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Newborn at hospital was breast-fed by wrong mother

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A newborn was accidentally brought to the wrong room and was breast-fed by the wrong mother Tuesday night at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune said.

Tammy Van Dyke gave birth to her son and stayed the night at the hospital, giving her son to the hospital nursery, the Star Tribune said. Her son was then taken to the wrong room during the night and was breast-fed before the mix-up was corrected, the Star Tribune said.

This mix-up carries a major risk for the newborn who could contract HIV or hepatitis B or C through breast milk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CBS News said.

While both the mother who gave breast milk to the newborn and the newborn were tested for these diseases and tested negative, the newborn will have to be tested every three months for a year, the Star Tribune said.

Dr. Penny Wheeler, the chief clinical officer at the hospital, apologized for the mistake and said that standard procedure was not applied in the situation, the CBS News said.

"As an obstetrician, I have personally seen verification of the infant's identifying name band matched correctly with the mother's on hundreds of occasions," Wheeler said to the CBS News. "It is extremely unfortunate that was not the case this time"

The Minnesota Department of Health requires hospitals to report if any child is sent home with the wrong parents, the Star Tribune said. But since the implementation of this rule five years ago, no incidents have occurred, the Star Tribune said.

The board of directors meeting Thursday reported that the orchestra had an operating deficit of $6 million for the last fiscal year, which is the largest deficit in the orchestra's history and double the deficit from last year, the Star Tribune said.

This announcement comes at a time when the orchestra musicians are locked out due to contract negotiations. Officials blame this deficit on a decrease of revenue and a contractually obligated increase, the Pioneer Press said.

"We largely honored a five-year contract from our players which saw substantial raises across that five-year period," Minnesota Orchestra president and CEO Michael Henson said, the Minnesota Public Radio News said.

Brian Shapiro, an accounting professor at the University of St. Thomas said that the orchestra greatly needs funding, the Star Tribune said.

"This board really needs another $100 million in the endowment to fully fund musicians," Shapiro said to the Star Tribune.

Hansen said that the board said that the Twin Cites community can pay and support for this orchestra, the MPR News said.

"We are here for the art, and that has got to be what drives us forward," Hansen said to the MPR News.

While the orchestra is facing this deficit, the organization received a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral performance for its recent recording of the Sibelius Symphonies with Osmo Vanska conducting, the MPR News said.

Minnesota State University, Mankato football coach was dismissed of his charges against making pornographic videos on Friday, the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News said.

Todd Hoffner, 46, was charged with two felony counts in August for videos he made on his university-issued cellphone showing three of his kids naked, the MPR News said.

Hoffner expressed innocence throughout the ordeal and said that the videos merely showed private family moments, the Star Tribune said.

"I'm thankful to be waking up from this nightmare," Hoffner said on Friday to the Star Tribune. "That last 102 days have been long, painful and a nightmare."

Blue Earth County Judge Krista Jass said in her ruling that the videos contain nude images of Hoffner's children dancing but that they do not perform in an "overtly sexual nature," the MPR News said.

Hoffner was suspended from being head football coach in mid-August and since then went through many searches and investigations, the Star Tribune said.

While Hoffner has expressed interest in returning too his former job, he will still be off from the field on Saturday for the next football game, the MPR News said.

Classmates, friends, relatives and neighbors all mourned the deaths of high school students Nick Brady and Haile Kifer on Saturday at Little Falls, the Star Tribune said.

The funeral service was held at Living Hope Assembly of God Church and had a separate room for guests that did not fit in the main room with a video broadcast, the Star Tribune said.

Many of the students had high emotions during the ceremony and many yelled at the reporters standing near the church, the Star Tribune said.

Brady and Kifer were shot and killed while allegedly breaking into Bryon Smith's house on Thanksgiving, the Pioneer Press said.

"In a small town, everyone knows everyone," Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem said to the Pioneer Press. "This puts a sense of fear into people; you wonder if it could happen to you."

Smith, 64, is charged with murdering the students by shooting them repeatedly, the Pioneer Press said. Smith's house was a target for teenagers to break in and this was not the first time someone had broken in, the Pioneer Press said.

While Smith claimed self-defense, the authorities said that Smith went beyond, the Pioneer Press said.

"The law doesn't permit you to execute somebody once a threat is gone," Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said to the Pioneer Press.

The Minnesota fourth annual Give the Max Day has raised over $16 million dollars, according to the GiveMN website at midnight Thursday, the Pioneer Press said.

This record breaks last year's record, when 47,000 donors raised $13.4 million for nearly 4,000 Minnesota nonprofits, the Pioneer Press said.

This year, more than 53,000 donors contributed $16.4 million to more than 4,300 nonprofits, the Pioneer Press said.

Give to the Max Day is a 24-hour fundraising marathon that supports Minnesota nonprofit organizations and schools, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

The increase in fundraising may be attributed to the addition of several public schools to the pool of participating organizations, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

The huge amount of donors visiting the website caused the website to have technical problems and many donors received error messages when they tried to donate, the Pioneer Press said.

