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Minneapolis man victim of police brutality

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A 21-year-old man claimed that he had been beaten up by police during a raid of his home in northern Minneapolis.

Raejuan Telford was treated for a collapsed lung, two broken ribs and multiple bruises at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale on Thursday after SWAT officers searched the home shares with his mother and younger brother, according to Grand Forks Herald.

Telford who works as a landscape worker told the Herald that he was lying on the couch when he heard the windows smash and the police yelling. He then fell to the ground and put his hands on his head, he said.

According to Foxnews, Telford has a history of epilepsy. Telford also told Foxnews that he tried telling the police about the condition but they did not stop.

Foxnews also reported that the police raided Telford's house because his brother was a wanted for an assault, and they were looking for guns.


Major storm sweeps over Minnesota

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A major storm system dumped rain and hail as it swept over Minnesota over the weekend.

According to KARE 11, the National Weather Service said that tornadoes were spotted Sunday in McLeod County and in Lyon County. Fortunately, there were no reported casualties and damages.

Meteorologist Jacob Beitlich at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen told KARE11 that the "potential for major storms" was there, but "the ingredients didn't all come together at the right time."

According to the Star Tribune, the storm arrived in the humid metro area in the evening. Cooler air is expected to settle overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

According to predictions in the Star Tribune, snow is expected in some Northern parts of Minnesota.

Minneapolis Teachers approve contract

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Minneapolis teachers have voted to approved a contract with the school district.

According to the Minneapolis Public Radio, the contract states that Minneapolis teachers have to work four extra school days, and about an hour more per week. Also inreturn for their extra time, they would be paid a little more than $3,000 more a year.

President Lynn Nordgren of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers told MPR that 83 percent of voting members supported the contract Saturday.

She told the Star Tribune that she is excited. "We have a lot of good things that will be good for students, for teachers, for schools and for the district overall," she said.

Star Tribune reported that the contract will be financed by reserves or non-classroom cuts and will cost the district $17.1 million. That is a 6.4 percent increase in district costs.

This contract will also work to make class sizes smaller in struggling Minneapolis schools.


Five members of a family from Jordan, Minn. were killed when their motorhome crashed while returning home from vacationing in Texas.

According to the Pioneer press, 13 other people were sent to hospitals. Most of them are believed to be members of a large well-known motor-cycle racing family from Jordan, Minn., about 40 minutes southwest of St. Paul, the Pioneer Press stated.

According to the Star Tribune, the crash happened at around 9 a.m. on Interstate 35 in Osage County about 3 miles south of Williamsbury.

The Pioneer Press reported that authorities are still notifying relatives and have not released the identities of the deceased or the other injured people.

Body of missing St. Paul man found under a bridge

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Two boys found a body of a man, identified as David Frederick Wandtke, under a railroad bridge Saturday afternoon.

According to the Pioneer Press, David Wandtke, 52, had been missing since Valentine's Day. He told his wife that he was going to the grocery story and did not return home, his family said. He was also dealing with some personal issues, his family said.

According to the Star Tribune, his death is not considered suspicious, police said. About 10,000 people are reported missing in Minnesota every year.

Minnesotan Teachers face changes

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Minnesotan teachers will face changes that will attempt to improve the quality of teachers in the state.

According to the Star Tribune, most Minnesotan schools already have some kind of evaluation for their teachers but Minnesota was cited for not dismissing teachers who perform badly. "Minnesota is among a growing number of states grappling with how to tie teacher evaluations to student performance with a system that's meaningful and fair," stated the Star Tribune.

The U.S. Department of Education requires annual evaluation in order to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind, a federal mandate, that Minnesota has yet to achieve successfully. According to the Star Tribune, teacher evaluations are accessed using test scores, which are problematic because Minnesota's methods of evaluations do not use scores.

According to Minnpost, Minnesotan schools face another problem. Because of recent budget cuts by the state government, many teachers lost their jobs. Minneapolis' poorest schools had the highest turnovers. While many minority teachers did not survive the cut, teachers with the most seniority in the schools were safe from the cuts. As a result, 87 percent of the district's teachers are white, while 70 percent of students are minorities, according to Mickelson and Bill English, co-chair of Black/African American Leadership Summit. The "last hired, first fired" system has the potential of unfairly keeping badly performing senior teachers and cutting less experienced good teachers.


Dayton's vetom looms over Castle Bill

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Gov. Mark Dayton will not veto the Castle Bill, a bill that would essentially broaden gun rights by extending justification for self-defense, immediately.

Accordiing to the Star Tribune, Dayton said that he will wait three days after it has been passed to talk to both side and think about it.

Minnesota's Republican- majority senate voted 40-23 to pass this bill Thursday, according to Minnpost.

This bill would allow gun owners to defend themselves with a gun if they perceive bodily harm. It does not require them to retreat first and it immunes defenders from criminal prosecution, according to Minnpost. Minnpost puts it as, "defend first, ask questions later."

According to the Star Tribune, this bill is supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by law-enforcement.


Minnesotan snowmobiler dies in crash

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A snowmobiler died after crashing into trees on a trail in northeastern Minnesota.

According to the Star Tribune, the 45-year-old man was on Bill Morgan Trail near Orr, and suffered severe head injuries in the accident after crashing into trees on 6.30 p.m. Saturday, St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said.

Emergency crews tried to revive him but he died at the scene, according to the Pioneer Press. The victim's name was not released.

Plymouth woman found dead in the hot tub

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A 52-year-old woman from Nisswa, Minn., was found dead in a hot tub on Saturday night.

According to the Star Tribune, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office reported that Kari Dayton died accidentally as a result of drowning in the outdoor hot tub at 7:39 p.m. Saturday.

Dayton, a Nisswa, Minn. resident, was visiting relatives in the 17000 block of 24th Avenue North in Plymouth, the Hennepin County sheriff's office said, according to the Pioness Press

Police are still investigating.

Teen died from train-hopping

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A 15-year-old boy was found dead near some train tracks in Northeast Minneapolis.

Christopher Hanson was warned by his mother the night before that hopping off and on freight trains behind their house was dangerous. However, the day after, his body was found at about 10.20 p.m. Thursday by a rail worker, according to the Pioneer Press. He had been train-hopping with his friends again.

According to the Pioneer Press, the medical examiner said that Hanson died of "multiple blunt-force craniocerebral injuries".

The Star Tribune wrote that Chris' last conversation with his mother, Melissa Standal, was just 20 minutes before the railroad worker found his body. He had called to ask if she could give his friends rides back home.

Standal told the Star Tribune that she hopes other teens will learn from her son's story and that her son's death might save lives.

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