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100 Pulled Over After Biker Brawl

Police closed down a lane of U.S. Highway 61 after pulling over more than 100
bikers after a brawl between two rival biker gangs in Southeastern Minnesota,
KSAX said.

At least eight bike members of Hell's Angels and the Outlaws were involved in
a fight that broke out in the parking lots of Eagle Vi
ew Bar and Buck's Bar and Grill around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Kare 11 reported.

More than 100 members of Outlaw motorcycle club were pulled over near Minnesota
Highway 248 after leaving the two bars, Kare 11 said.

Police could not give any fighting citations because bikers from both groups
refused to talk, KSAX said.

One man with facial injuries claimed he fell. Two men with brass knuckles were
cited for possession of dangerous weapons, Kare 11 said.

One Farmer Saves Another

A South Dakota farmer rescued a Minnesota farmer from a grain bin earlier this
month, saving his life, the Pioneer Press reported.

David O'Hara, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, kept corn away Everett Vande
Roovt's head until rescue workers arrived at Voort's farm near Beaver

Roovt, 74, climbed into a grain bin to fix a problem, but was unable to climb
out. Corn swirled up to his neck, trapping him in the grain bin, the Pioneer
Press said.

O'Hara, who had an appointment with Roovt, was waiting in his kitchen with
his wife. Both went searching for Roovt after he didn't show up to the
appointment, the Pioneer Press said.

Roovt said he remembers little about the rescue, but credits O'Hara with
saving his life, KTTC said.

Driver Hits Motorcycle Killing One

An Oakdale woman died after being thrown from a motorcycle Saturday morning when a car ran into the moving bike, Fox said.

William Sobania, 48, and Lori Sobania, 50, were hit when Amy Raymo pulled into oncoming traffic at the intersection of State Highway 63 and County Highway E, Kare 11 said. William Sobania was driving the motorcycle.

The emergency call came in at 11:23 a.m. William Sobania was airlifted and Lori Sobania was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 2 p.m., Kare 11 said.

Amy Raymo, 31, and her passenger, Sandra Raymo, 55, were taken to River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries, Kare 11 said.

Twin Cities Twins Flash Mob

Song and dance erupted on the Target Plaza as a "flash mob" surprised waiting Twins fans Thursday morning, KSTP said.

The crowd that congregated in Target Plaza awaiting the start of the Twins game against the Red Sox, watched as 100 people performed versions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "We're Gonna Win Twins," Kare 11 reported.

The group quickly dispersed after performing for 3 1/2 minutes, Kare 11 said.

Web sites such as Facebook and Craigslist were used by organizers from "Meet Minneapolis" to organize the performance, Kare 11 reported.

Couple Donates Land To State Park

A state park in Washington County is 48 acres larger after a Minneapolis couple donated the acreage, the Star Tribune said.

The land, donated by Peter and Sally Anson, will be added to William O'Brien State Park and increase space for public recreation and resource conservation, Kare 11 said.

The couple has donated 200 acres of land since 1993.

"It was a beautiful tract of unspoiled land," Peter Anson said of the 49 acres, the Star Tribune reported.

State Trooper Allegedly Drove Drunk

An off-duty Minnesota State Trooper was arrested following a two car collision Tuesday night after he was suspected of driving while impaired, the Pioneer Press reported.

Scott Urdahl, 40, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 12, after his vehicle crossed the center-line and hit an oncoming car about two miles from Litchfield, Kare 11 said.

The driver of that vehicle sustained minor injuries and was released from Litchfield Hospital after being treated, the Pioneer Press said.

Urdahl is being charged with one count of felony vehicular operation and had a .112 alcohol concentration on a preliminary breath test. Urdahl also admitted to texting while driving in the criminal complaint, Kare 11 reported.

"This is disappointing, unacceptable behavior and it will not be tolerated," Col. Mark Dunaski, chief of the State Patrol, said, Kare 11 reported.

Urdahl has been placed on unpaid leave until investigations into the crash are complete.

Mexican Wolf Moves To North Dakota

A Mexican wolf was moved from Minnesota to the North Dakota Zoo after her two sisters rejected and attacked her, Kare 11 said.

The 4-year-old wolf, nicknamed "Medium Toast", left the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake Wednesday. She was one of three wolves let loose on Feb. 14 after someone broke into the wildlife center, the Pioneer Press reported.

The three wolves to be recaptured, she was dehydrated and tired when she returned to the center. Sensing her weakness, her two sisters attacked her, the Pioneer Press said.

Eventually the 4-year-old wolf will be paired with a male wolf at the North Dakota Zoo, the Pioneer Press reported.

No arrests have been made in connection to the break-in at the wildlife center, the Pioneer Press said.

Father resuscitated son

A father resuscitated his 10-year-old son after the boy accidently hung himself with a rope while playing in Moorhead, Kare 11 said.

First responders received a call around 6:15 p.m. on Thursday about a child hanging from a rope who was not breathing, Inforum reported.

The father performed CPR upon discovering his son caught in the rope.

Lt. Tory Jacobson said the boy was playing with a rope swing hung by the rafters in the garage. The rope had a loop at the end.

The boy was taken to Innovis Health in Fargo where he was treated for serious injuries, Inforum said.

No foul play is suspected Jacobson said.

Prince Owes Carver County A Hefty Sum

Renowned musician Prince owes Carver County more than $500,000 in delinquent taxes from 2009, the Pioneer Press reported.

The list of delinquent taxpayers and their property information, published last week by the Chaska Herald, included Prince's $221,891 delinquent tax on Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen. It is the largest late-tax amount for a single property in the state, the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune reported.

Prince also has seven properties listed under Prince R. Nelson for $260,485 and four Carver County properties listed under Paisley Park Enterprises for $24,085, the Star Tribune said.

The county sent Prince a letter on Feb. 15 notifying him of his late payments, taxpayer services manager Laurie Engelen told the Star Tribune. To her knowledge, Prince did not respond.

If Prince does not handle the payments by May, the county will file the delinquency with the court, the Star Tribune said.

Prince was also late for payments in 2006 and 2008. He paid them before the county published a delinquent tax report, the Pioneer Press reported.

Man Falls To Death In Mall Of America

A 22-year-old man died after falling four stories inside the Mall of America Wednesday night, the Star Tribune reported.

The man fell to the rotunda floor from the fourth story, near Cantina No. 1 restaurant, the Star Tribune said.

Bloomington Police said that officers responded to a call about a man with a knife. As officers approached, the man climbed over the edge of the railing and fell, KSAX reported.

"It sounded like a bomb went off," Janet Duncan, 36, said who was getting her nails done three floors above the rotunda floor, the Star Tribune reported.

Officers administered CPR to the man. He was still breathing and had a faint pulse when he was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. He died later.

This incident marks the third death this month at the Mall of America. One man jumped off a parking ramp to his death while trying to elude police and another man, found dead, was believed to have fallen off the edge of a parking ramp, the Star Tribune said.

An update from Kare 11.

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