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The man arrested on suspicion of murdering a Cold Spring police officer last Thursday has been released from jail without charges, the Pioneer Press said.
Ryan Michael Larson, 34, had been held in the Stearns County Jail since Thursday night, when officer Tom Decker was shot and killed on the street below Larson's apartment.
Larson was released because prosecutors were unable to establish probable cause that he committed the crime, the Pioneer Press said.
The weapon used in the killing has not been found, and Larson has maintained his innocence. He told the St. Cloud Times that police had arrested the wrong man in a phone interview while he was still in jail.
On Tuesday night, more than one thousand people gathered at officer Decker's visitation service in Cold Spring, KARE 11 reported.
With no evidence to charge the lone suspect in the officer's killing, the investigation continues.

Timberwolves off to fast start despite injuries

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The Minnesota Timberwolves improved their record to 5-2 by defeating the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, the Star Tribune reports.
The team continues to win, despite beginning the season its two best players out with injuries, and several more falling like flies out of the lineup and onto the bench. Five key players, including four starters, are on injured reserve, the Pioneer Press reports.
Newly acquired forward Chase Budinger is the most recent victim of the injury plague that has reduced the team's number of eligible players to nine.
"Until we're down to four players, we feel we have enough to keep winning," forward Dante Cunningham told the Pioneer Press.
The team has learned that Budinger will miss 3-4 months to recover from surgery to repair a knee that was injured in a game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Moving forward, the team is currently without all-star forward Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy, JJ Barrea and Chase Budinger. Starting center Nikola Pekovic left Monday's game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle, but not expected to miss much time.
The Timberwolves' next opponent will be the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at Target Center. Last season, the Bobcats posted the worst record in the history of the league, going 7-59 in the lockout shortened season.

Voters reject amendments

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Minnesota voters have rejected two proposed amendments to the state constitution, one which would ban gay marriage, and the other which would require all voters to present photo identification at the polls, the Winona Daily News reports.
The amendments were put on the ballot by legislature, which had been controlled by the Republican Party. Ironically, the Republicans lost their majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate on the same night that their proposals were turned down.
Voters came out to the polls in droves on Tuesday, as nearly 3 million Minnesotans cast their ballots. The state maintained its reputation as one of the nation's leaders in election participation, AP said.
The Star Tribune reports that this was highest election turnout in Minnesota history. As of Wednesday afternoon, 2,938,947 ballots had been counted.

Xcel Energy makes request to increase rates

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Xcel Energy filed a request on Friday with Minnesota regulators to raise energy rates by more than 10 percent, Star Tribune reports.
The company, which supplies more than 1 million Minnesotans with electricity, needs $285 million in extra revenue to pay for investments in a nuclear power plant in Red Wing and strengthening its power grid.
According to the report, Xcel has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to authorize the increase by Jan. 1.
If the request is passed, the average residential customer would see an increase of 12 percent, or about $9, per month on his or her energy bill, KARE 11 said. Businesses would also see an increase in their bills of about 9 percent per month.

Woman shot on freeway

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A road rage incident early Sunday morning on Interstate 35 resulted in the nonfatal shooting of a 26-year-old woman, the Star Tribune reported.
The victim was one of eight people riding in a Volkswagen Jetta that was heading north, the report said.
The suspect was driving a dark-colored SUV, and had been "tailgating" the Volkswagen. The driver of the Volkswagen gave the suspect "the finger," after which the suspect opened fire on the car, the Pioneer Press reported.
Police were called around 2:25 a.m., and the wounded passenger was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
The driver of the Volkswagen was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, and the shooter remains at-large, the report said.

Kevin Love to miss 1-2 months with broken hand

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love is expected to be out of action for the next 6-8 weeks after breaking his hand during a pregame workout on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Love, a two-time NBA all-star, led the Wolves in scoring and rebounding in each of the last two seasons, and received a four year contract extension in January worth over $60 million.
According to the Boston Globe, Love met with specialists on Thursday in New York and was told that he will not need surgery to repair the broken bones in his right hand.
The NBA regular season begins for the Timberwolves on November 2, and they will be without their two best players until December. Love joins second-year point guard Ricky Rubio on the injured reserve list. Rubio tore his ACL in a game versus the Los Angeles Lakers in March.

Gophers football team defeated in homecoming game

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team lost their second consecutive game on Saturday, this time to division rival Northwestern, Star Tribune reports.
On the very first play of the game, Lamonte Edwards fumbled the kickoff, resulting in a turnover. On the very next play, Northwestern scored a touchdown.
The Gophers spent the rest of the game trying to catch up to the Wildcats, and managed to keep the game close until the very end. Unfortunately for Minnesota fans, the offense was never able to get into a consistent rhythm, and had several costly mistakes in the 21-13 defeat.
Senior quarterback MarQueis Gray made his return to the team following an ankle injury sustained in the third week of the season. He started at wide receiver and caught a pass, then replaced Max Shortell after Shortell was roughed up on a play in the first quarter, the Examiner reports.
Gray ran the ball effectively for the Gophers but it was not enough to lead them to victory. The team is now 4-2 and will travel to Wisconsin to play the Badgers next Saturday.

The Replacements record an EP

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Two of the surviving members of the Replacements got together and recorded four cover songs in a Minneapolis studio last week, Rolling Stone said.
Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson cut the tracks for an EP to be released later this year, with proceeds going to former guitarist, Slim Dunlap.
Dunlap suffered a stroke last year and has encouraged his former bandmates to start playing music together again.
The critically-acclaimed rock and roll band from Minneapolis broke up in 1991, but Westerberg does not rule out a reunion. "A new album is possible," he told Rolling Stone.

Death at the Workplace in Minneapolis

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A Minneapolis man who had been fired from his job at a sign-making company earlier in the day, returned and opened fire, killing six including himself on Thursday afternoon, the LA Times reports.
Andrew J. Engeldinger, 36, has been identified as the gunman, police said. At around 4:25 p.m., he walked into the loading dock area of Accent Signage Systems Inc. and began shooting people.
Among those killed were the owner of the company, Reuven Rahamim and a UPS driver who appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, police said.
Engeldinger had worked for the company since the late 1990s, and had been informed earlier in the day that he no longer had a job, the Star Tribune reports. He was described as a loner by coworkers and neighbors and appears to have suffered with mental illness of some sort, according to the report.
This is the largest workplace massacre in recent Minnesota history, according to the Star Tribune.

Man Stabbed in Como Neighborhood

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An Isanti man was stabbed early Monday morning near the intersection of 15th and Como Avenues Southeast-about a mile north of the University of Minnesota campus, the Daily reports.
At around 5 a.m. police responded to the disturbance and found the victim on a bus and found another man who they believe to be the perpetrator of the stabbing running around the neighborhood naked, KSTP said.
The naked man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a dangerous weapon and taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center for observation, the police report said.
The victim was also taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police believe that drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the assault.

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