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Two men in custody for homicide in a St. Louis Park hotel

Two suspects are in custody in connection to a homicide that occurred in a St. Louis Park hotel, police said.

Apple Valley couple asks public to help decide abortion or not

A couple from Apple Valley has created quite a stir by creating the website "birth or not" to have strangers and the public vote on whether they should keep their 17 week old fetus or abort it.

According to the Star Tribune, Alisha Arnold, 30, and her husband, Peter Arnold, started the poll because Alisha Arnold was having an emotionally hard time after having three miscarriages recently. They wanted the public to voice their opinions and help their decision because they didn't know if they, or rather Alisha Arnold, would be prepared for having a baby.

Reported on the Pioneer Press, there have been a lot of commotion as to whether the creation of such a website and poll is done for seriousness, for fame, for attention or as a fad. According to Peter Arnold's mother, they were serious about the decision.

Sandi Arnold agrees that putting such a heated topic online for the public to see is a very touchy subject. She said that a lot of people will get very personal with the site. She never thought that it would get so much attention and neither did the Alisha and Peter Arnold.

Although many people are putting in their thoughts into the subject, Alisha and Peter Arnold said that they will be the ones to make the final decisions. Dec. 7 is the last day Alisha Arnold can get an abortion. The site will be closed two days before so that they can decide what they want to do.

Republicans sue two counties to rush gov. race data for recount

St. Louse and Pine county have been given an court injunction from a lawsuit filed by GOP Tom Emmer and Minnesota Republicans asking for the voting data for the governor's race.

The data is quickly needed for the recount.

The Pioneer Press reported that Emmer is behind Mark Dayton by 8,755 votes which was enough of a difference for a recount. The recount will not occur till after Thanksgiving.

According to the Star Tribune, the data needed are tally sheets, names of election judges, voter registration and so on. In St. Louis, "Patricia Stolee, St. Louis County's Director of Elections," is working on getting the information but certain information cannot be obtained and "made public until the rolls are updated."

Reported by the Star Tribune, Minnesota state law states that " 'No polling place roster may be inspected until the voting history for that precinct has been posted. No voter registration application may be inspected until the information on it has been entered into the statewide registration system.' "

U of M president search narrowed down to one finalist

A University of Minnesota alum and provost at Stony Brook University in New York has been announced as a finalist for the search for the University of Minnesota's next president.

The Pioneer Press reported that Eric Kaler was the only finalist of the four who would give an interview and be announced publicly.

Two of the finalist said that they would not be part of the pool so they were pulled from the discussion at Friday's meeting.

As mentioned on the Star Tribune, many people did not agree with the idea of choosing just the sole finalist. Many also were worried about not picking an academic, but based on Kaler's background, it is impressive, the work that he has done.

Although Kaler has been publicly announced as the sole finalist, he may not get the position of being the 16th president at the University.

Kaler will be making a visit Wednesday and Thursday to meet and talk with the campus community and the regents.

Kaler graduated from the University with a doctorate in chemical engineering from 1982.

Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said that if he was to run for presidency, repealing Obama's health care law would be a part of his platform.

According to the Star Tribune, Pawlenty said that Obamacare is "one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country." Pawlenty said that he has signed "an executive order" stating that Minnesota will not participate in Obamacare unless it is required by the law or from permission from Pawlenty.

Pawlenty also said that he prefers the government not to handle health programs and that the state, businesses and the people should be in charge.

Mentioned on the Pioneer Press, Pawlenty will make a decision early next year if he plans to race for presidency.

17-year-old boy dies at Indoor Water Park

A 17-year-old boy died at an indoor water park in Brooklyn Park Saturday night.

According to the Pioneer Press, it seems to be an apparent drowning which Hennepin County authorities are investigating.

The boy was pulled out of the water near the end of the water slide. The indoor park is in the Grand Rios Ramada Hotel and Indoor Water Park.

As mentioned in the Star Tribune, CPR was "administered to the victim" and later taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale where he died.

Weather interrupts search for Minn. family's missing plane

Blizzard-like conditions forced a stop the search for a Minnesota's family's missing plane in Wyoming.

Teams have been created to search the grounds as well as a helicopter used for grid search. Sunday marks the sixth day of searching for the family.

According to CNN.com, the family was en route from "Jackson Hole, Wyoming, airport on Monday. It was bound for Riverton, Wyoming" heading towards Minneapolis, Minn.

Two search teams were stopped during Saturday's search and had to stay in the area because of the "blizzard-like" conditions that came in.

Mentioned in the Star Tribune, the family on board the plane was "Luke Bucklin and his sons, 14-year-old twins Nate and Nick and 12-year-old Noah".

The search crew received cards, letters and notes of thank you's and support on Saturday.

Blaine teenager killed on her way to school

A teenager from Blaine was on her way to school when she was struck by a car and died.

According to the Star Tribune, Sara Hendrickson, 15, who was a sophomore at Spring Lake Park High School, was crossing County Road 10 by the crosswalks of the intersection with Washington Street at 6:20 a.m.

As mentioned in the Pioneer Press, the driver who struck her pulled over and called 911. "Hendrickson was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, where she later died."

2 men killed during dirt bike ride

Two men were killed Saturday night after one collided with the other.

According to the Pioneer Press, police were called around 11:30 p.m. and discovered that 28-year-old Kevin Allen McElwee collided with 20-year-old Jonathan Nickolas Clough.

As mentioned in the Star Tribune, the two were friends spending a weekend up north. They decided to go have a dirt bike ride late at night. They're headlights were not working.

Man and Dog hit by car on I-94

A man was taken to Region's Hospital and is in critical condition after getting hit by a car on Interstate 94, chasing after his dog.

Joshua James Davis was walking on the eastbound lane around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, chasing his dog who got loose.

According to the Star Tribune, the driver of the car, Samantha Russell, 18, and her passenger Brandon Mueller, 20, both of Lindstrom, Minn., were not seriously injured.

Davis was chasing both his pit bulls that were lose. One was found uninjured but Davis and his other pit bull was hit by the car.

As mentioned in thePioneer Press, it is still unknown as to "how Davis' dogs ended up on the interstate", but his car was found on the side near the crash site.