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February 21, 2007

School shutdown after Mace attack

A Rosemount High School cafeteria was the location of a showdown between two students. When one pulled out a weapon, an administrator stepped and took the hit. Lucky for everybody, the weapon was only a can of mace. All 1,900 students at the school were sent home and the cafeteria disinfected. Although paramedics looked at about 50 students, no one sustained any significant harm from the chemical spray irritant. The student was apprehended by a police liaison officer and later taken into custody. The student faces disciplinary action by the district and possible criminal charges.

see the Associated Press story at WCCO 4 here

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Explosion Obliterates a Family's Home

Part of a fireplace, the smoldering body of a car and a single wall are all that remains after a house north of Loretta Minnesota exploded this morning. No one has been reported killed or injured yet, but one man is reported missing. The owners of the house, a couple with a 2-year-old child, reported smelling gas and had a propane company crew out late last night to check on the furnace, which was apparently not working.


At approximately 7:20 am this morning, neighbors reported a loud explosion followed by a raging fire at the family's home. It took around 50 firefighters from a total of six departments close to two hours to bring under control the fire started by the blast. Lucky for the family, they spent the night away from the home, although authorities still have not been able to get in contact with the husband who stayed else where than his wife and child.

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February 18, 2007

3 survive fall from mountain

Mount Hood, Portland Oregon was the site of a miraculous rescue today. Three climbers of an eight member group were scaling the treacherous mountain when the ledge they were standing on gave way. The three plummeted down the mountain. A member of the group called emergency dispatchers who quickly sent out a search party. The three climbers were located in a timely manner thanks to the electronic locator devices they were wearing. Rescuers were also able to keep in contact by cell phone with the injured climbers. The climbers are listed in good condition, although two possibly have concussions.

Mount Hood was the site of search and rescue earlier in December. Another group of three climbers we’re exploring the mountain, but when they didn't check back in with Mountain rangers when they were expected, a search and rescue party broke out. The rescuers found one of the climbers who later died of Hypothermia. The other two climbers are still missing.

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February 12, 2007

Police Chase Ends with the Suspect Shot in the Head

A lengthy car chase through St. Paul ended early this morning when the driver crashed into a few parked cars and was then shot in the head. The man was wanted in connection with possible aggravated assault and kidnapping charges. Authorities are saying he was likely shot by Police but are not ruling out the possibility the man shot himself in the head after exchanging fire with officers at the corner of E. 7th and Arcade Streets.

The man was quickly transported to Regions Hospital where he has been listed in grave condition.

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North Korea Signs Agreement to Disarm

Negotiations with North Korea have finally come to fruition. The United States, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, and Russia created a draft agreement early Tuesday, which laid out a plan to begin disarming North Korea's nuclear weapon's program.

This is a huge relief for many nations around the world after North Korea tested its first nuclear device earlier in October. North Korea has been under strict sanctions by the United Nations for some time, which just now seem to be paying off. The deal is currently under review by all parties and could be announced later today.

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February 11, 2007

Joe Mauer Stays with Twins

Twin's all-star catcher and holder of last year's American League batting title has agreed to the Minnesota Twin's $33 million contract deal. With his new four-year contract, Mauer will play for the Twin's through the 2010 season. The signing of this new contract comes as a relief to many fans that feared Mauer might leave the Twins for a better contract.

As the first catcher ever to win the American League batting title with an impressive .347 average, Mauer had a lot of pull in Major League Baseball. Mauer was scheduled to meet with Twins General Manager Terry Ryan and Team owner Carl Pohlad this Tuesday to discuss his salary arbitration hearing. The Twins forwent the hearing and offered Mauer the contract to avoid the possibility of losing him to a better offer.

Read the Twins' official press release here.
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February 7, 2007

Astronaut Soap Opera

Astronaut Lisa Nowak was charged in Orlando Tuesday with attempted first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping and three other crimes. The charges seem odd for a person of an astronaut's status, but the story gets weirder. Lisa Nowak apparently drove 900 miles to catch Colleen Shipman, a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of her former husband, astronaut William Oefelein.

When she was apprehended, Nowak was wearing a diaper, which she explained was so she wouldn't have to make stops on the way to meeting Shipman. In Nowak's car police, discovered pepper spray, a BB-gun, a new steel mallet, knife and rubber tubing. Based on the evidence found in the car, police charged Nowak with attempting to murder Shipman.

New York Times article

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Winter weather brings traffic to a stand still for hours

Tuesday's freezing cold temperatures and inch or so of snow did a number on the daily commute here in the Twin City area. The conditions led to nearly 400 crashes and other accidents around the metro. The Minnesota State Patrol blamed careless drivers who weren't respecting the speed limits or the slick road conditions.

Most highways and freeways experienced major delays or were shutdown completely due to multi-car accidents. One of the worst was a south metro pileup of about five semi-trailer trucks and 41 cars on northbound Interstate 35 near Elko New Market. Another accident resulted in a backup on westbound I-94 that stretched from Minnesota all the way into Wisconsin.

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February 4, 2007

Father and Son murdered

Early Saturday, a 911 dispatcher sent police to a farm house in Southern Minnesota near Waseca after receiving a call from a 13-year-old boy. The boy, identified as Alec Kruger, told the dispatcher there was an intruder in his house. Shortly after, the dispatcher heard gun shots and then the line went dead. When police arrived at the scene, they found the bodies of Alec and his father shot to death. Alec's mother was also shot and listed in critical condition.

Today, authorities arrested a suspect in connection with the shootings. Called "a person of interest," the suspect will be charged Monday for the shootings deaths of the father and son.