December 8, 2007

Will There Ever Be a New Stadium For the Vikings?

Since 2004, Anoka County was thought to be the new home of the Minnesota Vikings stadium. On November 20 the county issued a press release stating, "Anoka County Rescinds Vikings Stadium Offer," according to the Anoka County website.

This leaves many fans wondering if a new stadium will ever be built and if not; what will happen to the Vike's? After all, their contract with the H.H. Metrodome is up in 2011.

All hope is not lost Vikings fans. According to the Star Tribune, Eric Grubman, the executive vice president of finance and strategic transactions of the National Football legue, visited Gov. Tim Pawlenty last week. Let's hope he wasn't here to congradulate our governer on our team winning yet another amazing game last Sunday.

Iran Formally Accuses U.S. of Espionage

Iran's Foreing Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has sent a formal protest letter to the United States which accuses them of spying on "Iran's nuclear activities," according to the BBC.

"Seventy percent of the US intelligence report is true and positive and the remaining 30%, in which they claim that Iran had a nuclear weapon program before 2003, is wrong," Mottaki said (courtesy of the BBC).

The letter holds evidence that the United States used surveillence satellites and "other espionage operations," according Ynetnews.

Oprah Winfrey Endorses Barak Obama

Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed democratic presidential hopeful, Barak Obama in Des Moines Iowa today, according to MSNBC.

Winfrey discussed how she has voted for just as many Republics as Democrats over the years according to CNN.

"These are dangerous times, you can feel it. We need a leader who shows us how to hope again in America as a force for peace," Winfrey said (courtesy of CNN).

According to MSNBC the Democratic race is very close with Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards all in the lead.

WI Girl Shot and Killed Outside Bar

A 16-year-old Racine Wisc., girl was shot and killed around 1:30 a.m. today according to the Star Tribune.

Police arrived at Cera's Tequila Bar around 1:15 a.m. after receiving reports of a fight. They found the girl with a gunshot wound in her back according to the Star Tribune.

No suspects have been taken into custody. According to the Journal Times, " Investigators would like to speak to anyone who was at the bar Friday night or early Saturday morning prior to the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Racine Police Department at (262) 635-7700, or Crimestoppers at (262) 636-9330."


Northfield Police Chief to Take Job in Kansas

Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith will be taking a job in Emporia Kansas according to the Star Tribune.

Smith met with Emporia City Manager Matt Zimmerman last Friday and called the meeting "productive" according to the Northfield News.

Smith took a medical leave of absence July 3 after holding a news conference that stated "150 to 250 young people were using heroin or a related narcotic," according to the Star Tribune.

Northfield Superintendendant Chris Richardson said there was a "considerable difference" between the school district's data and Smith's data according to the Star Tribune.

December 1, 2007

Records/CAR

The story I will discuss is called: Plastic Car is Cool, Does 60 MPH in Reverse, from the website Geekologie.

From reading this website for a while I know that the Geekologie reporter (he remains nameless but has let it be known he is a male), has to posess the skills to understand how a server works and how large the server needs to be, because comments from the reading public, are allowed on his page. He also gets most of his story ideas from emailed tips. Therefore, he would have to know how email works.

Included in his stories are many links for the websites he gets his information from and video clips to see the products he reports on, so a knowledge of how to create links is also important.

November 28, 2007

Personal Hover Crafts Are Not Fiction

The personal hover craft is called a Vertipod and can be bought for around $10,000 although; they are not yet available to the public according to, ubergizmo.

The Vertipod comes in a make-it-yourself kit and can hover any where from 5 to 15 feet above the ground and it can reach speeds as high as 15 miles an hour according to ubergizmo.

The purchaser can choose between a petrol or ethanol engine according to Geekologie.

British Teacher Arrested Over Teddy Bear Name in Sudan

A British grade school teacher in Sudan has been charged with “insulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt of religious beliefs�, according to the BBC. Gibbons was arrested in Khartoum, Sudan because she allowed her students to name a teddy bear “Muhammad�, according to the BBC.

According to Secretary General, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, “"This is a disgraceful decision and defies common sense. There was clearly no intention on the part of the teacher to deliberately insult the Islamic faith.� (quote courtesy of the BBC)

Gibbons could face six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine if she is convicted, according to the BBC.

Muhammad is the name of Islam’s prophet and founder and Gibbon’s student’s parents complained that they were insulted by the naming of the teddy bear, according to MSNBC.

Blue Barrel Focus of Search For Missing Illinios Woman

Stacy Peterson, the woman who was last seen on Oct. 28 in Illinois, and who’s husband, Drew Peterson , is a suspect in her disappearance, may be found in a blue barrel, according to MSNBC.

