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Pitbull Bites for a Second Time in St. Paul

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A pit bull bit a 5-year-old girl in St. Paul on Easter Sunday, according to CBS Minnesota. The pit bull had bitten another person in the past, but the city had decided that it did not need to be muzzled, CBS Minnesota reports.

The girl, Lola, was bitten to the point that "there was flesh and muscle hanging out," as told by her father, Peter Barry.

Barry said he wanted neighborhood notification about dogs after a bite incident like the one that occurred with his daughter. He believed that the attack could have been prevented if he had been aware of the potentially dangerous animal, he told CBS Minnesota.

"It's very upsetting to think that my daughter could be attacked by a pit bull in our neighborhood that we knew nothing about that had previously attacked another neighbor," said Barry, as reported by CBS Minnesota.

The penalty facing the dog could be muzzling or getting put down. The verdict will be decided Monday. The dog has been quarantined at animal control since Easter, CBS Minnesota reports.

Minneapolis Woman Stabbed in Parking Lot

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A man attacked and stabbed a 28-year-old female in a parking lot Thursday around 4 p.m. near 800 Marquette Ave, according to CBS Minnesota and Channel 5 News. The man attacked the woman as she was getting into her car, Channel 5 reports.

The police said they believe that the attacker was described as a white male, 30-40 years old with a thin build and glasses, wearing a suit, and carrying a black bag, according to surveillance cameras. Minneapolis police did not find the man, but they have good visual footage of him via security camera and photos, CBS Minnesota reports.

The event appeared to be random, according to CBS Minnesota. The woman had a stab wound to her stomach, but is listed in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. She and her family did not want to speak with CBS Minnesota reporters.

Authorities are investigating whether or not the attacker and victim knew each other, according to CBS Minnesota.

Minnesota Woman Accused of Killing Puppies

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Prosecutors filed charges for animal cruetly against Dayna Bell for the death of 16 dogs at her Dakota County mill in Northfield. Jessica Miles and Leah MCLean report from Chanel 5 News.

Bell's family said that "none of this is true," and that "they are accusations levied by a disgruntled former employee out for revenge," as stated by Channel 5 reporter Nick Winkler. In court documents, Bell is accused being a "cruel puppy killer." "She's my wife," Bell's husband David Johnson said. "She loves animals." Johnson said his wife is a federally licensed dog breeder, having been in business for 40 years, and not capable of drowning puppies in buckets or pools. "She's not strong enough to [drown puppies by tying cinderblocks to them and drowning them]."

Two of Bell's kennel workers said they witnessed the cruelty and reported it six months ago, Winkler reports. One worker said Bell was angry at a dog who had bitten her. The other worker said Bell put a sick dog out of its misery. "[The accusations are] a vendetta. It's someone who's trying to get even with her," Johnson said. Johnson also said the accuser is a teenager who was fired.

Channel 5 reporters asked Dakota County attorney James Baxter whether he's concerned about the credibility of the accuser. "I'm not going to discuss any of the credibility of any statements that i've given," he said.

During the search, deputies said they found 10 dogs in a freezer, but they said Bell denied knowing anything about them and did not know how they got there. The dogs' fur appears to have been frozen while wet, the Northfield Patch reports. Deputies said Bell did admit to [them] drowning four dogs, but court documents do not say why she allegedly did that. "It looks bad, but scientific proof will prove that it's a case based on lies," Johnson said.

Bell just posted a $50,000 bond, the higher of two options, which means she's allowed back on the farm and can continue her breeding business, pending this case, Winkler reports.

At this time, Minnesota has no state laws to license and inspect or regulate dog and cat breeding, McLean reports. Minnesota is one of the top producers of puppies in the nation--some kennels house more than 1000 dogs--but there is a bill in the legislature that would change the law by requiring commercial cat and dog breeders to be licensed, but also impose penalties on those who violate the law. However, the bill has not made it to any committee hearings yet.

Broadway Liquor Outlet to be Demolished

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According to the Star Tribune, the Broadway Liquor Outlet faces demolition and restructure in response to a tornado that struck north Minneapolis a year ago, taking the door, roof and windows off the structure. The building is described as having broken, boarded windows.

The article reports that a temporary building will allow the liquor store to continue business over the next two years of construction, but the original building's landlord, Keith Reitman, said he felt that the temporary store would "worsen the neighborhood's atmosphere."

According to the article, the Broadway liquor store was established in the 1940s at 9th Street and Cedar Avenue S. After the city condemned the property, the shop moved to north Minneapolis.

That store relocated when the city used the store's lot space to widen a road. The article reports that in 1989 Broadway Liquor Outlet opened at the corner of Broadway and Penn Avenue.

The article states that the temporary liquor store will open next month, "if all goes as planned."

