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A season meant for giving ends up being the season for doing just the opposite.

Early morning on Thursday Dec. 2, $1,000 worth of gifts was stolen from The Family Partnership located in North Minneapolis, according to Kare 11's Dave Berggren. All gifts were donated by citizens in the area and were intended to be holiday presents for low-income families.

"Obviously they were unwrapping some of them in order to see what was in there -to see if it was worth it," Annie Lewis from non-profit organization, said.

This is simply a balance between the gracious act of donation with the selfish act of theft, similar to the recent issue regarding the thieving of delivered packages from the post office, UPS, Fed-X, etc., that had been placed on a consumer's door-step.

Maple Grove Teacher's Experiment Explodes

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A methanol experiment conducted by a science teacher went south after four students got injured; three are satisfactory condition, while one student remains at the Hennepin County Medical Center for further examination, according to CBS News in Minnesota.

This morning at Maple Grove Jr. High emergency officials rushed Dane Neuberger, 15, to the HCMC after his ninth-grade science teacher, Mr. Matt Anchor, had to tackle him with a fire blanket to subdue the flames.

"I started screaming and he was on me fast to put the fire out and my shirt and face were on fire," Neuberger said, according to CBS News.

Though the sprinkler system and fire alarms didn't go off, police and fire units showed in an attempt to vent the classroom in order for the rest of the school to continue for the remainder of the day. The students in the science class were excused from school due to tragic incident.

"Thinking back, I can't even remember what happened," Dane Neuberger said. "It was like I was in a video game or something."

Maple Grove Teacher's Experiment Disaster

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A methanol experiment conducted by a science teacher went south after four students were injured; three are in satisfactory condition, while one student remains at the Hennepin County Medical Center for further examination, according to CBS News in Minnesota.

This morning at Maple Grove Jr. High Dane Neuberger, 15, was rushed to the HCMC after his ninth-grade science teacher, Mr. Matt Anchor, had to tackle him with a fire blanket to subdue the flames when he caught on fire.

"I started screaming and he was on me fast to put the fire out and my shirt and face were on fire," Neuberger said, according to CBS News.

Though the sprinkler system and fire alarms didn't go off, police and fire units showed in an attempt to vent the classroom in order for the rest of the school to continue for the remainder of the day. The students in the science class were excused from school due to tragic incident.

"Thinking back, I can't even remember what happened," Neuberger said. "It was like I was in a video game or something."

Cities 97 Sampler - A Hit & A Helper

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At 8:00 a.m. Target stores throughout the state of Minnesota opened the sale of the "Sampler Vol. 23" from the Cities 97 FM station; Target stores sold all 33,000 copies by 11:15 a.m. that day, the Star Tribune reported.

A Target store located in Edina sold out its "Sampler Vol. 23" copies within just one half hour at a price of $25.97, according to Fox 9 News.

The Cities 97 FM station sells these Compact Discs in order to raise money for various Minnesota charities; this year's all-time estimated total should exceed $9.7 million, Fox 9 News explained.

"The Cities 97 Sampler is the longest running non-profit radio CD in the country," Fox 9 News reported.

Guns N' Roses gained relative attendance at their 2011 Twin Cities performance in comparison to past performances, though not bad considering a struggling U.S. economy and recent album sales on behalf of the band.

The 11:15 p.m. Guns N' Roses concert was held on Sunday the 13th at the Target Center and had an attendance of 8,000 fans -only 1,000 down from the previous 2006 concert, but up by 4,000 from the 2002 show, according to the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune went on to report that the only comment made by lead singer Axl Rose was made in reference to the previous 2006 show; "it was pretty rowdy our last time here," he said.

Rose retained his typical character: his famous 'shimmy shammy dance,' established by the Star Tribune, in addition to a black top hat, bandana, and wallet chain.

Guns N' Roses began the show with a bang but reduced to an atypical system that most rock musicians do not; Rose sought that an active, rowdy crowd would then prefer extended solos and cover songs, according to the Pioneer Press.

In addition, the band believed that its 3-year-old "Chinese Democracy" album, which didn't sell well in stores, would balance out the band's traditional, widely recognized tunes.

Guns N' Roses 2006 performance began with five hours of "mostly dreadful" opening acts before the main event, but this year's performance cut right to the chase; for the first hour, give-or-take, the Pioneer Press explained.

Nonetheless, by 1:55 a.m. Monday morning -during the band's performance of "Paradise City," one fan through a black bra at Rose; "One gets the sense it wasn't a gesture about sex as much as it was about sheer exhaustion," the Pioneer Press reported.

