August 2, 2007

Mystery Death in Toddler

Calla Christopherson was adopted from China to a family in Edina when she was only a year old.

During a procedure to open a clogged tear duct on Aug. 22, 2006, Calla died. Her breating became difficult and her oxygen levels started falling. A doctor injected muscle relxant in the girl but her heart started failing.

The reason for her death is still a mystery but the state investigation did fault the Fairview Southdale Hospital stating that they did not keep Calla’s vial signs on record well enough. Calla’s mother also said that the reports she received had some gaps and investigation shows that there are some differences from report to report.

The nurse who was recording the information stated that she was in distress while the child was dying and was unable to record the info.

The story was reported by the Pioneer Press which included an interview with the nurse who was in the surgery, Calla’s mother, and Fairview’s vice president for patient safety.

This was an interesting story because the case has no specific reason of death and has created a position in surgical procedures to have a designated person to always record vital signs.

The StarTribune search did not show any results about the same story.


International, national, and local coverage. The I-35W bridge collapsed and it news coverage hasn’t stopped since Wednesday around 6 p.m.

I’ve followed Fox 9, KSTP, KARE 11, WCCO, CNN, StarTribune, Pioneer Press, LA Times, and New York Times.

The collapse and updates of the rescue and recovery missions are the headlines.

When the event first occurred, KSTP was one of the first stations to offer video footage and an online image. StarTribune had a paragraph that said the bridge has collapsed and more updates are to follow. The Pioneer Press had a few sentences.

Around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Fox 9 focused much of its video footage on the night coverage of the bridge wreck.

KSTP, KARE 11, and WCCO spoke to a lot of different people and interviewed people who were watching, involved, or avoided the event.

CNN, national news seemed to be blind-sighted for a good majority of the time as it didn’t have any footage for the first 25 minutes and then requested those who live near the area, saw the event, or were involved to call in.

StarTribune and Pioneer Press has been updating multiple stories relating to the event and numbers of injuries, death, and missing have been different several times a day.

Every channel, every website is offering different information but focused on the bridge structure and its investigation, rescue and recovery missions and dangers, people who have been helping, medical emergencies, government response, public officials information release, and people who are involved.

The following links are to some articles, footages, and images.

Pioneer Press


New York Times

LA Times





Overall, I believe there’s a lot of witness stories as well as details about those who are still missing their loved ones. A news station stated that they spoke to some families who have a family member injured or missing and that they have decided not to ask them to speak on camera to respect their need in a time of tragedy.

This is an example of local news reporting being more in-depth and richer with detail compared to national news reporting.

July 12, 2007

Prostitution Services in Burnsville

An Eagan teen is suspected of running a prostitute service and is under investigation by the federal authorities.

Justine Alex Reisdorf was charged last month for recruiting minors for prostitution after the teenage girls told investigators about Reisdorf’s operations.

Reisdorf posted the prostitution services on and when became a target of investigation, moved her services to telephone chat line ‘Lava Links’.

According to officials, Reisdorf used code words such as roses instead of dollars, and operated the prostitution services at a Burnsville motel where she worked.

The article about Reisdorf was found on the StarTribune website. I searched for another article relating to this event but non were found.

July 5, 2007

Fatal Crash in Princeton

Both the StarTribune and the Pioneer Press cover the story of an accident involving a semi-truck on Highway 95 in Princeton that kills four and injures another.

The StarTribune focuses greatly on how the family and friends are saying farewell to their friends. They wrote about how there are those who visit the site of the accident as their last goodbye before leaving for the war, etc. The article also talks about how accidents involving teenage drivers seem to be rising and what people are saying about it. The details of the accident are still under investigation, however the article by the StarTribune gives detailed information about what the officials are saying. The article ends by talking about how fatal crashes involving teenagers affect others.

The Pioneer Press focuses on the individual stories of the victims of the crash. They give little to no detail about the accident in one article while giving short and brief details about the accident in others. It would have been nice to see a mix of both so that readers don’t need to click around to see all sides of the story.

June 28, 2007

Road Rage

On Saturday, a 15-year-old girl was killed in an automobile accident on Interstate I-35E.

Samantha Kelly was a passenger in a Jeep along with her boyfriend, a driver, and several other friends.

The accident is believed to be caused by a possible road-rage incident. The driver of another vehicle tailgated the vehicle carrying the teens and then cut them off quickly when the driver of the Jeep tapped on the breaks.

The Jeep lost control when the driver of the car, described by witnesses as an Audi or Nissan, slammed on the breaks after cutting off the SUV carrying the teenagers.

According to officials, the Jeep rolled about five times and the 15-year-old girl was partially thrown from the car and her boyfriend is now in critical condition at the Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

The officials are now saying that some of the Jeep passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

The police are asking people with any additional information about the accident or the driver to contact them.

This story has been covered multiple times since the accident. The first several articles about the story included details about the accident and the cause of it.

The story covered on June 26th by StarTribune is still focusing on the details of the accident. The story added more information about the passengers of the Jeep and interviewed more people connected to the event.

The story covered by Pioneer Press has changed its angle from the details of the accident to seatbelts usage and safe driving practices for teens. Pioneer Press includes more interviews from people connected to the event and also includes information about seatbelt safety, dangers of rollovers in SUVs, and tips on avoiding road rage.

The StarTribune does not include additional information outside of the accident and seems to be repeating a lot of the information from its previous articles. Pioneer Press seems to have done a greater amount of research on related topics to the accident. However, Pioneer Press misspells names of some of the interviewees and other words.

June 21, 2007

The health department suppressed information about significant health issue.

The Star Tribune reported on June 19th that the Minnesota Health Department held back information from research about Mesothelioma cancers that infected 35 more miners than 17 that had already been reported on.

The article can be found at:

In March 2006, a research uncovered that a deadly asbestos-related cancers affected 35 more Iron Range miners than what the department had known about. The information was withheld for a year. Now that the department has decided to report the information, criticism and issues about the delay are arising.

The health department webpage is:

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer, “of the membranes lining the chest, abdominal cavities, or heart?, that only occurs in about 1 percent of all cancer cases. The cause of the cancer is related closely to high asbestos exposures. The cancer may not occur until years after exposure to the asbestos and usually spread through the body after beginning in the membrane lining of lungs.

The information about mesothelioma was found on the Mayo Clinic websites:


Although department officials are saying that the reason for the delay was to further research on the asbestos related cases, scientists and the United Steelworkers are criticizing the department for suppressing the information from the public.

For more information about the United Steelworkers:

*Note: This blog was edited on 11:13AM on June 22nd, 2007 to add links to websites listed in the entry.