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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: St. Paul man injured after being hit by train

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ST. PAUL - A man is expected to recover after being hit by a Green Line light-rail train yesterday afternoon. 

He was hit just after 1 p.m. near the intersection of University Avenue and Chatsworth Street in St. Paul.  Police say a preliminary investigation shows the man was illegally walking on the tracks.  The accident delayed rail service for about an hour.

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An 11-year-old North Branch boy that was hit by a car last week has died.  Police say Dallas Kasper was walking with his father on Fill Avenue last Thursday when a vehicle driven by a 46-year-old woman crossed the roadway and hit him.  Kasper died two days later in the hospital.

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Two sisters from Stillwater that were apparently murdered by the husband of one of the women in Wisconsin will be buried on Friday  Police say Ashlee Steele and her sister Kacee Tollefsbol were shot at Steele's home near Madison on Friday, and while Steele's husband has been arrested in connection with their deaths he hasn't yet been charged. He's hospitalized with injuries.  Both funerals will take place Friday at St. Michael's Church in Stillwater.  A fund has been set up for their children, and donations can be made by calling or visiting any Wells Fargo bank branch.

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A National Weather Service storm survey team spent the day yesterday (Monday) in Benton County and have confirmed a small tornado did touch down in the northeast corner of the county Sunday night.  Just before 6 p.m. an  EF0 tornado touched down about three-miles southwest of Morrill.  It tracked east northeast for about 5.8 miles and then dissipated as it entered Morrison County at 6:02 p.m.  There was some tree damage and structural damage along the path.  It was about 150 yards wide. The maximum wind strength was 75 miles an hour.  Meteorologist Tony Zaleski says a storm chaser reported a number of trees blown down, a roof was blown off a barn, and several windows were damaged in a building and in some vehicles.  The weather service says it received other reports of funnel clouds in Benton county elsewhere about the same time. There are no reports of injuries.

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A Minneapolis woman has been charged with attempted murder after she was accused of hitting a man with her car.  Police found the victim lying in the street, unconscious, outside the Bull Dog bar in the early morning on August 15th.  37-year-old Angela Dawn Jackson is accused of hitting 39-year-old Tarrince Winbush with her vehicle after an argument over a bar tab.  Winbush remains hospitalized in critical condition.  Jackson is in the Hennepin County Jail.

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The reward for information that leads to the capture of a man wanted on accusations that he shot his former boyfriend to death at an Arden Hills gas station has been increased.  Kelly Phillips was killed on August 11, and police have been searching for his business partner and former lover since.  The reward for the arrest of Ty Hoffman is now $25,000.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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A Minot, North Dakota man accused of stabbing three Winipeg men at a "We Fest" campsite earlier this month says he is not guilty.  Aaron Williams entered his plea yesterday(Monday) in Detroit Lakes.  Authorities say the 32-year-old was shocking people with a taser at the country music festival when he was confronted by the three men who tried to stop him.  That's when Williams allegedly stabbed them with a knife.  

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A former Little Canada chiropractor has admitted to sexually assaulting a client in May.  54-year-old Paul Thompson of Vadnais Heights pleaded guilty yesterday to shirt-sleeve criminal sexual contact in Ramsey County.  In June, the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners revoked Thompson's license.  Sentencing is set for October 13th; he faces no more than four years in prison.  Thompson will also have to register as a predatory offender. 

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a meeting later this week about the walleye reproduction on Lake Mille Lacs.  The meeting called "Hooked on Mille Lacs: On the Road" will be held at the New Brighton Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night.(August 28th)  The DNR says the meeting is part of a bigger plan to connect with the community more often to share fish population information, research findings and the rationale for fish management decisions.  The meeting is free and open to everyone.

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A new timeshare reselling scam is making the rounds.  The bogus firms--which claim addresses in the Twin Cities--are contacting timeshare owners and claiming they've got buyers ready to buy--and then asking for escrow funds to be wired to Mexico.  The Minnesota Better Business Bureau's Dan Hendrickson says the scammers are pretty savvy:  He says some people have run the paperwork from the fake entities by their lawyers and the lawyers have said, it looks pretty good.  Hendrickson says to do your due diligence.  Some of the fake companies to watch out for include Business Events International, Century Title Escrow Incorporated and Minne Realty Services.

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Officials say the latest statewide tests for reading show improvement for all students except 10th graders and those learning English.  Math scores are up in fifth, seventh and eighth grades, steady for third- and sixth-graders, and down slightly for fourth-graders  Increases are generally an additional one- or two-percent of students who meet or exceed performance expectations -- which Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius argues is significant.  She says it's important to look at trends, noting that a two-percent annual increase equates to 20 percent over 10 years.  On statewide science tests, grades five and eight saw increases while high school scores held steady.

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Results are expected to be announced this afternoon (2pm) at the State Fair on whether home care workers across the state have voted to join the Service Employees International Union.  Officials with the National Right to Work Foundation say if the vote is "yes," they'll likely re-file a lawsuit in federal court.  Last week a judge refused to halt the union election while it was under way, but said opponents could come back to court if home care workers decide to unionize.  The issue has prompted repeated volleys between Governor Dayton and his political opponents, who accuse the governor of paying back unions that helped him get elected.  Dayton responds home care workers have the right to decide whether they want a union.  Meanwhile two Republican state representatives say they're disappointed the Dayton administration will not allow *opponents* of the union election to observe while ballots are counted today.  GOP lawmakers say only appointees of the Dayton administration and representatives of Service Employees International Union will be watching the tabulation.

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Not one, but two new albums will be released this fall by one of Minnesota's most loved musicians.  Five years after his last release, Prince has announced plans to release the albums on September 30th. Special events and live dates are expected to accompany the release of "Plectrumelectrum," Prince's  collaborative effort with his group 3rdEyeGirl, and his solo album titled "Art Official Age."  Both will be available separately as pre-orders on the ArtOfficialAge.com website.  The albums mark Prince's return to Warner Brothers, the label he infamously split from in the 1990s and prompted him to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol.  The deal cast earlier this year that will allow Prince to own the masters of his recordings.

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