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Prince's Home Taken Off Foreclosure, Public Auction

Prince's 20-acre piece of property in Chanhassen was removed from public auction after being foreclosed on due to delayed mortgage payment.

The musician paid the outstanding $368,000 to prevent his land from going to public auction on May 13. A spokeperson said the "payment has been made" around "four or five days ago," as reported by The Epoch Times.

The property, on which Prince used to have a home, is considered to be worth a total of $1.15 million, according to the United Press International. It was worth $1.5 million a year ago.

Prince owns nearly 200-acres of land in Chanhassen altogether.

The Star Tribune reports this is the latest in a series of financial tardiness for Prince. He owed $1.3 million in property taxes in Carver County last year after not having paid for two years, as well as being late on his taxes in 2006 and 2008.

Arrest Made in Dinkytown Hit-and-run

Minneapolis police arrested the driver who hit three University of Minnesota students last week.

The 29-year-old man from Roseville was driving the wrong way on the road shortly after bars had closed early morning on April 15 when he struck pedestrians on the sidewalk. One of the three individuals struck, Ben Van Handel, died on Thursday, just hours before the arrest.

Van Handel, 23 from Appleton, Wisc., died of severe brain injury and broke bones, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The driver was apprehended at his workplace in Burnsville thanks to "witness accounts and tips," Minneapolis police Sgt. Stephen McCarty said to the Star Tribune.

"Through a series of tips and witness accounts, the detectives from the homicide unit were able to apprehend this individual," McCarty said.

The Appleton Post Crescent reports the drivers criminal record shows he has convictions on charges of drunken driving, drug possession and careless driving.

Dinkytown Hit-and-run Injures Three

Police are looking for information regarding a driver who hit three University of Minnesota students early Friday morning.

The driver was going the wrong way on SE 5th Street on Friday at around 2 a.m. when it hit the three students, police Sgt. Stephen McCarty said.

"We were just walking back to my house from the bar," said Joe Bailin, a boyfriend of one of the victims, as reported by the Star Tribune. "We heard something that made us turn around, and it was coming at us pretty quickly. You don't really know what to do when a car is coming at you on a sidewalk."

Katelynn Hanson, 21, is Bailin's girlfriend and was released after being taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. The two other victims are still at the hospital.

The other victims were Benjamin Van Handel, 23, who was in critical condition, and Sarah Bagley, 21, who was in satisfactory condition.

Bagley, Bailin and Hanson had been celebrating their acceptance into graduate school to study architecture. They did not know Van Handel.

Police currently know very little about the vehicle or the driver. KMSP-TV reported a witness described the vehicle as a four-door, white, early 2000s Toyota Camry or Solera.

McCarthy said he does not know if alcohol was involved either, according to MPR News.

"A lot of things are unanswered at this time," he said.

Food Cart Expansion Approved in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis City Council approved increasing the number of food-truck vendors in the city on Friday.

The Council passed the expansion unanimously.

Unlike last year, vendors will now have the opportunity to move their location as opposed to having to select a permanent one. KSTP-TV reported the city released a list of 10 areas that have been pre-approved for vendors to stop.

Last year, there were 11 vendors and they were restricted to only selling in the downtown area.

Other stipulations included the vendor must operate for a minimum of 150 days and cannot be within 100 feet of another restaurant or café on the same block-face, according to KMSP-TV.

Real estate manager expressed concern over the expansion harming their tenant's restaurant businesses.

"These changes are making it possible for more entrepreneurs to start mobile food businesses, while also bringing food trucks to more parts of the city and increasing the vitality of our neighborhoods and streets," City Council Member Lisa Goodman said in a news release, as reported by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Brooklyn Park Shooting Leads to Suicide

Two people have died after being shot in a Brooklyn Park grocery store before the shooting turned the gun on himself in Minneapolis after eluding police Friday night.

Both a man and a woman were found in the Festival Foods break room when police responded to a call. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police responded to a call at about 8:30 p.m. from someone who heard several shots from the back of the grocery store, according to The Republic.

The suspected shooter took his own life at the foot of the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis later in the evening after being pursued by police for about an hour.

The Star Tribune reports the shooter is believed to have been an ex-acquaintance of the female victim.

The events unfolded near the University of Minnesota campus. The Minnesota Daily reports several students witnessed the incident and what happened afterwards.

Minneapolis Streets Sweeping to Begin

Minneapolis will begin its annual spring street sweeping this Tuesday.

The city announced Thursday that it will hopefully take about four weeks to complete. Street sweepers will be looking to remove salt, dirt, grime and sand that emerged over the winter months.

