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An 11-year-old girl is in a medically induced coma after being accidentally shot in the head when her father's gun discharged on Thursday.

According to the Pioneer Press, other family members were present when the gun accidentally discharged. Jesse Montanye was fixing his gun inside the house after the gun jammed during target practice.

As reported in the Star Tribune, Maddy Montanye is in critical condition after doctors removed fragments of her skull and the bullet to relieve pressure on Friday.

Driver in critical condition after van collides with cow

A driver sustained serious injuries after her van collided with a cow on Saturday night on Interstate 90.

According to the Star Tribune, 36-year-old Svetlana Y. Schmitz was taken to St. Marys Hospital.

In the Pioneer Press article, Schmitz's one passenger, 62-year-old Tatyana Grigorieskaya, only had minor injuries. Grigorieskaya was also taken to St. Marys Hospital to be treated.

Traffic going westbound on I-90 was closed for an hour as the crash site was being cleared as well a medical helicopter came to take Schmitz to the hospital.

Fourteen year olds found dead in a house

Two 14-year-old girls were found dead in a home in Island Lake Township in Marshall, Minn. on Saturday.

According to the Pioneer Press, authorities are still investigating the cause of death.

However, in a Star Tribune article, it appears the two girls committed suicide but there were no signs of foul play according to authorities.

The two girls, Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both from Lynd, Minn., attended a middle school in Marshall, Minn., where grief counselors will be present for students and parents on Monday.

Interstate 94 reopens after two semis crash

Interstate 94 reopened 4 a.m. Sunday after two semi trucks crashed around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the Star Tribune, the two semis crashed 4 miles south of Eau Claire, killing one driver.

The driver was 48-year-old Jeffery D. Moore of Mooresville, Ind.

The other driver was identified as 42-year-old Andrey Sasin, of New York. Sasin was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Alcohol does not seem a factor but Wisconsin State Patrol say that Sasin was facing an enforcement action.

As reported in the Pioneer Press, one of the trucks burst into flames.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Jesus statue damaged from fire

A 7-foot-tall Jesus statue outside of a St. Paul home was damaged by fire on a Saturday night.

The statue was specially made in Vietnam for Tuan Pham was in the middle of a dispute between Pham's family and the St. Paul City Council, being cited to being too close to the Mississippi River bluffline. The required distance is 40-feet.

According to the Pioneer Press, Pham's wife woke up at 6 a.m. Sunday to find piles of small wood at the base of the statue and an aerosol can and matches nearby. A smaller statue next to the 7-foot statue was damaged.

As reported in the Star Tribune, the family set up "Do not touch" signs by the woodpile and the aerosol can so as not to disturb the evidence. The family sees this as a sign, where Pham believes that he should never give up like God and that he should "follow him."

The statue's base was discolored and covered in gray soot.

This is the second time the statue has been damaged. The first time somebody fired a paintball at the Jesus statue about a year ago.

Motorcyclist dies after fall by Highway 169

A Mankato man fell from his bike and died Saturday afternoon by Highway 169.

According to Star Tribune, the 52-year-old was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall.

As reported in the Pioneer Press, State Patrol say that it might have been a medical condition that made him fall off his bike.

Information is being withheld about his name and relatives, as well as what might have actually happened to him.

Franken taking some time to consider Stillwater bridge

Sen. Al Franken took some time Saturday to consider the construction proposal of the Stillwater bridge over the St. Croix river.

Franken toured the bridge with Nancy Daubenberger, the State Bridge Engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki looking at the current two lanes and structure of the bridge.

According to the Star Tribune, environmental groups are opposing the idea of the construction of the new Stillwater bridge and would prefer one close to the old bridge. But officials say that the preferred site would "detract from the attractiveness of the historic downtown district."

As reported in the Pioneer Press, the environmental groups who are opposing the idea say that construction would "conflict with the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act."

So far, Gov. Mark Dayton, and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker approve the construction of a new bridge.

Rep. Betty McCollum and former Vice President Walter Mondale, however, oppose it. Franken is listening to both sides and will consider the idea for a few days, or weeks, he said.

If the plan is put forward, the cost would be $574 million to $690 million, and splitting it between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Walker's office expressed that Wisconsin might not be able to help pay for this cost and would have to make sure that Minnesota is willing to help out.

Flood breaks gas line in New Ulm

Flooding in New Ulm breaks a gas line on Sunday.

According to the Pioneer Press, state emergency officials shut off the gas when residents smelled gas and saw bubbles in the river on Saturday afternoon.

As reported on the Star Tribune, Jill Oliveira, spokeswoman for the state's emergency operations center, said that the temporary gas line was being checked on regularly and that a new gas line will be built underground after the waters recede.

Two men shot in the leg at separate times and locations

Two men were shot in the leg at different times and locations in South Minneapolis on Sunday.

According to the Pioneer Press, the incidents happened within less than an hour between each other. One man was shot in front of a convenience store and the second occurred outside of Crosstown Market on 58th Street and 34th Avenue South around 1 p.m.

As reported on the Star Tribune, the first victim knew the shooter but the second victim did not. Convenience store owner Cal Abdul said that victim one and the shooter were arguing in the shop and went outside when the shooter pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg.

The shooter fled on foot. The incident was filmed on the store's surveillance camera. Both victims were treated at the Hennepin County Medical Center and are expected to recover.

Bachmann gets historical fact wrong

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann mistook Concord, N.H., for the Concord, Mass. where the famous shot was heard around the world.

Bachmann was in N.H. for her first stop on her political trip to talk about a 2012 year-free of President Obama.

According to the Pioneer Press, Bachmann's speech was interrupted by people posing as college students who protested for increased funding for AIDS treatment programs.

As reported on the Star Tribune, Bachmann's speech was met with loud applause in support of an Obama free year in 2012.

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