Minnesota's Deer Hunting Success; or Lack-There-Of

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Since the beginning of the State of Minneosta's Deer Firearms Season began on Saturday Nov. 5, approximately 73,000 deer were registered statewide within the first three days, the St. Cloud Times reports, while at the same time last year's opener had a statewide deer harvest of 91,000. The St. Cloud Times goes on to explain that firearm license sales were consist with last year at 355,000.

State wildlife officials say that hunter registration has fallen 34-38 percent in the areas of Tower Minneosta and Cloquet Wisconsin; Wildlife manager Tom Rusch of the Tower area said deer harvest for Fall 2011's firearm season fell by 3,275 this year, with a harvest of 8,623 in the Fall of 2010. Rich Staffon of the Cloquet area reported a mere 8,956 deer harvest for this firearm season, compared to a harvest of 13,526 the previous season, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

The Department of Natural Resources says that the overall harvest of deer throughout the state of Minnesota, as of now, is down by 20 percent, high winds being a contributing factor the Dulth News Tribune says.

Conservation Officer Jermy Woinarowicz of Thief River Falls says its hunters have had moderate to poor hunting success; CO Bruce Vollbrecht of Bemidji has had low success with a high number of hunter participation; and CO Gary Forsberg of Pelican Rapids consisted of few hunters, low success rate, and a small number of deer sightings.

School districts are requesting levies throughout Minnesota and Tuesday taxpayers decided to support their desire to do, the highest turnout since 1997's 86 percent approval rating, according to the Pioneer Press.

There are 114 Minnesota school districts have requested levies with 79 percent passing according to the Star Tribune, 80 percent passing according to the Pioneer Press. Out of the 114 districts, 56 percent requested levy increases the Star Tribune reported; 59 percent of proposed levy increases were approved, according to the Pioneer Press.

Renewal levies, those that establish no tax increase but will continue to see funding, were sought by 58 districts, the Rocori district denied the renewal levy, as well as in Stillwater with half of its voters denying levy proposals, the Pioneer Press reports. Similarly, 41 percent of the Richfield district's voters denied levy increases, according to the Star Tribune.

"People know their schools are hurting and they stepped up," Mary Cecconi, executive director of Parents United for Public Schools said, provided by the Pioneer Press.

For the Twin Cities, only two out of eight districts were successful at achieving levy increases: West St. Paul with 7,200 voters and a voter turnout with 62 percent approval, in addition to Anoka-Hennepin, the largest district in Minnesota, according to the Pioneer Press.

"It was heartening that, in a tough economic climate, the success rate stayed quite high," Scott Croonquist, director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, said, provided by the Star Tribune.

Obituary for Gardner, Machinist, & Teacher

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The son of immigrant farmers and whom didn't know how to spell his name in the first grade: Aloysius Ricci, died on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Minnetonka.

Lewis M. Ritchie died at age 94 about three years prior to retirement. Born in Comstock, Wis., Ritchie was the son of an Italian couple who worked on a family farm, according to the Star Tribune.

At age 23 Ritchie married Genevieve and left the Wisconsin farm to live in Anoka, Minn., carrying on the gardening tradition by growing tomatoes. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War Two, then worked at a Minneapolis Honeywell company as a machinist; designing flight controls and guidance equipment, to name a few -the Star Tribune reported. After retiring to Minnetonka, Ritchie stopped gardening and began to teach night classes at the Anoka Technical College, a machine trends course.

Citizen Takes Justice by His Own Trigger.

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The citizen who pursued and killed Darren Evanovich, age 23, after he robbed a woman of her purse at a Cub Foods store in South Minneapolis on Oct. 20 will not be charged since his actions were led by self-defense; the citizen's name was not identified prosecutors disclaimed, according to the Pioneer Press.

"He didn't have the gun out. He didn't threaten the guy with a gun until he felt threatened. He certainly has a right to demand a purse back," firearms instructor Gary Shade said to the Star Tribune.

Though Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Shade encourage citizens with a permit to carry a weapon not to pursue alleged criminals, it is still hard to deny a citizens right to do his part within his community.

"While this man is to be commended for helping his fellow citizen in need, a note of caution is appropriate," Freeman said, according to the Star Tribune.

Vikings' teammate suspended

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Cornerback for the Minn. Vikings, Chris Cook, won't be joining the team for Sunday's game after being charged with felony domestic assault.
Saturday at 2:10 a.m. Cook of age 24 was arrested after police found his girlfriend with considerable signs of strangulation at Cook's townhouse located at the 6400 block of Regency Lane, according the Minnesota Daily.
The court will not punish Cook with regards to his status as a national league football player, "Mr. Cook will be prosecuted just like any other person committing this crime," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said, the Star Tribune reported.
Regardless of whether Cook is convicted, he still faces possible fines, suspension, or a probationary period for his actions that go against the National Football League's personal conduct policy, according to the Star Tribune.
The NFL's personal conduct policy states that "Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in conviction of a crime."

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