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The Make-A-Wish foundation has launched their new campaign called Season of Wishes, where they will grant 50 wishes and KSTP showed how a Warroad 7-year-old is getting her wish.

Kimmy, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy struggles with being independent because her disease, which weakens her muscles, makes Kimmy rely heavily on her parents, according to KSTP.

To grant Kimmy's wish, architects at Rehkamp Larson Architects Inc. are building a playhouse for Kimmy in her front yard where she can play independently without Mom and Dad's help. What name did Kimmy call her playhouse? Kimmy's Castle.

Jean Rehkamp-Larson, an architect of the company, said they typically create houses and do renovations, but will take on creating Kimmy's Castle. Amanda Kay, another architect at the company, said that it's a a great opportunity. "Hearing her story, how could you say no? she said.

Kimmy needs back growing rod surgery every six months, her mother Dian Mullis said told KSTP. Kimmy has a high-tech chair that can take her outside to play, but once she is outside, she can't do much since something has to be at Kimmy's height for her to use it, according to KSTP.

Ultimately, what Kimmy wants is the freedom to play without her parents' help. "I want [the playhouse] to be independent so I can go in there and do whatever I want," she said.

Hit and run leaves Iraq vet. in cirtical condition

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A Minnesota man who served his country as a Marine in Iraq remains in critical condition after being hit by a car in small-town Gaylord, Minn., this past October while he was riding his motorcycle, Kare 11 News reported.

John Byro, 29, was supposed to leave Hennepin County Medical Center this week, but his conditions worsened, forcing him to stay longer, making his sister stay longer also, Kare 11 reporter Jay Olstad said.

"The staff has been joking about changing my address to his room," said Byro, who has stayed at the hospital for the past 37 days alongside her brother.

John was supposed to be transferred from HCMC to Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul to begin his long-term rehab but then things took a turn for the worse, Kare 11 said.

Fluid built up in his brain and he was rushed into surgery. Kare 11 reported that all of his progress was "wiped away." "And after 48 hours of not moving or opening his eyes, you start to think really, really bad things," Byro said.

However, Kare 11 reported that John opened his eyes this morning and his sister hopes that John will pull through and also that the person who hit John will come forward.

Byro's family is planning a benefit Friday Dec. 9 in hopes of raising money to pay for John's medical costs as well as to increase the $5000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest, Olstad reported.

A night out at a Dinkytown bar

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It's Friday night and a Dinkytown bar, the Library, rages on, according to a Minnesota Daily reporter on the scene.

Blasting from the speakers, Raghav Mehta, the Daily reporter, heard blue-haired beauty Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," which sent "patrons into a drunken frenzy," he said.

Wanting to know what these patrons thought of what Mehta called the "[epitomy] of a 'campus bar," he started interviewing.

"There are a lot of bros here, but the drinks are so cheap," psychology major Alaina Klocke said, her voice nearly being drowned by the bar's chatter.

Klocke came to the Library with her friend, Erica Tasto who is a journalism student. "It's better than going to Blarney, and Burrito Loco is always a bust," Tasto, a junior at the University, said.

Mehta is not surprised by what he sees: college students cutting back and taking a break from the wear-and-tear of the college grind. He claims that the drinks are in a college student's budget and is a popular place to come because of the close proximity to student housing.

"It was almost 1 a.m. when another wave of patrons entered, making an already dense crowd even more difficult to maneuver," Mehta wrote. As he makes his way to the second level of the bar, he notices Jennifer Maes, a Political Science junior, who doesn't seem happy to be at the Library.

Maes, lost in the crowd of what Mehta calls "clean-cut boozehounds," can't find the friend she came to the bar to meet, one reason why she doesn't like to come to the Library.

"There are too many bros here ... " she said. "I get why people come here, but I can't stand it."

The "Arts and Entertainment" section of the Minnesota Daily hit the streets of campus to capture five trend-setters among University of Minnesota students.

