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Home Explodes in Circle Pines

An unoccupied house exploded Friday in Circle Pines from what authorities said might have been a gas leak.
The house, which was foreclosed, was unoccupied at the time of explosion and authorities said no one was injured, the Star Tribune said.
The fire, which was called in at about 1:13 p.m., was under control by 4 p.m. by firefighters, the Pioneer Press said.
The single story house was still standing when firefighters arrived but the roof eventually caved in, the Star Tribune said.
The siding of a neighboring house was melted, the Star Tribune said.

Metrodome Roof Collapses

The Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis collapsed Sunday after Saturday's record blizzard.
The Metrodome's roof caved in as a result of pressure from more than a foot of snow that Minneapolis recieved Saturday, the Star Tribune said.
The Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants football game that was supposed to happen Sunday has been postponed to Monday night in Detroit's Ford Field instead, the Pioneer Press said.
The University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium would not have worked out for the Vikings game, officials said, because it is not able to be used during the winter, according to the Pioneer Press.
Authorities have said that they are hopeful that the Metrodome will be repaired by the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears game on Dec. 20. The Teflon roof will have to be re-inflated and several damaged panels fixed first, the Star Tribune said.
It is unknown yet if this will affect the Viking's recent push for a new stadium in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune said.

Man Dies from Falling through Thin Ice

An 81-year-old Le Sueur County man died Thursday after falling through thin ice on Lake Washington.
Edwin Senska initially fell through the ice on his ATV four-wheeler as he was on the lake wanting to fish, the Star Tribune said.
Senska then dismounted the ATV and walked about 15 yards before falling through extremely thin ice, the Pioneer Press said.
Senska lived on the lake close to where he fell through and his neighbors called the police at about 3:10 p.m., the Pioneer Press said.
A dive team entered the water about 45 minutes later and found Senska immediately. He was rushed to the hospital and airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester where he was pronounced dead, the Star Tribune said.
The water where Senska was found was about 12 feet deep, the Star Tribune said.

Man Dies After Being in Coma for 7 Months Due to Bar Fight

A man died Friday after being in a coma for 7 months because of injuries due to a bar fight.
Adam Baker, 32, sustained injuries when his head hit concrete after being punched once in the jaw by Alexander Tuomisto, 24, outside the Corner Bar in St. Michael, Minn. on May 2, the Star Tribune said.
It is unknown what caused the brawl and Tuomisto, who was already charged with first-degree assault following the incident, will now be charged with one count of second-degree unintentional murder, the Pioneer Press said.
Tuomisto pleaded not guilty to the first-degree assault charge and his lawyers said that Baker's injuries and death were completely unintentional, the Star Tribune said.
Baker is a high school graduate of Stillwater, Minn. and attended college at the University of North Dakota where he served as student body president for a year, the Star Tribune said. Baker was close to finishing up his master's in aviation management at UND and was living in Ohio and working for Delta Air Lines.

Ex-Janitor Sentenced in Bathroom Pictures Incident

An-ex janitor was sentenced Friday for taking pictures of women and girls using the bathroom in a Burnsville private school.
Jason D. Kohlwey, 31, was sentenced to 30 days with an electronic home monitoring device, four days in jail, and up to eight years probation for taking photos of girls using the bathroom at Good Shepard Lutheran School in Burnsville, the Star Tribune said.
Kohlwey pleaded guilty for the charges in August and will have to register as a sex offender. However, the charge of possessing child pornography was dismissed from the case, the Pioneer Press said.
Kohlwey was investigated beginning in October 2009 when a girl told officials that a man had put a camera under the bathroom stall divider while she was going to the bathroom, the Star Tribune said.
Police found photos on Kohlwey's computer of numerous girls' and women's buttocks using the restroom, the Star Tribune said.

