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Woman jogger sexually assaulted in Woodbury

A lone male sexually assaulted a 33-year-old female jogger in Wodbury at a park early Saturday morning, Woodbury police said.

The unknown male attacker assaulted the victim at about 5:30 a.m. on a walking path on the northeast side of Markgrafs Lake Park, according to police and Pioneer Press. (*note: spell check for Markgrafs in Star Tribune)

Sgt. Neil Bauer of the Woodbury Police Deptartment said the woman could not identify her attacker. They are asking the public for leads to the isolated incident, according to Star Tribune.

The woman suffered some physical injuries and was treated at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, then later released said Bauer in the Pioneer Press.

Collision with dump truck kills student bicyclist

A University of Minnesota undergraduate student was killed in a collision with a semi-truck in the Dinkytown neighborhood on Thursday morning, Pioneer Press said.

Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, 25, was traveling to campus as she entered the intersection of Fourth Street and 15th Avenue Southeast, according to police. The truck driver hit her while taking a right onto Fourth Street, The Minnesota Daily said.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty told The Minnesota Daily that traffic accident investigators are doing preliminary work to determine the speed of the semi-truck.

Within the last week in Minneapolis, this is the third deadly crash involving pedestrians or bicyclists, according to Pioneer Press.

Hull is remembered by friends for her spunk, upbeat personality and passion for filmmaking. She was planning to graduate in two weeks, The Minnesota Daily said.

Legislators seek environmental study on trash burner downtown

Fourteen Minneapolis legislators are not convinced that Hennepin County has explored environmental alternatives in their letter sent Friday, according to MinnPost.

The garbage burner has supplied not enough information in the past, and legislators understand that an EIS will detail the consequences of large projects, County Commissioner told Star Tribune.

An EIS is the most expensive environmental study that can be done, but would finally allow the public and concerned people to have a long conversation on the issue, Star Tribune said.

The plant has requested to operate at capacity, which would add as much as 200 tons daily to the total garbage burner downtown, Star Tribune said.

Three students injured in Dinkytown hit-and-run

A car hit and injured three University of Minnesota students near Dinkytown early Friday morning, according to The Minnesota Daily.

Near the intersection of Fifth Street and 12th Avenue Southeast, Joe Bailin, his girlfriend Katelynn Hanson and their friend Sarah Bagley were heading west before the wrong-way driver knocked all three to the ground, Minneapolis Sgt. Stephen McCarthy said.

The car continued to travel on the sidewalk and hit Benjamin Van Handel, leaving him in critical condition. He is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, according to Pioneer Press.

The students were out celebrating their acceptance into graduate architecture school over drinks at the Kitty Cat Klub, The Minnesota Daily said.

An anti-abortion student group sued the St. Michael-Albertville High School Thursday for denying the group a club status, reported Star Tribune.

The All Life Is Valuable (ALIV) is being denied permission by school administrators because the group does not "support the student body as a whole," reported The Minnesota Independent, and finds it an issue that only some clubs are granted access.

This type of governmental discrimination is prohibited under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The group would like to talk freely about topics such as abortion, abstinence, and politics, reported Star Tribune.

Chuck Shreffler, the student group's attourney, has stated that there are factual disagreements based on a statement by Superintendent Marcia Ziegler. She said the club could meet, despite their claims made, reported Star Tribune.

Family of six flees fire in St. Paul

A mother and her five children escape a fire within their home in St. Paul Wednesday night, the St. Paul fire marshall said Thursday, reported Pioneer Press.

Fire Marshall Steve Zaccard said a 7-year-old girl was plugging in an electric heater when it sparked and ignited the child's bed, reported Star Tribune, and suffered only a minor burn on her finger.

The mother called 911 to report the fire and then quickly fled the home with her children. The father, Tik Soukchaleum, was arriving home at that time and attempted to stop the fire with the use of an extinguisher, reported Star Tribune.

They lost almost everything they owned within the rental home, totaling $20,000, reported Pioneer Press, and the Dayton's Bluff Community Council is currently collecting money for the family.

Porky's future status is pending

University Avenue's drive-in burger joint, Porky's, closed Sunday and a sale is pending to a neighbor senior housing developer, according to Pioneer Press.

The St. Paul Preservation Heritage Commission is concerned about the plans to demolish this historic resource and is fighting for more time to consider other alternatives, reported Pioneer Press.

Intentions for the land will be consistent with Episcopal Homes role of serving seniors or packing the joint up and moving it to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, according to Star Tribune.

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota announced Friday that Porky's made this year's "10 Most Endangered Historic Places," but that may not be enough incentive to save the street rod haven, reported Star Tribune.

Edina man kills moped rider and recieves 3 1/2 years

An 41-year-old Edina man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Friday for killing a 53-year-old moped rider while intoxicated, reported The Republic.

Christian Neal Rogat, 41, pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal vehicular homicide. He killed the 53-year-old driver of the moped, Robert Kuntze, on Sept. 1., according to The Republic.

Rogat's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit while behind the wheel of his SUV. After hitting the motor scooter, he fled the scene. While prosecuting him, the judge took into account his low mental capacity, reported Star Tribune.

Kuntze is survived by his wife, June, and their son Ryan, 22, according to Star Tribune.

Cleveland public employee dies on the job

Mike Struck tipped over in into a creek while operating a backhoe at Seven Mile Creek Park between St. Peter and Mankato, resulting in his death Tuesday, reported Star Tribune.

Rebecca Arndt told Star Tribune that he was cleaning debris from a culvert to prevent the flooding in southern Minnesota. Struck's life is left as an example of why not to leave the blame of our country's debt on a government employee.

Family members and city employees are mourning this lost in Cleveland and surrounding cities. They found his body Wednesday after being pulled down stream toward the Minnesota River, reported Mankato Free Press.

Struck is remembered as a hard worker that enjoyed his job. He was a city worker, a volunteer firefighter, an helped his parents on their farm, reported Mankato Free Press.

Worries lowered but the food is still coming

The cold temperatures have slowed the melt, but can not totally hold off the flooding that is expected to swamp much of Minnesota this Spring, reported Star Tribune.

The Crow River in Delano is expected to crest sometime Sunday and possibly again if more rain or snow runoff results, reported Star Tribune. The river entered the city's septic system, but the damage was limited to a few basements.

The Weather Center is advising the possibility of a second crest on the rivers, including the Upper Minnesota River basin near Montevideo and Granite Falls, reported West Central Tribune.

Towns remain cautious with sand-bagging efforts and cities like Montevideo hope there is no need to build temporary levees, reported West Central Tribune.

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