December 2010 Archives

State department fails to address student visa abuses

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Jerry Kill named Golden Gophers' new head coach

Jerry Kill, former head coach of Northern Illinois University, has been named the University Of Minnesota's new head football coach Sunday night, the Pioneer Press reports.

Kill has previously been a head coach for four universities, while former head coach Tim Brewster had no previous head coaching or coordinating experience.

Kill finished his 2010 season with the Huskies No. 25 in the nation with a 10-3 record. Kill and his Huskies also earned their third-straight bowl game in the 2010 season.

The Star Tribune reports both university's fans are upset with the move. In DeKalb, fans said they were experiencing a dream season, but in Minnesota, fans wanted someone with a 'big name', like Tubby Smith.

Canadian man killed, daughter raped by Pirates in Honduras

A Canadian man was killed and his daughter was raped when their boat was attacked last week in Honduras, police said Saturday.

Police found the stranded boat in a lagoon near the northwestern port of Tela, according to NewsCore.

Milan Egrmajer, 58, and his daughter Myda Egrmajer, 24, had been cruising the Caribbean Sea when they took shelter in a lagoon near Tela because of bad weather.

Pirates boarded the ship and shot Milan four times while Myda hid, the Canada National Post reported.

Myda was able to scare off the pirates with a shot of a flare gun, her cousin, Eric van Riesen told the National Post.

U.S. population shows rapid growth in last decade

The government released preliminary population estimates, and it shows the United States have grown in population by nearly 9 percent, BizJournals reports.

In the last decade the U.S. has grown to about 306 million to 313 million, the Pioneer Press reports.

The official 2010 census reports are separate from this estimate. The census count will be released in a few weeks.

In 2000, the official census count was 281.4 million.

Hastings man convicted of sexual assault on an infant

A Hastings man was sentenced to 27 years in prison this morning for sexually assaulting a 9-month-old baby.

Michael Frederick Schmidt, 42, will serve at least two-thirds of that sentence, the Dakota County Attorney spokeswoman Monica Jensen told the Pioneer Press. Once released from prison, Schmidt will be on probation for 10 years.

At the time of the assault, Schmidt was babysitting for relatives.

On Monday, Schmidt's attorney, Cheryl Warn, told the Hastings Star-Gazette there would be an appeal.

Schmidt said he had been changing the baby girl's diaper when she slipped off the couch and he grabbed for her, possibly cutting her with a hangnail he thought he had on one of his fingers.

Comcast internet outage around Midwest

The Twin Cities experienced an internet outage Sunday night, along with other parts of the Midwest.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Chicago, Northwest Indiana, parts of Michigan, and Minnesota were all affected by the outage.

The outage started around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night but was fixed by midnight Monday morning.

Twin Cities businesses that rely on Comcast Internet hookups for their credit or debit transactions were also affected by the outage, the Pioneer Press reports.

Cable and phone hookups were not affected.

Volcano in Ecuador spewing ash and fire

Monster's and Critics said the Hoy newspaper reported Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano began spewing ash and fire this past weekend.

Nearby villages have been evacuated and no one has been injured, the Associated Press reports. Villages have not been damaged, either.

Tungurahua, about 130 kilometres south of Quito, is the most active volcano in Ecuador and last spewed ash in May, which shutdown villages for a day.

The volcano is 95 miles southeast of Quito.

Mother, two young children killed in Minneapolis police chase

A Minneapolis woman and her two children were killed early Sunday morning by a vehicle being chased by police, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, her 12-year-old son, and 3-month-old son were killed by Rufus Onel Victor, 29, who tried fleeing from police on foot from the crash scene, the Star Tribune reports.

Fox 9 reports Victor went through a red light at 2nd St. N. and W. Broadway Ave. and crashed into two vehicles. Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesperson for the MSP, told Fox the crash happened far ahead of the state trooper.

State police caught Victor and he is now being held in Hennepin County Jail without bail.

Hit-and-run victim recovering with a positive attitude

One of the victims of a Nov. 27 hit-and-run in downtown Rochester has started her road to recovery.

Becky Dass, 23, was hit after she left work at Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester by 32-year-old Christopher Trautman. Trautman admitted he was drunk when he hit four people, KSTP reported. The four injured were in two separate accidents.

Trautman didn't stop and help Dass when she flew the windshield of her vehicle.

"I flew over the car and hit the ground," Dass told KSTP. "I was spitting glass out and screaming for help."

Dass suffered a broken leg and torn ACL, but is now on the road to recovery with a smile on her face.

The Associate Press reports Trautman, of Orono, faces 14 charges for injuring four and killing one. Trautman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 when he hit the victims.

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