Occupy Movement Reinvigorated in Minneapolis

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On Saturday, April 7, protesters of the Occupy movement set up tents at Peavey Plaza and Loring Park in an attempt to pick up where the movement left off last fall, according to the Star Tribune.

The protests began as anti-Wall Street demonstrations. People were stationed near Orchestra Hall, holding signs and sitting in tents. One protester described the event's importance as ensuring that the protest "remain in the public eye."

Police said that protesters would not be allowed to keep tents pitched overnight at Loring Park, as it is against public park policy; however, protesters responded that the movement would be held "indefinitely." Police removal of tents this past December was a big factor in the end of the protests.

According to the Star Tribune, a national Occupy protest is scheduled May 1. The Minneapolis group said it plans to take part.

According to the Star Tribune, a Mankato couple is $70,000 in debt. The couple said that their credit was ruined after paying Legal Helpers Debt Resolution $12,253 to negotiate with creditors to lower their credit debt. However, the only the debt reduction they received was $2,600 from one debt.

After hearing nothing from the company since last November, the couple reported to the Star Tribune that they found out Legal Helpers Debt Resolution was being sued for consumer fraud.

The article reports that "the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also filed a cease-and-desist order last August against Legal Helpers, asking for restitution for 314 clients."

"These companies shouldn't be allowed to operate," said one member of the couple, Steve Valenta. "They're preying on people who are desperate to get their lives back together."

Thanks to the unseasonably warm winter of 2011-2012, the Star Tribune reports, Minnesotans' heating expenses are 30 percent lower than last year's records indicate. Heating expenses are 50 percent lower than they were four years ago, according to the article.

The Star Tribune reports that in 2007-08, the average household paid $674 for gas between November and February; this year, that number decreased by 47 percent: the average CenterPoint Energy household paid $358 for gas between November and February. Xcel Energy saw similar numbers during the same time period.

March heating expenses for the average household will reportedly be $150-$200 less than last year.

The low numbers are not only due to warmer weather: according to the article, this winter occurred in tandem with an expanded supply of domestic natural gas, thanks to new drilling.

Man Publicly Exposes Himself to Law Student

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The Star Tribune reports that 70-year-old attorney Clark Griffith was charged for exposing himself to a 24-year-old female student.

Griffith was an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law, having resigned since the event of exposure. He had been communicating with the female student for a one-on-one clinic in which she had requested that he participate.

The student described herself as having to touch him with his pants down "while people were driving by and walking their dog behind the car." The ex-professor reportedly texted her, requesting she address her grievances directly to him and refrain from reporting the incident to authorities. He expressed distress that the incident would ruin his life.

According to the Star Tribune, the student reported the situation to the law school administrators the following day.

Clark Griffith's father was the owner of the Minnesota Twins until 1984. According to the CCGPA, Griffith is also Chairman of the Sports Law Division of the American Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Forum, as well as Vice Chairman of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University.

CCGPA reports that Griffith earned a History degree at Dartmouth College. He earned is doctorate at William Mitchell College of Law.

Griffith was reported to have said in a text message to the student, "now I risk life, marriage, career and reputation. ..."

Griffith will make a court appearance in June.

Obituary: Rev. Curtis Herron (1932-2012)

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http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/144100936.html

According to the Star Tribune, the Rev. Curtis Herron of Zion Baptist Church died on March 18 at age 80. Herron led Zion Baptist Church, a black congregation, for 40 years.

The Star Tribune reports that the reverend was born in Kansas and attended the University of Kansas and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. He joined the Zion Baptist Church and began speaking to the congregation in 1970. The Zion Baptist Church, according to the Star Tribune, is one of the biggest black congregations in Minneapolis.

The reverend was an activist on behalf of political, racial, economic and religious issues. Many years ago he wrote in the Star Tribune about racial issues and low-income housing in the twin cities. Herron even participated in protests, such as a protest in 1999 against the tear-down of Minneapolis public housing. He was arrested for his protesting, but former mayor Sharon Sayles Belton dismissed the charges.

Herron's son Brian acts as the late reverend's successor at Zion Baptist Church. Herron is survived by his wife and three daughters, in addition to Brian.

Yahoo Sports News reported that Benilde-St. Margaret's high schooler Jack Jablonski was not allowed to join his teammates in celebration on the ice after they won their state title Monday.

Jablonski was paralyzed by a blow from behind during a game this past winter. He was hospitalized after the blow, and had his halo removed today, according to http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/03/14/jack-jablonski-all-smiles-after-halo-removed/.

According to Yahoo Sports News, a few days before the Monday game Jablonski had been allowed on the ice to receive a first-place medal when his team won the sectional title. Jablonski's name wasn't on the team roster for the state game, said Executive Director Dave Stead, thus he was not technically eligible to accept the medal with the team.

According to http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/news_article/show/138578, Jablonski took the state trophy home and was told by Benilde-St. Margaret's coach Ken Pauly that he would also receive a medal soon.

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