May 6, 2007

Former Senator Mark Dayton to run for governor

Mark Dayton has announced that he may run for governor of Minnesota in 2010, according to MPR

Dayton, a democrat, announced his candidacy at an event in Olmstead County on Saturday, the Minnesota Monitor said.

But Dayton said that "three years is a long time away" and therefore, may change his mind, The Star Tribune said.

WCCO is reporting that Dayton wanted to let DFL activists know that Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner is not the only likely democratic candidate.

Gunflint Trail evacuated due to wildfires

A mandatory evacuation of the west end of the Gunflint trail was ordered by authorities on Sunday after wildfires had grown to 12.5 miles, reports WCCO.

The fire has approached the Boundry Waters Canoe Area and covers over 8000 acres, KARE 11 said.

High winds have fueled the fire, which according to officials is no more than 5 percent contained, The Star Tribune said.

According to The Pioneer Press, 100 people have been evacuated so far. It is estimated that properties worth over $33 million dollars are in danger.

April 23, 2007

Wild eliminated from the playoffs.

The Wild wrapped up the 2006-07 season on Thursday with a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in game five of their Stanley Cup playoff series, reports WCCO.

Chris Pronger scored just 1:02 into the game to give the Ducks the lead. Marian Gaborik scored a short-handed goal in the second period, but the Duck's Ryan Getzlaf scored less than a minute later to reclaim the lead for Anaheim. A goal by Corey Perry put the Ducks ahead half way throught the third period and an empty net goal by Travis Moen, with 57 seconds left, sealed the fate of the Wild, said the Pioneer Press.

KARE 11 said the Wild performed poorly on the power play during the series, generating just two goals in 27 chances. They failed to capitalize on an important 5-on-3 advantage during game 5.

According to the Star Tribune, the three stars of the game were: Chris Pronger, Anaheim, Corey Perry, Anaheim and Marian Gaborik, Minnesota.

April 22, 2007

Minnesota man plunges car into St. Croix 47-year-old Lakeland man drove into the St. Croix river on Sunday after he was distracted by trying to change a CD in his car stereo, reports the Star Tribune.

Brett Olson was driving on I-94 when his car crashed through a chain link fence and plunged into the river, said KARE 11.

Olson swam less than ten feet to the shore after escaping from his submerged car. Rain may have contributed to the accident, said WCCO.

According to the Pioneer Press, Olson was ticketed with inattentive driving and released at the scene.

April 9, 2007

Wild win season finale 5-1 over Blues

Despite a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, the Wild lost their bid for the division title when the Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks in overtime, said the Pioneer Press.

The Wild finished the season, with their win over the Blues, as the seventh seed in the Western Conference and will face the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The first game of the series will be Wednesday night in Anaheim, reports the Star Tribune.

Wyatt Smith scored twice in the 5-1 victory, with Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Wes Walz and Branko Radivojevic each scoring one goal, said Kare 11.

According to WCCO, goaltender Niklas Backstrom went 169 minutes and 20 seconds without allowing a goal until Peter Sejna beat him in the second period, breaking a team record.

Twin Cities women killed in Florida crash

Two Twin Cities women were killed on Thursday while vacationing in Florida when their rental car was hit by a Chevrolet Corvette, accoriding to the Pioneer Press.

Renae Gustafson, 43, from Minneapolis and Jennifer Keesey, 33, also from Minnesota, died in the accident. Kristine Boike, 44, of Brooklyn Park was severely injured, reports WCCO.

Kare 11 said the three women had gone to Florida to play golf. They were turning into the driveway of their rented condominium when they were hit, and the impact caused their rental car's engine to fly out of the chassis.

The driver of the other car, Eric Parr, 33, of Pompano Beach, and his passenger, Elena McGrane, 38, of Coconut Creek, were released from the hospital Thursday. Charges are pending, said the Star Tribune.

March 25, 2007

Minnesota National Guardsman killed in Iraq

A 28-year-old member of the Minnesota National Guard was killed yesterday in Fallujah while on patrol duty, reports KARE 11.

According to WCCO, Sgt. Greg N. Riewer, of Frazee, Minn., was killed when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

Riewer was on extended duty in Iraq and scheduled to come home this spring. He was one of 13 children, the Pioneer Press said.

Three other members of his unit were injured, one of them seriously, reports the Star Tribune.

Minnesota native to fly in space

A Minnesota native and graduate of the University of North Dakota is scheduled to fly on the space shuttle Atlantis in 2008, reports WCCO.

Karen Nyberg, who grew up in Vining, Minn., will join a seven-member crew as a mission specialist next February when the shuttle heads towards the International Space Station, reports the Pioneer Press.

According to Nyberg's mother, Phyllis, the mission will fulfill a lifelong goal for her daughter, KARE 11 said.

Nyberg received her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering in 1994 from UND, the Star Tribune reports.

March 12, 2007

Fatal crash on Highway 62

Two women were killed and two men were injured on Sunday when their cars collided on Highway 62 near 169, KARE 11 is reporting.

Barni Ahmed, 61, and Halimo Mohamud, 31, were on their way home from a wedding around 2 a.m. Sunday morning when a Lexus SUV driven by a 23-year-old Milwaukee man jumped crossed the median and hit their vehicle, causing it to burst into flames, said the Pioneer Press.

