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Semitruck strikes and kills University student on bike

A semitruck hit and a University of Minnesota student on a bike just in front of the Dinkytown McDonalds on Thursday morning.


Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, 25, was going to graduate from the university in May with majors in communication and Japanese and had just won first place in a university film contest, according to the Star Tribune.


Hull was biking south towards campus besides the truck when it took a right onto Fourth Street, knocking her onto the crosswalk and crushing her chest where she died at the scene.


The driver of the truck cooperated with police and was not arrested, though police are still determining who had the right of way traffic accident investigators are determining the speed of the semitruck, in a Minnesota Daily story.


Memorial services will be held at the Rarig Center on Tuesday, the day she would have turned 26.

Arrest made for hit-and-run connection

Police arrested a 29-year-old Roseville man on Thursday who may have been connected to the hit-and-run that killed a 23-year-old University of Minnesota student.


The Minneapolis police told KARE-11 News that they found the man after connecting tips and information from witnesses to the suspect.


The suspect was admitted to the Hennepin County Jail Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and is being held on probable cause for attempted murder without bail, according to the Minnesota Daily.


The suspect's name has not yet been released by the media because he has not yet been formally charged.


The hit-and-run the suspect is possibly connected to resulted in the injury of two female students and the death of Benjamin Van Handel, a University of Minnesota student from Appleton.

Inner Grove Heights soldier, 25, killed in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Specialist Joseph A. Kennedy was killed by small-arms fire on Friday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his Helmand Province unit. He was 25.


Kennedy, known to friends and family as a free-spirited daredevil, was a 2004 Simley High School graduate and a St. Paul resident who had been deployed overseas since January, in a Star Tribune story.


Kennedy was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry out of Fort Knox, Ky.


Many of Kennedy's old high school teachers told the Pioneer Press he was a disciplined, respectful and hard working and had the makings of a good soldier.


"He is our hero," Kennedy's mother, Valerie, said in a Statement released Saturday by the Department of Defense. "We are extremely proud of him and his service to our country. He will be missed by many that loved him dearly."

Three U students injured in a Dinkytown hit and run

An unidentified driver hit three University students walking on a Dinkytown sidewalk and immediately fled the scene at nearly 2 a.m.


Katelynn Hanson, 21; Sarah Bagley, 21; and Benjamin Van Handel, 23, were all sent to the Hennepin County Medical Center after the hit and run, with Van Handel still in critical condition, said the Star Tribune.


Hanson, her boyfriend Joe Bailin, and their friend Bagley were walking from the Kitty Cat Klub celebrating their acceptance into graduate school when they saw the headlights of the car going the wrong way on Fifth Street Southeast before they all hit the ground, according to the Minnesota Daily.


The car drove further down the block and hit Van Handel into a telephone pole, causing him a severe brain injury and multiple broken bones. Hanson was released from the hospital with bruised legs and soreness, while Bagley was in satisfactory condition with a concussion, knee and elbow injuries, and a chipped tooth.


Police searched on Friday for an early 2000s, white, Toyota Camry or Solera with front end damage.

A suspect in a Brooklyn Park grocery store shooting fled the scene in a vehicle and shot and killed himself near the Washington Avenue Bridge Friday night.


Two people were shot in the break room of a Brooklyn Park Festival Foods, with one, 20-year-old Abigail M. Fedeli, dead and one injured and sent to a nearby hospital. The second victim died later at the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, in a Star Tribune story.


All three were long-term employees of the grocery store, with the two victims working at the time and the shooter was not.


The shooter fled the scene in a vehicle and shot himself on the West River Parkway underneath the Washington Bridge as officers were closing in.


Police said they are not searching for any other suspects, according to the Duluth News Tribune.


The grocery store was temporarily closed on Saturday as local church members prayed in the parking lot and bouquets of roses and carnations were left by the door.

Brewers look to sell own beer

A Brooklyn Center-based specialty beer producer is looking to sell beer directly from their brewery.


The Surly Brewing Co. wants to build a $20 million brewery and restaurant complex in the Twin Cities.


The company is looking to tweak Minnesota's current three-tier system that separates the manufacturing, distribution and retail sale of liquor so it can sell glasses of its own brands on site, according to the Pioneer Press.


The "Surly Bill," unanimously passed in a key Senate committee on Wednesday, in a Minnesota Daily story.


Construction of the brewery would add 85 construction jobs and 150 full-time jobs and would result in a 60,000-square-foot restaurant brewery complex with a beer garden, a 250-seat restaurant and a 30-foot bar.

Jennie-O Turkey store in Minnesota is recalling nearly 55,000 pounds of raw, frozen turkey burgers sold at Sam's Club Stores nationwide.


The meat may be contaminated with salmonella. Twelve people have been diagnosed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin, the West Central Tribune reported.


USDA officials found that three of these patients reported eating Jennie-O turkey burgers before showing symptoms and being hospitalized, according to the Star Tribune.


Common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. So far, nobody in Minnesota has been diagnosed recently from the same outbreak.


The products being recalled are 4-pound boxes of "All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat," with each box containing 12 individually wrapped burgers. The use by date is "DEC 23 2011."

A Burnsville man is awaiting charges after a car chase ended in the man crashing into a local private daycare.


Willie Alfonso Brown, 33, is being held in the Dakota County Jail with pending charges of second-degree assault, terroristic threats and second-degree burglary, in a Pioneer Press story.


Brown was allegedly committed a burglary in Burnsville and pointed a gun at the homeowner who interrupted the burglary. Brown fled in a vehicle, with the homeowner chasing after him until Brown allegedly lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a home that is also a private daycare, according to KSAX News.


Brown fled on foot and was arrested shortly after.


No one was hurt and the children being cared for were sent to a nearby school. Two nearby schools, Nicollet Junior High and Sky Oaks Elementary, were put on lockdown, though the buildings were mostly empty due to spring break, said the Star Tribune.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she will introduce a bill that will require the military to permanently preserve records of sexual assault cases.


This bill will assist victims of military sexual assault and trauma who might not immediately report the case, but need benefits and treatment afterwards, said the Star Tribune.


The Minnesota Democrat said that the military has reported over 3,000 sexual assaults in 2009, which was up 11 percent from 2008, in a WQOW News report.


Military Sexual Trauma has become a big issue within the military since more women have been joining the military. As much as 21 percent of women tested by the military in 2008 were found to have been victims of MST.


Klobuchar said the bill requires little funding since military documents are already kept digitally.


The bill has received strong bipartisan support and is only a small stepping stone in the effort to prevent MST.

The Minnesota chapter of Society of Professional Journalists has come to the defense of Minneapolis blogger John Hoff who is trying to overturn a jury's verdict that he pay damages for defaming a former community organizer.


Hoff, also known as "Johnny Northside," was sued for his blog post that defamed former community organizer Jerry Moore and was ordered to pay $60,000 in damages after Moore was fired after Hoff's defamatory statements, MPR News reported.


Hennepin County District Judge Denise Riley will consider whether to throw out the jury's verdict and the Society of Professional Journalists has asked to have its "friends of the court" brief considered in the decision, in a Star Tribune story.


Attorneys for the Minnesota SPJ have argued that the case is in their interest because the verdict implies that journalists and others can be held liable for making truthful statements online, which could lead to a chilling effect.


Some legal experts have said they doubt that the verdict will survive the appeal and Hoff showed his gratitude for the SPJ standing by his side in the appeal.

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