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Metrodome Collapses

The Metrodome collapsed early Sunday morning after the weekend snowstorm.

The roof deflated after the enormous amount of pressure forced by the 16 inches of snow that fell in Minneapolis.

The game that was going to be played between the Vikings and the Giants was already delayed to Monday night before the collapse, the New York Times reports. The game will now be held at Ford Field in Detroit.

One the options to play the game was TCF Bank Stadium, AP reports. The University said the stadium was closed for the winter and would able several days to reopen it.

The Vikings will be in the final year of their lease next season at Mall of America stadium.

I-90 Closed

I-90 was closed during part of the day Sunday after a crash that clogged both sides of the highway.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the area close to South Dakota.

MnDOT reopened the highway at 2:15 p.m. after a three hour closure, the Star Tribune reports.

A pickup truck and a trailer collided to start the crash, the Billings Gazette reports.

No injuries were reported in the crash.

Police Cars Crashing

One woman and two children died early Sunday after a car crash in north Minneapolis.

Two police cars collided into each other on the slick roads and crashed into another car.

The driver went through a red light which allowed a pile up with two other cars, the Star Tribune reports.

This crash of cop cars was one of two incidents in the weekend. Two police cars collided in St. Cloud on Friday, Twin Cities reports.

The police officers in the St. Cloud crash were both injured.

Ice Advisory


Last weekend, the snow piled on Minnesota. This weekend, it was the ice.

More than 370 crashes were reported Saturday night and Sunday morning in Minnesota after a freezing rain advisory.

Over 50 of the crashes involved injuries, CNN reports. Minnesota police said that none of the injuries were serious.

Even when Sunday morning came, the ice was still on the ground, and the sidewalks were not even salted yet.

One person died in an icy crash in Meeker County, the Pioneer Press report.

Kaler Named President

The University of Minnesota chose the next president of the university this week.

Eric Kaler was selected as the only candidate. He will be the sixteenth president of the university.

Kaler, 54, has been provist at Stony Brook since 2007, Fox 9 reports. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1982, in chemical engineering.

Current President, Robert Bruinicks is in his final year of his contract and plans on retiring.

Linda Cohen, regent at the University, said Kaler is eager to become president, the Star Tribune reports.

Kaler is getting strong reviews from current faculty members at Minnesota and alumni.

Pawlenty Ends Radio Show


Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ended his weekly radio on Friday on WCCO radio.

His show, "Good Morning Minnesota," ended its seven-year run on the radio station.

One guest that Pawlenty had on final show was fitness expert Richard Simmons, Kare 11 reports. Along with Simmons, the radio show had a lot of funny anecdotes.

One of his callers told Pawlenty off by saying he was unsuccessful as governor, the Pioneer Press reports. The governor rebuttled by saying that each aspect that he wanted to cover as governor were completed successfully.

Once he leaves office in January, it is unsure what Pawlenty will do. He is exploring the chance of running for president in 2012.

Snow Emergency


Over eight inches of snow fell on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Satuday.

A snow emergency was ruled early Saturday morning when four inches were already on the ground of the Twin Cities.

Saturday's snowfall broke a record set in 1997 by surpassing the total on Nov. 13 by over four inches, Fox 9 reports. That is almost double what the record was.

The average delay at the airport was 15 minutes late Saturday night.

Thousands of people lost power in the Twin Cities area, the Pioneer Press reports. Xcel Energy said that all power would be restored by the end of the day Sunday.

Teen Dies at Water Park

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A 17-year-old boy died Saturday after he was found at a Brooklyn Park water park, police said.

The possible drowning occurred at Grand Rios Ramada Hotel and Indoor Water Park.

The boy was found at the bottom of a water slide, the Star Tribune reports.

CPR was quickly given to the boy and then taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Kare 11 reports.

The name of the boy has not yet been given.

Bachmann Wins

Tea party leader Michelle Bachmann retained her seat in the House after beating Tarryl Clark on Tuesday.

Bachmann, the Republican from Minnesota, has already stated her desire to be the head of the Republican Party.

The margin of victory was 11 percent after receiving 52 percent of the vote, the Pioneer Press reports. Opponent Clark did not give her recessional speech until the most of the votes were tallied.

Bachmann had the most expensive campaign of all-time, MinnPost reports. She raised more than $11 million for her efforts.

After her victory, she posted via Facebook of her desire to run for GOP conference chairman, the Associated Press reports.

The Search Continues

There is still no luck for the family still missing from a plane that was bound for Minneapolis.

It has been six days in the search, and the searchers are looking for where the emergency landing could have occurred in the Wyoming mountains.

There are two search teams along with the Civil Air Patrol looking all over for the single-engine plane, the Star Tribune reports.

The Bucklin family disappeared from radar in the single-engine plane when they were returning from a trip to Jackson Hole from their home in the Twin Cities.

The area where the plane would be has been experiencing blizzard-like conditions so spotting the plane has been extra difficult, AP reports.

The weather improved Sunday. The searchers are confident that both the plane and the family should be spotted soon.

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