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Case of killed toddler still unsolved

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It has been four months since Marsh Mayes son was murdered in their North Minneapolis apartment and still no one has been arrested.
Terrell Mayes Jr., 3, hid in a closet with his brothers the day after Christmas when gunfire exploded in their home. One of the bullets went through the wall and hit the toddler in the head, killing him, the Star Tribune reported.
Despite mapping out who could have been the shooters, police are no closer to solving the case, the Star Tribune reported. They solved a similar case in 2002 by using this method.
A 10,285 privately funded reward and a $1,000 Crime Stoppers of Minnesota have been offered for those who reveal the shooters identity, but remains unclaimed, the Star Tribune reported.

Blaze kills boy, leaves two others injured

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A young boy was killed and two more were left hurt after a fire that nearly destroyed a house in Northern Minnesota Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.
The 4-year-old's body was found Saturday day in the home, 3 miles north of Stephen, Minn. The two others are currently at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and there as been no word as to their condition, the Pioneer Press reported.
The blaze is under investigation by the sheriff's office and the state fire marshal, the Pioneer Press reported. The house was destroyed by the fire.

Bakdash could face up to 51 years for fatal hit-and-run

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A man convicted after killing a man and injuring two women after running them down in Dinkytown will be sentence Monday, the Pioneer Press reported.
TImothy Bakdash of Roseville was found guilty on nine counts in a hit-and-run that left Benjamin Van Handel. Bakdash attacked the three after drinking heavily on April 15, 2011, the Pioneer Press reported.
Bakdash, 30, could now face up to 51 year depending on how the counted are added up, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Christina Warren said, according to the Pioneer Press.
Bakdash admitted to having smoked marijuana before going to The Library bar in Dinkytown the night he fatally hit Van Handel, a university student just months a way from graduating, Kare11 reported.

Authorities insist cop killer is not granted parole

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Local authorities have rallied against the possible parole of a cop killer scheduled to be released this month, the CBS Minnesota reported.
Ronald Schneider, was convicted of shooting Robbinsdale police officer John Scanlon as he sat in his patrol car one day in 1985, the Pioneer Press reported. At the time of the shooting Schneider was a robbery suspect who had had no contact with Scanlon, according to CBS Minnesota.
Schneider, now 70, was sentence to life, but given the possibility of parole after 17 years under a law that was changed in 1993, the Pioneer Press reported.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wrote a letter on April 2 that insisted Schneider not be granted parole, but the Department of Corrections said they cannot disregard the laws at the time of his sentencing, the Pioneer Press reported.
Currently one of five men serving a sentence for killing an officer under the old law, Schneider will appear in front of an appellate court Monday. This will be his second time seeking parole after an attempt 10 years ago, the Pioneer Press reported.

A hotelier was endorsed by Democrats Saturday to be Rep. Michelle Bachmann's opponent for the 6th Congressional District in the fall, the Pioneer Press reported.
Jim Graves won 66 percent of delegate's ballots at Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's convention in Blaine, according to the Pioneer Press.
Graves' luxurious hotels are now run by son his Ben, freeing him up to pursue a career in politics. Though he is the wealthiest Democrat in the endorsement race, Graves does not plan to self-fundraise, Kare11 reported.
The two other hopefuls for the candidacy, May Township business owner Brian McGoldrick and St. Cloud lawyer Anne Nolan, said they would not challenge Graves in the August primary, making him Bachmann's likely opponent, the Pioneer Press reported.

Sailboat accident kills two of three boys

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Two of three young boys died Friday after their sailboat capsized while out for a ride with their father on Clearwater Lake, the Star Tribune reported.
Isaiah Risland, 8, remained in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. He and brothers Jacob, 2, and Zech, 6, were unresponsive after being pulled from the lake, NECN.com reported.
All three boys wore life jackets while sailing with their father Dan, an avid outdoorsman. Isaiah was airlifted to the hospital while his brothers both died of hypothermia, NECN.com reported.

Gopher linebacker found dead in dorm

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Gary Tinsley, University of Minnesota student and football player, was found dead in his dorm Friday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.
The 22-year-old Florida native was unresponsive in his dorm room in Roy WIlkins Hall after being discovered by his roommate and fellow linebacker Keanon Cooper. Medics were unable to revive Tinsley and pronounced him dead less than an hour after Cooper found him, the Pioneer Press reported.
Though there was no evidence of foul play, university Police Chief Greg Hestness is calling his death "suspicious" because it involved a "young athlete," the Pioneer Press said.
Hestness also said the police were currently unaware of any pre-existing health conditions the young linebacker may have had, USA Today reported. The cause of death has not yet been released as officials wait on the results of an autopsy.

A plan for the new Vikings Stadium released Sunday created the possibility the team and Hennepin county will have to contribute more than thought to the $1 billion project, the Star Tribune reported.
The plan provided information on how the state will collect the $398 million it owes; through electronic bingo and pull tabs in bars and restaurants, according to the Star Tribune.
With this plan there is a $10 million gap in what the state owes and what these games can provide, leaving the Vikings and Hennepin county to pick up the rest, the Star Tribune reported.
This is a step in the right direction to charitable game officials, who said "it would provide $36 million annually in tax relief, a 29 percent tax decrease," the Star Tribune reported.
Additionally, the plan provided four back up sources of funding in case the charitable games are not enough, the Pioneer Press reported.
Viking and county officials oppose the new plan. A hearing on the amended bill is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 2, before the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee, the Pioneer Press reported.

Heating bills lowered by warm winter

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A warm winter and low natural gas prices has lead to Minnesotans lowering heat bills by 30 percent from last year, the Star Tribune reported.
On average, from November to February Center Point customers paid nearly half of what they did in 2007-08, dropping from $674 to $358, spokeswoman Rebecca Virden said, according to the Star Tribune.
This downward trend is expected to continue through the warmest March in the history of the state. On March 17, the temperature hit 80 degrees for the first time since October 9, 2011, marking the fewest consecutive days without reaching 80 degree on record, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
The warm weather has also forced many homes, and even more office buildings, to turn on the air conditioning earlier than years past.

DNR sued over battle against invasive species

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Three west-metro lake associations filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for not doing their duty to protect Minnesota Lakes from invasive species, the Alexandria Echo reported.
The fight against zebra mussels and other invasive species has been going on in Minnesota for over 20 years and the associations claim the DNR has not come up with a suitable plan for the future, the Star Tribune reported.
They also claim that DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr "has not established a statewide program to prevent and curb the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) as Minnesota statutes require," the Alexandria Echo.
The DNR raised funding by $3.8 million since last year and feel they are doing their duty, the Star Tribune reported.

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