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New Medicaid plan will help Minnesotans

The state of Minnesota could add 95,000 low-income adults to its Medicaid rolls Tuesday, Bemidji Pioneer reported.

This would not add any additional costs to the state, The Star Tribune reported. The federal government would pick up roughly half the cost of their care under Medicaid, The Star Tribune reported

This new program comes after Democrat Mark Dayton said he would bring $1.2 billion in federal health care dollars to the state after taking office on Jan. 3, Bemidji Pioneer reported.

Metrodome roof collapses

The roof of the Metrodome collapsed Saturday night, The Star Tribune reported.

Due to frigid air and accumulation of snow the 29-year-old roof caved in, the Pioneer Press reported.

The incident brought back the debate on whether Minnesota should get a new stadium for 2012, The Star Tribune reported.

The Minnesota Vikings organization decided to reschedule the game between the Vikings and New York Giants for Monday night in Detroit, The Star Tribune reported.

Old weapons taken from Mankato Armory

Dozens of antique weapons were stolen from the Mankato Minnesota National Guard Armory on Wednesday night, WCCO reported.

A military employee discovered a number of missing weapons on Thursday morning, WCCO reported.

Officials are still taking an inventory of the weapons, Fox News reported.

Apple Valley woman lights house on fire

A 49-year-old Apple Valley woman set her house on fire Thursday morning, and led police on a chase ending with her using a hammer to pound a screwdriver into her chest, The Star Tribune reported.

Rhonda Arkley soaked her house in gas and set it on fire while her husband was still inside, The Star Tribune reported.

Police found Arkley stabbing herself in the chest with a screwdriver in her car outside her house, KSTP reported. She then drove away until police stopped her in Egan, as she used a hammer to pound a screwdriver into her chest.

Arkley and her husband were both taken to Regions Hospital, KSTP reported.

St. Paul mother accused of punishing daughter with wrench

A St. Paul woman was charged with malicious punishment Monday after she allegedly tore her daughter's ear with a wrench, the Pioneer Press reported.

Mai Neng Xiong, 39, was angry her daughter had eaten some fruit she had just brought, KARE 11 reported.


A school nurse suspected child abuse after seeing injuries to the 7-year-old's arm and left ear, KARE 11 reported. The girl told the nurse her mother caused the injuries and a pipe wrench as the weapon her mother used to hurt her.

Overnight fire leaves Wayzata apartments in ruins

A fire left four apartment units destroyed Friday night in Wayzata, The Star Tribune reported.

The fire occurred around 12:30 a.m. in an apartment complex near Hampton and LaSalle streets, The Star Tribune reported.

Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but are estimated to be okay, KSTP reported.

Fire officials are still investigating how the fire started, KSTP reported.

Gopher football team wins, finally

The Minnesota Gopher football team upset the University of Illinois 38-34 Saturday in Champaign, Illinois, The Star Tribune reported.

The win was the team's first Big Ten conference victory this season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Minnesota's record is now 2-9 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. They have the week off, and finish the season at home against Iowa on November 26.

11-year-old shot in Minneapolis

An 11-year-old girl was shot Friday night in south Minneapolis, KSTP reported.

The drive-by shooting occurred at the 3400 block of Chicago Avenue, The Star Tribune reported.

The girl was struck in the neck and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, The Star Tribune reported.

Police have not made any arrests, KSTP reported.

St. Paul police investigate luring attempts

St. Paul police investigated a case Friday which had possible relation to other child lurings in the area, The Star Tribune reported.

A 12-year-old girl reported a man drove along side her and asked questions while she rode her bike Thursday night. The man followed the girl until she ran into a local grocery store, The Star Tribune reported.

The suspect is described as a slender black male with a mustache and oval glasses, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Church leader charged with criminal sexual conduct

A 43-year-old Minneapolis church leader has been been accused of fondling a 13-year-old parishioner, KSTP reported.

Ruben Ramirez-Toxtle has been charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor whom he had authority over, The Star Tribune reported. He taught her in Sunday school and assisted programs for seniors at Central Church of Minneapolis.

The girl old her mother that Toxtle touched her breasts and buttocks, The Star Tribune reported.

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