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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Minneapolis boy's death regarded as 'suspicious'

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MINNEAPOLIS-- Police are now calling suspicious the death of a 9-year-old boy found hanging from a clothesline in Minneapolis.

The youth was discovered in the backyard of an abandoned home by people who lived nearby and died of his injuries Monday night. Minneapolis Police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington says the child was playing with a group of kids before the incident, and it is being investigated as suspicious in part because the boy's feet were touching the ground. Investigators are working to determine if it was a game gone wrong, an intentional injury, or a tragic accident.

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Former 7th District Congressman Arlan Stangeland died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday afternoon at his lake home near Pelican Rapids. Stangeland represented Minnesota's 7th District from 1977 through 1990. Former DFL Senator Keith Langseth defeated him in a 1974 Minnesota House race and says they still had a good relationship after that election. Stangeland won a special election for the U.S. House in 1976 after Congressman Bob Bergland was appointed Secretary of Agriculture. Stangeland lost his seat to current 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson.

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A Missouri woman was killed and three people were hurt in two-vehicle crash Tuesday night near Cook in northeastern Minnesota. The State Patrol says a car driven by 21-year-old Whitney Cragun of Ironton went through a stop sign on Highway 73 and collided with a tractor-trailer carrying spring wheat. Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Hill of Liberty, Missouri died in the crash. Cragun and a male passenger from England were taken to a Duluth hospital with serious injuries and a female passenger from Slovokia suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The Rainy River, Ontario woman driving the tractor-trailer wasn't hurt.

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A girl is hospitalized in serious condition after falling off a golf cart over the weekend in Henderson. The Sibley County Sheriff's Office says the 22-year-old man operating the cart was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. The unnamed girl suffered a serious head injury and was taken to the Le Sueur Hospital and then airlifted to Saint Mary's in Rochester. Criminal charges are pending against the golf cart driver.

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A taxi driver was treated at the hospital after his gas pedal got stuck and the cab crashed into a building in Columbia Heights, and police say the littered floor of the car contributed to the wreck. Investigators say the items on the floor shifted and caused the gas pedal to get stuck. Nobody in the building was hurt, and police say the cab driver's injuries were minor. 

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