First up was Caroline Janson, a chemical engineering student who transferred to the University from Sweden. Rocking a form-fitting pencil skirt and tank top, she decided that outfit wasn't enough. She paired it with a flannel shirt to complete her ensemble but added those extra touches like leather lace-ups and glasses (even if she needs them to see) to make the outfit come full circle.

Next is Lacy Braun, a public relations major who wore a wide-legged red pant with a tucked in white blouse. She pairs the outfit with black pumps and a simple white clutch to complete her business-casual outfit.

Cho Hung, an engineering student, dressed in high-wasted royal blue silk pants. Think the magic genie from Aladdin, but trendier. She pairs it with a tan 3/4-length shirt and flat sandals to give her outfit a classy and effortless look.

Last but not least is Chloe Ahlf, an apparel design major, who obviously knows how to put an outfit together. She paired a feminine and well-fitted flannel shirt with ripped stockings. She wore "Daisy Dukes" and moccasins to complete the look, giving off a Bohemian feel that is always applauded.

Of the five Washington County districts, four can continue to raise student achievement since their levies were renewed Tuesday. The Star Tribune reported that these renewals will bring millions of dollars to these districts in the upcoming years.

However, the Independent School District 834 Board of Stillwater faces cuts up to $10 million from the budget after voters rejected two levies and a bond issue, according to the Stillwater Gazette.

Stillwater Superintendent Corey Lunn told the Star Tribune that the people were clear with their message. "As a school district we must find ways to do more with less, become more efficient, and change the way we do business," he said.

The first levy, which proposed to revoke the district's current $965 per pupil per year for $1,465 failed by 52 percent. The "no" votes totaled 7,030 against the 6,454 "yes" votes, according the the Stillwater Gazette.

The levy that requested new technology to provide students with learning aids like iPads or online textbooks received 53 percent of the "no" vote, according to the Star Tribune. This levy would have provided the district $982,300 a year for seven years, the Star Tribune reported.

The bond that amounted to $18.3 million, which would have paid to upgrade facilities failed by a 52 percent margin to a 48 percent margin, according to the Stillwater Gazette.

"We're going to do our best to maintain quality education, but there's no doubt things will have to look vastly different," Lunn told the Stillwater Gazette.

The debate of building a new Viking's stadium continues and owner Zygi Wilf told the Associated Press Thursday that the team would spend much less than the originally pledged $400 million if the stadium is not built in the preferred location, Arden Hills.

The Star Tribune reported that the team would pay around $225 million (or less) and the rest would be paid through a National Football League loan, where visiting teams and the sale of personal seat licenses would cover the cost of the $1.1 billion project, according to Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chairman Ted Mondale.

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislatures have yet to approve the funding plan where taxpayers would provide $650 million or roughly 60 percent of the project, while the Vikings' contribution would amount to about 37 percent, according to state calculations referenced in the Star Tribune.

Though some politicians and business leaders prefer a downtown Minneapolis location, Wilf is committed to the Arden Hills location. "Any other location besides Arden Hills wouldn't justify near that level of commitment," he told the Associated Press.

If a deal is not reached soon, Minnesota is in jeopardy of losing its football team to Los Angeles, who the Associated Press calls "football-hungry."

A Sports Illustrated study this year of NFL finance with the help of private wealth assessment company concluded that the $1.1 billion stadium-building project would be the third most expensive of the 11 NFL stadiums completed in the past decade, the Star Tribune reported.

Dayton told the Star Tribune that he has not pressed the NFL or or the Vikings about their shares: "Where the Wilfs obtain their financing, whether it's from a lending institution or their own wherewithal or the league -- it's really their business."

A determined Wilf said, " ... It's not a matter of when, but how we do it. I think as we work toward getting this resolved, everyone will focus on how it gets done and not if," according to the Associated Press.

Rachel Sandell of Duluth, Minn. died Oct. 16 after losing a year and a half battle to a rare form of liver cancer, Northland's NewsCenter reports.

