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Jack Jablonski

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Jack Jablonski, injured Benilde-St. Margaret's high school hockey player, is making progress in rehab.

Jablonski was paralyzed during a junior varsity hockey game in December.

Rob Shaver wrote and sang a song for the injured teen.

Jablonski's coach Ken Pauly, said, "there hasn't been much physical change for Jablonski but his attitude is remarkable."

The injury has left Jablonski severely handicapped. The doctor who operated on him said "we can't expect much recovery."

Train-hopping death

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A 15-year-old boy was found dead near railroad tracks in northeast Minneapolis on Thursday night.

The body Christopher Hanson, was found late Thursday night alongside railroad tracks by 14th Avenue and Fillmore St. NE.

According to the Star Tribune, "The cause of death is multiple blunt force craniocerebral injuries."

Hanson's death is under investigation.

Global fraud case with local roots

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Investigators uncovered a highly structured, international identity-theft ring, with operations based in California, New York, and Minnesota.

The victims were banks, credit card companies, and identities from around the world, said US assistant Attorney Ann Anaya. Over 8,700 individual identities were stolen.

The ring had as many as 200 members, many of whom were originally from West Africa.

"To date, 22 of the 29 people who have been publicly charged in the conspiracy have pleaded guilty," according to the Star Tribune.

University goes to Supreme Court over Facebook comments

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The University of Minnesota went to court on Wednesday, to discipline a mortuary sciences student for comments she made on Facebook.

In December 2009, Amanda Tatro wrote on Facebook that she wanted "to stab a certain someone in the throat" with a trocar- a tool used for embalming.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the University's right to discipline Tatro. She maintains that the University encroached on free speech rights.

The questioning lasted an hour, then, the court adjourned.

Tatro said after the hearing that she hoped to "finally get closure to what I didn't start."

The justice's decision usually takes three to five months.

Potential Vikings Stadium near Metrodome

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Stadium negotiators are finishing a plan involving the 2016 completion of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium alongside the Metrodome.

Gov. Mark Dayton's chief stadium negotiator, Ted Mondale, said Friday that the plan should be finished this week.

According to Fox News, the Vikings said they "prefer a Ramsey County proposal to build a $1.1 billion stadium in suburban Arden Hills."

According to Star Tribune, local funding will be counted on to pay for around a third of a nearly $1 billion stadium. The Vikings have pledged $425 million for a new stadium in Arden Hills but have declined to offer a number for the potential stadium next to the Metrodome site.

Another potential site for the new stadium is the Basilica of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Canadian Pacific Train Derails along Mississipi River

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A Canadian Pacific train derailed in Red Wing Minn. along the Mississippi River Sunday morning. The accident left 19 train cars off the track.

Red Wing Police said, "all the train cars were empty and no one was injured."

The cause of derailment remains undetermined.

In November, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota announced the public launch of MN Girls Are Not For Sale, a $4 million campaign aimed at ending the trafficking of teen girls.

The foundation has launched the first philanthropic campaign in Minnesota centered on sex trafficking of teens.

Last week the foundation announced its first grants in the state, which was already a pioneer in the fight against sex trafficking.

Lee Roper-Batker, foundation CEO told the Star Tribune that foundation staff have so immersed themselves in the the investigation of the seedy underworld of teen sex trafficking that they've even "become adept at checking out prostituted girls on backpage.com," the controversial Village Voice Media website that is a major source of trafficking. The intent being to monitor the activities of pimps, customers, and, of course, the trafficked teens involved.

Minneapolis to Open First Taproom

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On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved the city's first taproom license for Harriet Brewing, in the Longfellow neighborhood.

A taproom- defined as a brewery that also serves pints of its own beer on the premises- was illegal until the Legislature passed the "Surly bill" last spring.

All over Minnesota, people are joining in the brewery craze. MPR says that the number of breweries in the state jumped by about 30 percent last year.

Harriet, set to be the first taproom in the city in over 76 years, will operate on limited hours and have a capacity of 49. According to mnbeer there are even plans to have live music & an outdoor patio.

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