MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Minneapolis woman struck and killed by Green Line LRT
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities have identified the woman struck and killed by a light-rail train Sunday near the Minneapolis-St.Paul border.
Metro Transit officials 42-year-old Shana Buchanan of Minneapolis may have been wearing headphones as she attempted to cross the tracks on a pedestrian walkway. Buchanan died at the scene on University Avenue. She is the first fatality since the Green Line opened in mid-June.
A Rochester man says he was stabbed Sunday afternoon in a city park. The 21-year-old told police he was walking through Bear Creek Park near Mayo High School when a man came up from behind and assaulted him. The victim says the man cut him in the face, near his right eye. He called a friend, who drove him to the hospital.
A west-central Minnesota woman has filed a complaint against the Atwater police chief, saying he trespassed on her property, killed her son's pet chicken and left the bird's decapitated head near the backyard chicken coop. Ashley Turnbull told the St. Paul Pioneer Press she knew having chickens was violating city ordinance and admits she was told to remove them, but believes Police Chief Trevor Berger went too far in killing the bird. Berger says he was enforcing a 54-year-old city ordinance and responding to a neighbor's repeated complaints. The incident is expected to be a topic during the Atwater City Council meeting tomorrow, when Chief Berger intends to present a proposed ordinance to allow chickens in the city -- which the council asked him to prepare earlier this year.
An Albert Lea hotel was robbed at gunpoint late last night. Police say two men with a gun held up the Holiday Inn Express on East Main Street and ran off with an unknown amount of money. They were wearing dark clothing and their faces were mostly covered. No shots were fired and no one was hurt.
Minnesota-based Cargill has agreed to purchase Archer Daniels Midland Company's global chocolate business for 440 million dollars. Bryan Wurscher, president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate North America, says the acquisition will bring together great people with a deep passion and commitment to producing excellent chocolate and the company's customers, "will benefit from a broader product portfolio, greater access to innovation and product development support." The transaction includes ADM's three North American chocolate plants, located in Milwaukee, Pennsylvania and Ontario and three in Europe. Cargill will gain about 700 new employees. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in the United States and the European Union, and is expected to close in the first half of 2015.
Around two dozen University of Minnesota Duluth football players have been cited for underage drinking at a weekend party. School officials say the university is dealing with the matter internally. Police were called to a large house party overnight Sunday where the players were cited. No word yet on what disciplinary action will be taken by school officials.
A majority of Minnesota school districts are now offering free all-day kindergarten. State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius (cuh-SELL'-ee-us) says it's a great stepping stone in a child's education, with concepts and content that students learn in kindergarten building for first grade, first grade building for second grade and so on. Minnesota is following a national trend of getting students into school earlier in hopes they will do better academically and need fewer interventions as they progress through school.
Police in Brainerd are investigating at least eight reports of counterfeit 100-dollar bills being used or found in the past week. A 25-year-old woman was arrested for trying to pay with one at a local business. Investigators say the fake hundreds look like the real thing, but say "For Motion Picture Use Only" in the upper right corner and the picture of Benjamin Franklin has raised eyebrows and different lips. The counterfeit also has a different feel than genuine paper money. The U.S. Secret Service has been notified. Anyone with information should contact the Brainerd Police Department.
A Minnesota couple is traveling two-thousand miles by canoe and sailboat to Washington D.C. to speak out against sulfide mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Amy and Dave Freeman departed from Ely just over a week ago and reached Grand Portage over the weekend. They're now sailing down the North Shore and Dave Freeman says they'll do events all along the way -- tonight in Grand Marais, later in Knife River and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Duluth. About 600 miles of the Freemans' trip will be by sailboat. The other 14-hundred miles they plan to travel by canoe. You can track their progress at paddle-to-dc-dot-org (paddletodc.org).