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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Twin Cities Rainbow grocery stores sold

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MILWAUKEE -   Milwaukee-based Roundy's Incorporated has announced it is selling 18 Rainbow grocery stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market to Twin Cities-based Supervalu and Lunds  Ten of the Rainbow stores will become Cub stores.  And the Rainbow's in Woodbury and Eden Prairie will become Byerly's. 

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Six Rainbow stores will remain intact.  In a statement, Roundy's says the economic downturn over the last few years, coupled with an increased competitive footprint in metro market have made it difficult to keep the stores competitive.  The stores are being sold for around $65-million and the deal is expected to be finalized within the next few months.

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A bill heard in a House-Senate conference committee this morning would better monitor the use of the information collected by automated license plate readers, and in some instances require that the data gathered be destroyed within ten days.  ACLU of Minnesota legislative director Benjamin Feist says the bill has the organization's support.  The legislation classifies the data as private, demands that the information collected be destroyed within ten days if it's not part of an ongoing investigation, requires police agencies to keep a log of its use, and requires an audit of that log every two years. 

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A southern Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to felony stalking has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years probation.  Thirty-four-year-old Jason Kennedy of Sherburn is accused of exposing himself to a neighbor while living in Madelia, along with constantly texting the woman and watching her through his window.  Kennedy was initially charged with two counts of stalking and indecent exposure, but reached a plea agreement the day before trial last month.  He will also have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation, pay more than $1,500 in fines and have no contact with the dictum.

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A Hector man is hospitalized in serious condition after crashing an ATV Tuesday night in Renville County.  Deputies say 51-year-old Paul E. Johnson lost control of the machine near County Road 16, causing it to roll several times.  Johnson was able to drive a short distance to his home and call for help.  He was taken to Renville County Hospital and later flown to North Memorial Medical Center in the Twin Cities.  Johnson was not wearing a helmet.  The crash remains under investigation.

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The first saltie was expected in the Port of Duluth-Superior this morning, however significant ice issues have delayed its arrival.  Officials say the Diana should make port by 8 p.m. tonight.  The Diana will head directly to CHS in Superior to load grain.  A second saltie (Zealand Delilah) is traveling in the same group of ships across Lake Superior and plans to enter the Duluth-Superior harbor later tomorrow morning.

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