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December 7, 2008

Two Teens Missing Since Saturday

Two Teens Missing Since Saturday

Autumn Estey, 13, and Jeanette Solis, 14, both of Minneapolis, were walking to Solis’s home Saturday night but never arrived.

“She calls. Even if she knows we’re mad she still calls,? Autumn’s mother, Jennifer Claypool said.

The 2 girls had been together all weekend and everything appeared normal. Their parents called police when they never arrived home.

“I am so worried. We don’t know if they’re with some friend or if something bad happened to them,? Solis’s mother, Alejandra Giron said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sources:

WCCO- “Mothers Search For 2 Teens Missing Since Walk Home?

Death on Medicine Lake

Death on Medicine Lake

An ice skater died after going through the ice on a Twin Cities lake.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday Hennepin County authorities responded to a call of a person through the ice on Medicine Lake.

The 53-year-old man was found wearing ice skates and a camera around his neck. Emergency workers found the man underwater and about 600 yards from land. The man was brought to North Memorial Hospital and later died.

Sources:

WCCO "Skater Dies After Going Through Ice On Lake"

November 16, 2008

New Gopher Statium

New Gopher Stadium

Beer will be 5 bucks for people who have already spent $1,800 or more on seats, the rest of the fans might not be able to buy alcholol within the statium.

However, the liquid gold will not be offered to students and the rest of the fans. The sales will be limited to specific areas of the stadium.

“NCAA discourages schools from selling alcohol at games and has itself banned the sale of alcohol at championship games.? – Jenna Ross

Sources: New U stadium: Pay big bucks $ buy a beer, too??

November 15, 2008

Metro Transit getaway

Metro Transit getaway

A man robbed a southern Minneapolis bank Wednesday, by passing a note to the teller demanding the money. He then proceeded to flee on foot and got on a Metro Transit bus.

Around 10:30 a.m., a teller at the TCF Bank at 1444 W. Lake St. called the police after the incident. The police found a man matching the description of the robber and was identified as Herbert Ray Kelly, 42, of Minneapolis.

Kelly was charged with bank robbery said FBI.

Sources: Star Tribune “Minneapolis bank robber hops on the bus to make getaway? by Tim Harlow

November 6, 2008

Trick or Meth

Trick or Meth

While trick or treating on Halloween night, a ghoulish skateboarder, age 7, received $85 dollars and 2.2 grams of methamphetamine near Ramsey County.
His parents Lars and Shelly Brosdahl noticed the money and drug looking substance when their son poured out his Halloween candy.
“We are confident that it was an isolated case. We don’t believe somebody was handing it out,? said Capt. Tim Dwyer.
The boy said that a bigger kid asked him if he wanted some candy. The boy replied ‘sure’, and the older boy dropped it in his bag.
Despite the drug scare the boy is excited about the money. “It was like a gold mine to him. He’s already talking about what he can buy at Wal-Mart or Target,? said his dad.

Sources: Star Tribune “For one 7-year-old boy a scary trick amid treats?

November 2, 2008

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Two shootings occurred near the University of Minnesota early Sunday morning. Three 19-year-olds suffered non-threatening wounds after being shot on 21st. St. E.

The shooting was not a random shooting said Sgt. William Palmer.

The other shooting occurred on 27th Avenue S.E. and Delaware Street, where a woman, 20, suffered non-life-threatening injuries stated a police report.

Sources: Star Tribune “4 hurt in shootings in Minneapolis?

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Two shootings occurred near the University of Minnesota early Sunday morning. Three 19-year-olds suffered non-threatening wounds after being shot on 21st. St. E.

The shooting was not a random shooting said Sgt. William Palmer.

The other shooting occurred on 27th Avenue S.E. and Delaware Street, where a woman, 20, suffered non-life-threatening injuries stated a police report.

Sources: Star Tribune “4 hurt in shootings in Minneapolis?

Corvette Crash

Corvette crash
Stephen Dooher, new owner of a Corvette T-top, crashed his car Monday night killing three of his friends in the car. Dooher is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Alcohol was involved in the crash that happened off a Wright County country road. The victims involved are: Andrea Northern, 23, Michael DeMars, 22, and Derek Krammerer, 22.

There is dispute over whether or not Dooher should serve time in jail.

DeMars family said that “nothing will be gained by sending him to jail.?

Northern’s mother does not agree, “Somebody has to pay. There was no reason for four people to be in that car.?

The four friends were very close and were out celebrating Northern’s birthday.

Sources: Star Tribune “Joy ride’s tragic turn tears at 4 families?

October 25, 2008

Trading Floors of Minneapolis Grain Exchange

Trading Floors of Minneapolis Grain Exchange

Electronic trading is taking over the local Grain Exchange. The floors have been hosting buyers and sellers of beans, wheat and other commodities since 1881. The human to human exchanges will be completely converted to all-electronic trading.

The trading has slowly been converting to electronic over the past year with 30 percent to now 80 percent of the volume is now electronic. The closing will officially take place Dec. 19, 2008.

