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Metrodome roof collapses, Vikings head to Detroit

Heavy snow poured into the Metrodome early Sunday after three panels in the inflated roof tore.

Around 5 a.m. stress from Saturday's winter storm was too much for the 28-year-old Metrodome, causing the roof to collapse and leaving the Viking's without a home.

According to the Pioneer Press, the NFL announced Sunday morning that the game against the New York Giants will be played in Detroit Monday night.

It is unclear if the roof can be repaired for the Vikings last home game on Dec. 20 against the Chicago Bears, the Star Tribune reported.

This is the fourth time the roof has deflated since the Dome's completion in 1981.

Man arrested in graffiti incident

A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of spray-painting hate messages on houses, a car, and a garage last week.

Alex R. Nowlan, 19, was taken into custody after receiving tips from citizens and surveillance cameras from where the spray paint was purchased.

According to the Pioneer Press the motive is unclear, but the messages included derogatory terms and racial slurs.

Nowlan confessed to the crime and is expected to be charged with a felony with the property damage over $1,000, the Star Tribune reported.

Three people dead after man flees police

A woman and her two sons were killed Sunday after being hit by a suspect fleeing police.

Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, of Fridley, and her two sons Andre, 12, and Averon, 3 months, were the victims according to State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske.

According to the Star Tribune the suspect, Rufus Onel Victor, 29, appeared to be chemiclly impaired at the time of the crash, Roeske said.

Around 12:30 a.m., Victor drove a stolen car through a red light while a police car was chasing him, the Pioneer Press reported.

Police arrested Victor after he tried to flee the crash sence on foot.

New Hasting Bridge underway

The new arch bridge in Hastings that will cross the Mississippi River is planned to start construction next summer, but a few preliminary safety precautions started last week.

The bridge, which will be Minnesota's first free-standing, above-deck arch bridge, will ease traffic congestion and will do so artfully.

According to the Star Tribune the arch bridge will light up at night and have the longest arches inNorth America at 545 feet, transportation officials said.

The bedrock was tested last week to ensure could handle the 11,500-ton load expected from the bridge.

Other tests started Monday to assess pile strength capacity for some of the piers of the new bridge. Small explosions are expected to last for the next to weeks and are constricted to daylight hours, the Pioneer Press reported.

Woman killed, two men arrested

A woman recently released from prison was the victim of a fatal stabbing Thursday night in a St. Louis Park hotel.

Pamela Jean Beaulieu, 32, was found in a blood-splattered room around 7 p.m. by an employee of the hotel Lakeland Inn.

Richard Alan Whigham, 42, of Woodbury and Larry Darnell Harper, 48, of Minneapolis were arrested on suspicion of killing Beaulieu and are still in custody, the Pioneer Press reported.

Police believed Beaulieu knew the two men.

Beaulieu had been convicted at least 43 times for crimes in Minnesota, including prostitution.

According to the Star Tribune police are still looking for at least one more suspect.

Freezing rain turns roads into ice rinks

Freezing rain caused hundreds of accidents and nearly 900 calls of service late Saturday into early Sunday, the state patrol said.

"It was one for the ages as far as road conditions go," State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said.

There were 438 reported accidents, the state patrol reported at noon Sunday. From those accidents, 376 of them were in the metro area, the Star Tribune reported.

Sidewalks were also very dangerous as many pedestrians fell causing head injuries, sprained ankles, broken bones and fractures.

"Until you start sliding, you can't really distinguish the ice from the wet roadway," Roeske said.

According to the Pioneer Press, it was difficult to get the salt trucks on the road initially, and once they were out it was still a challenge to prevent them from going into the ditch.

Man dies after fleeing police

A man fleeing police on foot jumped to his death from a freeway ramp Saturday, police said.

Jason Yang, 29, of West St. Paul, was said to have started a fight outside of Epic Nightclub in Minneapolis and when officers arrived he ran, police said.

According to the Pioneer Press the man ran through a nearby parking ramp before jumping over a concrete barrier, falling to a parking lot below.

The ramp was near Target Field and Interstate 394, police said, the Star Tribune reported.

The officers involved were given the option of a three-day paid leave.

Name for baby dolphin at Minn. Zoo down to three

The new baby dolphin's name will be announced Monday after fans on the Minnesota Zoo's Facebook page votes on three finalists. The names

The marine mammal staff at the Apple Valley zoo choose three out of the over 3,000 names that were submitted online. Fans can vote for the names Taijah, Marais or Sealie.

The contest ends Sunday night, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press the Atlantic bottlenose calf was born on July 17 and now weighs 60 pounds.

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents received a list Friday for four semi-final candidates in the search for a new president.

At the end of the academic year current president Bob Bruininks will step down to take a faculty position within the university.

According to the Minnesota Daily, the candidates names have not been released, but may be public by the end of next week.

The new president will be the U's 16th in 142 years, and is likely to be named by the end of the calender year, the Pioneer Press reported.

The finalists will be interviewed in public on campus.

Bank teller abducted and driven to bank

A woman was abducted early Friday from her driveway in Ramsey before being driven to a bank in Anoka.

The woman, whose name was not disclosed, was forced into her car at gunpoint around 6 a.m. by two men as she was getting ready to go to work.

She was driven to a U.S. Bank branch in Anoka where she works where the two robbers demanded she open the vault.

The men, described as masked black men in their late 20s or early 30s, are believed to have targeted five banks within the past three months in the Twin Cities area, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, U.S. bank is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction, which was upped from $50,000 late Friday.

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