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After spending 25 years in the force, Janee Harteau will take over for Tim Dolan as Minneapolis' new police chief. Harteau also stands as the first female, openly-gay police chief, according to the Star Tribune.

Though Dolan retired in November, Harteau will be officially sworn in on Tuesday, December 4. According to the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, "The council voted 11-0 to confirm Harteau, 48, after council members and Mayor R.T. Rybak gushed praise for the new chief."

Rybak is excited about the newly-appointed police chief and believes she brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, in addition to ideas for change. "I think it's important to point out that we have a chief who's coming in who at one time had complaints about this department and how it treated women," Rybak told the Star Tribune. "And I think that's an important value to be bringing to the table. Because in the top job, that top cop can also see when things aren't going right."

Though Harteau's new position marks a monumental time for the force, Harteau didn't see it as incredibly significant. "For others it might be," Harteau told the Star Tribune. "And if I can be a role model ... I want people to see that you can achieve things despite some obstacles in your way. I stand on my merits on how I got here. I've been given tremendous opportunity." Harteau and her partner, Holly Keegel, also a Minneapolis police officer shared a squad car in their earlier years and also wrote two small books on safety issues.

In a news conference following the vote, Harteau explained that some of her first priorities involve structural and personnel changes in the department. She also intends to review the department's "use of force" policies, which detail the levels and types of force officers can use in various situations, according to the Star Tribune.

The Hudson, Wisconsin man who was charged for the murder of his three daughters in July appeared in court Monday as his defense attorney asked to suppress any statements that may have occurred after he turned himself in, according to the Star Tribune.

Aaron Schaffhausen, a 35-year-old carpenter from Minot, N.D., was arrested on charges of the murder of his three daughters on July 10 at the River Falls, Wisc. home of his ex-wife. Schaffhausen went to his ex-wife's home to visit his daughters in July and after their babysitter left for the day, Schaffhausen brutally murdered his three young daughters in their beds. According to the Star Tribune, "[Schaffhausen] is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and arson after authorities also found a gas fireplace turned on and gasoline poured in the basement."

In court on Monday, Schaffhausen's defense attorney, John Kucinski tried to suppress statements made by Schaffhausen after turning himself in in July. In question is the 3 1/2 hour tape of Schaffhausen's interrogation and whether it will be admissable for the trial. The tape was not reviewed at the hearing and may not be reviewed at the trial set for April, either, if the court decides to suppress the statements made by Schaffhausen, including the 911 call and the Schaffhausen's interrogration, according to Kare 11.

"I'm not too sure they can convict him of anything," defense attorney John Kucinski said outside the courtroom during the noon break in response to reporters' questions, according to the Star Tribune. The hearing held Monday at the St. Croix County Circuit focused on Schaffhausen's knowledge of the Miranda rights and the fact that he has been read them before in previous cases in 1991 and 1992.

According to the complaint filed on July 12, 2012, Schaffhausen called his ex-wife and asked to see his daugthers while she was at work because he was in the area. When he arrived at the River Falls home, the babysitter led him upstairs to play with the girls. Shortly after, Schaffhausen's ex-wife received a call from him saying, "You can come home now, because I killed the kids."

Schaffhausen faces the possibility of life in prison for each intentional charge.

Mankato coach cleared of child pornography charges

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Allegations of child pornography had taken over Todd Hoffner's life for the past few months after officials found recorded videos of his naked children on his phone. However, today marks the end of a nightmare for the Minnesota State University-Mankato football head coach, who has been cleared of all possible charges, according to the Star Tribune.

The judge who ruled against the charges Friday claimed that the videos show nothing more than naked children dancing after a bath. According to the Huffington Post, "Hoffner testified earlier that his three young children asked him to videotape a skit they had concocted after taking a bubble bath. His wife has defended him, as have supporters who even held candlelight vigils on his behalf."

The scandal began when Hoffner turned his cellphone in to get fixed and IT workers discovered the videos. "Subsequent searches of his home computers and video equipment, interviews with his children, and investigations into cell and computer records at other colleges where he had coached turned up nothing to support the charges," the Star Tribune said.

Tom Hoffner watched his undefeated team win 17-10 against Missouri Western Saturday from a computer at home and is ready to get back on the field. According to the Huffington Post, "Hoffner's fifth year as head football coach at the school, where he had a 34-13 record. He led the Mavericks to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, and a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title in 2011. He was named NSIC coach of the year in 2009."

Unilever exec to replace Regis CFO

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Steve Spiegel will begin two new roles Monday, as both CFO and executive vice president of Regis, an Edina-based company. The former executive at Unilever will be replacing Brent Moen, who has worked for Regis for the past 12 years, according to Twin Cities Business Magazine.

Prior to his new position at Regis, Spiegel was vice president of finance and corporate controller of Unilever, a brand that creates Dove, Axe, Lipton and 400 other products. Spiegel will be replacing Brent Moen, who began working for Regis in 2000. According to Twin Cities Business Magazine, "[Moen] was named vice president of finance in 2002 and became corporate controller in 2006. He replaced Randy Pearce as CFO in 2011, when Pearce was named president of the company."