“This migration or this shift in volume is something that everyone has seen coming. It’s not just local to Minneapolis, its happening around the world,? said Mark Bagan from the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. –WCCO

Around 25 percent of the work force will be let go, 11 exchange positions.

“What we want to do is bring it all to a single platform and…the customers have clearly spoken and chosen the electronic market as the future of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange when 80 percent of the volume is being done on the electronic platform,? said Bagan.

European markets have had the electronic process in effect since at least 2003.


Sources: WCCO- Mpls. Grain Exchange To Close Trading Floors

Insterstate 35W closed for weekend

Interstate 35W closed for weekend

Southern Minneapolis Interstate 35W is currently closed as of 10:00 p.m. Friday through 5:00 a.m. Monday.

The closure is due to a reconstruction project in part of Crosstown that will improve water work across 35W. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is also placing bridge sections at the eastern end of 35W and Highway 62.

This repair was supposed to be last weekend but has since been rescheduled because of rain.

Sources: WQOW TV

October 19, 2008

Unusual cure

Warning: The following content is not for those with weak stomachs.

Human stool found to cure a stubborn intestinal infection in Duluth clinic. Dr. Johannes Aas could not figure out why antibiotics were not working for patient until he came across a 1950s Norwegian medical journal with a similar case.

The cure was to replace bacteria in a patient’s stomach with a small amount of another person’s stool.

C.difficile is to blame for the patients upset stomach. People are apt to get this infection from antibiotics that destroy both good bacteria and bad. Consequently the C. difficile in the stomach takes over causing severe diarrhea.

The stool procedure is done through a nasal tube to the stomach. A small dose of a donor’s stool is then injected into the stomach to restore balance.

The cure is 95 percent effective, but doctors are not sure why this works. Aas suspects that the donated flora balances the bacteria within the gut and keeps the C. difficile in check.

Sources: Star Tribune

October 12, 2008

Local areas will be visited by Michelle Obama Monday

Local areas will be visited by Michelle Obama Monday

Michelle Obama is set to campaign Monday in St. Paul and Rochester.

The wife of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will be at the Mayo Civic Center at noon. Tickets are available at Olmsted County Obama Campaign for Change office prior to the event.

Macalester College in St. Paul and the Leonard Center will host Obama at 4 p.m. for a free public rally. Online RSVPs are encouraged but tickets are not required. The rally will host first-come, first-served attendees.


Sources: St. Paul Pioneer Press "Michelle Obama to visit St. Paul, Rochester" by Staff reports

Body found in submerged car

Body found in submerged car

While trying to stabilize a riverbank, construction workers came across a car in the Mississippi off Harriet Island Friday morning with a body inside.

The body and construction workers have not been identified. The missing person’s unit searched its 77 open missing person and runaway cases but found no matches.

The car found was a white sedan that was extensively damaged. It took all day to remove the car from the river.

“I looked in the car. It looked like an airbag, and then I saw the legs,? he said, declining to give his name.

Sources: St.Paul Pioneer Press "Submerged car in river yields body" by John Brewer

October 5, 2008

Continued..Motorcycle investigation finds domesticated murder

Staged motorcycle crash was a domesticated murder.

Natasha Waalen was beaten to death the night of her ‘crash’ by on-again-off-again boyfriend and father of her child, Ryan Boland, 33, and his brother, Timothy, 31.

Waalen’s friends describe her as the ‘it’ girl, pretty, smart and kind. Tasha’s a tough chick who would never allow something like this to happen to someone else says childhood friend, Scott Kalpakoff.

Ryan Boland informed authorities that Waalen was drinking the night of the crash and they argued in their garage.

Langston, a co-worker of Natasha’s said that Waalen did not like to party, she was too devoted to 4-year-old daughter Savannah.

It was actually Boland and his brother who were at a Ramsey bar that night before staging the accident after beating Waalen to death.

Waalen was found 50 feet from her motorcycle, there was a red strap tied around her body and arms, defensive wounds to the back of each hand and three wounds to her forehead inconsistent with a possible crash, authorities said.

A Coon Rapids homeowner hired Boland two years ago for roofing work and said “He was nice, very conscientious and talked as if he was married,? Crane said. “I even met his daughter, who must have been 2. For the two weeks I knew him, he seemed like a real family man.?

Both Boland’s are charged with second-degree murder and aiding abetting second-degree murder.

Sources:

Star Tribune Monday, September 29, 2008 “No easy answers in puzzle of death? by Paul Levy

Star Tribune charged with sexual harassment

Star Tribune charged with sexual harassment

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed sexual harassment charges against the Star Tribune Tuesday.

Employed women at the Star Tribune said that from August 2005 up until now they have been sexually harassed with propositions for sex, sexually suggestive conduct, and favoritism towards women who participated in provocative conduct according to the complaint.-Star Tribune

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money for the harassed women.

