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Feed My Starving Children- Goal Reached

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Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based organization has well over exceeded it's giving goal for this year.

Earlier this summer, the organization set a goal of five million meals to be sent to East Africa. This week they announced that they not old reached their goal, they surpassed it, sending nearly 11 millions meals by the end of 2011.

"There are those moments when you just stop and you've got to be so grateful for the response and what we're able to do," Mark Crea, CEO of Feed My Starving Children told Kare11.

Crea said that most of the gracious response was a result of generous volunteers, donors, and corporations.

"It's just giving, and it doesn't take a whole lot," Tiffany House, a volunteer said, "We always have plenty of food on our tables, and most of them don't have anything."

A house fire on Wednesday morning in North Minneapolis left one man dead and two firefighters injured.

The victim who was inside the supposed to be vacant house was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center after a firefighter gave him first aid. He was later pronounced dead.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries after they fell through the floor of the burning house.

The house, which was supposed to be vacant left authorities puzzled as to why the man was in there.

"As you look at the building you'll notice that there is a piece of plywood on the front door," Dep. Chief Todd Steinhilber, of the Minneapolis Fire Department told Kare11. "One of the crew went to the back door immediately and found the backdoor wide open."

Maple Grove student burned during Science class

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A freshman student was hospitalized Thursday after a science experiment went wrong at Maple Grove school.

Dane Neuberger, 15, and three other students were in the front row when their teacher was performing an experiment with flammable liquids.

"Finally he put methanol in a big jug and dropped a match in there," Neuberger told KSTP. "And that's the last I know. I was on fire and he was wrapping me with a fire proof blanket."

Neuberger and the three other students were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. The other students were released for less severe burns.

Doctors say Neuberger should heal without scarring as long as the burns remain simple second degree burns.

"It's scary I wish it didn't happen," Neuberger said. "I try to avoid looking in the mirror though, I don't like what i see."

Along with first snow; hundreds of crashes

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With the first significant snow fall of the year flooding Minnesota Saturday, the snow is to blame for hundreds of accidents across the state.

Kare11 reports that MnDot cameras captured numerous crashes and spinouts in the metro area shortly after the snow began falling Saturday afternoon.

"There have been close to 450 crashes statewide between noon and 8:30 p.m. including over 100 spinouts," Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol said.

Twenty-five of the crashes resulted in injuries. Two of the crashes involved squad cars, and one accident was fatal.

Roeske advises motorists to allow extra time to get around, reduce speeds, increase following distances and anticipate heavy congestion.

Late season duck hunting

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The cool, dry Minnesota air fills up around the hunters as the sun shows its rays for the first time. An ice layer on the water and a drizzle of willow leaves lets them leave in their boat, off to find the game.

They rode off into the lake and as a result of the sun's first morning sun rays, ducks in the water and in the air.

"It's not quite the perfect duck camp, but, well, yeah, it's a dream," Mark Voerding, whose duck camp that was, confessed to the Pioneer Press.

Duck camps, and what was left of old ones, were perched throughout the rolling farmland and body of water, near the shore.

As duck hunters grow old, retire or simply die, there are less hunters out and less camps in use.

Minnesota reported about 90,000 registered hunters this year, which is well below the 130,000 reported a decade ago. The result being duck camps go empty this time of the year.

Perhaps because of the increased duck numbers or the change of season the numbers went up from previous years. Only time will tell how the waterflow of hunters will continue.

More than half, 56 percent, of Minnesotans say that the state is heading in the wrong direction, according to the 2011 survey from St. Cloud State University.

This years results were similar to those of last years. With 25 percent of respondents saying they think the state is actually headed in the right direction.

According to the results, respondents said they could see Republicans doing a better job handling the budget and taxes. Democrats on the other hand were seen to be able to improve Minnesota's economy, education issues, and unemployment rate.

One of the questions on the 2011 state survey was "Who was to blame for the government shutdown?" Over half of the respondents, 57 percent, blamed the Legislature controlled by the Republicans. Another 19 percent blamed Gov. Mark Dayton, DFL. Additionally, 19 percent blamed both.

When asked about the budget stalemate, 51 percent said spending cuts were the answer. On the other hand, 18 percent wanted a tax increase. Meanwhile, 28 percent said that a combination of both would do the job.

Arsonists hit Minneapolis neighborhood with 17 fires

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Friday night the 13-block area near West River Parkway was the victim of 17 fires set during a four-hour span.

Garages, vehicles and bags of leaves were all set to burn.

The Minneapolis police had 20 squad cars, 40 officers, from all five precincts in the area. Searches for suspects continued throughout the night.

The Star Tribune reported that most of the fires appeared to have been sparked with leaves. There were 10 fires started with leaf piles or in garage bags. Three fires hit vehicles, two garages and one in a garbage dumpster.

Residents of the neighborhood insist the area is generally safe, but they have seen an increase of crime since summer.

"We've always enjoyed our neighborhood," Shelly Junjak, three year resident of the Longfellow neighborhood, said, "We're hoping it's just a couple of kids who are just misguided."

GWAR guitarist dies after First Ave show

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Cory Smoot, the guitarist for the band GWAR was found dead on their tour bus Wednesday night after a show at First Ave.

The cause of death has not been determined. Smoot's body was found by band mates on their tour bus after waking him to cross the border into Canada.

"They're actually not the kind of guys known as partiers; they're really sold guys," Conrad Sverkerson, First Avenue stage manager, said.

Fans of the band were both shocked and saddened by the loss.

"The members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated," Dave Brockie, GWAR band leader, said in a statement.

Gopher Goaltender, Patterson, named Player of the Month.

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Kent Patterson, the Goaltender at the University of Minnesota was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division 1 Play of the Month for the month of October.

The Minnesota Daily reported that Patterson was also named WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week twice in October.

Patterson had a 1.74 goals-against average and a .939 saves percentage.

He was also a nation leader in shutouts in October by having four.


2-year-old falls 6 stories and survives.

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Sunday night St. Paul police were called after a 2-year-old girl fell six stories from her apartment window.

The child was taken to St. Paul Children's Hospital where she was in serious condition following her fall.

Star Tribune reports there was an adult home at the time of the fall.

Police are investigating the incident but for now are calling the fall an accident.

The girl landed on a patch of class below the window but no further details have been provided.

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