In regard to the new addition, Regis is incredibly pleased. "Steven will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team," Regis CEO Dan Hanrahan said in a statement. "I have the highest confidence that his extensive financial knowledge and experience will deliver significant contributions toward our objectives of improving the salon experience for our guests, simplifying our operating model, effectively leveraging our scale, and enhancing value for our shareholders."

Though Spiegel will officially start on Monday, Moen will continue to be employed by Regis until January 4, in order "facilitate a smooth and orderly transition," Twin Cities Business Magazine stated.

With this new position, Regis looks to their future in business. According to the Star Tribune, "Regis has been struggling to grow comparable store sales as fewer consumers visit its salons. The company has slashed costs and sold off non-core assets like Hair Club for Men and Woman and its stake in Provalliance, a chain of salons in Europe." Though Regis' former CEO stepped down in February and former President also stepped down in January, a new CFO could be a fresh start.

According to Twin Cities Business Magazine, "For its first fiscal quarter, which ended September 30, Regis reported earnings of $28.5 million, or 45 cents a share--up dramatically from $8.3 million, or 15 cents a share, during the same period a year ago."

Gopher football player quits, blames Coach Kill

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University of Minnesota receiver, A.J. Barker is quitting the football team after mistreatment from Coach Jerry Kill, according to the Pioneer Press.

The junior player, who suffered a high ankle sprain earlier in the season, has announcement his news of quitting the team on Sunday via Twitter. "Well, its official. I am done playing football for the University of Minnesota and I will be looking to transfer next season for my final yr," Barker wrote. Barker later told the Pioneer Press that he decided to quit after a "heated discussion" with Coach Kill on Thursday, during which Kill said that he was not healthy enough to play.

After Twitter followers demanded answers from Barker, he directed them to a letter he wrote to Coach Kill on his Tumblr page. Included in the scathing letter is the following, "Now, in honor of my family and myself I'm done with you for good. In light of that pathetic, manipulative display of rage and love you put on this past Thursday, I have come to the decision, with the guidance of my parents and my closest friends, that my time on this team has come to an end. It kills me that I have to do this before the season's over, but this is the only way I can protect myself against the manipulation and abuse I'd have to endure from you the rest of this season."

According to ESPN, Barker leads the Gophers with 30 catches for 577 yards and seven touchdowns. "Barker is a junior who walked onto the team but emerged this season. He has one year of eligibility left and wouldn't have to sit out if he transfers," ESPN stated.

Minneapolis begins single-sort recylcing

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Minneapolis began to give our single-sort recycling to residents Monday in an attempt to encourage recycling and allow residents to stop having to sort into numerous containers, Star Tribune said.

The Minneapolis recycling rate is a mere 18.1%, meaning there is "not quite 1 in every 5 households," MinnPost said. St. Paul, on the other hand, has a staggering 46% recycling rate, which can be translated to half of the city's households.

How can this be? MinnPost attributes it to their switch to a multi-source recycling system with every-other-week pickup, in which St. Paul residents place their paper in one bin and the rest of their recyclables in the other. "We increased the recovery rate by 15 to 18 percent," said Tim Brownell, CEO of Eureka Recycling, which serves St. Paul. The switch "gave people more capacity," he said.

By giving single-sort recycling bins to Minneapolis residents, the city hopes to get more residents involved and participating. By doing so, they also hope to double the Minneapolis recycling rate by 2015. Until residents receive their bins, they should continue sorting their own in whichever fashion they choose. The city plans to distribute the bins in two phases: the first phase will be this month, with 30,000 distributed. The second phase will distribute the rest of the bins in the Spring of 2013.

"One-sort recycling will be so simple," said Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy, who chairs the Transportation and Public Works Committee. "It's going to be much simpler for people, and that is why we think there will be a much larger volume of recycling." Minneapolis residents will no longer have to have bags of recyclables laying around the house, instead they will have an efficient system to facilitate a green environment.

According to MinnPost, "the city has already ordered blue 95-gallon carts, and the good news is you get to keep what is left of your old green or blue plastic bin. The cost for the carts, at one per household, is $6.8 million. The cost for eight additional collection trucks is $1.976 million for a total of slightly more than $8.7 million."

Picking up garbage every other week in Minneapolis will remain the same system, however, the new 95-gallon carts will be able to handle "two weeks' worth of materials."

Como zoo polar bear recovers after surgery

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Como Zoo's female polar bear, Berlin is in recovery after a surgery to remove necrotic mass that caused internal bleeding, the Star Tribune said.

Berlin, the polar bear that was displaced to the Como Zoo Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. after her habitat at the Duluth, Minn. zoo flooded in August, was found to be lethargic and non-responsive mid-October, when they found the mass.

After Berlin underwent surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and is now cleared to go back on exhibit at the Como Zoo, where she will be reunited with her fellow twin polar bears, Buzz and Neil. According to the Pioneer Press, Berlin is making a "strong recovery." She will resume a normal diet and turn 23 next month.

