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Twins trade Revere to the Phillies

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The Twins traded a center fielder for the second time this week, in exchange for three Philadelphia Phillies pitchers.

In exchange for Ben Revere, the Twins will receive pitchers Vance Worley, and prospects Trevor May and Ryan Pressly, according to the Star Tribune.

The Phillies will start the 24-year-old Revere in center, according to ESPN.

Revere hit .278 with 64 RBI in two-plus seasons with the Twins. Last season, he hit .294 and stole 40 bases.

The Twins expect Worley to make the opening day rotation. Worley joins pitcher Scott Diamond as the only locks for the rotation.

Thousands attend funeral for slain officer

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More than 3,000 people, including 2,000 law enforcement personnel from surrounding states and Canada, attended the funeral Wednesday for Tom Decker, the Cold Spring police officer shot to death last week, the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and Saint Cloud Times reported.

The 31-year-old Decker was shot to death behind a downtown Cold Spring bar last week, according to reports. Decker was responding to a call by the family of 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson at the time of the shooting. Larson lives above the bar.

Larson's family said Larson was texting them suicidal messages the day of the shooting. Larson was taken into custody a couple of hours after the shooting, but he was released Tuesday.

Stearns County authorities said they didn't have sufficient evidence to hold him, according to the Saint Cloud Times.

Decker is survived by his wife Alicia and four kids.

Gophers accept bid to Meineke Car Care Bowl

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Minnesota has accepted an invitation to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Sunday.

This was the preferred bowl for Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune. ESPN will televise the game during prime time.

The Meineke takes the No. 6 team in the Big Ten and had the choice between Minnesota and Purdue, according to the Star Tribune. Minnesota beat Purdue this season, but Purdue had a better conference record and finished the season with three consecutive victories.

Purdue accepted an invitation to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1, according to both reports.

The Gophers will play a Big 12 team, potentially Baylor, according to the Pioneer Press.

Carpenters picket Doran's hiring decisions

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Local carpenters are protesting the real-estate developer Doran's decision to use non-union labor for an upcoming housing project, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and the Minnesota Daily.

The union, the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, has been protesting Doran's decision to hiring the non-union Regal Construction to hang drywall in Doran's first non-student housing development, Mill & Main, according to the Daily. They have been picketing at Minneapolis City Hall and at Doran's Bloomington headquarters for two weeks.

Kelly Doran, the owner of Doran, said he is already using 19 different unions for the project, according to the Daily. He said that 93 percent of the labor for the Mill & Main project is from union companies.

The protestors said that Regal Construction does not adhere to union standards.

Doran has four apartments on the University of Minnesota campus and is currently building a fifth, according to the Daily.

Top receiver quits Gophers football team

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Senior wide receiver A.J. Barker has quit the football team because of alleged mistreatment, the Star Tribune and Minnesota Daily reported.

Barker announced his decision via Twitter Sunday and also released a 4,000-word open letter to coach Jerry Kill on his Tumbler account, the Daily reported.

Barker accused Kill of lying, psychological abuse and manipulation. He said that Kill belittled him in front of the entire team last Thursday.

Kill defended his side of the story Monday and said he was unsure why Barker quit.

Barker led the Gophers in receiving through 11 games. He had 30 receptions for 577 yards and seven touchdowns.

12th case of meningitis reported in Minn.

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A 12th case of meningitis linked to a national outbreak has been discovered in Minnesota, health officials reported Tuesday, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

The new patient is a man in his 50's, according to the Star Tribune. Eight of the 12 Minnesota cases have been males, according to the Pioneer Press.

None of the 12 Minnesota patients has died, according to the Star Tribune.

Federal health officials traced the outbreak to contaminated steroids produced at the New England Compounding Center, according to the Pioneer Press. Nationally, 438 people have tested positive for meningitis and 32 have died, according to the Star Tribune.

One of the Minnesota patients filed a lawsuit against the NECC Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.

Gophers move to 2-0 with victory over Toledo

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The Gophers mens basketball team defeated Toledo 82-58 at Williams Arena Monday night, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

Guards Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman and forward Rodney Williams combined for 50 points as the Gophers jumped out to an early 12-0 lead against the Rockets and coasted to a 48-22 lead before halftime.

The Gophers played like a different team in the second half, however, the Star Tribune reported. The team look lethargic, according to the Star Tribune, and committed 19 turnovers, 11 more than in the win over American Friday.

The victory comes on the eve of Gophers assistant coach Saul Smith's reinstatement. Smith pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Oct. 20 and has been on unpaid administrative leave since Oct. 21, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The Gophers play two more home games this week before playing No. 9 Duke on Nov. 22, according to the Pioneer Press.


Gophers defeat Illinois, reach bowl-eligibility

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Running back Donnell Kirkwood ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns as the Gophers defeated Illinois 17-3 Saturday, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

With the win, the Gophers will likely earn a bowl appearance for the first time since 2009. The Star Tribune projects that the team will play in the Meineke Car Care of Houston Bowl on Dec. 29.

The Gophers' defense set the tone throughout the game, holding the Illini to a field goal after it marched 89 yards on its first offensive possession. The Gophers tied the game at three with a field goal late in the second quarter, and Kirkwood gave the Gophers the lead in the third quarter, capping an 11-play, 51-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

Illinois turned the ball over late in the fourth quarter, and Kirkwood added a second touchdown to seal the victory.

The Gophers have won four straight games at Illinois, according to the Star Tribune. The victory was Coach Jerry Kill's first Big Ten road victory in his two seasons at Minnesota.

Chesney to perform at Target Field for second time

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Country star Kenny Chesney will give his second Target Field performance next summer, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Thursday.

Chesney is slated to perform at Target Field on July 12, 2013, as part of his "No Shoes Nation" tour, according to the Star Tribune.

Chesney will perform with the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, according to the Star Tribune.

Target Field hosted Chesney for the first time on July 8, 2012. About 40,000 turned out for the concert, which Twins President Dave St. Peter described as a success, according to the Star Tribune.

Ticket sales will begin on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

Stillwater Lift Bridge to open first week of December

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The Stillwater Lift Bridge will open during the first week of December, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Monday.

The bridge has been closed since Sept. 10, according to the Pioneer Press. Crews are 70 percent done with the $3.4 million dollar project.

Crews are replacing steel connections and electrical components on the bridge, which spans over the St. Croix River, according to the Pioneer Press.

Traffic is being detoured to the Interstate 94 bridge and the Wisconsin Bridge 243 in Osceloa, Wis, according to both sources.

The bridge will eventually be replaced with a new bridge south of Stillwater, the Pioneer Press reported.

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