May 2, 2007

Bus Driver Found Not Guilty in Bus Crash

Indiana truck driver Michael J. Kozlowsk's semitrailer truck overturned on interstate Hwy.94 in October of 2005 killing 5 people and injuring dozens more, according to the Star Tribune

When Kozlowsk's truck overturned it blocked both westbound lanes so when a bus carrying Chippewa Falls marching band students and chaperones arrived moments later it crashed right into it.

Kozlowsk's attorney argued that the driver of the bus was excessively tired and not wearing his brakes like his liscense required.

Dog owner arrested

Tom Mohrbacker, 39, was arrested Tuesday after missing his trial where he was charged with not registering his dogs as dangerous, according to the Star Tribune

Mohrbacker's dogs severely mauled a neighbor and friend on March 26 of this year.

April 29, 2007

Last Army Ranger had secret information

By Christine O'Donnell

An Army Ranger who was with Pat Tillman when he died by friendly fire said Tuesday he was told by a higher-up to conceal that information from Tillman's family, according to the Star Tribune.

April 17, 2007

Fixing Health Care

Governor Pawlent believe raising taxes will help fix the health care issue in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune

April 14, 2007

Source Made-up Information in Frogtown

By, Christine O'Donnell

Frog town is in the heart of St. Paul. It has a very diverse makeup of young poor people and a source for an article in the Star Tribune made up information, according of the Star Tribune

Soldier from Willmar Dies in Iraq

By, Christine O'Donnell

A soldier from Willmar died during his stay in Iraq, according to the Star Tribune

His family and friends are very sad.

April 7, 2007

15-year-old girl was raped for meth

A 15-year-old runaway girl was kept imprisoned at a Wisconsin man's house and raped twice by a man in exchange for methamphetamine, according to the Star Tribune.

Daniel E. Owens, 36, of Osceola bartered the runaway girl to Kevin D. Madsen of Amery, Wis., for meth. The girl was held for three weeks by Owens, according to the Pioneer Press.

When the girl tried to escape Owens put her in a bath tub with a piece of ply wood and a weight on top of it.

Three Gopher Football Players Were Jailed Alleged Rape

Three Gopher football players were jailed for allegedy raping an 18-year-old Friday, according to the Star Tribune. The players are being held without bail and are expected to stay over the weekend.

Alex Daniels, Keith Massey and E.J. Jones were jailed after the woman reported the happenings of Tuesday evening to the police Friday.

Their coach Tim Brewster suspended his players when he found.

"We will support the young men that were recruited to Minnesota until we find out what the facts are," said
the University's Athletic Directur Joel Muturi said, according to the Pioneer Press

April 2, 2007

An Innovative Divorce

"We can still make plans together, talk about our son, even get together for a celebration or a cup of coffee. It's not without distress for me, but it isn't that horrible thing where you walk away and you're enemies,' said Nancy Anderson, according to the Star Tribune.

A new program called Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)in Hennepin County Family Court aims to guide families in -- but mostly out -- of the legal system quickly. It's an inexpensive, quick and respectful progam that helps coparents heal and move forward successfully.

Two Boys found Dead in Lake

Two Boys have been found Dead in a Lake near Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to the Pioneer Press.

Tristen White, 4 and Avery Stately, 2 dissappeared 3 months ago when they went out to play on a chilly day before Thanksgiving, according to the Star Tribune

Twins Broadcaster Dies

Herb Carneal, who began broadcasting for the team in 1962, died Sunday, according to theStar Tribune

He died from congestive heart failure ,his team said, according to Pioneer Press

March 26, 2007

Muslims in Minnesota

By Christine O'Donnell,

Prejudice toward Muslims today is similar to the anti Semitism of the 20th century.

The Star Tribune reported that Muslim college student Munira Omar, refused a job at a grocery store, though she needs the money because it would require her to do things against her religious beliefs.

It is against the Muslim religion to eat pork and at times touch pork, because even touching the unholy meet might tempt the person to eat it. Scanning food items like bacon would cause Omar to do just that, according to the Star Tribune.

This has raised questions in the metropolitan region about why Muslims would take any job that interfers with religious beliefs, according to the Star Tribune.

This situation is familiar to 20th century New York, when Americans had prejudices toward the Jewish people who were looking for jobs.

A 12th member of the Minnesota National Guard died in Iraq

By Christine O'Donnell,

Sargent Greg Riewer is the 12th member of the Minnesota National Guard to be killed in Iraq, according to the Star Tribune.

Riewer died when a roadside explosive device struck his vehicle about 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

Greg Ninerd Riewer of Frazee Minn., was one of 13 children, according to the Pioneer Press. And had his stay not been prolonged he may be alive today.

Riewer was one of 2,600 Minnesota National Guard members. He is the 47th of all the members in Minnesota's military that has been killed in Iraq, according to the Pioneer Press.

The article in the Pioneer Press was more of a feature and more liberally bias than the one from the Star Tribune.

