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Afton Alps sold to Colorado company

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Colorado based company, Vail Resorts, will purchase Afton Alps, Fox News reported.

Vail Resorts owns the famed Vail Mountain in Colorado among other resorts, the Star Tribune reported.

Vail Resorts acquired Afton Alps and Mount Brighton, a ski resort near Detroit, Mich., for $20 million, Fox News reported.

One of the things Vail Resorts hopes to do for Afton Alps is improve their snow making capabilities to help lengthen the ski season, Fox News reported.

The Star Tribune added that money will be spent updating the facilities and implementing new programs to encourage more people to get involved in skiing.

All parties involve expect the sale to be complete next month, the Star Tribune reported.

Transportation officials will conduct a study of a four mile stretch of U.S. Highway 10 in Anoka and Ramsey following the death of four pedestrians in the last four months, the Star Tribune reported.

A project to turn the stretch from a highway to freeway would cost over $300 million, the Star Tribune reported.

There was a plan six years ago to fix the problematic area, but funds were not available for the project, the Star Tribune reported.

While it is tragic that people lost their lives, both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press noted that none of the pedestrians who were killed were following traffic laws designed to protect their safety.

They were not crossing in crosswalks or crossing when they had the signal indicating right-of-way, the Pioneer Press reported.

Besides a costly conversion of the highway, other solutions include a pedestrian bridge or putting a chain link fence along the center of the highway to deter would-be crossers from not crossing in the crosswalk, the Pioneer Press reported.

City and transportation officials urge pedestrians to follow the law to ensure their safety, the Pioneer Press reported.

Child tells of mother's drug use

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A woman is in police custody after her son told his principal that she had been using drugs, Kare 11 reported.

According to the St. Michael Patch, the boy brought a baggie of drugs to school to prove his claims.

According to the Star Tribune, police tested the substance and determined that is was in fact methamphetamine.

Sabina Coolen, the boy's mother, has been charged with storing drug paraphernalia where a child has access, according to the St. Michael Patch.

If convicted, Coolen could face up to five years in jail, the Star Tribune reported.

Cold Spring, Minn. officer shot while on duty

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A Cold Spring, Minn., police officer was shot late Thursday after responding to a "welfare call," Waseca County News reported.

Tom Decker, 31, responded to a potential suicide call when he was ambushed, the Star Tribune reported.

Decker died at the scene near Winners Sports Bar, the Star Tribune reported.

According to Waseca County News, a suspect is in custody.

Ryan Michael Larson, 34, is being held on suspicion of murdering a police officer, according to the Star Tribune.

Larson lived above the bar near where the crime took place, the Star Tribune reported.

Crash kills three in Inver Grove Heights

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At least three people died Friday when their car crashed head-on in to a school bus, the Pioneer Press reported.

The driver of the bus was not injured, and there were no children on the bus at the time of the crash, according to the Huffington Post via the Associated Press.

The crash occurred west of Highway 55, the Pioneer Press reported.

When police arrived, both vehicles were in flames, the Pioneer Press reported.

The names of the victims have not been released, and police are still working to determine the cause of the crash, the Huffington Post via the Associated Press reported.

Police respond to possible Minneapolis shooting

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Police responded to a possible shooting Friday in the Retek building in downtown Minneapolis, which houses one of two Target headquarters in the city, the Star Tribune reported.

Police received a call around 11 AM of shots fired, according to the Star Tribune.

Employees were told to remain in their offices while police searched the building, the Star Tribune reported.

The report of shots turned out to be false, according to Kare 11.

Police said what people heard were popping sounds due to construction in the area, Kare 11 reported.

Police said the building was all clear after two hours of searching, Kare 11 reported.

New Northstar station to open Wednesday

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The Ramsey station on the Northstar rail line will open Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported.

It is the seventh stop to be added on the forty miles of track the connect Big Lake and Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.

Rides will be free for riders on Wednesday and Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

The new station was projected to cost over $13 million, but transit officials say the project came in under budget, according to the Star Tribune.

However, the original plan was for the Northstar line to go all the way to St. Cloud, but the line has been dogged by low ridership, according to Kare 11.

According to the Star Tribune, ridership fell from 710,426 people in 2010 to 703,427 in 2011. Projected ridership for 2012 is even lower at 668,000.

According to Kare 11, the new stop will cost $130,000 per rider.

As a way to boost ridership, officials cut fares by $1 in August, Kare 11 reported. The fare cuts are expected to remain in effect until spring.

St. Paul teacher wins $25,000

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A St. Paul teacher was honored Friday when he received a Milken Educator Award, the Pioneer Press reported.

Along with national recognition for outstanding teaching, Stephen Abenth also received $25,000, the Pioneer Press reported.

Abenth, a fourth grade teacher at Highland Park Elementary School was surprised to learn he had won the award, the Star Tribune reported.

Abenth said he plan to return to school to get advanced degree, the Star Tribune reported, but he won't go in to school administration because he has too much fun in the classroom.

Ramsey Northstar station to open mid-November

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The Ramsey station for the Northstar line will open mid-November, according to the Pioneer Press. The Northstar Line is a public transit rail line that connects downtown Minneapolis with northern suburbs.

The station is opening on time, and under budget, according to ABC Newspapers, a local Ramsey publication.

As part of celebrating the grand opening of the new stop, the public can ride the train for free November 14th and 15th, according to the Pioneer Press. Rides will then be $3.50 each way.

The advent of the Ramsey stop means the discontinuation of a bus line that has long served the area, according to ABC Newspapers.

11 Twin Cities men indicted on federal drug charges

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11 men involved in an alleged heroin ring were indicted on federal drug charges, according to the Star Tribune.

The men face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted, according to the Star Tribune. The trial for the 11 men is set to begin in early 2013.

This story, which comes after a mother was arrested for allegedly giving her young daughter heroin, seems to indicate a growing prevalence of the drug in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.

The indictment, filed early last month, was unsealed last week, according to the Plymouth Patch.

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