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Minnesota Fringe Festival

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The Pioneer Press reports the 19th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival begins Aug. 2 through Aug 12, showcasing 165 shows, chosen by lottery, over 15 stages.

Fringe executive director Robin Gillette told the Press, "There's also a ton of improve this year."

According to the City Pages, the 11-day presentation of shows brings a lot of work to local actors.

4-year-old falls from apartment window

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A 4-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after falling out a third-floor, apartment window in Spring Park Sunday morning.

KARE 11 News reports Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok says the young boy pushed through the window and screen of the Spring Lake apartment's living room and fell out of the window.

As reported by the Star Tribune, the boy was taken to North Memorial Medical Center after falling nearly 25 feet. Police are investigating but the incident is considered an accident, according to Farniok.

Two Browerville High School seniors were charged with sexually assaulting teammates in the spring Thursday.

According to the Star Tribune, recent graduates Seth Kellen, 18, and Connor Burns, 18, were charged with numerous counts, ranging from felonies to misdemeanors in Todd County Districts Court.

Kellen's charges include third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving penetration and indecent exposure in a public setting.

Burns is charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct, including sexual conduct involving penetration.

CBS News reports seven accusers have forward, naming Kellen and Burns as repeatedly sexually touching them.

Two men dead after St. Paul shooting

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Two friends and teammates were found shot to death within hours of each other.

Pierce County Herald reports 21-year-old Jordan Hughes was found late Tuesday evening in St. Paul, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

According to the Pioneer Press, 22-year-old Mandela Jackson was found dead Wednesday morning as police searched for him after the Tuesday night shooting.

Both Hughes and Jackson were star basketball players at Patrick Henry High School. In 2008, Jackson was the graduating team captain and point guard. Hughes later graduated in 2010 as the school's all-time leading scorer.

No arrests have been made.

Needles found in sandwiches served on Delta Airlines flights

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As reported by BBC, the FBI has opened an investigation after four Delta Airline flights served sandwiches that contained sewing-like needles.

Flights heading back to the US from the Nether lands included one to Minneapolis, one to Seattle and two to Atlanta. ABC News reports a total of six needles found on the four flights.

James Tonges, a passenger on the flight into Minneapolis, told ABC News, "When I pulled it out of my mouth it was very clear. I cleaned the food off and it was about one inch-long straight needle."

The sandwiches were prepared by Gate Gourmet, a sandwich company based in Amsterdam, often used to cater airline flights.

Delta said, in a statement, it was taking the matter "extremely seriously" and was co-operating with the FBI and the authorities in the Netherlands and was working with Gate Gourmet "to ensure the safety and quality of the food" served on board.

Two men charged with prostituting teens

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Two St. Paul men were charged with prostituting two teen girls using a classified ad on the Backpage.com website, according to the Star Tribune.

Giorgio J. Baymon, 25, and Brandon D. Barnes, 24, were arrested and charged with sex trafficking of minors, inducing minors for prostitution and promotion of prostitution of minors.

The Pioneer Press reports that a criminal complaint said the two men took the teen girls 16 and 17 to a hotel in Eagan. The complaint also said photos of the under-age girls were posted to the Backpage.com ad in April. The girls told police they had sex with men inside the hotel room and Baymon and Barnes possessed guns.

Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman told the Star Tribune, "This is disgusting. Far too many young women are being kidnapped and forced into prostitution. As a society, we owe them something better."

Former St. Paul high school teacher and his former student, whom he admitted to a sexual relationship with, were reunited after his sentencing Wednesday.

Matthew C. Ellison, 36, was sentenced to five years of probation after being found guilty of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with now 18-year-old Anjelica Pentheros, the Star Tribune reports.

The two were reunited after a judge decided against granting Pentheros' father's request of a no-contact order between his daughter and Ellison.

Pentheros told the Pioneer Press, "I want everyone to know that this (prosecution) was not my choice. I was no victimized."

The Press also reports that Ellsworth will not have to spend any time in jail. If he follows the rules of his probation, his felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. However, the judge ordered that Ellsworth register as a predatory offender for 10 years.

"I wish to be with him forever, and I don't care what it costs," Pentheros said.

Child care provider faces charges in infant's death

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According to the Star Tribune, an Eagan home child care provider was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and trying to mislead investigators in the death of a three-month old infant last August.

Beverly Anne Greenagel, 64, was charged with a felony and three misdemeanors after the infant died while napping on a blanket in the floor while in her care. Court records said Greenagel laid the child down and didn't check on him for an hour, while tending to 19 other children.

The Pioneer Press reports the number of children exceeding all licensing capacity categories throughout Minnesota day cares.

The Dakota County medical examiner determined Dane Ableidinger's death was the result of 'probable positional asphyxia.'

Brandon Roy back to the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Oregon Live reported seven months after retiring from knee injuries, Brandon Roy signed a two- year, $10.4 million deal Thursday.

Roy, 27, became a free agent after retiring from the Portland Trailblazers, which used his amnesty clause on the remaining $63 million on his contract.

The Star Tribune reports Roy will sign the Timberwolves' offer letter July 11, when the free agent moratorium ends.

The former Trailblazer will play Portland four times this upcoming season with the Wolves', two of which will be played in the Rose Garden.

Tweets welcomed Roy back to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the Star Tribune. "Welcome Brandon Roy. (No.) 7 is all yours," Minnesota forward Derrick Williams tweeted.

Dangerous levels E. Coli causes Lakeville beach closures

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The Valley Lake swimming beach in Lakeville was closed after tests showed bacteria levels of E. Coli above acceptable.

KSTP
reports the City of Lakeville's website says the water will be re-tested daily until the bacteria levels are acceptable for swimming.

According to the Star Tribune, the beach was closed last July for the same reason. The city said bacteria levels can be lowered if children wear swim diapers, people refrain from feeding geese, and pets are kept of the beach.

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