March 12, 2007

Maplewood Night Club turns into an Auto Dealer-ship

Last year the owner of Myth Night Club sold the club to his old friend Danny Hecker, an auto dealer for 10 million dollars, according to the Star Tribune.

He did this in the hope that his deal would lead to other deals that would help him open night clubs across the country.

Awareness has been raised after a 7-year-old was killed

Seven-year-old Angellika Arndt was killled while being restrained at Northwest Counseling Centers' Rice Lake facility ten months ago, Just now the man who killed her is just now being punished, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

March 5, 2007

Maple Lake Marine Died in

The happenings of 9/11 is what made Sgt. Chad M. Allen join the Marines. He joined the day after said his mother, Deborah Allen, "He was going to save his family from harm," according to the Star Tribune.

He died in Iraq Wednesday when a bomb exploded near the light armored vehicle he was driving.

He was scheduled to leave the marines May 1.

A March for Immigrant Rights

By Christine O'Donnell

200 people marched to the governor's house and then on to Norm Coleman's to advocate immigrant rights on Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.

February 26, 2007

Contaminated Tap Water

Chemicals from 3M Co. have contaminated drinking water in the East Metro area of Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.
Many residents in Oakdale and Hastings have started buying more bottled water.

Snow Emergencies

On Sunday night a snow emergencies were declared in Minnesota and Saint Paul due to large amounts of snow, according to the Star Tribune.

The Twin Cities recieved between 8.5 and 12 inches. Winona recieved 29.5.

It is unlikely that there will be any cancelations.

February 18, 2007

Crookston man sentenced to death

By Christine O'Donnell

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. was sentenced to death after kidnapping and killing a 22, year old women from North Dakota according to the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune, emphasized that them man had rejected a life-sentence plea that was offered to him earlier if he told where the body was.

The Pioneer Press reported that the Judge fought back tears when handing Rodriguez his sentence to death.

Head-on crash kills

A man died in a head-on collison at about 6:50am Saturday, according to a brief in the Pioneer Press.
The man that died was killed when a man in a Explorer crossed over the Median. That man lived. Police say alcohol was the cause, however no charges have been filed

The Star Tribune, goes into more detail in an article that describes 3 fatal car crashes that were all due to head-on collisons Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

February 12, 2007

four-year-old left in parking lot in freezing temps.

A Brookling park 4-year-old boy was left in a parking lot while his father gambled Friday according to the Pioneer Press.

The 4-year-old was found wandering the parking lot at around midnight as his father Kang Sam Choi, 44 gambled inside Mystic Lake Casino.

The Star Tribune reported Kang Sam Choi through a Korea interpreter saying "I will do the right thing ... I'm sorry."

Three Children have died of Flu in Minnesota.

Three Children have died of the flu in Minnesota. Two eight-year-olds and a 17-month-old have died in the past two weeks according to the Pioneer Press.

A five hour clinic in St. Paul has vaccinated over 1,500 people, 70 percent of them children.

The Star Tribune reported that approximately 1,545 peple recieved the vaccine at the clinic in St. Paul.
They also report that flu vaccines may be given at schools.

February 5, 2007

Father and Son killed in Waseca

A 13-year-old and his father were killed in Waseca, Minn., after an intruder entered their home on Saturday according to the Pioneer Press

The two were shot along with the mother, who is now in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale according to the police.

The Pioneer Press also attributed the information they received from the County Sheriffs Office.

The Star Tribune quoted a family acquaintance saying "The shooting was just so random, it doesn't make any sense."

Kids Left in Car

The Star Tribune reported that a three-year-old and a toddler were found by police in a car on Saturday, one of the coldest days of the year. The mother will be charged with endangerment.

There were no quoted attributions in this article.

The Pioneer Press reported that 14-month-old toddler was treated at St. Lukes Hospital for early signs of frost bite

January 22, 2007

New Gopher Football Coach

By Christine O'Donnell

The Pioneer Press had the only hard news lead out of all the papers I looked at. The Daily and the Star Tribune both had very feature like leads.

Tim Brewster was inaugurated as the new Gopher football coach this past Wednesday (1/17). During his inauguration he talked about spreading his "passion" in Gopher football. As well as his plans for recruiting and his plans to win the Big Ten Championships.

In an interview with the Star Tribune, Brewster talked not only of his agenda for the Gophers, but the comfortability he already feels with the players.

The Pioneer Press quoted Brewster referring to Universities football team and their supporters as a "Gopher Nation" while vowing to bring them to Pasadena.

Pedestrian Killed by School Bus

By Christine O"Donnell

This past Friday (1/19) Va Chong Lor, a 61 year old man was killed by a school bus when he was crossing the street in St. Paul. according to the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune had a hard news lead that vaguely started with the who, then went on to tell the what, the when and the where, before being more clear about the who.

The Pioneer Press explains that there doesn't seem to be any foal play in this accident. The only identifiable contributing factor was the impact of ths sun on the drivers eyes as he made the turn.

The Pioneer Press had a more anecdotal hard news lead.