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6 Dead in Head on Collision

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THE STATE PATROL SAYS SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED THIS MORNING IN A HEAD ON CRASH IN CAMBRIDGE MINNESOTA. OF THE SIX, THREE VICTIMS WERE TEENAGERS. SARAH GRAY HAS THE STORY.

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AROUND 2:40 AM AT HIGHWAY 95 AND COUNTY ROAD 70, A CAR AND AN SUV COLLIDED. LT. ERIC ROESKE SAID THE SUV HIT A CAR AFTER IT CROSSED THE CENTERLINE. THE SUV THEN BURST INTO FLAME. BOTH PEOPLE IN THE SUV DIED.

FOUR OF THE FIVE PEOPLE IN THE CAR ALSO DIED. THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE CRASH IS A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL FROM ISANTI, WHO WAS DRIVING THE CAR. SHE WAS AIRLIFTED TO HENNEPIN COUNTRY MEDICAL CENTER.

ROESKE SAID THAT THE GIRL HAD JUST RECEIVED HER LICENSE AND SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING AT THE HOUR OF THE CRASH. SHE ALSO SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER.

ROESKE ALSO SAID THAT THE FOUR VICTIMS IN THE CAR WERE NOT WEARING THEIR SEATBELT.

INVESTIGATORS SAID THEY COULD SMELL ALCOHOL IN THE TEENS CAR. THEY ALSO SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE FIRE IN THE SUV, AND THE SEVERE BURNS ON THE VICTIMS, THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET TOXICOLOGY INFORMATION FROM THE VICTIMS OF THE SUV.

THE IDENTIFIED VICTIMS RANGED IN AGES FROM FIFTEEN TO TWENTY-FOUR, AND ALL LIVED AROUND THE CAMBRIDGE AREA. THERE IS STILL ONE UNIDENTIFIED VICTIM.

THIS IS ONE OF THREE DEADLY ACCIDENTS THIS WEEKEND INVOLVING TEENAGERS.

White Bear Lake Water Levels Low

After celebrating and ice out on White Bear Lake, it became apparent that there was going to be some problems on the lake this year, KARE 11 reported.

This year, it seems that the lake is headed for a record low depth, causing some people to want to move their boats to a different lake.

This year, White Bear Lake boaters are only asking one question, "How's the lake level?" Jason Brown, owner of White Bear Boat Works said.

Brown's crew provides the docks and manages the marina. Friday afternoon they struggled to pry walkways off the ever-growing beach, and push them twenty feet further into the lake than in normal years. Otherwise, larger boats and sailboats with large keels would get stuck in the shallow water, KARE 11 reported.

Generally, there is a long list of people waiting to get their boats onto White Bear Lake, but this year, that isn't the case. Registrations for boaters on the lake are down so much in fact, that they still have a quarter of their spots open.

White Bear Lake isn't the only lake suffering from low water levels, the State Climatology Department says, but there are plenty of lakes that are not suffering at all. In fact, Bald Eagle Lake near White Bear Lake is at normal levels this spring.

The DNR also reported that some lakes in Blue Earth and Lyon counties are up more than a foot from last year.

"At some point, it'll be back up," Environmental Specialist Alan Rupnow said. "It's part of the normal fluctuation of the lake."


Minneapolis School Closings

All 60 Minneapolis public schools were locked down Wednesday after threats of a shooting were found on a social networking site.

According to KSTP TV, an anonymous tip was sent to Minneapolis 311 early in the morning prompting the school district to declare a "code yellow", meaning that the school's doors were locked during the day, and everyone who entered the school was checked for positive identification.

KARE 11 TV reported that the message of the threat stated that the threat was a male shooter who intended to shoot the school, and then shoot himself.

Both sites reported that the threat originated from an Australian teen, who has not been to the United States in 7 years. They are still looking for a connection between the teen and the Minneapolis School District.

On a related note, Cretin Derham Hall, Expo Magnet School, Holy Spirit Catholic School, St. Paul Academy and all Minnehaha Academy locations were also locked down on Wednesday morning, reports KSTP TV, due to a similar threat traced back to the same Australian teen.

KSTP TV also reported that all of the parents of students in the Minneapolis School District were notified of the lockdown via an automated telephone call. They said that the FBI and Interpol were also aware of the situation.

The Minneapolis School District has decided to continue the code yellow lockdown for Thursday's school day citing precautionary measures, since the issue has not been resolved.

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