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Totino-Grace High School evacuated after mercury spill

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Totino-Grace students were evacuated from the Fridley school Friday but told to remain on campus after a thermometer was discovered on the floor of a classroom, the Star Tribune said.

A hazardous materials assessment team and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's emergency response team remained on site more than two hours after the school was evacuated.

Students were told to remain on campus, because there appeared to be no health hazard.

Students were told to stay put in case chemicals were found on shoes or other items.

Parents were alerted by phone and e-mail, and the school's website was posting continuous updates.

A University of Minnesota spokesman says school leaders support a legislative proposal that could bring beer sales to the on-campus football stadium, the Star Tribune said.

It would be up to the Board of Regents to decide how to manage any alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium.

A vote could come as soon as Friday to send a bill allowing liquor sales through half-time of collegiate games and during any Minnesota Vikings games held there.

The measure is part of a larger liquor policy bill.

Liquor cannot currently be purchased at the stadium because state law required sales in either one-third of the stadium or not at all.

Heroin deaths on the rise in Twin Cities

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Heroin deaths skyrocketed in the Twin Cities last year as the drug grew more popular, potent and deadly, the Star Tribune said.

Deaths caused by heroin in Hennepin, Ramsey and Anoka counties nearly tripled in 2011 compared to the previous year, rising from 16 to 46.

New test results showed that heroin purchased in the Twin Cities is 93.5 percent pure, the highest potency in the nation.

Hennepin County authorities are already on track to surpass the amount of heroin seized last year.

In Hennepin County alone, heroin related deaths rose from eight in 2010 to 21 in 2011.

Police believe the drug to be coming from Mexico, but the high potency of the drug in Minnesota makes it much easier to accidentally overdose.

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned Tuesday and the company confirmed it is investigating allegations that he engaged in personal misconduct, the Star Tribune said.

Less than two weeks ago, Dunn said that Best Buy will close 50 stores nationwide and lay off thousands of workers.

For three years, Dunn has faced criticism from investors over the sinking stock price and sales. In recent years, the company has been losing market share to Wal-Mart and online competitors.

The company's struggles have led to speculation that Dunn would lose his job. Best Buy's stock fell 6 percent Tuesday.

Sources said that Dunn's personal behavior, not his company's falling fortune, led to his exit.

A Minnesota boy who went missing with his father nearly two weeks ago has been found safe, and his dad is hospitalized with self-inflicted injuries, the Star Tribune said.

Wyatt Nordrum, 7, and his dad James Leon Nordrum Jr., 41, were found Saturday in a cabin on Lost Lake. The cabin is located on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation within St. Louis County.

Wyatt was allegedly kidnapped on March 27 by Nordrum, who is in a custody battle with Wyatt's mother.

The boy has since been reunited with his mother.

Nordrum is in stable condition with self-inflicted neck injuries. Officials say he is in custody for kidnapping and depravation of parental rights.

Man dies after all-terrain vehicle crash in Avon

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A man died early Sunday after he lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving and crashed into a tree in Avon, the Star Tribune said.

Stearns County Police were called to the ATV crash site on Schuman Lake Road shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

It appeared the ATV was heading west when the driver lost control on the curve, slid across a dirt road and struck a tree. The driver was being flown to North Memorial Hospital but he died on the way.

His name is not being released until the family is notified. The accident is still being investigated.

Minneapolis police shoot man wielding knife

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A Minneapolis police officer shot and wounded a man who was threatening him with a knife Sunday morning in south Minneapolis, the Star Tribune said.

The officer ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he refused and approached the officer in a threatening manner as the officer backed up across two lanes of traffic.

The man kept approaching, but the officer shot him due to the threat for his own safety and the safety of the public. The officer then immediately called the paramedics to treat the man.

The man was later identified as Robert John Yellow Wolf, 43.

A baby girl died in Boyd after her mother suffered a medical condition that caused her to fall on top of her child, the Star Tribune said.

Authorities were called to the home in rural western Minnesota, where they found 28-year-old Joyce Whitmore unresponsive and on top of her 15-day-old baby, Skylar Shipley.

Police said the baby suffocated, but both were taken to the Dawson hospital before the baby was pronounced dead. Whitmore was airlifted to another hospital while in serious condition.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident, but no foul play is suspected.

Gophers meet Sioux again for trip to Frozen Four

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The Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team defeated Boston University Saturday to advance to their regional final against rival North Dakota on Sunday, the Star Tribune said.

Their meeting Sunday will be the sixth contest between the two teams this season, but also the most important.

The winner will advance to play in the Frozen Four held in Tampa, Fla., which will be played next weekend.

The Gophers are playing in their first NCAA tournament since 2008, but playing their first two regional games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul was certainly helpful to the team's energy.

The only certain outcome from Sunday's game is that at least one WCHA team will be representing the conference in college hockey's pinnacle.

Nine suspects with alleged ties to a Twin Cities area street gang were charged Friday with the rape of a 14-year-old on St. Paul's East Side last November, the Star Tribune said.

The suspects, five adults and four juveniles, were alleged to be members of or have ties to the True Blood street gang, authorities said.

The charges said that the victim was picked up at school on Nov. 17 by one of the suspects , and after attending one party was taken to an abandoned house on the 200 block of White Bear Avenue.

According to the complaint, the girl tried to leave but was carried by two juveniles into a bedroom with just a mattress on the floor.

the complaint also states that the TB22 gang is a documented criminal street gang that operates in the Twin Cities, and has been involved in various violent acts including rape.

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