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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Lightning strikes from storm causes fires in Duluth

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DULUTH -   Overnight lightning strikes kept emergency responders in Duluth busy overnight. 

The Duluth Fire Department responded to three separate incidents - in the first a bolt of lightning knocked out power to a home on Greene Street, but there was no apparent damage.  Lightning hit the chimney of a three story apartment building and commercial business on Superior, blowing apart the chimney and igniting a fire on the roof.  A large hole that was left behind also caused significant water damage because of the heavy rain.  Damage is estimated to be about $75,000.  A similar incident at a home in Woodland caused about $40,000 in damage.

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While some areas of severe weather moved through east-central and southeast Minnesota overnight, forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say most of the worst is past.  There will be thunderstorm chances throughout the week, with the worst of the rough weather expected along and south of I-90.  Organized severe weather isn't expected, but meteorologists say that isolated thunderstorms could bring heavy rain, hail, and high winds and some localized storm damage.  With an active weather pattern this week, they add that repeated soakings could lead to rising rivers and possibly some flash flooding.

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Welcome Week at the University of Minnesota begins on Wednesday and around 5,400 new students begin moving in on campus starting today (MON). Director of the U of M's Orientation and First Year Programs, Beth Lingren Clark, says more than 430 upper-class volunteers are on hand to offer guidance to freshmen. Clark says new students will also learn about how to use light rail and make trips to the Mall of America and other spots of interest to help familiarize them with their surroundings and the greater community.

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It's State Patrol Day at the Minnesota State Fair.  The State Patrol Honor Guard will post the colors today and a State Patrol helicopter will take to the skies this afternoon.  Vintage State Patrol vehicles will be on display at the fairgrounds, including a 1930 Harley Davidson motorcycle, Model A, 1954 Ford and 1979 Dodge.  There will be demonstrations throughout the day from K-9 officers, as well as on the proper use of airbags and seatbelts, and fairgoers will be able to test a pair of Fatal Vision Goggles - to see just how impaired they are after drinking.

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Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility are suing the Todd County farm owned by Iowa-based Gourley Brothers LLC, saying the odor makes the facility a nuisance under state law.  The lawsuit comes just days after a ruling in another legal battle with Gourley Brothers over how much groundwater the facility can use each year. The Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with the Humane Society of the United States and attorney Amanda Hungerford says the judges ordered the Department of Natural Resources to review its earlier approval.  Efforts to reach Gourley Bros. for comment on the water ruling and the foul-odor litigation have been unsuccessful.

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Police have arrested four suspects after two men were stabbed early Saturday morning in Fridley.  The 21-year-old victims told police that they met two women at the Two Stooges bar agreed to give them a ride to an apartment but when they arrived at the complex two men approached and stabbed them several times. Yani Singh of Columbia Heights and Anthony McCollum of Hilltop remain hospitalized with serious injuries.  The Anoka County Sheriff's Department says two 22-year-old women, one 25-year-old man and one 18-year-old man have been arrested but have not yet been formally charged.

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A Minneapolis man shot almost seven years ago has died and officials are calling his death a homicide.  50-year-old Lionel Miles died on Wednesday as a result of complications from a remote gunshot wound he received in November of 2007. That's according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.  The man convicted for shooting Miles served time for first degree assault.  Minneapolis. Police spokesman says now that Miles' death has been ruled a homicide, the case is going back to the Hennepin County Attorney's office to see if further charges are warranted. The man convicted for assaulting Miles was released from prison in 2012 and served the rest of his time on supervised release. 

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