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Emmer concedes to Dayton

Republican candidate Tom Emmer conceded the gubernatorial race on Wednesday to DFL candidate Mark Dayton.

After a statewide recount, Dayton came out with a 9,000 vote lead. The state Supreme Court ruled against him if he would have sued, said FOX News.

"At this point I'm satisfied that we've gone through the process as the law requires and it's time to stand up and say we need to move on," Emmer said, according to Kare 11 News.

A former women's coach claimed that the University of Minnesota would not allow her to coach golf or travel with the team because she is a lesbian.

Katie Brenny said that John Harris, the director of golf, took away her responsibilities and assigned her duties to a relative who does not have a bachelor's degree, which is required of the university's coaches, according to the Pioneer Press.

Donald Chance Mark Jr., Brenny's lawyer, said on Thursday that her lawsuit would cite state laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and argue that her employers subjected her to a hostile work environment. Athletic Director Joel Maturi had no comment on Brenny's allegations, said the Star Tribune.

Mother and 2 children killed in car crash after police chase

A Fridley woman and her two sons were killed Friday after being hit by a man who was driving a stolen car while fleeing from a state trooper.

Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, and her two sons, ages 12 and 3 months were killed at about 12:45 a.m. in north Minneapolis. The state trooper had seen a car driving erratically on westbound Interstate 94 and followed the driver until he ran a red light on W. Broadway, colliding with Thomas's car, said the Star Tribune.

Rufus Onel Victor, 29, was taken to Hennepin County Jail and has been released after a 48-hour hold expired. Hennepin County Jail records say Victor was charged with suspicion of criminal vehicle operation and fleeing a police officer, said the Pioneer Press.

Next Minnesota Gophers football coach is chosen

Northern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill has been selected as the new University of Minnesota head football coach.

His official introduction to the university will be held Dec. 6 at the TCF Bank Stadium. Athletic director Joel Maturi has been interviewing several coaches since the firing of Tim Brewster on Oct. 17, said the Star Tribune.

Kill's season at Illinois ended in 10-3 and he was ranked 25th before losing to Miami on Friday at the Mid-American Conference title game, said the Pioneer Press.

Apple Valley couple leaves fate of fetus up to internet voters

An Apple Valley couple created a poll online that has drawn special attention for internet users this week asking users to determine whether they should abort their 17-week-old fetus or go through with the pregnancy.

Pete and Alisha Arnold are uncertain if they want to have a baby and say that after two miscarriages, this pregnancy was unplanned. "I feel that as I age I've actually gotten more selfish and set in my ways," Alisha wrote in early Internet blog posts on the site, reported the Pioneer Press.

By Thursday evening, roughly 80 percent of voters were in favor of Arnold giving birth while the other 20 percent were against it, said 5 EYEWITNESS News.

As of Friday afternoon, there were more than 115,000 votes.

University of Minnesota appoints new president

The University of Minnesota appointed Eric Kaler as its new 16th president on Thursday.

Kaler will be making $610,00 a year, $150,000 more than former president, Robert Bruininks and $350,000 more than his current annual salary at Stony Brook University in New York, said KSTP.

"The opportunity to come back to a place that was so meaningful to me, at such an important time for the university, and is such a wonderful place to start a presidency -- it's just a thrill beyond words," Kaler said in the Start Tribune.


Power outages affect nearly 200,000 Xcel Energy customers

Roughly 17,000 Xcel Energy customers were still without power as of Sunday evening, 9 percent of the total affected by Saturday's snowstorm.

The "vast majority" of customers will have their power back by Monday night, an Xcel Energy spokesman said in the Star Tribune.

Snow emergencies were called on Saturday for Minneapolis and St. Paul, which contributed to yet another problem posed by the snowstorm as 648 vehicles were towed in Minneapolis, said WCCO.

Man jumps to his death after foot chase with officers

A West St. Paul man jumped to his death from an I-394 off-ramp early Saturday after running from police.

Jason Yang, 29, climbed over the hurricane fencing near the freeway and jumped over a concrete barrier. MPD spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said the length of his fall was the equivalent of jumping about two floors. Yang was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, reported City Pages.

Yang had been involved in a fight outside of Epic nightclub around 2 a.m. and when police arrived, he sprinted into a parking ramp and then jumped to his death, said police in the Pioneer Press.

Historic swing bridge catches fire

The Rock Island Swing Bridge, historically known for John Dillinger's escape route in Inver Grove Heights, caught fire on Thursday.

Flames from a construction crew's welders triggered the fire around 2 p.m. The bridge was to be re-opened as a pier in three weeks, said the Pioneer Press and the Associated Press.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1895 but was closed due to safety reasons in 1999. There have been supporters of the bridge to organize fundraisers to repair and rebuild the bridge in order to turn it into an overlook and fishing pier, said WCCO.

Stabbing suspect killed by Bloomington police

A man suspected of stabbing a person was killed in a Bloomington apartment building by police on Thursday.

Police found the person who had been stabbed at the 9150 Lyndale Apartments and confronted the suspect in the hallway of an apartment building holding two knives, said police spokesman Mark Stehlik in the report in WCCO.

The reason leading up to the stabbing is still under investigation. The person who was stabbed was taken to the hospital and that person's condition is unknown, said the Associated Press.

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