A funeral was not scheduled, but a celebration of Rachel's life took place on Oct. 29 where family and friends gathered to share stories and memories about her, according to the Northland's NewsCenter.

"She didn't want a funeral, she didn't want anything sappy and I think the main thing was just to have a big celebration together, celebrate all of her achievements and everything she's done," Anna Adatte said, a best friend of Rachel's.

Rachel's parents, Katie and Dick Sandell, told Fox21 News that they learned more from their daughter than they've learned from anyone in their entire lives. "She didn't feel sad or depressed about her situation she just knew that, I still have a life to live," Dick said.

Her positive outlook not only touched her parent's lives, but the lives of her younger sisters, Ruby and Charlotte, as well, Fox21 News reports. " ... It just amazed me sometimes just how positive and happy she was, how normal she lived her life even though she had cancer," Charlotte said.

At the celebration, the dance team Rachel was a part of at East High School performed a dance in honor of their friend, according to Northland's NewsCenter.

The night was filled with laughing and crying where friends reminisced about Rachel.

Anna Little, a friend of Rachel's, said, "We just want to make sure that tonight her spirit and her personality got across to everyone and everyone could remember all the fun things and all the good times with her."

11-year-old-boy attends college university as PSEO student

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He is not here to visit his older sister. He is not here with his 5th grade class on a field trip. No, Lucas Kramer, 11, is studying at the University of Minnesota as a PSEO student, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Lucas' mother, Angela Kramer, attends classes with Lucas and drives the hour-long car ride to campus with him so Lucas can attend his classes, reports the Daily.

Unlike other kids his age, Lucas spends his weekends completing homework. "No time for cartoons or video games," he told CBS Minnesota. And while most children are not even thinking about what they would like to major in when they get to college, Lucas plans to major in either chemical engineering or material science, reports the Daily.

Once Lucas has finished his PSEO classes, in what he guesses as spring of 2013, he intends to complete a few years at the University as a college student. He will take a variety of classes of classes to find out what interests him, Lucas told the Daily.

Whatever Lucas chooses to do in life, his father, Tim Kramer, said his son will be influenced by God: "It's just the one thing that I guess is really important in all I do is just try to do what God would want me to do always," Lucas said to CBS Minnesota.

Albert Lea couple admits to making counterfeit bills

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An Albert Lea couple was charged Thursday in Freeborn County District for allegedly manufacturing counterfeit bills.

According to the Star Tribune, Heather Cameron, 34, pleaded guilty on Thursday and her husband Travis Cameron, 31, pleaded guilty on Monday. The two are part of a group of eight that makes, distributes and passes the bills in South Minneapolis.

To create the counterfeit bills, the couple allegedly used an oven cleaner to wash $5 bills and then they digitally scanned an image of a $100, and then printed the image on the washed bill, the Albert Lea Tribune reports

On May 31 Heather was arrested after paying with a counterfeit bill at a Wal-Mart in Owatonna and admitted in a statement to the police that she made the bill, according the Albert Lea Tribune.

Currently, the couple were ordered unconditional bails of $100,000 each by Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab, and the couple will appear in court July 5, the Albert Lea Tribune reports.


St. Paul teacher sentenced after running over a child

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A St. Paul teacher was sentenced on Oct. 27 to 90 days in The Ramsey County jail after he ran over a 2-year-old girl with his car in a parking lot.

According to the Star Tribune, Hamjatta Fofana, 53, was under the influence and had a blood alcohol content of .32 percent when the police found him in his apartment nearby.

The criminal complaint stated that Fofana drove away and that "the father ran to the driver's door and pulled on the Honda's emergency brake, and the mother pulled the girl from under the car."

The Star Tribune reports that Fofana, who has been a second-language teacher at a St. Paul public school since 1993 remains on paid administrative leave, said St. Paul schools spokeswoman Toya Stewart Downey.

Fofana was charged with criminal vehicular operation and driving while intoxicated and he pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation, the Pioneer Press reports.


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