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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Teen wanted In baby shooting turns himself in

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MINNEAPOLIS  --  A 17-year-old wanted in the shooting of a two-month-old boy in Minneapolis on Friday has turned himself in. 

Police say the teen is the baby's uncle and was handling a gun inside the family home when it discharged, striking the infant in the neck.  He ran from the scene, and the baby's father originally told police that the baby was hit by a stray bullet outside the home.  The teen was taken to a juvenile detention center, and a police spokesperson says they are still investigating and charges are pending.

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A backhoe operator is confirmed dead after a construction accident at the new St. Paul Saints stadium site in downtown St. Paul.  It's believed a partial building collapse caused a large slab of concrete to fall onto the cab of a backhoe that was tearing down the old Gillette building, not far from the St. Paul Farmers Market.  The Saint Paul Saints issued a statement saying there's "profound sadness" on this heartbreaking day and they're sending "deepest sympathies to the family who lost a loved one in this tragic accident."

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Funeral services took place today for a Granite Falls woman shot and killed in her home September 2nd.  26-year-old Kara Monson's family says they cannot rest until a suspect is caught.  On Sunday Monson's boyfriend, 28-year-old Christopher Panitzke of Redwood Falls, also died of gunshot wounds he suffered in the incident.  Authorities continue looking for Monson's ex-boyfriend, 28-year-old Andrew Dikken of Granite Falls, who's a "person of interest" in the case.  Dikken's abandoned truck was found two days after the shooting in a remote area about 20 miles southeast of Granite Falls.  Anyone with information on Dikken's whereabouts is asked to call police. 

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