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Minnesota households turning to cellphone use

One fourth of Minnesota households are using cellphones only and getting rid of the landline, according to estimates released Wednesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Adults living in the Twin Cities are more likely to be completely wireless in the household, according to the The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A federal report shows Wisconsin's results as the same, the Star Tribune reported.

Twenty-five percent of adults only use cellphones in the household. The amount of cellphone-only users in Wisconsin has risen 15 percent over the past two years.

Edina woman dies in house fire

An Edina woman died in a house fire Monday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.

Cynthia L. Robb, 54, almost made it out of her house, according to the Star Tribune.

The fire may have burned for three hours. A preliminary review points to an electrical problem in the basement ceiling.

Fire Chief Marty Scheerer said the cause is under investigation.

Robb was by herself during the time of the fire.

Stillwater bridge to reopen

The Stillwater Lift Bridge is reopening on Monday at 3 p.m., the Star Tribune reports.

The bridge was closed April 8 because of strong waters on the St. Croix River, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Stillwater bridge is the link between Minnesota and Wisconsin over the river.

The St. Croix River and the Mississippi River are beginning to recede.

This is an important milestone for the ending of flood season.

The Red River, however, is not beginning to recede.

Student brings gun to Cold Spring middle school

A student at Ricori Middle School in Cold Spring, Minn. was questioned by police after a handgun was found in his locker Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.

Superintendent Scott Staska told the St. Cloud Times it happened around 9 a.m., according to the Pioneer Press.

Staska did not release the student's gender or which grade he or she is in.

The student had the gun out in the hallway where other students saw and told the principal.

A shooting happened at Rocori High School in 2003. Two students died and the shooter was sentenced to life in prison.

Police shot and killed carjacking suspect

A man carjacked a taxi driver at gunpoint in Minneapolis on Thursday, which led to a high-speed police chase and ended with police killing the suspect, the Pioneer Press reported.

Jason P. Barsness carjacked the taxi cab, starting the high-speed chase at the Lowry Hill Tunnel, according to the Star Tribune.

Barsness, 28, took control of a Red and White Taxi cab around 5 a.m. in south Minneapolis.

When the taxi driver asked how Barsness was going to pay, Barsness got violent and took over the cab.

Officers Jared Sturgill and Andrew Gibbs shot Barsness, resulting in his death.

Second victim of Brooklyn Park shooting dies

A man and a woman were shot in the break room of a Festival Foods store Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Abigail M. Fedeli, 20, and Michael Habte, 21, were killed by an acquaintance while they were in the break room, according to the Star Tribune.

Habte was dating Fedeli for a month or two. The shooter was Fedeli's ex-boyfriend.

When officers approached the suspect, he fatally shot himself.

Police are not investigating any other suspects.

Minneapolis shooting leaves woman dead, man injured

A woman was killed and a man was injured after a shooting in south Minneapolis Monday night, authorities said, the Star Tribune reported.

Police are continuing to search for the suspects, according to the Pioneer Press.

Several 911 calls were made just after 8 p.m. reporting gun shots.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital contacted police, reporting that a man and woman had been admitted with gunshot wounds.

The woman was pronounced dead in the emergency room. The man was brought to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he survived.

A former Cretin-Derham Hall high school teacher was sentenced one year in jail and a $300 fine Monday for having sex with one of her students in 2008, the Star Tribune reported.

Gail Elin Gagne, 28, was told by the judge that she must register as a sex offender for sleeping with the 16-year-old boy and she will be on probation for two years, according to the Pioneer Press.

Gagne was ordered to have no contact with the student or his family.

Gagne lost her career and cannot teach again.

Boy ran over by dad dies

A boy, 4, of Akeley, died when his father accidently backed over him while plowing snow, the Pioneer Press reported.

Kyle Vredenburg was riding his bike Thursday when he got too close to where his dad was snow plowing, according to the Star Tribune.

He died while being flown to a hospital.

Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said he will not press charges against the father.

Blaine man charged with murder for supplying synthetic drug

A 21-year-old Blaine man is being charged with felony third-degree murder after supplying teens at a party with a synthetic drug called 2C-E that killed on man, the Pioneer Press reported.

Timothy Lamere supplied Trevor Robinson, 19, with the synthetic drug. The drug immediately gave Robinson a heart attack and killed him, according the the Star Tribune.

Robinson was taken to the hospital but died that afternoon. He had no pre-existing health issues that would explain his sudden death.

Ten other people at the party overdosed on the drug.

Lamere was arrested on Friday, but is not being held in jail.

Man stuck under garage door dies

Minnesota man and owner of a bus company died Monday after being trapped under a garage door, the Pioneer Press reported.

Stephen Peterson, 51, of Barnesville, was found trapped under a garage door at his bus company by his brother, according to the Star Tribune.

Peterson apparently got stuck under the garage door as it was closing, authorities said.

Peterson was part-owner of Barnesville Bus Co.

It appears that there was no malfunction with the garage door, authorities said.

Driver to spend 30 days in jail once a year

An Eagan man will spend 30 days in jail once a year for the next decade on the anniversary of the car crash he caused that killed his best friend, the Star Tribune reported.

Matthew Russell Willis, 26, was ordered this staggered sentence Monday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Willis was sentenced 60 days of initial jail time and then the staggered jail time throughout the next decade to remind him of what he caused, according to the Pioneer Press.

In 2008 Willis sped around a curve on Hwy. 3 in Inver Grove Heights, causing him to crash into an oncoming SUV.

