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Bloomington car robberies thought to be connected

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By: Angela Wendler

The Bloomington police say a man who robbed two women in their city, may be connected to a similar attack Monday evening in the Southdale Mall parking lot, reports the Star Tribune.

One woman was robbed shortly after 8 p.m. Monday when she was followed home from Lund's at 98th St. and Normandale Blvd. She said she was approached in her driveway by an armed man, who demanded her purse and fled, reports ABC.

Thursday morning around 5:45 a.m. a second woman said she was followed into the Caribou Coffee parking lot at 3835 W. Old Shakopee Road. Again, a man approached her, took her purse, and ran, reports the Star Tribune.

The suspect and vehicle descriptions were similar in both incidents. The suspect is described as a black male around 40 years old, 6 feet tall, and about 200 pounds. He was said to be driving a dark mid-sized sedan, reports the Star Tribune.

The similar descriptions lead the police to believe that the suspect is also responsible for the Edina robbery on Tuesday night at Southdale Mall. The armed suspect approached and robbed her, reports ABC.

Edina is offering as much as $5,000 for information about these incidents, reports the Star Tribune.

Como Zoo's polar bears turn 16

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By: Angela Wendler

Como Zoo celebrates the 16th birthday of Neil and Buzz, the resident polar bears, reports the Star Tribune.

The zoo staff recognized the special occasion by giving each of the polar bears a 16-layer ice cake. The cake was made of lard, peanut butter, fish, fruit, and grape Kool-Aid, reports ABC.

The bears were also given a new toy for their birthday, reports the Star Tribune.

The polar bears moved into their brand new enclosure, Polar Bear Odyssey, in the spring of 2010, reports the Star Tribune.

Mountain lion shot in rural Minnesota

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By: Angela Wendler

A 125-pound mountain lion was shot and killed Sunday in rural southwest Minnesota by a local resident, reports the Star Tribune.

It is illegal to shoot a mountain lion in Minnesota, unless the animal poses an immediate threat to human life, reports the Pioneer Press.

Bruce Ihnen of Round Lake Township spotted the cougar when leaving his brother's farm around 6:30 p.m. Ihnen called a friend, Daniel Hamman, who came with a rifle and shot the cat as it was running away, reports the Star Tribune.

The animal posed no immediate threat when it was killed. Hamman is facing the possibility of legal charges in connection with the shooting, reports the Pioneer Press.

Neither Hamman or Ihnen were available for comment, reports the Pioneer Press.

Mountain lions have an increasing presence in Minnesota and continue to be protected by the state, reports the Pioneer Press.

Science experiment results in a second degree burns

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By: Angela Wendler

A 15-year-old Maple Grove student's face was badly burned during a classroom science experiment, reports NBC.

Dane Neuberger suffered second-degree burns to his face, neck, and right hand. He was rushed to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, reports the Star Tribune.

Three other Maple Grove Junior High students suffered minor burns. They were treated at the hospital and have been released, reports the Star Tribune.

Neuberger is expected to make a full recovery and have minimal scarring from the accident, reports the Star Tribune.

The accident was reported by NBC to have been the result of an experiment performed by teacher Matthew Achor, 61, involving matches and menthane gas.

The fire was small and was put out before the police and firefighters could arrive, reports NBC.

An investigation is underway by both the State Fire Marshall and the school to determine the cause of the fire, reports NBC.

The Sleep Out King ends his career

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By: Angela Wendler

Wayzata High School senior, Peter Larson, is wrapping up his Sleep Out career after 12 consecutive years. Larson has raised nearly $400,000 in an effort to prevent homelessness, reports NBC.

Larson has been working with Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) every holiday season since he was 6-years-old to raise awareness of homelessness, reports NBC.

"One thing I've noticed with Peter is that his commitment has never wavered. Other kids get distracted, but every year he's right there for us," said Lenore Franzen, IOCP marketing communications manager, reports the Star Tribune.

