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70-year-old St. Paul woman missing

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St. Paul police are asking the public to assist in searching for a 70-year-old woman has been missing since Friday night, Fox 9 News reported.

The woman, Chiamee Her was last seen on Friday at about 5 p.m. in her home at the 100 block of Litchfield Street, Fox 9 News reported.

Police do not suspect foul play but think Her left her home on foot, Fox 9 News reported.

According to Fox 9 News, Her is 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs a little over 100 pounds.

Fox 9 News has asked those with any knowledge of Her's disappearance to call 911.

A group of 30 Army Reserve soldiers have returned home after a year of duty in Afghanistan just in time to spend the holiday season with their families, Fox 9 News reported.

"It's very nice to have my husband home and to be here with the family and be complete," Kris Scharette, a soldier of the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion told Fox 9 News. "I wake up every morning with a smile on my face because my kids are there."

Fox 9 News reported that the reservationists spent a year in Afghanistan helping to build schools, bridges, and roads. Many of the 30 soldiers will be returning in the summer.

Amongst those who attended a special ceremony that honored the soldiers was Gov. Mark Dayton, Fox 9 News reported.

"Thank you for a job well done. Thank you for your patriotism," Dayton said.

A man was killed and a woman was critically injured after their car was shot at Saturday in North Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Star Tribune, police had been called to the intersection of Plymouth and Washington avenues at 6:20 p.m. in response to a reported car accident.

On arrival, however, they found bullet casings on the ground and two gunshot victims inside the vehicle, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that no arrests have been made, but that the woman remains hospitalized and in critical condition after receiving a gunshot wound to the head.

The man killed has been identified by the Hennepin County medical center as Frank Early, 37, of Minneapolis. His death has been ruled a homicide, the Pioneer Press reported.

2 weekend Occupy arrests in Minneapolis

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Two people were arrested Saturday during the weekend Occupy Minneapolis protest against Wall Street and they remain in custody, the Star Tribune reported.

At a foreclosed home being occupied by protesters, one man was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice for refusing to move for police and the other was arrested on charges of burglary and trespassing, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, a video posted on the Occupy Minnesota website shows an officer slowly driving his squad car forward to push the man out of his way.

"I think a police officer using his vehicle on any civilian-unarmed and peaceful-is just wrong," said protester Osha Karow, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that on Sunday, about two dozen protesters returned to the foreclosed home as fire officials were boarding it up. Protesters were peaceful and there were no arrests.


A White Bear Lake woman was sentenced on Thursday to 20 days in jail for stealing $30,000 from the AFSCME union at the State Department of Labor and Industry when she was the union's treasurer, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that the woman, Carrie Christine Rohling, 43, who pleaded guilty to two counts of felony and theft, will also be put on probation for 10 years and has been ordered to pay restitution.

"I know it was wrong for me to do that," Rohling said to a reporter this afternoon. " I was still thinking I could pay these guys back before they would even notice it was gone." Reported the Labor Union Report.

According to the Labor Union Report, Rohling told fellow employees that she had a drinking and prescription drug problem.

The Pioneer Press reports that as part of her sentence, Ramsey County District Court Judge Robyn Millenacker has ordered Rohling to complete chemical dependency treatment.

Few cuts planned for Dakota County 2012 budget

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After spending two years cutting programs and staff, Dakota County's proposed 2012 budget plan will keep its spending steady, the Star Tribune reported.

According to County Administrator Brandt Richardson, the county has cut nearly $31 million from its operating budget and eliminated 136 full-time staff positions since 2009, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that the county's current $305.3 million budget maintains most of the county services and keeps the Cedar Avenue construction going. County commissioners are also keeping the property taxes flat at $129.4 million.

Richardson praises the flexibility of the 2012 budget proposal, saying that it allows for flexibility amid uncertainty about the economy and future state budgets, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, the county is planning a $76 million budget for capital projects and debt service next year but few capital projects in 2012.

Minnesota journalist David Olsen dies at 72

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Retired KUOM journalist David Olsen died Wednesday at the age of 72, the Star Tribune reported.

Olson worked for multiple broadcast stations in Minnesota and was the television host of Minnesota Senate Media Services "Capitol Report" for 10 years. He also worked as a news director for KUOM Radio at the University of Minnesota for more than 30 years, the Pioneer Press reported.

Stuart Sanders, longtime friend and development director at KUOM, told the Star Tribune that Olsen had great talent and was able to interview anyone about anything.

For a year Olsen worked with the East-West Center, an organization developed to improve relations between the Eastern and Western Worlds. His fellowship took him to Japan, where he helped Japanese journalists learn the business, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Star Tribune, Olsen was known to be a mentor to the staff at Senate Media Services and would often invite them over to his home to watch basketball games and have cookouts.

The Star Tribune reports that Olson was also a Scoutmaster and a member of a community choir associated with St. Paul Academy and Summit School,

Olsen is survived by wife his Nancy Fushan, son Aaron, and sister Delores Johnson. A celebration of his life will be held Monday, 1 p.m. at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel in Richfield, the Pioneer Press reported.

Tom Keith, a radio sound effects master for Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and cohost of Minnesota Public Radio's "The Morning Show," died Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 64, the Star Tribune reported.

According Minnesota Public Radio News, Keith, who started working for Minnesota Public Radio in 1983 until his retirement in 2008, was known for his ability to imitate and create a variety of captivating and entertaining sounds.

Keith, a St.Paul native, served in the Marines and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and soon after began working MPR, the Star Tribune reported.

Garrison Keillor said in a statement released monday, that Keith's sound effects "were graceful, precise, understated, like the man himself." MPR reported.

Survivors include his twin sister, Terry Green of Woodbury, his wife, Liu, and two brothers, Jeffrey of Wilton, Wis., and Dave of Syracuse, N.Y., the Star Tribune reported.

New witness in Cook case

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According to a brief court proceeding Wednesday, a roommate of suspended Minnesota Viking Chris Cook is now considered to be a witness after it having been found that he was in their Eden Prairie townhouse during Cook's suspected jealousy-fueled assault of his girlfriend, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Washington Post, Cook has been on the suspended without pay list since he was charged with domestic assault by strangulation.

In Cooks first court appearance the previous Wednesday, he did not enter a plea but was free on $40,000 bail, the Washington Post reported.

No details have been released about what Will Grishaw, the identified witness, might have seen or heard, the Star Tribune reported.

Two Minnesota woman were convicted of supporting al-Shabab

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Two Minnesota woman were convicted Thursday by a federal jury in Minneapolis of conspiring to support a U.S.-designated terrorist group in Somalia, USA Today reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, the two Somali women, Amina Farah Ali, 35, and Hawo Mohamed Hassa, 64, were charged with financing and recruiting for al-Shabab after being under FBI surveillance since 2008. The evidence collected includes teleconferences the women held to raise money

The federal jury found Hassan guilty of two counts of lying to the FBI and Ali guilty of supplying al-Shabab with more than $8,600 between September 2008 and July 2009, USA Today reported.

USA Today reports that both counts of terrorism carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and lying to the FBI carries and eight-year maximum.

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