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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Man shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center
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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- A man was killed early this morning in an altercation with police in Brooklyn Center.

Officers pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of Shingle Creek Parkway and the entrance ramp to westbound I-94, and say the driver struggled with police and was shot and killed. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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A body recovered from the Mississippi River Thursday in Grand Rapids is believed to be that of a missing local man. Thirty-six-year-old Jacob Marion of Grand Rapids was last seen Tuesday night and police say he left home without needed medication or his wallet. Itasca County crews pulled the body from the water while searching by boat. An autopsy will determine cause and manner of death and confirm the identity of the remains. Police continue to investigate Marion's disappearance.

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A Two Harbors man has been indicted in federal court on one count of production of child pornography. Thirty-seven-year-old Joel Allard is accused of enticing a minor to engage in sexual explicit conduct in August and September of 2011. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

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Fire destroyed an old tavern in rural St Louis County Thursday afternoon near the town of Cotton. Eight fire departments and the DNR battled the blaze at the Back Forty Bar in Ellsburg Township. The property owner was able to escape unharmed after failed attempts to put out the fire. Investigators say it appears to be accidental and the structure is a total loss. Several surrounding buildings suffered minor heat damage. 

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Day Two of the Minnesota State Fair is under way with a forecast of sunny skies and highs in the mid-80s. Some folks travel a long way to the Great Minnesota Get Together while others are just a few minutes from home. A quick sampling of fairgoers discovered someone from Canada, an Ely resident, a woman from Saint Bonifacius, and a native of nearby Roseville. Many fairgoers are seasoned veterans: One man says "we've been here year after year after year for probably 65 or 70 years." Day one attendance figures will be released this afternoon. Smashmouth, Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms perform tonight at the State Fair Grandstand.

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