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Police shot and killed bear in St. Paul

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A St. Paul police officer killed a bear Saturday evening in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, according to police, reported the Pioneer Press.

Police said they received a call around 7:30 p.m., notifying them of a bear sighting, according to the Star Tribune.

The bear was shot and killed around 8 p.m., police said, according to the Pioneer Press.

Officials did not know how the bear came to be in the neighborhood, according to the Star Tribune.

Koch resigns as Senate majority leader

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Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned Thursday due to allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a male Senate staffer, according to WCCO.

The resignation came after Koch had an emergency meeting with fellow Republicans Wednesday night, according to the Star Tribune.

"Her response to the conversation was ...'I think I need to consider resigning,' " said Assistant Senate Majority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, reported the Star Tribune.

Koch wrote a letter sent to Senate Republicans Thursday that stated, "We cannot afford a lame duck leader in negotiations next session, which is why I am resigning my position as Majority Leader."

First concert at Target Field sold out

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Target Field's first ever concert was sold out within four hours Saturday, according to KARE 11 News.

More than 39,000 tickets were sold, and more tickets may be released, reported the Pioneer Press.

According to KARE 11 News, some fans experienced issues purchasing tickets.

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will headline the show set for July 8, according to the Pioneer Press.

Dziedzic wins Senate District 59 DFL primary

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Kari Dziedzic won the DFL nomination for Senate District 59 Tuesday, capturing 32 percent of the vote in the five person race, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The district, which covers part of the University of Minnesota campus and stretches to North Minneapolis, has long been represented by Larry Pogemiller, D-Minn, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Dziedzic will face the district's sole Republican candidate Ben Schwanke in the January general election, according to the Star Tribune.

Political newcomer Jacob Frey came in last in the primary, but was happy to capture more than 60 percent of votes cast in Coffman Union and the Superblock area of the University of Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Daily.

"The numbers show we are the campaign for the next generation," he told the Minnesota Daily.

Minnesota predicts $876 million surplus

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Minnesota is expecting a $876 millions surplus for the current two-year budget, according to the Pioneer Press.

Many expected a deficit of as lasrge as $1 billion, but the budget released Thursday by the Minnesota Management and Budget office was unexpected, reported the Minnesota Daily.

"Surprise!" said Jim Schowalter, MMB commissioner, at the opening of the news conference, according to the Pioneer Press.

"This forecast is terrific news for Minnesota," said Gov. Mark Dayton, according to the Pioneer Press.

An updated forecast will be released in February, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Central Corridor construction heating up

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The Central Corridor construction will be heating up before the weather cools, according to Finance & Commerce.

Construction crews will ramp up their efforts before halting when the ground freezes, said Laura Baenen, communications manager for the Central Corridor LRT project.

The Metropolitan Council says a three-mile stretch of University Avenue in St. Paul will reopen Wednesday, said Baenen, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The Metropolitan Council estimates that the project is 32 percent complete, and a dry fall helped the contractors make a Nov. 30 deadline, according to Finance & Commerce and MPR.

Officials reach deal to buy Arden Hills site

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Ramsey County officials reached a deal to buy the Arden Hills site of a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium for $28.5 million, reported the Pioneer Press.

The price should not top the $30 million budget, commissioners told Gov. Mark Dayton, reported the Star Tribune.

The county has until Aug. 1, 2012 to cancel the purchase if the stadium can't be built there, said commissioner Rafael Ortega, according to the Star Tribune.

A report by Met Council last month warned that land transfer and cleanup costs could approach $70 million, far more than the budget allows, according to the Pioneer Press.

"We've got an agreement with Uncle Sam," said Tony Bennett, a Ramsey County commissioner who believes the deal can meet budget.

Professor hopes to crowdfund lion photos

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A University of Minnesota professor is using a "crowdfunding" strategy to earn money to transmit photos of lions from Tanzania, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Professor Craig Packer has worked to place "more than 200 heat- and motion-activated cameras" in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, reported the Star Tribune.

According to the Minnesota Daily, these cameras produce over a million images a year, but without Internet access, the team cannot transmit them back to the university.

The team estimated it will need $14,000 to get their station online, and hopes to raise this money through the SciFund Challenge online, reported the Minnesota Daily.

"People who are interested in this type of work can actually donate and do their part in helping us complete this project," Packer said, according to the Star Tribune.

Occupy MN refuses to remove signs

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Occupy MN protesters are refusing to remove their signs, contrary to Hennepin County's requests to have them removed, reported Minnesota Public Radio.

County officials said protesters did agree to moving their belongings so that the county can flush out the sprinkler system, but they refused to remove signs taped on government property, reported Minnesota Public Radio.

Fox 9 News reported that security officers have removed the signs twice, but protesters insist they aren't budging.

Minnesota Public Radio estimated 40 protesters defende the group's movements Friday, and none were ticketed or arrested.

The group plans to expand their demonstration to a home in North Minneapolis, which is currently being foreclosed upon, reported Minnesota Public Radio.

Hunting claims two deaths

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A hunter fell from his tree stand to his death Saturday near Saum, Minnesota's second hunter death during opening weekend, reported the Star Tribune.

Authorities identified the victim as 72-year-old Gene A. Berthiaume of St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to the Pioneer Press, emergency personel administered first aid, but Berthiaume was pronounced dead at the scene.

This was the second hunting-related death of Saturday, the first day of the year for hunting in Minnesota.

Arthur Joseph Knafla, 84, died from a fall off his tree stand when his clothes caught on fire, reported the Star Tribune.

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