the river shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, reported multiple news sources.

Around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, campus police responded to an emergency call reporting that a man had fallen from the university pedestrian bridge and into the river, according to a news release issued Saturday, reported the Star Tribune.

Police were notified that a student was missing from his dorm; he was identified as David Patrick Rodgers, 20, from Northfield, Minn., reported the Star Tribune. Witness descriptions of the man who fell match the missing student.

The current is particularly strong with the river just a few feet below flood stage after recent storms and melting snow, reported Leader-Telegram.

Minn. manhunt ends in arrest of stabbing suspect

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A manhunt for a Faribault man suspected of stabbing his girlfriend several times and fleeing in a stolen car ended Sunday afternoon in southern Minnesota, reported multiple news sources.

Authorities said Shane Alan Wilson, 27, was taken into custody was found in rural Steele County. He was covered in mud and suffering from hypothermia, reported the Star Tribune.

According to the Faribault Police Department:

The woman was unresponsive when police found her in a vehicle stalled near the police station, reported the Pioneer Press. Police also found two children inside. Neither child was harmed.

Wilson fled south. After Stealing a 2001 Chevrolet Impala and later burning it on a rural gravel road, Wilson reached the border of Steele and Waseca Counties, reported the Star Tribune.

Authorities identified the charred vehicle, and began searching the area using a canine team and a helicopter from the Minnesota State Patrol to look for Wilson, reported the Star Tribune. They searched within walking distance of the vehicle fire but did not find Wilson until Sunday afternoon.

A batch of potentially tainted methamphetamine has sent more than a dozen people to St. Paul's Regions Hospital in less than 24 hours, reported multiple news sources.

The Ramsey County sheriff's office said it amounted to a tenfold increase in the average daily number of overdose cases treated at Regions, reported the Pioneer Press. The hospital averages one OD a day.

Reported symptoms were not only hallucinations, but also extreme agitation, excited delirium, temperatures soaring as high as 105 degrees, and a racing heartbeat, conditions not typically seen in meth users, reported the Star Tribune.

One man under the influence of the drug lept off a second-story roof believing he could fly, reported the Star Tribune.

Both men and women have been hospitalized because of the drug. Patients ages range from young to old;however, many are in their 20s, reported the Pioneer Press.


Police in standoff with man in north Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis police early Sunday morning were in a standoff with a man in north Minneapolis, reported multiple news sources.

It began around 4:40 a.m., when a woman waved down a squad car on the street and told the police there had been a domestic disturbance involving two men, a woman and a child, reported the Star Tribune.

One man, the woman and the child have escaped the scene, and the last man has holed himself off in the house; he is believed to have a gun, reported the Star Tribune.

Police are trying to negotiate with the man, reported the Pioneer Press.

At noon CBS Local News reported the situation had been resolved, but few details have been supplied.

Three people died and five were injured Sunday when their packed minivan rolled three times on a busy segment of Interstate 94 in north Minneapolis, closing off a portion of the highway for much of the afternoon, reported multiple news sources.

After grazing two vehicles and losing control, more than one person was ejected from the van as it rolled, reported the Star Tribune. The crash occurred at 1:08 p.m. on westbound I-94 near the 49th Avenue North bridge, the State Patrol said.

The victims names in the crash were not released Sunday night; however, all of the dead and injured were in the 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan, reported the Pioneer Press.

North Memorial Hospital confirmed three people were in critical condition, and one in serious condition. The hospital did not give details on the fifth person, reported the Pioneer Press.

Federal prison escapees found in Burnsville

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Two con artists who escaped from their Duluth prison late last Saturday were arrested early Friday in a hotel in Burnsville, reported multiple news sources.

The U.S. Marshals Service Northstar Fugitive Task Force apprehended Gerald James Greenfield and Michael Joseph Krzyzaniak at about 1 a.m. Friday at a hotel in Burnsville, according to the Star Tribune.

Tips pointed the authorities to the hotel, where the two men were located, reported the Pioneer Press.

Both men were unarmed and were arrested without incident on federal warrants for escape from custody. They were checked into the Ramsey County Jail pending an initial appearance in U.S. District Court, reported the Star Tribune.

Krzyzania was serving a 151 month sentence for Aiding and Abetting Wire Fraud and Income Tax Evasion. His projected release date was April 12, 2022, reported the Star Tribune.

Greenfield was serving four years for assisting a mortgage scam with the developer of the Sexton Lofts in downtown Minneapolis. He had a projected release date of Nov. 2 2015, reported the Star Tribune.


Newport man dies after possible methadone overdose

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A 32-yea-old man died early Saturday from an apparent methadone overdose, according to the police, reported news sources.

According to a statement from the Washington County Sheriff, Newport Police were called to an apartment off the 1600 block of 10th Avenue in Newport at 1:41 a.m, reported the Pioneer Press. At the apartment, they found the 32-year-old man, who had reportedly overdosed on methadone.

The man was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was later pronounced dead. A 42-year-old woman whom authorities expect to be charged in connection with his death was arrested at the scene, reported the Pioneer Press. The incident is still under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff and Newport Police.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to a third of prescription painkiller overdose deaths in the United States involve methadone, reported the Star Tribune.

Even though authorities have not found the body of Kira Trevino, there is still enough reason to try her estranged husband, Jeffery D. Trevino, on two counts of second-degree murder, reported multiple news sources.

At the hearing, Jeffery Trevino entered a not-guilty plea as more than 25 relatives and friends watched in a Ramsey County courtroom in downtown St. Paul, reported the Star Tribune.

Trevino, 39, was silent and emotionless during the hearing, report the Pioneer Press.

Trevino's attorney, John Conard, said he still doesn't have all the evidence he needs from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to proceed, reported the Pioneer Press.

While the hearing was taking place, volunteers met at Keller Lake in Maplewood to drill holes and lower sonar equipment in the continuing search for Kira Trevino's body, reported the Star Tribune.

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