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6 Light-rail Stations are Closed for the Weekend

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By Gyusung Sim

Those hoping to use the train to get in and out of downtown Minneapolis should change their plans to plan B.
Metro Transit announced there would be a shutdown, from stations at Target Field to Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, started Friday evening and will continue until 3:30 a.m. Monday, reported by the CBS Local.
Service along the rest of the 12-mile Hiawatha rail line will operate normally, reported by the Star Tribune.
Metro Transit will supply bus service to the affected stops. Service south of Franklin Avenue should continue as usual.

Mall of America to Bar Unaccompanied teens on Black Friday

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By Gyusung Sim

Mall of America is tightening its Black Friday policies and will bar unaccompanied minors from the megamall all day Friday, Nov.23.
Despite retailers seeking to persuade more people to spend merrily, children younger than 16 who are not with an adult 21 or older will not be welcomed at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving night or Black Friday. It is also same during the week between Christmas and New Year's reported by the Pioneer Press.
The mall's normal policy is to restrict unaccompanied teenagers on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Unaccompanied teens must provide proof of their age with government-issued identification, reported by the Star Tribune.

Chesney coming back to Target Field for show next summer

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By Gyusung Sim

Country music star Kenny Chesney is on the bill for another show at the home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field, next summer, the ball team announced Thursday.
Chesney is bringing his "No Shoes Nation" Tour to the downtown Minneapolis ballpark on July 12, 2012, while the Twins are on an extended road trip, reported by the Seattle Post.
The Zac Brown Band also will perform as part of Chesney's Target Field stop.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., and a pre-sale for all new and renewed Twins season ticket holders is scheduled for Dec. 4., reported by the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis City Council Urges new Orchestra talks

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By Gyusung Sim

The Minneapolis City Council called on management and musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra to return to the bargaining table Friday.
Musicians have been locked out since they voted Oct. 1 to reject a contract offer that would cut minimum salaries by 32 percent. There was even the contentious labor dispute between Minnesota Orchestra musicians and management, reported by the Star Tribune.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra also locked out musicians, and on Thursday canceled all remaining 2012 concerts. The union issued a statement Friday expressing outrage at what it called "management's unwillingness to negotiate any of the terms of the agreement, reported by the Star Tribune.

By Gyusung Sim

The former President Bill Clinton, sent from the Obama campaign, spoke to an excited, student-heavy crowd of about 1,800 at McNamara Alumni Center in the University of Minnesota Tuesday morning.
He deeply endorsed Obama and his policies in his speech, which touched on a variety of issues such as global warming, health care, women's rights and the economy.
"Obama is far more likely to keep us moving toward a more perfect union instead of being divided by ideology, by economics, by politics," Clinton said, reported by the Star Tribune.
It is no mystery why Obama would want to link himself to Clinton. Despite impeachment and other controversies in the 1990s, Clinton remains popular with a public that recalls the boom economy during his administration, reported by the USA Today.
On the same day, in Duluth, Clinton delivered a similar message to an overflow crowd. He warned of "the rise of the far right" threatening the country, Duluth News Tribune reported.

By Gyusung Sim

Eagan police said a nonfatal freeway shooting early Sunday appears prompted by road rage, and most of the seven other people in the compact car were too intoxicated.
The incident began at the Cliff Road ramp to Interstate 35E. As a Volkswagen Jetta carrying the woman and seven other people entered the freeway, a dark-colored SUV began tailgating the car, reported by the Pioneer Press.
Both vehicles entered the interstate, and the SUV pulled along the right side of the Volkswagen. They were traveling side by side when someone in the SUV fired at least two shots toward the passenger compartment of the Volkswagen, police said.
One bullet hit near the passenger door, and another drilled into the victim's right shoulder, reported by the Star Tribune.
The Volkswagen's driver, a 28-year-old West St. Paul man, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

By Gyusung Sim

A St. Paul man was shot by St. Paul Police after gunfire was exchanged, Tuesday night near the Eastern District police office.
Chue Xiong, 22 years old, stole his mother's Toyota Camry on Oct. 5. Three days later it was found in a wooded lot in Ranier, Minn., but he was not there. He had been missing a week before the day, reported by the Star Tribune.
Hours before the fatal shootout, Xiong shaved his hair to the scalp, surprising family members accustomed to his usual shaggy look. He died at the scene.
Also, there was another man killed in shootout by the police in northwestern Louisiana.
Donnie Ray Plater, 42 years old, yanked a woman inside a vehicle and threatened her with a shotgun was killed Wednesday in a shootout with Louisiana Police after a high-speed chase.
During the chase, police reported shots coming from the car, and the woman was found dead inside the car, reported by the Associated Press.

Central Corridor light-rail Train Car Debuts

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By Gyusung Sim

The first light-rail vehicle built for the new Central Corridor line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul was unveiled Wednesday at the Target Field Station in Minneapolis.
The cars are 6,000 pounds lighter than those running on the Hiawatha line between Minneapolis Bloomington. The 11-mile Central Corridor will operate as the Green Line when it begins service in 2014, reported by the Pioneer Press.
47 cars will be built for the Central Corridor, which along with a future Southwest Corridor route will be dubbed the Green Line, reported by the Star Tribune.

Two men killed when car rolls into Lake Mille Lacs

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By Gyusung Sim

Two men were killed and a third injured early Sunday that their car went off a north-central Minnesota road and rolled into Lake Mille Lacs.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a 1995 Chevrolet Corsica heading northbound on Timber Trail Road, about 15 miles north of Onamia, just after midnight. The car crossed over Highway 169, rolled into a ditch and ended up in the lake, reported by the Star Tribune.
The driver, Andrew Nickaboine, 37, of Minneapolis, and a front-seat passenger, Ronald Dorr, 42, of Colimbia, Minn., were taken to a hospital in Onamia, where they died from their injuries. A back-seat passenger, Keegan Morrison, 32, of Minneapolis, was taken to the Onamia hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, reported by the Duluth News Tribune.
The Patrol reported that alcohol was detected in all three man, and the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Man Beaten, Robbed near 13th Ave. SE

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By Gyusung Sim

A man asking for a cigarette was beaten and robbed near 13th Avenue Southeast early Sunday morning, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
The 21-year-old victim approached three men and they began kicking and punching him. The suspects then took the victim's wallet and fled the scene in a black SUV.
According to Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty, criminals will often use 'stall tactics,' such as asking for the time or offering a cigarette, to distract victims before attacking them. These distractions often put potential victims at ease and take them off their guard before an attack, reported by the Minnesota Daily.
Two months ago in Wisconsin, a homeless man was punched and knocked to the ground by four men approached him and asked him for a cigarette, reported by the Kenoshanews.
There have been a number of street robberies with the similar pattern.

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