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NFL Commissioner talks Vikings' stadium

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Minnesota legislative leaders, including Mark Dayton, on Friday.

As reported by the Pioneer Press, Minnesota legislators were put in the hot seat after the visit from the commissioner, insisting that if a new Vikings' stadium was not approved this year, the team would have no other choices but to relocate.

"This is the time to get things done," Goodell said to the Star Tribune. "I've been here several times tone the stadium front over the years. In 2006, they moved forward with a stadium for the Twins and the Gophers. We were asked to move to the next year. And it's now 2012."

Inmate charged with the death of Oakdale woman

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Friday, murder suspect Thomas James Fox faced a grand jury in court after being indicted with the fatal stabbing of Oakdale nanny, Lori Baker.

According to the Star Tribune, Fox brutally stabbed and killed Baker in her apartment as she tried to break up with him.

It is also reported key witnesses to the murder included inmates who served time with Fox, so disturbed by his demeanor, decided to help convict Fox.

Pioneer Press reports Fox was formally charged with first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree intentional murder committed in the course of aggravated robbery. Fox faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of release.

Arrest made for shooting in North Minneapolis

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Police have made an arrest in the case of a 22-year-old shot after assailants attempted to rob him of his bicycle.

Jody Patzner Jr. died after collapsing onto the sidewalk a few blocks from home after being gunned down, while he delivered food to a neighbor, according to

The Pioneer Press reports Hezekiah Hamiliton, 24, was arrested in connection with the murder Wednesday, one block away from where police were called after the shooting according to a Minneapolis police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen McCarty.

The Pioneer Press also report that Hamilton is expected to be charged Friday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A witness in a federal trial concerning nine people involved in sex trafficking tells jurors she was solicited for sex in apartments in Minneapolis.

As reported by ABC News, the young woman testified Monday that at 12-years-old, she was expected to sexually service gang members for free.

They also report she told jurors gang members used force to lead the 6th grader into sex trafficking between Nashville and Minneapolis.

According to the Associated Press via Star Tribune, the young woman is one of four unidentified Sdomali female victims listed in the originally, unsealed indictment in 2010. The majority indicted were of Somali descent, and were members or associates of three Somali gangs: the Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia, and the Lady Outlaws.

Police arrest Occupy MN protesters downtown

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As reported by the Star Tribune, Minneapolis police arrested Occupy MN protestors for public nuisance and impeding traffic on Saturday.

This arrested followed the police ordering the activists to take down their tents, where they set up camp at Peavey Plaza, near Orchestra Hall.

According to MPR News, Police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty said officers warned the group at Peavey they were violating city ordinances and blocking public access and needed to leave. Following the demonstrators march through Hennepin Ave and 5th street, were McCarty said they blocked intersections and impeded an ambulance on an emergency call and that is when officers arrested 12 protestors.

MPR News reports in a release, Occupy protestors say they were marching peacefully when officers "attacked" them,

The Nice Ride bike sharing program has expanded into downtown St. Paul this season, announcing plans to open 30 new stations, according to MPR News.

The Star Tribune reports Minneapolis has the nation's second-highest bike commuter rate, thanks in large part to programs, such as Nice Ride, that promote bicycle commuting.

According to MPR News, 1,200 bicycles are available at 116 stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Nice Ride Executive Director Bill Dossett told NPR News, "Last year we added 51 stations and that's what got us to 116 and that expansion was both in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This year, we're going to be adding 30 more stations, and 26 of those are going to be in downtown St. Paul."

Medtronic agreed Friday to pay $85 million to resolve a federal class action lawsuit, brought on by alleged misled investors.

According to the Star Tribune, Medtronic denied in a statement "that it made any misrepresentations or omissions or that it otherwise engaged in any wrongdoing."

It is also reported that the lawsuit was originally filed December of 2008, alleging the company misled investors about the profitability of its infuse bone-growth device.

reported the Minneapolis Firefighters Relief Association filed the original class action that claimant Medtronic's actions inflated the company's stock price, and when revealed, the stock fell.

Minneapolis Police Officer shoots suspect wielding a knife

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A knife-wielding suspect was shot and injured Sunday morning in a busy Minneapolis intersection.

According to the Pioneer Press, after being called to the intersection of Lyndale and Franklin avenues in South Minneapolis around 9 a.m., the police approached a man and woman who had been arguing, the woman was identified as the person who called, according to Sgt. William Palmer, a Minneapolis police spokesman.

The police officer asked the man to drop the knife after he produced the knife and threatened the officer. As reported by the Duluth News Tribune, the officer shot the man after he refused and continued toward the officer in a threatening way.

It is also reported the officer shot the man more than once, and the man was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Man arrested after high-speed chase with police

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Police arrested a man late Thursday after he led officers on a chase throughout Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Star Tribune reports after the police followed the vehicle, topping 100 miles per hour, they used stop sticks to slow the vehicle down and was able to maneuver the driver into a ditch at Interstate Highway 35E and Lone Oak Road.

The 48-year-old Minneapolis man identified as the driver was arrested.

Spirit Airlines soon to service MSP

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USA Today reports Spirit Airlines, based in Miramar, Fla., is adding the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as a new destination. Self-described ultra-low cost carrier, Spirit Airlines is scheduled to start flights from the Twin Cities to Chicago and Las Vegas beginning May 31st.

It is report that Spirit will offer passengers three, daily roundtrip flights to Chicago and one to Las Vegas.

As reported by, Spirit will fly out of the Humphrey Terminal and hopes to compete with Delta Airlines and other carriers by offering low base ticket prices.

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