The crash killed his best friend and severely injured the two women in the SUV.

Farmington superintendent resigns

Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks will resign midway through his contract after receiving criticism, according to the Star Tribune.

Meeks plans to leave in August, which is a year before his contract expires, the Pioneer Press reported.

The school board approved an agreement with Meeks to resign Monday.

It was unclear why this agreement has been made.

"I think it would just put to rest a lot of issues we have had," said board chairwoman Tera Lee.

New U professor, expert in toys

A new class at the University of Minnesota taught by Barry Kudrowitz will teach students how to create ideas and prototypes for toys, the Star Tribune reported.

Kudrowitz has taught the class "Toy Product Design" at MIT for six years as a graduate student, according to the Pioneer Press.

Students will invent toys in groups of five to six people in this course.

Throughout the semester, the student's ideas will be tested out at the Minnesota Children's Museum.

Minnesota prepares for spring flooding

Minnesota officials, including Gov. Mark Dayton, began planning for expected flooding this spring, the Pioneer Press reports.

Dayton held meetings in South St. Paul and Stillwater Wednesday assuring everyone that there is a plan to handle the floods, according to the Star Tribune.

The heavy snowfall in the metro area throughout the winter so far has alarmed many because of the impending floods.

There have been 74.9 inches of snow this winter through Tuesday.

Dayton has more flood prevention meetings coming up in Chaska, Mankato and Winona.

Minnesota Chipotle firings adding up

Chipotle Mexican Grill fired 450 Minnesota employees in the past year because of immigration status, the Star Tribune reports.

This number was released last week in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The employees could not prove their eligibility to work in the U.S., according to the Pioneer Press.

The restaurant chain says they check that the employees have proper documentation to be able to work in the U.S., yet some workers still may not be authorized.

Virginia and Washington D.C. are currently undergoing documentation reviews of Chipotle employees.

Twin Cities nurse charged with stealing patient's painkiller

A Twin Cities nurse is receiving drug addiction treatment after being charged with stealing a patient's painkiller, which left the patient in pain during a procedure at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the Star Tribune reported.

Sarah May Casareto, 33, of Forest Lake, had a hearing Tuesday that she did not show up to, according to The Examiner.

Casareto stole a patient's painkillers meant for his kidney stone surgery and told him to "man up."

Casareto has denied the allegations and claims that she was sick with symptoms that were wrongly perceived as signs of the stolen painkiller.

King Tut coming to Twin Cities

The "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" exhibit is opening Friday at the Science Museum of Minnesota, KARE 11 reported.

The tickets for the exhibit went on sale Tuesday.

In celebration of the exhibit, a 10.5 ton sculpture of Anubis, an Egyptian god, was installed.

The exhibit is including 100 artifacts, which the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt is loaning to the museum, according to the Star Tribune.

Large-scale exhibits such as this bring in more people, along with more revenue for the city, the Star Tribune said.

Rochester police arrest man in death of 4-month-old boy

Rochester police arrested a man, 25, in the death of the 4-month-old boy Monday, the Star Tribune reported.

Police responded after the baby was not breathing and the baby was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Pioneer Press.

The baby showed signs of trauma.

The name of the boy has not been released.

Minneapolis woman attempts to mail puppy

Stacey Champion, 39, will not be able to reclaim the puppy that she tried mailing to her son in Atlanta, the Star Tribune reported.

An administrative hearing officer ruled Monday that the 4-month-old Schnauzer-poodle mix will stay in an animal shelter and not be returned to Champion, according to the Pioneer Press.

Postal workers found the puppy before it was mailed by air, which would have suffocated him.

Champion was charged with animal cruelty.

One dead in Bayfield snowmobile crash

A Wisconsin man was killed and a Minnesota man was injured in two separate snowmobile crashes in northwester Wisconsin Friday, the Star Tribune reported.

Timothy Patrick O'Meara, 45, was riding his snowmobile and collided with a car on Friday evening, according to the Pioneer Press.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Six hours later, a man from the Twin Cities was airlifted to the hospital after his leg was crushed between two snowmobiles.

St. Paul SuperAmerica robber caught

A St. Paul man admitted to robbing the same SuperAmerica store three separate times, the Star Tribune reported.

Jeremy Allen Glass, 21, said he felt invincible after drinking alcohol, according to the Pioneer Press.

Glass was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery Friday in the Ramsey County Court District.

Glass used a knife during two of his robberies.

No one was injured during any of the incidents.

Local FBI chief transfered to Washington

The head of the Minneapolis FBI office is heading to Washington to work as the deputy assistant director for the agency's Counterterrorism Division, announced Friday.

Ralph Boelter sent an e-mail to the FBI Citizens' Academy sharing the news and informing members that he will not be departing for several weeks, the Pioneer Press reported.

Boelter has been the head of the Minneapolis FBI office since 2007, according to the Star Tribune.

The special agent views this career move as an exciting experience.

St. Paul gas station robbed by armed man

A man entered a gas station on the East Side Thursday, firing a shot into the air and stealing an unknown amount of cash from the register, authorities said.

The robbery occurred around 8 p.m. at a Holiday gas station located on 1400 Arcade St.

In an interview with the Star Tribune, police spokesman John Keating said he did not know if anything was stolen.

This incident is similar to two cases that occurred in December at small businesses around the Twin Cities, in which an armed robber fired a shot, stole money, and left without injuring anyone, authorities said.

The man fled the gas station on foot into a nearby neighborhood without hurting anyone, the Pioneer Press reported.

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