Star Tribune officials say the alleged conduct did not occur as described in the complaint and that the company took corrective action immediately upon hearing the charges in order to prevent further incidents from happening.

“It’s unfortunate that it happened,? Benjamin Taylor, Star Tribune senior vice president of communications, said the company said. “But we disagree with the EEOC conclusions?

The Star Tribune and EEOC are in negotiations to settle the suit before trial.

“While we believe we could prevail in this case, we have told the EEOC that we want to avoid disruption of a lawsuit and have been trying to resolve the case through settlement negotiations,? Helen Wainwright, senior vice president for human resources and labor relations, wrote to employees in a memo Tuesday. –Star Tribune

Sources:

Star Tribune Wednesday, October 1, 2008 “Agency files sexual harassment suit against Star Tribune? by James Walsh


September 28, 2008

Pumpkins weigh in

Pumpkins weigh in

This Saturday a science teacher, from New London, won $1,000 by breaking the Minnesota state record for giant pumpkins.

Chad Revier only began growing giant pumpkins 2 years ago, but registered a record breaking 1,427.3 pound pumpkin at the 4th annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Stillwater.

Inspectors check pumpkins for any holes or cracks, due to people injecting pumpkins with water to make them weigh more. So any damaged pumpkin can be disqualified.

Revier also brought a larger pumpkin, 1,501 pounds, to the weigh-off but it was too rotten to be eligible.

The previous giant pumpkin state record was 1,258 pounds.

Sources:

Star Tribune “In search of the Giant Pumpkin? Sunday, September 2008, B11

Collapsing Labrador research

Collapsing Labrador research

University of Minnesota researchers have identified a gene linked to the collapse of Labrador retrievers during intense exercise and excitement.

The Exercise Induced Collapse affects 3 to 5 percent of Labrador retrievers.

During increased excitement a dog’s legs will begin to wobble, which then leads to their back legs collapsing. In unusual cases a dog will also collapse their front legs or even lead to death. Typically, dogs recover quickly from the collapse.

This month the University of Minnesota released the identification of a distorted gene associated with EIC. This is the first time the particular gene, dynamin 1, has been recognized in a mammal.

Dynamin 1 produces a protein which distorts chemical signaling between muscle nerves and the brain.

In addition, learning more about how EIC protein functions could assist in understanding human disorders.

A new DNA blood test can recognize the mutant gene for $65. A Missouri breeder, Brett Bunk, uses the test to decide which retrievers to breed in order to ensure healthy dogs.

Sources:

The Star Tribune “Labradors are falling down; scientists may have found why?

September 21, 2008

Anoka motorcycle death investigation

Natasha Waalen, 28, was found dead early Friday morning in a perceived motorcycle accident.

Natasha’s father, Jeff Waalen of Andover, said authorities have informed him that his daughter’s injuries are not consistent with a motorcycle crash, and that her death may not have been an accident.

Natasha lived with her boy-friend and daughter, 4, in Anoka. She was working at Achieve Services Inc., who also worked as an acupuncturist.

Jeff Waalen told the Star Tribune that his daughter had received death threats after threatening to sue a local man.

No other vehicles appear to have been involved at this point.


Sources:

Star Tribune "Anoka motorcyclist's death raises questions" By Abby Simons andTim Harlow

Copper Theft

Copper theft in North Minneapolis causes house explosion

Thieves have found a new way to steal money. Copper.

From utility poles, to vacant copper pipes in vacant homes, burglars are finding a way to get their hands on this rising metal.

And for $3 to $4 a pound at a salvage center, copper’s chunk change can quickly add up.

Sunday morning, a vacant multiplex exploded sending glass windows across the street. Thieves cut through a gas line in order to steal copper. Which, emitted gas to later cause the explosion.

“There’s nothing left of it. The roof has pancaked down,? said Deputy Chief Dave DeWall of the Minneapolis Fire Department.

Officers believe there is a link between drug use and easy access to copper refund money.

“They can come here, cut a line, turn it in, maybe get 20 or 30 bucks,? Minneapolis police officer assigned to the problem, Rich Jackson said. “Well that’s a hit of meth, a hit of crack, couple bags of marijuana.?

Xcel Energy said they have taken action by replacing stolen ground wiring with copper-clad wires with little to no value.


Sources:

KARE11 “Explosion levels multiplex in North Minneapolis? - http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=525102

WorldNow “Copper theft a rapidly growing crime? - http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=5109520

KARE 11 “Copper thieves target utility poles? - http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=508446

September 14, 2008

East Lake Street stabbing in Minneapolis

East Lake Street Stabbing in Minneapolis

Three people were stabbed Saturday in front of a Taco Bell near the intersection of East Lake Street and Third Avenue South reports the Star Tribune.

A man, 26, and woman, 40, were both seriously injured after being stabbed in their chests. The third victim, a woman, 24, was stabbed in the arm. All three victims were later hospitalized.

Any possible motives are unclear at this point, but robbery does not appear to be a motive.