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Valleyfair to be sold

The Shakopee amusement park Valleyfair is being sold, according to the Star Tribune.

The struggling owner, Cedar Fair LP based in Sandusky, Ohio, agreed to be aquired by Apollo Global Management for $635 million in cash, the company announced Thursday.

Cedar Fair LP also will be selling its other 10 amusement parks and seven water parks, according to the Pioneer Press.

The company has struggled with poor attendance due to the economy and rainy weather. Season-pass sales were also down this year.

Man arrested in huge marijuana bust

A Waite Park, MN man was arrested Tuesday for possesion of $550,000 worth of marijuana, according to the Pioneer Press.

Authorities confiscated 146 pounds of marijuana from a storage facility in Sartell, and $22,000 a rifle and a handgun from the 46-year-old's home.

Authorities, who were working with Montana State Patrol, believe the drugs came from Canada, according to the Star Tribune.

The man will be arraigned Thursday for selling marijuana.

Minnesota names 13 deadliest counties for drunk driving

Minnesota named its 13 deadliest counties for drunk driving Friday, which law enforcers said they will target more with drunken-driving patrols in the future, according to the Star Tribune.

Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright counties have accounted for more than half of the state's alcohol-related deaths over the past three years.

Hennepin, the most populated county, tallied the most deaths with 60 in 2006-08.

The counties have also resulted in 13,000 arrests in the last five years, according to the Pioneer Press.


A Minnesotan Bigfoot?

A Minnesota hunter caught a picture of a tall, hairy creature that have some speculating that is the image of Bigfoot, according to the Star Tribune.

Tim Kedrowski and his sons, Peter and Casey took the picture on Oct. 24 in their hunting land near Remer, Minn.

"I can't sit here and tell you I'm a 100 percent believer, but I'm a little less skeptical than I was before," Kedrowski said. "You don't go deer hunting looking for this kind of thing."

Scientists have been more skeptical, and have pointed to the fact that no one has ever found a Bigfoot carcass.

"All organisms die; they don't just go away," Blane Klemek, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji said. "You'd think someone someday would find one."

Kedrowski sent the image to Don Sherman and Bob Olson of the Northern Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team, who determined the creature to be seven feet tall, according to the Pioneer Press. 

Hecker charges expected soon

An idictment by a federal grand jury agianst auto mogul  Denny Hecker and a high-ranking employee is "imminent," according to Pioneer Press.

According to court document filed Friday, Steve Leach, former president of Hecker's Rosedale Leasing is expected to be indicted also by Chrysler Financial that Hecker foraged documents to obtain financing.

Hecker has not been charged with any crimes and denies any wrongdoing.

Chrysler claimed that Hecker requested $65 million in November 2007 to obtain 4,855 vehicles from Hyundai Motor America. Hecker allegedly forged two letters from Hyundai, according to the Star Tribune.


Peterson speedy off the field, too

Minnesota Vikings all-pro running back Adrian Peterson may be known for his speed on the football field, but Saturday night saw him going too fast off of it.

Peterson was pulled over and given a citation for going 109 mph in a 55 mph zone on highway 62, according to the Pioneer Press.

Peterson, 24 said he was not going that fast.

The incident happened the night before the Vikings defeated the Bears at the Metrodome 36-10. Peterson had 85 yards and a touchdown. Peterson was in a rush in order not to miss a team meeting at a downtown hotel, according to KSTP.

The all-pro running back could lose his driver's license for the infraction, as Minnesota law requires revocation of a license for a driver doing more than 100 mph.

Aneurysm led to bus crash

The bus crash that killed two people and injured 20 Wednesday was caused by the bus driver's aneurysm, according to the Star Tribune.

The announcement came from John Patton Jr., an attorney for the bus company, Friday.

The driver, 52-year old Edwin Erickson, lost control of the bus on Interstate 90 two miles west of Austin, MN and veered off the road. The bus was returning from a casino trip in Iowa.

Bold Lines Inc., the bus line that operates the bus in the crash, paid $20,000 in 2002 to settle an enforcement case over testing for drivers. The federal safety agency advised roadside inspections because of safety concerns, according to the Pioneer Press.


U2 to play in TCF Bank Stadium

U2 announced it will become the first band to play in TCF Bank Stadium Monday, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The band will come to the brand-new Gopher football stadium on June 27, part of their 360 degrees tour.

Tickets went on sale to the general public Saturday, and were sold out in just two hours, according the Star Tribune.

According the University of Minnesota website, 10,000 presale tickets were made available to students.

The 360 degrees has broken attendance records already in the Rose Bowl and Giants Stadium.

Northwest pilots appeal to get licenses back

The two Northwest Airlines who dropped out of radio contact and overshot the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles appealed their license revocation Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.

The Federal Aviation Administration revoked Capt. Timothy B. Cheney, 53, and First Officer Richard I. Cole's, 54, licenses on Oct. 27, saying they "carelessly and recklessly" put their passengers and crew in danger.

Cheney and Cole dropped out of radio contact for 91 minutes on the four hour flight from San Diego to Minneapolis.

The pilots were distracted by crew scheduling on their laptops and were not aware of their situation until they were over Wisconsin, according to the Pioneer Press.

Two bills were introduced in the Senate Thursday to ban nonessential electronics from the cockpit.

Rybak in race for governor

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak filed paperwork with the state to run for governor Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

The long-expected move comes just two days after Rybak was easily reelected, although he had told reporters on election night his decision to run for governor was weeks away.

No Minneapolis mayor has ever won a governor's race, as Rybak joins a long list of people trying to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2010.

Rybak becomes the 12th Democrat to join the race along with eight Republicans, according to the Pioneer Press.

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