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Two are dead in Minneapolis house fire

by Courtney Reigh

Two people died in a house fire on Elliott Avenue early Sunday morning.
The fire call came at 1:31 a.m. and fire officials arrived on the scene at 1:36 a.m., the Star Tribune reported. The first responding crew got stuck in the snow, in what Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson called the 'worst possible weather conditions to fight a fire,' WCCO-TV said.
Six people were rescued from the fire, four of whom were hospitalized with injuries, the Star Tribune said.
The names and ages of the two victims who did not survive have not yet been released.

Heavy snow causes metrodome roof to collapse

by Courtney Reigh

Due to heavy snowfall Friday and Saturday, the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome collapsed early Sunday morning, causing debate and quick decision making for both the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, who were scheduled to play at the Metrodome Sunday.
Metrodome officials announced the stadium would not be ready to host a game Monday or Tuesday. The NFL debated playing the game at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, as well as in Detroit and Indianapolis before deciding to host the game in Detroit, KARE-TV reported.
Luckily, no one was injured during the roof collapse. Metrodome officials say they have no details on yet on what happened to cause the collapse, WCCO-TV reported.
This is not the first time the Metrodome has collapsed. According to WCCO-TV, the roof collapsed in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1986 due to heavy snowfall.

St. Cloud high school student dies during bus ride

By Courtney Reigh

A St. Cloud high school student is dead after going into cardiac arrest on a school bus Tuesday.
According to The Pioneer Press, the 16-year-old Apollo High School student complained of shortness of breath, dizziness and sweatiness before the attack. Concerned riders alerted the bus driver of the student's condition at 3:40 p.m. An ambulance was called and a defibrillator was used, KARE said.
The student was then transported to St. Cloud hospital where he never regained consciousness.
A funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud, The Pioneer Press said.

Burnsville school reopens after flooding

By Courtney Reigh

Nicollet Junior High School in Burnsville reopened Wednesday after a frozen pipe thawed and burst Saturday, flooding the school.
The school was flooded with over 120,000 gallons of water, The Star Tribune reported. The leak started at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and was reported by a passerby at 3:30 p.m.
The leak elongated Thanksgiving break for students, who did not have school Thursday or Friday due to the holiday. Officials are not sure whether or not the students will have to make up the missed days, KARE reported.

University of Minnesota goes quiet after Christmas

By Courtney Reigh

The University of Minnesota will close its doors for the Christmas holidays beginning Dec. 24 until Jan. 2, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
Buildings, business offices and study buildings will be among the buildings that will close their doors after Christmas. This will be the first time the University of Minnesota will be administering a winter shutdown, The Star Tribune reported.
During the shutdown, three of the days will be unpaid leave for all university employees. It is part of an effort to save $28 million in the university's budget.
The University of Minnesota's OneStop Student Services website will be open for students during those days.

Freezing rain causes many Twin Cities accidents

by Courtney Reigh

Freezing rain has lead to icy roads, causing hundreds of accidents Saturday night and Sunday morning, The Star Tribune reported.
According to KSTP, troopers responded to more than 328 crashes statewide with 306 in the metro between 10 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
The Star Tribune reported that icy sidewalks caused many pedestrians to go to the emergency room after slipping on the ice.
MnDOT is advising Twin Cities residents to stay inside and not travel on any roads.

Two arrests made in "horrific" St. Louis Park slaying

by Courtney Reigh

Two men have been arrested in connection to the the stabbing death of a woman at the Lakeland Inn in St. Louis Park earlier this week.
Richard Alan Whigham, 42, of Woodbury and Larry Darnell Harper, 48, of Minneapolis were held at the St. Louis Park Jail on Saturday and are awaiting charges, the Pioneer Press said.
Police were called to the Lakeland Inn about 7 p.m. Thursday after a motel employee found a woman's body in one of the motel rooms. The scene was described as "horrific," the Star Tribune reported.
Police are continuing to investigate. Neither jailed suspect has been formally charged.

Man jumps to death after police foot chase

by Courtney Reigh

A man died early Saturday morning after jumping from an overpass while attempting to out-run a foot chase with local police after a fight near a local nightclub.
The incident took place early Saturday near Epic nightclub on the 100 block of Fifth Street North, KSTP reported.
The man, who remains unidentified, suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, The Star Tribune said.


Minnesota snowstorm causes crashes and outages

by Courtney Reigh

An early November snowstorm caused over 400 accidents and multiple power outages in the Twin Cities Saturday, The New York Times said.
By 4 p.m. Saturday, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to 401 crashes. 45 of them involved minor-injuries, while there were no reports of major fatalities.
In Wisconsin, however, a crash in which two people were killed has been attributed to the storm, The New York Times said.
Along with causing traffic accidents, the snowstorm also left over over 44,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power in the Twin Cities, with a few thousand more blacked out elsewhere in Minnesota, The Star Tribune said.
The storm also delayed or cancelled many flights out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
As of Sunday morning, however, the storm had mostly passed, Byron Paulson, a meteorologist at the Weather Service's office in Chanhassen, said.

Deer cause chaos across Twin Cities

by Courtney Reigh
Deer have been the cause of chaos and injuries across the Twin Cities, causing car crashes and even property damage.
Two weekend crashes involving deer have left one dead and four injured, WCCO said.
The first incident, which took place Friday, involved a deer was found lying in the middle of a road, caused a three-car pile-up. One person died in the incident.
The second incident, which took place Saturday, left three people injured when their car struck a deer.
A deer also caused local property damage Saturday when the Sherwood Lounge in St. Paul reported that a deer crashed through the window of a vacant building next door, KSTP reported. No one was injured in the incident.

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