The State Patrol said that Fei Ni, 23, had been drinking alcohol. Both he and his passenger, an unnamed 24-year-old man, were taken to Hennipen County Medical Center where they remain in serious condition, reports the Star Tribune.

Mohamud was the mother of seven children aged 13 years to three months, according WCCO.

March 5, 2007

Minnesota Marine killed

A 25-year-old Marine from Maple Lake, Minn. was killed Wednesday in Al Anabar province, Iraq, said WCCO.

Sgt. Chad M. Allen was killed when a bomb exploded during combat operation, according to KARE 11.

According to the Star Tribune, Allan was on his second deployment in Iraq and was supposed to leave the Marines on May 1.

The Pioneer Press is reporting that Allan was the 46th Minnesotan to die in Iraq.

Richfield man shot

WCCO is reporting that a man was shot to death on the 7200 block of Columbus Avenue in Richfield.

A 40-year-old man is being held at the Hennipen County Jail in connection with the shooting, said KARE 11.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m and police arrested the suspect without incident, reported the Star Tribune.

Richfield police said the two men, who have not been identified, knew each other. The suspects bail has been set at $150,000, said the SunCurrent.

February 18, 2007

Wild lose important game to Blues

The Minnesota Wild had a chance on Sunday to take over first place in the Northwest Division with a win over the Blues, but a 5-3 loss keeps Vancouver in the division lead, according to

After trailing the Blues 2-0 halfway through the first period, the Wild rallied to tie the game before the first intermission with goals from Adam Hall and Marian Gaborik, reports the Star Tribune.

Goalie Niklas Backstrom was pulled during intermission in favor of Josh Harding after the Blues rallied to make the score 5-2 . It was Harding's first NHL game of the season, KARE 11 said.

Pavol Dimitra scored at the end of the third period to make it 5-3. It was the first loss for the Wild when Marian Gaborik scores-coming into the game versus the Blues, the Wild were 12-0-1 when Gaborik scored at least one goal in the game, KSTP said.

A Wisconsin woman dies in car crash explosion

A Wisconsin woman died on Saturday when she crashed her truck into a house, according to WCCO.

The unidentified woman, about 40-years-old, drove her car into a Prescott, Wis. home and caused a gas main to break which resulted in an explosion, the Pioneer Press reports.

Officer Benjamin Henrich was trying to help the woman inside the truck when the explosion happened. He was thrown 25 to 30 feet after the explosion, but was not seriously injured, KARE 11 said.

The residents of the home were inside at the time of the crash and escaped safely, the Star Tribune said.

February 12, 2007

Wild beat defending Stanley Cup Champions

The Wild pulled off a 5-4 victry over the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night, according to KARE 11 News.

After Justin Williams scored just 36 seconds into the game, the Wild came back with goals by Mark Parrish, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and two by Marian Gaborik, said WCCO.

By the end of the second period, the Hurricanes had scored two more goals, making the score 4-3, said the St.Paul Pioneer Press.

The Wild and the Hurricanes each scored one more goal to make the final score 5-4. The win put the Wild in a tie for first place in the Northwestern Division with Calgary and Vancouver, said the Star Tribune.

Kitchen fire kills St.Paul man

WCCO is reporting that a 29-year-old man died after his kitchen started on fire.

Ronrico Madison was cooking with oil when it started on fire. He attempted to put the fire out with water, which spread the blaze, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Firefighters were summoned to the 900 block of Goodrich Avenue on Saturday night around 9 p.m., said KARE 11 News.

Madisons mother called 911 to report the fire, said the Star Tribune. The fire was the second fatal fire in the city of St. Paul in 2007.

January 28, 2007

Fire claims life of Oakdale man.

According to KARE 11, a 61-year-old Oakdale man died in his home today after a fire broke out. He was found by firefighters just feet from his door.

The Pioneer Press is reporting that authorities were alerted by nearby drivers on Interstate 694 at around 9:30 this morning. By the time firefighters arrived, smoke and flames had already engulfed portions of the trailer home the man lived in.

WCCO said that the fire may have started in the kitchen and it is not known if the home had working smoke dectors. The victim may have been in a bedroom in the back of the home.

The man has five grown children that have not yet been notified, reports Kare 11.

Minnesota Wild fall to Columbus Blue Jackets

According the Star Tribune, early penalities by the Wild hurt the team and caused them to play catch-up most of last night's game. An double minor on Minnesota's Kim Johnsson and a subsequent penalty by Petteri Nummilin resulted in a two goal lead by Columbus before the first period was over.

WCCO is reporting that Wild coach Jacques Lemaire is puzzled by the poor play of his team. "Probably with all the penalties, that changed the game," he said. "After that, we couldn't get back to our game."

It wasn't until 16:10 of the second period that the Wild got on the scoreboard, said the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Brian Rolston scored on a slap shot from the point during a Wild two-man advantage to make the score 3-1. Pascal Dupuis scored on a breakaway with 8:14 remaining in the third period to give the Wild some life, but it was too little too late. A late period flurry failed to tie the game.

Columbus began the game 13 points behind the Wild for the last spot in the playoff race, according to Kare 11. Last night's game extended the Wild's losing streak to eight games in Columbus. They haven't beaten the Blue Jackets since 2002.