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Metrodome roof collapses after storm

The roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow Sunday, the result of storm that piled snow as high as two feet in some areas.

According to KARE 11, crews in charge of clearing snow were pulled off the roof of the Metrodome early Sunday as weather worsened and safety became a concern.

The storm is being recorded as one of the five worst storms in Twin Cities history, leaving 17 inches of snow in it's wake by Saturday night the Associated Press reported.

The Teflon roof collapsed around 5 a.m., after three panels tore under the weight of the snow that had accumulated overnight.


St. Thomas student dies in house fire

A University of St. Thomas student died early Saturday in a house fire in St. Paul.

The Pioneer Press reported that Michael Adam Larson, 20, of Woodbury, was asleep in his home on the 1700 block of Selby Avenue in St. Paul, when a fire started around 3 a.m., police said.

Larson's three other roommates, who were asleep upstairs when the fire started, were able to escape the blaze by jumping from a second story window. They suffered smoke inhalation and minor injuries and were taken to Regions Hospital, according to the Star Tribune.

Firefighters have determined that the fire started on the enclosed porch, but no cause has been found, and authorities don't think it is suspicious.

Emmer withdrawls almost 2,600 challenges

Emmer's attorneys have dropped almost 2,600 "frivolous" ballot challenges in Hennepin County.

The Pioneer Press reported that after officials deemed them frivolous, almost all challenges were dropped, and only 24, less than one percent, remained.

The Star Tribune reported that former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, one of Emmer's attorneys, admitted that Emmer will probably lose in the recount.

Mother and two sons killed in Minneapolis collision

A mother and her two sons were killed Sunday after a man being chased by police crashed into their car in Minneapolis.

Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, of Fridley, and her two sons, ages 12 and three months, whose names have not been released according to the State Patrol, were killed in northern Minneapolis around 12:45 a.m. the Star Tribune reported.

The suspect was arrested after attempting to flee the scene on foot State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said.

According to the Pioneer Press, at about 12:30 a.m. a trooper spotted the suspect driving erratically on Interstate 94 heading west, and attempted to pull them over. The suspect took the Dowling Avenue exit and proceeded to speed and run several red lights before hitting Thomas' car.

Freezing rain brings accidents in Minn.

There were over 400 crashes on Minn. roads this weekend, including two fatal crashes, the State Patrol said.

Due to freezing rain over the weekend, there were 438 reported crashes by noon on Sunday, and because most crashes aren't reported, the number is believed to be much higher, the Star Tribune reported.

The Associated Press reported that four-car crash resulted in the death of Kimberley A. Mead, 44, of Wilmar, who was ejected from the car.

Capt. Matt Langer of the State Patrol said that driving conditions are as dangerous as during last week's snowstorm, even though it may not look like it.

"What we want motorists to do is consider everything to be icy," Lander said according to the Associate Press. "If it looks wet, assume that it's ice. Because oftentimes, even though it looks as wet as can be, it's absolutely black ice.

The second fatality was a 12-year-old girl, who was not wearing a seat belt, who was ejected from the pickup she was riding in when it lost control and slid into a ditch.

2 injured, 10 displaced in Wayzata fire

Two people were injured, and 10 were displaced, due to a fire at a Wayzata townhouse, Saturday.

The townhouses are located east of Wayzata's downtown area, on Hampton Street near the intersection with LaSalle Street, where over 80 firefighters responded around 12:40 a.m., according to the Associated Press.

The two injured residents, who suffered from smoke inhalation, were treated at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Star Tribune reported that the cause is still under investigation, but it is suspected that the fire started in a garage of one of the four townhouses, said Fire Chief Kevin Klapprich.


Remains found in park identified

The remains found in Elm Creek Park Reserve in Hennepin County have been identified.

The human remains have been identified as Christopher Cox, 26, of Champlin. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office said the man appears to have died of a shotgun wound to the head according to the Star Tribune. The medical examiner also said Cox appears to have died at 129th Avenue and Forest View Circle in Dayton, according to the Pioneer Press.

The remains were found Friday by a man walking in the north end of the park about 400 yards from a parking lot.

Man killed while car was in ditch

A Minneapolis man was killed Saturday night after his car was hit while it was in a ditch.

John Kennedy IV, 24, of Minneapolis, was stuck in a ditch off of the westbound lane of Highway 60 when his car was hit head on by another car, according to a KARE 11 report.

The Star Tribune reported that the driver of the second car was Haiyan Zhong, 41, of Worthington, Minn., who was not injured in the accident.

Kennedy and the passenger in his car were taken to Madelia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The passenger, Alexandra J. Moeller, 22, was treated and released.

Stillwater woman hit by car

A Stillwater woman was hit by a car and critically injured Friday evening while crossing the road.

The Pioneer Press reported that Erin Cran, 26, was wearing dark clothing as she ran across the road in the 5800 block of Neal Avenue around 7 p.m. when she was hit by a Ford Excursion, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

The Star Tribune reported that the 47-year-old driver from Forest Lake was not injured, and alcohol was not a factor in the accident, the state patrol said. Cran was taken to Regions Hospital and is in critical condition.

Teenage apparent drowning under investigation

A 17-year-old boy died at a water park in Brooklyn Park on Saturday.

The Pioneer Press reported that the boy was pulled from the bottom of the water slide at Grand Rios Ramada Hotel and Indoor Water Park around 5 p.m., according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

CPR was preformed and he was sent to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he later died. The Star Tribune reported that his name has not been released and that authorities are expected to release more information on Monday.

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