The Star Tribune reports some sweeping of downtown streets and parkways started this week, and alley sweeping began Monday.

The city will follow some procedural necessities in order to ensure the sweep is done effectively.

These steps will include "No Parking" signs, phone calls to residents and an interactive Web tool, according to KMSP-TV.

The intensive sweepings occur twice a year in Minneapolis, once in the spring and again in the fall.

KARE reports the city will sweep at total of 1,100 miles of streets.

Jennie-O Recalls 55,000 Pounds of Turkey

Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar, Minn. has recalled nearly 55,000 pounds of frozen turkey burger meat due to links of salmonella poisoning.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Saturday after salmonella cases in 10 states to 12 people. Jennie-O has since recalled 54,960 pounds of the the turkey meat.

The exact product under recall is the Jennie-O Turkey Store All Natural Lean White Meat Turkey Burgers with December 23, 2011 as its "use by" date, according to Gather.

The FSIS investigated a case on April 1 after a patient in Wisconsin had been diagnosed with salmonella. Upon further investigation, the FSIS and found that the 11 other cases had a connection to the Jennie-O product.

The Star Tribune reports Jennie-O said the product was only sold at Sam's Club Stores but were distributed nationwide.

The FSIS has released tips and suggestions to best avoid salmonella, including washing hands thoroughly and keeping meat products away from other foods to avoid potential examination.

CBS News reports about 40,000 salmonella cases are reported each year, but the number is most likely higher as cases probably go unreported.

Minneapolis Increase Spending on Potholes

The Minneapolis City Council approved up to an additional $1 million Friday towards improving potholes in the city.

This measure is expected to increase street repairs for crews dedicated to fixing potholes.

KMSP reports the funding will double the number of crews. That means there will be four new crews for the next seven weeks starting on Tuesday, according to MPR News.

Half of the money approved came from leftover funds from the city's 2010 budget, while the rest will come from money set aside for future repairs.

This is the second consecutive year in with the council has approved funding increases towards pothole repairs. Council members said the harsh winter was a major factor in the "significant pothole problem," according to the Star Tribune.

Fargo Beats Mpls/St. Paul in Weather Competition

Fargo, N.D. has made it to the Final Four on Friday after getting past the Twin Cities of a competition of the nation's worst weather cities.

The Weather Channel is holding a 64-city tournament, similar to the NCAA Basketball Tournament, to see which U.S. city has the worst weather. The winner is decided based on votes online.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had tweeted for residents to vote for his city Thursday before the compettition closed, according to KSTP.

Fargo won easily though over Minneapolis-St. Paul as it gained 91.4 percent of the votes.

The tournament was broken into four regions: Midwest, Northeast, South and West. Fargo and Minneapolis-St. Paul were both in the Midwest Region, in which Fargo ultimately won the title.

Duluth and International Falls were the only other two cities from Minnesota to participate in the tournament, according to The Weather Channel's bracket. Fargo beat International Falls to advance to its match-up against Minneapolis, who prevailed over Chicago.

Fargo will take on Juneau, Alaska, the champion of the West Region, in the next round, according to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

The winner will compete in the national championship next week against Bradford, Pa., or New Orleans, the champions of the East Region and South Region, respectively.

Dayton, Klobuchar, Bachmann Support St. Croix Bridge

Three prominent Minnesota politicians have expressed a desire this week to build a new bridge over the St. Croix River, connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Democrats Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann each visited the site of the current bridge this week. Klobuchar plans to introduce legislation that would lead to a new bridge, while Bachmann has already proposed legislation.

Bachmann joined Dayton, along with other state and local leaders from both Minnesota and Wisconsin, on a visit to the current bridge site on Friday.

"Today's discussion was an important milestone to bring the involved parties together as we proceed to build a needed bridge over the St. Croix for the residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin," said Bachmann told the St. Croix Valley Press. We all agree something must be done because the current lift bridge can't sustain 18,000 drivers a day much longer."

Dayton also expressed interest in a new bridge.

Klobuchar said her bill will not violate the the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which the St. Croix River falls under. The act protects more than 11,000 miles of 166 rivers in 38 states.

Congress has not allowed the building of a new bridge over any of the rivers protected.

"The law, however, provides for an exemption," Klobuchar said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio. "While the act is incredibly important, it is also very important that Stillwater get a new bridge."

Meanwhile, former Sen. Walter Mondale, who co-authored the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968, said he does not agree with either plan for building the bridge.

"I think that people ought to be soberly thinking about whether they want to assault the uniqueness and majesty of that river," Mondale said to the Star Tribune. "This is establishing a dangerous precedent of the whole river system."

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