Tim Miller, founder of EquuSearch, said, “"They (Illinois State Police) actually even gave me a picture of what we might be looking for. It was certainly large enough to put her body in, she only weighed about a hundred pounds." (quote courtesy of MSNBC) As of Wednesday the Associated Press had not heard back from Illinois State Police as to why searchers should focus on a blue barrel.

Drew Peterson has denied having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance. He believes she left him for another man and is still alive, according to CNN.

Minnesota Contractor Killed By Bomb in Iraq

Bill Juneau,36, of Rush City was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq and died in an Iraqi Army hospital Monday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Juneau was a former deputy in Chisago County and was working as a security contractor in Iraq. Juneau worked as a volunteer peace officer in Iraq for Dyn Corp International. His job was to train Iraqi police forces, according to the Pioneer Press.

Juneau will be missed by many family and friends, including his twin sister, Bridget Sura, and his best friend, Jake, a black lab, according to the Star Tribune. Sura said, “"Jake is a part of my brother. [Bill] will be missed by a lot of people. This will leave a hole in a lot of people's hearts." (quote courtesy of the Star Tribune.)


Murder Suicide in Shoreview

A Shoreview woman, 53, was killed after being repeatedly stabbed by her son, 22, who then killed himself with a knife according to the Pioneer Press. The woman was Susan Marie Wolter who was killed in her home and her son was Paul Wayne Wolter.

According to Ramsey County Undersheriff, George Altendorfer, “"The son was wrestling with mental health issues, but we don't think any of the family members envisioned this." (Quote courtesy of the Pioneer Press)

Paul lived with his parents in a condo in Shoreview, according to the Star Tribune. His father, Wayne Wolter, was out of town on vacation at the time of the incident.

Neighbors of the Wolter’s are shocked by the violent deaths. According to Elaine Malat, a neighbor, “"It's very shocking and sad. So sad. They're such nice people." (Quote courtesy of the Star Tribune)

November 19, 2007

Nintendo's "Super Mario Galaxy" Combines Old Favorites With New Adventures

The second game for Nintendo’s Wii, featuring favorite plumber, Mario, is called, “Super Mario Galaxy,� and has recently been released, according to MSNBC. The game features similar story lines from previous games. Yes Mario is rescuing Princess Peach and yes Bowser is the bad guy but this time the whole gang has adventures in Outer Space, according to MSNBC.

Super Mario Galaxy is described on Gamestop’s website as, “The ultimate Nintendo hero is taking the ultimate step... out into space. Join Mario as he ushers in a new era of video games, defying gravity across all the planets in the galaxy. When some creature escapes into space with Princess Peach, Mario gives chase, exploring bizarre planets all across the galaxy. Players run, jump and battle enemies as they explore the many planets. For Mario to succeed, gamers will press buttons, swing the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers and even use the Wii Remote to point at and drag things on-screen.� The game can be bought from Gamestop’s website for $49.99.

November 18, 2007

Cyclone Sidr's Death Toll Rises

Tropical cyclone Sidr, that ravaged Dhaka, Bangladesh, last Thursday has claimed at least 2,206 victims, according to MSNBC.

Over 1 million people have been relocated from the coast to inland shelters and are receiving emergency help, according to MSNBC.

Many of the people that are in areas that are near impossible to get to, due to uprooted tres and flooded roads, are feeling abandoned, according to the BBC.

Local Government Official, Rafiqul Islam, has told the BBC, “"We do not have enough food, our houses and shops have been wiped out and there is no-one to help us.�

Alcohol Found in 6 Beach House Fire Victims

Out of the seven college students that died in the beach house fire last month in Raleigh, North Carolina, six had levels of alcohol in their systems, according to CNN. The levels were between .16 and .29 percent according to Dr. John Butts, the state’s chief medical examiner (courtesy of CNN).

Dr. Butts also said that the amount of alcohol found in the victims bodies would have impaired “their ability to respond,� according to MSNBC.

Rex Gore, Brunswick’s County Attorney denied the idea that alcohol could have contributed to the deaths, bringing up the fact that the 7th victim had no alcohol in their system, according to MSNBC.

State Crackdown on Agriculture Tax Hurts Small Farms

Minnesota is cracking down on people taking advantage of the state agriculture tax breaks but some small farms are getting hurt because of it, according to the Star Tribune. Susan Mecredy owns Cherith Farms on 10-acres, south of Belle Plain. She grows fruits and vegetables for the public to pick and pay for and it is her livelihood, according to the Star Tribune. She has recently received a letter from the state claiming her farm is not large enough to constitute the agriculture tax according to the Star Tribune.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Convention in Bloomington on Saturday and said, “Minnesota agriculture faces both great challenges and a promising future,� according to the Pioneer Press.