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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.

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.

General Mills makes changes

General Mills has purchased Mountain High Yoghurt it said Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.

The yogurt is all natural and sold in the western United States. The terms were not disclosed.

Along with its new purchase, General Mills is working towards becoming healthier in various aspects.

The Star Tribune reports General Mills announced Friday that the company has boosted whole grains, cut sugar and made other healthy changes to products worth 1/4 of the company's U.S. sales.

Man, woman arrested in relation to St. Paul murder

St. Paul police have arrested two people Sunday in relation to the murder of a man in St. Paul's east side last week, the Pioneer Press reported.

Nicholas T. Anderson, 26, is being held in the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center on suspicion of murder.

Megan R. Lockhart, 31, is being held on suspicion of aiding and abetting the slaying of Joseph John Sanchez.

Investigators believe Sanchez and Anderson knew each other previously and were involved in an altercation.

People nearby during the shooting told police they heard 11 shots, but police just say Sanchez was shot multiple times, KSTP reported.

Police are not searching for additional suspects.

Rumor: Childress' job in jeopardy

After waiving wide receiver Randy Moss Monday without consulting with owners - or anyone else - Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress' job could be in jeopardy.

ESPN reported Sunday Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf talked with veteran players on the matter.

Unnamed veterans said they have "had enough of Childress' BS" and there was "a great window of opportunity" to fire Childress this past week.

Sources also said there was belief Childress would be fired whether they beat the Arizona Cardinals Sunday or not.

Before the game Sunday, Wilf was on the sideline and declined to answer reporter's questions on the matter, according to NFL Network.

Moss fined for not cooperating with media

The NFL has fined Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss $25,000 for refusing to speak to media outlets.

Moss has not spoken to the Twin Cities media in over two weeks, with the exception of requests, reports the Pioneer Press.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said Moss is in violation of player policy, his contract, and the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

Moss has not spoken to the media since Oct. 13 and declined to be available this week as the Vikings prepared for the Patriots, his former team, KSTP reported.

Deanna Favre, wife of Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre, declined to comment on Favre's recent allegation of sexting former New York Jets employe Jenn Sterger in 2008 when Favre was the quarterback for the Jets.

Deanna Favre told ABC'S "Good Morning America" interviewer Robin Roberts that faith will guide her through the situation, the Star Tribune reported.

"But faith really is my crutch, it's always been my crutch," Favre told Roberts. "It always gets me through. It got me through many struggles that you can read [in the book]."

Deanna Favre appeared on "Fox and Friends" and "Good Morning America" to promote her book co-authored with Pastor Shane Stanford "The CURE for the Chronic Life."

The Pioneer Press reports Deanna Favre's interviews on "Fox and Friends" and "Good Morning America" were scheduled before the sexting allegations started.


Griffin out for season

Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin played his second game this season Monday Night, only for it to be his last.

An MRI Tuesday morning confirmed that Griffin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Monday night's game against the New York Jets, the Star Tribune reported.

Griffin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee 8 1/2 months ago against the New Orleans Saints in the conference championship game Jan. 24.

Griffin has four years left on his five-year $28.5 million contract, according to the Pioneer Press.

Moss, Vikings rekindle relationship

Randy Moss has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2011 third-round draft pick, reports ESPN.

The Vikings also acquired a 2012 seventh-round draft pick from the New England Patriots.

Moss, who is 33, spent is first seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and was in his final season of contract with the Patriots, is expected to get an extension from the Vikings, according to the Star Tribune.

Moss is also expected to play Monday Night against the New York Jets at the new Meadowlands stadium.

Roads closed in Burnsville due to flooding

Black Dog Road and ramps to and from northbound 35W have been closed in Burnsvilleby the Minnesota Department of Transportation Friday due to water rising from the Minnesota River, reports myfox9.com.

According to the Pioneer Press, the roads will be closed until further notice.

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