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Twins send Hardy packing

The Twins set the stage for a plethora of roster moves Thursday by trading shortstop JJ Hardy, according to the Star Tribune.

Along with Hardy, the Twins sent infielder Brendan Harris and $500,000 to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for relievers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson.

The move signifies that the Twins are comfortable with their negotiatons with Japanes infield Tsuyoshi Nishioki, according to Associated Content.

U granted record research money

The University of Minnesota is up to the eight highest spending university in the nation, according to the Star Tribune.

The increase is up two spots from 2005, and 2010 will see a 23 percent increase according to the National Science Foundation.

Vice President for research Tim Mulcahy said that the spending in this fiscal year is a new high-water mark for the university.

The grants may have come at a good time, because state and federal money are reportedly "drying up."

Bloomingto to examine lake for invasive weeds

Bloomington will test Bush Lake for invasive weed species this spring, according to the Star Tribune.

The problem, which has affected Bloomington for 20years, will not be directly addressed this spring. The problem with the two invasive species -- Eurasian water milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed -- must be properly evaluated before it can be treated, according to civil engineers.

The Izaak Walton Group is lobbying to the state for a DNR grant that would help restore the lake's original water quality, according to Minnesota Lakes.

U to shut down over winter holidays

The University of Minnesota will be partially shutting down in an effort to trim spending over the holidays, according to the Star Tribune.

The primary motive is to cut payroll spending for employees nearly $28 million. The unpaid leave coupled with 1.15 percent paycut will constitute most of the target savings.

The campus buses, dining halls and library will all be locked down for the first time from Dec. 24- Jan. 2, according to the Star Tribune.

Chaska school district set for recount

The Chaska-area school district will have a recount Monday for one of its chair positions, according to the Star Tribune.

It's the first recount "that officials can recall" in school history, and is the result of a candidate's narrow victory after not campaigning.

Tim Klein wasn't expecting to win and didn't campaign, which is why Bryan Litsey is asking for a recount. The race was within one half of one percent of the total votes, so Litsey is entitled to demand a recount, according to the Chaska Herald.

Vikings drop 100th ever game to Packers

Green Bay's 31-3 dismantling of Minnesota effectively ended realistic hopes of a Vikings playoff run Sunday, according to the AP. With it, went the probable chances of a 41-year-old quarterback returning to the playoffs in what will almost undoubtedly be his final season.

Brett Favre, the man who quarterbacked the Packers for most of his 20-year career, could do nothing to stop the steamrolling by his former team in the 100th match between the bitter rivals.

The first two paragraphs of the AP story speak volumes:

"If this were indeed Brett Favre's final Packers-Vikings game, Aaron Rodgers sure made it clear who's in charge of this rivalry right now.

Rodgers threw for 301 yards, with three of his four touchdown passes going to Greg Jennings. He beat Favre for the second time this season and sent Green Bay to a 31-3 victory over melting-down Minnesota on Sunday."

The result should surprise few, as Sunday's game was a microcosm of Minnesota's season, according to the Pioneer Press.

Many fans clad in purple and gold at the Metrodome were silent for most of the afternoon; possibly at a loss for words that the Vikings season is effectively over at the hands of their most vaunted rivals.

Minneapolis to impose $200 fine for unlicensed pets

The city of Minneapolis intends to impose a $200 fine to pet owners with unlicensed dogs or cats, according to the Star Tribune.

This after the city implemented incentives to have owners license their pets, but the intended effect has not "paid off the way Minneapolis had hoped."

The proposal for the fee won unanimous proposal from a City Council committee on Wednesday.

One reason behind the incentives and now penalties is because licensed pets are three times more likely to be returned to their owners than non-licensed pets, according to Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Target Field upgraded

Twins Sports Inc. has spent $6 million to upgrade newly-built Target Field, according to the Star Tribune.

The chic new stadium already won ESPN The Magazine's "best stadium" award, topping the likes of Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Lambeau Field.

Among the improvements are a second scoreboard in right field, free wi-fi throughout the ballpark, and additional heating options, Twins President Dave St. Peter said.

The new scoreboard will be built by Brookings-based Daktronics, and measure 28 feet high by 50 feet wide, according to Argus Leader. Those dimensions would make the smaller, "secondary" scoreboard, larger than the main screen at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Man killed in in rollover

A man was killed in a one-car rollover in Maplewood near Carver Ave. on Interstate 494 Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.

The 24-year-old man was heading South on I-494 when his vehicle veered and then over corrected, according to the Pioneer Press.

Cop shoots, kills knife-wielding man

A police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man in a Lyndale Ave. apartment in Bloomington Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

Police responded to a reported disturbance at the apartment where a victim was apparently stabbed. The suspect died at the scene and the stab victim was taken to a hospital.

The officer has been given paid leave of absence, according to KARE 11 news.

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