"Berlin has a lot of fans in Minnesota, especially since her adventures this summer. We are thrilled with the progress she is making in her recovery and excited to celebrate her 23rd birthday next month," said Michelle Furrer, director of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

In an article by the Star Tribune, author Jim Adams explained how much the sludge-infested ponds around the Metro area are going to cost to cleanup. In order to explain the exact damage and what needs to be done, Adams inundates his story with numbers.

The first use of numbers is in Adams lede, "Metro cities could be on the hook for $1 billion or more in cleanup costs in coming years as they grapple with contaminated sludge in storm-water ponds that dot the metro area." Using this number is important because it gives readers the approximate amount needed.

Adams also uses numbers to explain how many ponds are affected, "Unsafe levels of the compounds have been found in many of the metro area's 20,000 public collection ponds, which receive water from streets and parking lots after rainfall." He reveals further what information was gathered through testing and gives a specific amount of ponds, "Nine of 15 ponds sampled by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) a few years ago had unsafe levels of the compounds."

In this statement, Adams uses numbers in several different ways - an amount of ponds, the exact size of sediment and the monetary amount associated. "When the city of Inver Grove Heights tested 10 ponds this year, it found two with unsafe levels. The cost to clean up just one of them, which had 7,000 cubic yards of tainted sediment, was estimated at $450,000."

Adams' use of numbers in his story is very direct and informative. He is clearly well-versed on the subject and knows his facts to give to interested readers. Though Adams uses numbers in every paragraph, he does it to benefit the reader - it is not too overwhelming, but instead, very informative.

Adams does use math to crunch numbers to tell the story effectively here, "The agency estimates that even if only 10 percent of the metro area's ponds have unsafe pollutant levels, it would cost more than $1 billion to clean them up." His percentage comes from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which he sources at the beginning of his statement and throughout the article.

Sixty-two wolves killed since Saturday season opener

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Since the season opener on Saturday, Nov. 3, sixty-two wolves have been killed in Minnesota, shutting down one of three designated zones after meeting quota, according to the Star Tribune and Duluth News Tribune.

The first ever managed wolf hunting for Minnesota began on Saturday, with the smallest of the three hunting zones in Minnesota closed down after meeting its quota. Hunters were able to rifle hunt in the same zones that they hunted deer.

Upon opening, 32 wolves were killed Saturday,18 on Sunday, and six registered Monday, according to the Star Tribune. Hunters in the East-Central zone had killed eight by Monday - the early season harvest quota is set at nine. After hearing the news, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided to close down the zone after shooting hours, according to Duluth News Tribune.

The season, which will last 16 days, issued a total of 3,600 licenses for wolf hunting. The licenses were given out through a lottery of 24,000 applications. The entire season has a quota set at 400, "200 in the early season that runs concurrently with the firearms deer season and 200 in a second hunting-and-trapping season that will open Nov. 24," the Star Tribune stated.

Other zones that have yet to reach quota are the DNR's Northwest zone, where the quota is 133 and 29 have been killed; and the Northeast zone where the quota is 58 and 25 have been killed.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota's wolf population is approximately 3,000. When more pups are born in May, the population may grow by 6,000 wolves, stated L. David Mech, a senior scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. The population will then drop again in February when wolves are either killed by other wolves or by the state.

The second wolfing season will begin on Nov. 24 and go until Jan. 31. The DNR hopes to reach their target of 400 wolves killed by that point.

In a last-minute attempt to win over the voters of Minnesota, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for president Barack Obama Tuesday at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

With less than a week away until election night, president Obama is doing all that he can to win votes. According to an article by the Pioneer Press, 1,800 people gathered in the Alumni Center on Oct. 30 to see the 42nd President speak. In his speech, Clinton highlighted Obama's successes and his intention to move forward.

Though some voters may be skeptical about Obama's direction as president, Clinton reinforced Obama's goals for the future, stating that the president been a good steward of the country and is more likely to help the middle class than Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Because Obama has been busy this week monitoring Hurricane Sandy that had devastated the United States, Clinton campaigned in swing states across the country.

Clinton made several points against Gov. Romney, who will be running against president Obama on Tuesday, criticizing his goals and policies. "Despite his 11th-hour conversion to moderate rhetoric and the debates," Clinton said, "Gov. Romney has not changed his position on the fundamental issues or his fundamental argument against the president: 'We left him a terrible mess; he didn't fix it all. Fire him and put us back in.' "

According to MPR News, president Obama has made a greater effort in Minnesota than his opponent, Gov. Romney. "Neither Ryan nor Romney has scheduled a campaign stop in Minnesota and the campaign has not opened a field office in the state. Obama's campaign has 11 field offices and more than 40 paid staffers," author Tom Scheck said.

Clinton's appearance at the University of Minnesota marks the first big-name campaigner since the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in 2008. Pioneer Press believes Clinton's visit is due to Obama's concern for Minnesota becoming a Republican state.

Clinton also paid a visit to University of Minnesota-Duluth afterward and plans to visit several other schools before election night.

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