"We appreciate the patience of donors who are doing so much to benefit nonprofits and schools today and encourage them to try to make a donation again if they had difficulties," GiveMN spokeswoman Courtney Reigh said.

Minnesota identifies 13th case of illness from steroids

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The Minnesota Department of Health identified the 13th case of fungal infection linked to contaminated steroid medications on Thursday, the Pioneer Press said.

The latest patient who was infected was a woman in her 20s who developed a bone infection, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

While most of the fungal cases of Minnesota have resulted in meningitis, the latest patient has not been afflicted with meningitis, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

Dr. Aaron DeVries, medical director of the Infectious Disease Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, said that people still need to be careful of infections near the injection site, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

"We had one prior case and now with the second one we felt it was important to alert folks to this finding that while the numbers of meningitis may be coming down, we still need to be very vigilant about not only meningitis but infectors in other places," DeVries said to the Minnesota Public Radio.

The outbreak seems to be linked to contaminated steroid medications from the New England Compounding Center, the Pioneer Press said.

This outbreak has included 461 cases across 19 states, the Pioneer Press said. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32 cases have resulted in deaths, the Pioneer Press said.

Minnesota became the first state to reject a voter ID amendment that would require a photo identification to vote, Reuters said.

With 99 percent of the votes, the measure only gathered 46.3 percent of the vote and therefore did not gain a majority to pass, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

While voter ID supporters emphasizes that the measure would decrease voter fraud, opponents of the measure worried about the right to vote and that the measure would make it harder for certain groups to vote, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

Earlier polls for the measure had shown strong support for the amendment, but that decreased as it got closer to the election, the Pioneer Press said.

In September, a poll by Survey USA had shown a 61 percent in favor to 31 percent against the measure. A later survey in November by the Public Policy Polling, however, showed 51 percent in favor to 46 percent in opposition, the Pioneer Press said.

Dan McGrath, leader of Protect My Vote, said that the opposition used a "campaign of lies and deception" to bring the amendment down, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

Voter id measures have been introduced to 46 states and 33 states have passed voter ID laws, the Pioneer Press said.

Minnesota votes no on marriage amendment

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The Minnesota marriage amendment, which proposed to amend the constitution to define marriage as between a man and woman, only gained 48 percent of the vote Tuesday night and did not pass, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

The Associated Press stated that the marriage amendment was defeated around 1:45 a.m., the Pioneer Press said. Minnesota is the second state that defeated a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and woman, the Pioneer Press said.

"Tonight Minnesota proved that love is bigger than government," Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, said to the Pioneer Press.

Gay marriage is banned in Minnesota but the amendment would of made it harder for judges and lawmakers to overturn the law, the Pioneer Press said.

The election results showed a difference between rural and urban areas, where support was high in rural areas, the Minnesota Public Radio said.

The campaigns for the amendment had 17 months and became the most expensive amendment campaign in state history, the Pioneer Press said. The Minnesotans United for All Families group raised more than $11 million from nearly 700 groups and businesses by the end of October, the Pioneer Press said.

"This conversation does not end tonight," Carlbom said to the Minnesota Public Radio, "it's only just begun."

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels 2012 concerts

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The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has refused the new contract offer, making the management cancel all further concerts on Thursday through Dec. 31, the Twin Cities Business said.

The management locked out the musicians on Oct. 21 when the musicians did not accept their contract and initially canceled concerts through Nov. 4, the Twin Cities Business said.

This leads many key concerts to be canceled, including the Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" conducted by Ruggero Allifranchini and the Haydn and Stravinsky conducted by Roberto Abbado, the Star Tribune said.

While the musicians have requested to keep playing during negotiations, the management has said it cannot afford to keep continuing, the Star Tribune said. The musicians and management are bargaining again next Thursday, the Star Tribune said. The SPCO has reduced its annual expenses by $1.5 million and faces a deficit of about $1 million, the Star Tribune said.

The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra also held a rally on Thursday to mark the one-month since they have been locked out since Oct. 1, the Star Tribune said.

The inventor of Gore-Tex gifted the University of Minnesota $10 million to help expand the chemical engineering building on campus, which the university announced on Wednesday, the Star Tribune said.

Robert Gore earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the university in 1963, the Star Tribune said. His donation will contribute to the 40,000-square-foot addition to the Amundson Hall, which is home of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the Star Tribune said.

After graduating from the university, Gore invented the Gore-Tex, which is a waterproof and breathable fabric constructed from polytetrafluoroethylene, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal said.

The construction for the building is scheduled to start in 2013 and be finished by mid-2014, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal said. The new expansion will allow the department to expand the undergraduate graduating class from 120 to 200 students, the Star Tribune said.

"This building addition comes just in the nick of time to help us accommodate what is a very important new and exciting field," Professor Frank Bates, chair of the department, said to the Star Tribune.

A ceremony for the building will be held Friday afternoon where university President Eric Kaler, who also earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering, will be speaking.

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