This is the last year that Larson will be participating in the annual Sleep Out fundraiser due to his plans to attend college next year in California, reports the Star Tribune.

"It wouldn't be the same, since it's sunny there," he said. "But maybe when I'm home over Christmas, I'll do it again one night. There will be an empty space in my life next year," reports the Star Tribune.

Man found dead in the street in South Minneapolis

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By: Angela Wendler

A normally quiet South Minneapolis neighborhood was shaken by a fatal shooting Saturday night, reports the Star Tribune.

The victim was found by police at 10:15 p.m. at the intersection of 44th Street E. and 33rd Avenue S. The neighbors told police that they heard a fight and then five gunshots, reports ABC.

The victim's identity has not been released and no suspects have been arrested, reports the Star Tribune.

The victim had three gunshot wounds on his chest and another on his face, reports the Star Tribune.

One of the neighbors ran outside to help. He and his girlfriend attempted to help the victim, but he was dead before the paramedics arrived, reports the Star Tribune.

Driver turns himself after a fatal Minneapolis hit-and-run

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By: Angela Wendler

A North Minnepolis man fled after fatally hitting a 61-year-old bicyclist Saturday morning and turned himself in by evening, reports the Star Tribune.

The bicyclist was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries, reports the Star Tribune.

The hit-and-run happened at intersection of E. Franklin Avenue and West River Parkway at 11 a.m. The bicyclist was attempting to cross to the nearby bike path, reports the Star Tribune.

The police issued a description of the suspect vehicle after the incident. The truck was found in North Minneapolis, reports the Pioneer Press.

A Madison man sentenced for the death of three students

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By: Angela Wendler

A Wisconsin man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for a drunken crash that killed three students, reports Associated Press.

Bradley Erickson, 32, of Madison, tearfully told the Dane County Court judge that he was "incredibly sorry" for the deaths. He will serve his prison sentence in addition to 15 years of extended supervision, reports the Minnesota Daily.

Marcus Johnson, 19, of Milwaukee and Wilfredo Ugarte, 23, of Puerto Rico, two University of Minnesota cheerleading recruits, were killed in the crash, reports the Associated Press.

Johnson's fiancee, Elysia Rapp, 20, of Racine, Wis., a student at Century College, was also killed in the crash, reports the Minnesota Daily.

Ashley Wilson, a University of Minnesota student, was also injured in the accident, reports the Associated Press.

The accident happened at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, 2010, in Burke, a suburb of Madison, reports the Associated Press.

Brooklyn Center father accidentally kills his son

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By: Angela Wendler

A Brooklyn Center man was charged with second degree manslaughter for the death of his 23-year-old son, reports the Star Tribune.

Howard G. Bascomb and his son, Alexander A. Bascomb, were drinking in their home before "messing around" with a handgun that accidentally went off, reports NBC.

The incident happened Tuesday, around 3:20 a.m. on the 6800 block of York Place, reports the Star Tribune.

Howard Bascomb admitted that the 9 millimeter handgun was his, and the shooting was his fault, reports NBC.

The victim's mother and girlfriend were asleep in the home at the time of the incident, reports the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis party ends in death

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By: Angela Wendler

A man is in custody in connection with the death of another man in connection with an alleged party shooting, reports the Star Tribune.

The police responded to a report of a shooting in the 3000 block of Pleasant Avenue shortly after 6:30 a.m., reports the Star Tribune.

When the police arrived they found a man with gunshot wounds. The man was later pronounced dead at the scene, reports the Pioneer Press.

Witnesses at the scene named a suspect. The police later arrested him after stopping his vehicle at the intersection of Lake Street and Pillsbury Avenue South, reports the Pioneer Press.

The suspect was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to receive treatment for noncritical stab wounds, reports the Star Tribune.

More than 10 adults and children were in the apartment. The police believe that the shooting occurred at a party, reports the Pioneer Press.

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