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Minnesota Historical Society director retiring

by Kendall Mark

Nina Archabal, 70, will be retiring before the end of the year after 33 years of service as director for the Minnesota Historical Society, the Pioneer Press said.

The consolidated Minnesota History Center will be seen as her crowning achievement, the Pioneer Press said. Membership has grown from 7,000 in 1987 to just short of 20,000 now since she took over as director.

The Star Tribune said she was someone who could make history accesible, engaging, and brought it to life through hard work and determination.

Other than the Minnesota History Center, her most notable history projects were the building of Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia and Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, the Star Tribue said.

Leech Lake Tribal Council halts fishing protest

by Kendall Mark

The Leech Lake Chippewa Tribal Council has said it has not promoted a protest set for May 14, the day of the state's walleye and pike fishing season opener, planned by tribal members, the Star Tribune said.

The band believes they have rights reserved under the 1845 and 1855 treaties with the federal government for fishing and hunting but with to seek a diplomatic agreement before any other form of activism, the Star Tribune said.

The idea of a fishing protest was discussed in a meeting over the 1855 treaty, the Bemidji Pioneer said, which includded Leech Lake, White Earth, and Red Lake Reservations.

The group wished to highten awareness of the treaty, but never received permission from the Leech Lake Tribal Council, the Bemidji Pioneer said.

Hecker's girlfriend charged with two counts of fraud

by Kendall Mark

The girlfriend of ex auto mogul Denny Hecker has been charged with bank fraud, in connection with helping Hecker hide assets, and lying in court by the federal court, the Star Tribune said.

Christi Rowan, 36, not only lied under oath, but now faces on charge of bankruptcy fraud and one count of bank fraud, the Associated Press said.

She has also been accused of telling a credit union she was an attorney making $189,000 annually in order to attain a car loan when she was unemployed, the Associated Press said.

Hecker and Rowan had been romantically linked for two years and she has been living in his Medina home for nearly a year, the Star Tribune said.

St. Paul police kill 2 aggressive pit bulls

by Kendall Mark

St. Paul police shot and killed two pit bulls Sunday after the loose dogs bit two people, the Star Tribune said.

The two victims were taken to Regions Hospital and suffered non-life threatening injuries, one a leg puncture wound and the other a significant foot wound, Pioneer Press said.

Around 6:00 p.m., the Pioneer Press said police recieved reports about dog bites in the 200 block of Stinson Street and the 300 block of Burgess Street.

Officers tried to contain the dogs but were forced to shoot when the dogs became more aggressive and posed a threat to bystanders, the Star Tribune reported.

The owner of the pit bulls has been identified and reports were still being compiled as of Sunday evening, the Pioneer Press said.

Four dead and two missing after Lake Street fire

by Kendall Mark

Four people are dead and two are reported missing after a fire that smothered McMahon's Pub and six second floor apartments on E. Lake St. Friday morning, the Star Tribune reported.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak called the fire "a horrible tragedy" Friday afternoon at a press confrence, the Star Tribune said.

The Star Tribune also said Minneapolis fire chief Alex Jackson said he did not know the cause of the fire but the assistant fire chief said it looks like it started near the apartments on the southwest corner of the building.

Officials have not identified the victims, WCCO said, but, of the two missing, one is an adult and the other is a child.

The fire started around 6:00 a.m. but firefighters had to leave the building shortly after arriving because of extreme heat, WCCO said.

Hecker jailed over alimony dispute

by Kendall Mark

Auto mogul, Denny Hecker, was jailed Tuesday morning after a judge said Hecker failed to provide adequate financial information in the divorice case with second wife, Sandra Hecker, KARE 11 said.

Hennepin County Family Court Juday Jay Quam told Hecker he was going to jail as motivation, the Star Tribune said. Quam also told Hecker, "Your credibility has not had a good year, either."

Hecker was also due in court at 2:30 Tuesday to see Quam again with payments due to fourth ex-wife Tamitha Hecker, the Star Tribune said.

Hecker has also been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering but, KARE 11 says he has pleaded not guilty so will go on trial to face federal fraud charges Oct. 18.

6-year-old girl killed on I-35W

by Kendall Mark

State Police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl who ran onto a freeway and was hit by a car in Burnsville on Friday night, Star Tribune said.

Kallie N. Palmer was playing at a friends house around 7:15 p.m., the Associated Press said.

Her family lives near the interstate as well, the Star Tribune said.

The girl is assumed to have climbed over a chain-link fence that is about waist-height on an adult that keeps people from wandering onto the interstate, the Associated Press said.

The driver of the SUV that hit the girl was not injured in the accident, the Star Tribune said.

St. Cloud man dies in house fire

by Kendall Mark

A house fire killed a 42-year-old man in St. Cloud early Saturday morning, the Star Tribune said.

Two others were injured in the fire and the State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire to see if foul play was involved, St Cloud Times said.

Around 6 a.m., police responded to the fire at a six residence on the south side of the city, Star Tribune said.

The name of the victim has not yet been released, St. Cloud Times said.

Social-host ordinance approved by City Council

by Kendall Mark

The Minneapolis City Council approved the social-host ordinance proposal with a 12-0 vote Feb. 12th, the Star Tribune said.

The ordinance would make it a misdemeanor to host a party with underage drinking, the Star Tribune said. Misdemeanors are punishable by $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail.

Councilman Cam Gordon, who proposed the bill, hopes it will address the "devastating effects" of underage drinking, the Minnesota Daily said.

The proposal will only become a law if Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak signs the bill, the Minnesota Daily said.

Man pulled out of the St. Croix River

by Kendall Mark

A 57-year-old man was pulled out of the St. Croix River Saturday morning after his truck went through the ice, the Star Tribune reported.

Around 3:06 a.m. police were informed a man was yelling for help near the railroad swing bridge in West Lakeland Township,the Star Tribune said.

The Bayport man was brought to Regions Hospital after his rescue, and his current condition is unknown, according to the Pioneer Press.

The truck has been recovered and the scene cleared shortly after, the Pioneer Press said.

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