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Off-duty firefighter saves ref at high school game

DULUTH, Minn. -- An off-duty Duluth firefighter revived a referee at a high school hockey game, authorities said. "The Duluth News Tribune reports referee Pat Milinovich collapsed between the second and third periods of Saturday's game between Duluth Marshall and Crookston," KTTC said. "Brad Bushey, an off-duty Duluth firefighter, and others dashed from the stands to lend a hand. Bushey told the newspaper the referee looked blue and wasn't breathing. He says he immediately began administering CPR, re-established a heartbeat, and the referee began breathing on his own," the Star Tribune said.

Minn. man unsuspecting getaway driver for bank robber

JANESVILLE, Minn. -- A 26-year-old man was the unsuspecting getaway driver for a 70-year-old woman who robbed a bank. "The man told The Free Press of Mankato that he thought the woman, who rents an apartment from his mother, was going to the bank to withdraw cash to pay her rent," the Star Tribune said. "Instead, the woman allegedly told the teller she had a gun, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount. A bank vice president followed the car and called authorities," Kare 11 said.

Two Minn. teens accused of stealing at least 17 calves

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Two teenage boys have been accused of stealing at least 17 calves while attempting to start their own dairy farm. "Authorities this week arrested a 19-year-old from Rothsay and a 16-year-old from Barnesville," the Kansas City Star said. "Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies received a tip that led them to 17 calves and eventually the teens. The calves are believed to have been stolen from three counties: Douglas, Stearns and Todd," the Star Tribune said.

150 troops return to St. Cloud from Iraq on Sunday

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Almost 150 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers who have been on a yearlong deployment in Iraq and Kuwait are scheduled to arrive in St. Cloud on Sunday. "The Army says a welcome home event will be held at the St. Cloud Armory when the troops arrive sometime between 5 p.m. or 6 p.m," WXOW news said. "The returning soldiers are in the 367th Engineer Battalion. Its mission was constructing buildings, surveying and providing other support services, such as transportation," the Star Tribune said.

Freezing rain hits Minn., causes hundreds of accidents

Minneapolis -- Freezing rain has caused hundreds of accidents across the metro area Saturday night and Sunday morning, the State Patrol said. "About 75 of the 438 reported crashes in Minnesota involved injuries, the State Patrol reported at noon Sunday," the Star Tribune said. "And though it may not look like it, the State Patrol says the roads are as dangerous as they were during last week's snowstorm," MPR news said.

Roseville police dog stabbed

A Roseville police dog, Major, was stabbed four times as police responded to a break in at a Maplewood business on Friday. "Maplewood police requested assistance from Roseville Officer John Jorgensen and Major as they searched for theft suspects inside the business's fenced property," the Oakdale Lake Elmo Review said. "Major was taken to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and spent most of Friday afternoon in surgery for a cut to his neck and spinal injuries, Rosand said," the Star Tribune said. Three suspects were arrested, charges against them are pending.

MnSCU criticized for bonuses

Despite protests, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system paid $415,875 in performance pay in performance pay bonuses to 35 of its top administrators. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has critized the MnSCU's bonuses during a time of many budget crunches. "MnSCU's vice chancellors and college and university presidents are eligible for as much as $15,000 for meeting various goals, including keeping more students in school and increasing enrollment in online courses," the Star Tribune said. "In June, the system's trustees awarded Chancellor James McCormick a $40,000 bonus. Details of other bonuses become available Friday. Eight presidents or vice chancellors received the maximum payout of $15,000," WCCO said.

Blaine teen hit by car dies

A Blaine teenager died after being hit by a car as she was trying to cross a busy highway on Wednesday morning. "Police say 15-year-old Sara Hendrickson was walking across Highway 10 near Northtown Mall around 6:30 a.m.Thursday to get to a friend's house when she was hit," ABC Eyewitness News said. "Hendrickson was taken to Mercy Hospital, where she later died," the Star Tribune said.

Simpsons writer to visit Minnesota

A writer and producer for "The Simpsons" will speak in Columbia Heights on Saturday. "Mike Reiss will speak at 11 a.m. at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights about his career working on "The Simpsons" as well as his work as a children's book author" the Star Tribune said. " Mike Reiss was the head writer and producer for "The Simpsons" for more than 20 years. Winner of four Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus, and a Peabody Award for his work, Reiss is also an award-winning novelist, children's author and screenplay writer" the MN Sun said. The event is free and is sponsored by Club Book.

2 men killed in dirt-bike accident in Northern Minnesota

Two men died after their dirt-bikes collided on late Saturday in St. Louis County. "The accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near 12967 Graff Road in Prairie Lake Township in St. Louis County," the Star Tribune said. "The sheriff's office says 28-year-old Kevin Allen McElwee, of Cedar, was traveling west on Graff Road when he collided with 20-year-old Jonathan Nickolas Clough, of Mora, who was eastbound," the Pioneer Press said.

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