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Man attacks wife near U of M campus

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A man with a knife attacked a woman Wednesday evening near the University of Minnesota campus, police said.

The suspect did not demand or take any valuables from the young woman. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive, police told the Star Tribune.

The woman told police she was attacked from behind at in the 500 block of Huron Boulevard, between Fulton and Essex Streets on the southeast edge of the Minneapolis campus at 7:30 p.m.

The attacker is described as a white man in his early 20s wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. He was between 5-feet 11 inches and 6-feet 2-inches tall, police told KSTP.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at 612-692-8477.

Bloomington eighth-graders on a field trip in an Eden Prairie conservation area Thursday morning encountered the body of a young man who committed suicide, police said.

A group of 125 students and chaperones were perusing the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area in Eden Prairie around 10 a.m. when the body was found, police spokesperson Katie Beal told Kare 11.

A smaller group of 30 students from Oak Grove Middle School was walking down a trail when they discovered the deceased male. Police say he died from a gunshot wound to his head.

Police interviewed students and teachers and the field trip was subsequently canceled. Grief counselors were made available to staff and students, school district spokesman Rick Kaufman told the Star Tribune.

"A couple of kids were very distraught by what they saw," he said.

Teen shoots self in the face in cafeteria

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A New Hampshire boy shot himself in the face in a crowded elementary school cafeteria on Friday, officials said.

The boy, 14-year-old Hunter Mack, was hospitalized after shooting himself around 11 a.m. on Friday at Walpole Elementary. The school was locked down for several hours, but no one else was injured, police told Fox News.

Chesire County Attorney Peter Heed told ABC News that Hunter was possibly upset over "relationship issues" with a girl.

"It clearly involved a relationship issue; I think that is fair to say," Heed said.

Nick Phillips, an eighth-grader in class with Hunter, said the 14-year-old had been passing notes during the week saying he was depressed, but it wasn't clear why.

As of Friday afternoon, the 14-year-old was in critical condition at a New Hampshire hospital.

Counselors were parked in the school parking lot on Saturday to talk to students and faculty. School will go on Monday as usual.

Man dies in downtown Minneapolis hotel

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A 33-year-old man was shot and killed on Saturday in the Millennium Hotel in the first Minneapolis homicide of 2012.

Minneapolis man Jeremy Robert Shannon died due to numerous gunshot wounds, a Hennepin County medical examiner told the Star Tribune.

Shannon was shot around 2:30 A.M. in Room 911 of the hotel at 1313 Nicollet Mall. He and the suspect were in a room that had been booked by a group of people.

Witnesses told police that a suspect had fled across the street. The 33-year-old man was arrested in front of the Hyatt Hotel on a charge of cause for murder.

The suspect and victim probably knew each other, police told Kare 11.

New video game promotes safe driving

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A new video game developed by the University of Minnesota is teaching teens the dangers of distracted driving.

"Distraction Dodger," the internet-based game, was developed by the U's Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute.

In the game, players drive a pizza deliver car and are encouraged to use social media, a smart phone, and a GPS to build their business and gain points, CBS News reports.

The perils of the game include texting while trying to avoid animals in the road, traffic, pedestrians, and other vehicles. The goal of the game is to show teens just how complex driving really is, the Star Tribune reports.
As players progress through the game, they receive feedback about their performance. Some teens said that the performance was "a real eye-opener," CBS News reports.

Minnesota school bans 'rape tag' game

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A New Ulm elementary school bans a game played by fifth-graders called 'rape tag' after a parent became aware of the behavior through Facebook postings and told school officials.

The game is a variation of freeze tag where a player must unfreeze someone by thrusting his or her hips at them.

Though school administrators banned the game in early January, social media continues to carry the story. News spread to parents that groping was involved, Fox News reports.

School teachers and recess supervisors put a stop to the behavior, which ultimately led to a letter being sent home to parents by the administration. The letter details that 15 to 20 fifth-graders were a part of the game, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Since the letter's release, parents have reported feeling very disturbed that they have to talk to their children about such sexually explicit information. Recess supervisors have not seen any evidence of the 'rape tag' continuing in recent days, Fox News reports.

Minnesota boy allergic to cold

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A Jackson boy is a typical, outdoors loving 5th grader except he happens to have an allergy to the cold.

Grant Schlager, who turns 12 this week, is literally allergic to the cold. He breaks out in hives and must carry an Epi-pen on him in case his symptoms worsen, Kare 11 reports.

As a Minnesota native, Grant's parents must check him for bumps after just 15 minutes outdoors. He often has to go indoors to take breaks and be careful when drinking icy beverages or swimming in colder water. To be safe, he takes an antihistamine twice a day and carries his Epi-pen much like a child with a peanut allergy would.

Grant's mother Amy Schlager was skeptical that these hives were an actual allergic reaction, Given the growing suspicion, there has been a number of studies done since the mid-nineties exploring the possibility of a cold allergy.

Joshua Milner, a researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases tells USA Today that the condition is more common than people think. A study Milner led found a genetic mutation in 27 people from three different families who all had cold allergy symptoms as well as other immune system concerns and disorders.

It is estimated that 1 in 2,000 people are diagnosed with this allergy, but it is also expected that children like Grant could one day out of it, Kare 11 reports.

Princess Diana's dress to appear at Mall of America

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Late Princess Diana's wedding gown will be the main feature of an exhibit celebrating her life at the Mall of America this February.

The exhibit, entitled, "Diana: A Celebration" will run from Feb. 4 through June 10, the Star Tribune reports.

The exhibit will display 28 of Princess Diana's designer dresses, paintings, home movies, photos and family heirlooms. The profits generated will go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The profits from the original exhibition at the Althorp Estate overseas have generated over $2 million for various charities, although the exhibit there is only open two months out of the year.

John Norman, whose exhibition production company Arts & Exhibitions (AEI) is backing "Diana: A Celebration," told the Star Tribune that the Mall of America is a desired location because places with high traffic allow for the exhibit to be viewed by as many people as possible. He added that the space is ideal because of the vast square footage and tall ceilings.

A gift package becomes available starting Friday until Dec. 24 for $75. It includes two exhibit tickets, two audio tours, and one "Diana: A Celebration" catalog. General admission tickets can be purchased the date the exhibit opens, either at the exhibit itself or through Ticketmaster, CBS News reports.

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