Rochester Docter Reprimanded

A Rochester doctor was reprimanded by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice in November, the board said Friday.
Dr. Michael M. Priebe, 50, was reprimanded by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for having sex with one of his patients, the Star Tribune said.
Priebe admitted that he had a sexual relationship with one of his female patients in 2009. At least one of the sexual incidents had occurred at his place of medical practice, the Pioneer Press said.
The woman was being treated by Priebe, a rehabilitation specialist, for injuries due to a car accident. State law says that doctors are never allowed to have sexual relations with patients, the Star Tribune said.
Priebe gave his cell phone and pager number to the woman and went to dinner with her, the Star Tribune said.
Priebe will now have to have a female present when examining female patients, has to take a class on ethics, and pay a fine of over $1,800, the Star Tribune said.

Trial Continues for Man Accused of Killing Toddler

A dead toddler's mother testified Friday against her husband who is accused of killing her 17-month-old son in the couple's home near Northfield, Wisc.
Melissa Hokanson, 19, testified against her husband, Tylar Hokanson, 24, in court Friday for his accusation of killing her 17-month-old son, Nicholas Miller, the Star Tribune said.
Nicholas reportedly died of injuries due to being shaken and suffered brain bleeding, a severed spine, cuts, bruises, and had fluid in his lungs, the Star Tribune said.
The June 19, 2009 incident led to the death of Nicholas, who stopped breathing and moving in the days in between the incident and the boy's June 23, 2009 death, the Pioneer Press said.
Hokanson faces three charges of first-degree murder and three charges of second-degree murder, the Star Tribune said.
Nicholas's autopsy report also showed that he suffered five broken ribs in the weeks before the incident and fractures to his clavicle in the months prior to the incident, the Star Tribune said.
Hokanson's stepdaughter did not have injuries but the couple's 6-week-old baby suffered similar fractures to the ribs as Nicholas, the Star Tribune said.
If Hokanson is convicted of first-degree murder, he will mandatorily be imprisoned for life with the possibility of parole in 30 years, the Pioneer Press said.

Man Dies while Fleeing Police

A man died Saturday by jumping off a freeway overpass trying to flee from police after a fight outside a nightclub.
Jason Yang, 29, died around 2 a.m. Saturday after he jumped off an Interstate 394 off-ramp while trying to flee from police after a fight that police said he started at Epic nightclub at 110 N. 5th St., the Star Tribune said.
Yang jumped off the off-ramp and fell several stories to a parking lot beneath, the Pioneer Press said.
After the fight broke out, Yang ran into a parking ramp and out the door before leaping off the off-ramp, the Star Tribune said.
Yang was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics and five police officers involved have been issued a three day leave due to traumatic circumstances, the Pioneer Press said.

Bridge Damaged by Fire

The historic Inver Grove Heights swing bridge started on fire Thursday, which hampered the renovation project on the bridge that started in April.
The 116-year-old bridge may have caught fire because of welding sparks of workers working on the renovation and construction of the bridge, the Star Tribune said.
The bridge was supposed to open in three weeks as a public pier. Authorities said the fire was worsened by weather conditions Thursday afternoon, according to WCCO.
The bridge began falling apart a few years ago after it was closed in 1999 due to safety concerns, WCCO said.
The bridge, built in 1894, will have to be re-evaluated for saftey after the fire damage, the Star Tribune said.

Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend's Son

A Clear Lake man was accused Wednesday of killing his girlfriend's 16-month-old son.
Dennis James Angell, 24, who lived with his girlfriend and her son in the Santiago Township was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for the Sunday death of the boy, the Star Tribune said.
He is being held in the Sherburne County Jail with a $50,000, the St. Cloud Times said.
Police responded to a call saying that the boy was not breathing and was choking. After airlifting the boy to the St. Cloud Hospital, the boy was pronounced dead, the St. Cloud Times said.
Angell told authorities he was the last one with the toddler before his death. He also told them that he had become angry with the boy when he became fussy and would not fall asleep, so he held a pillow up to the boy's face to stop his crying, the Star Tribune said.
Angell said he held the pillow up to the boy's face for about 40 seconds until the boy stopped moving, the Star Tribune said.
A bloody pillow was found underneath the toddler's bed, the St. Cloud Times said.

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