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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Two dead in high-speed chase and shooting on Hwy. 212

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Two people are dead after a high-speed police chase on a metro area highway. There's no information yet on who the victims are, but no officers were injured in the shooting. 

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Authorities were trying to stop a vehicle with its hood up on Highway 212 in Eden Prairie at around 7:30 am.  Police deployed stop sticks to end the chase, causing the suspect car to crash into a wall near Highway 101.  Shots were fired after the crash, with two suspects possibly hit.  Officers say Highway 212 will be closed in both directions between Highway 101 and Dell Road until at least noon as police assess the scene. 

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Former President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Joe Biden are among dignitaries attending tomorrow's memorial service for Joan Mondale. The 83-year-old wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale died Monday after being moved into hospice care over the weekend.  Carter and Biden are scheduled to speak during the service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.  Joan Mondale was known as a strong advocate for the arts in the U.S. and in Japan while her husband served as ambassador under President Clinton. 

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Governor Dayton has declared today Minnesota Winter Olympians Day.  The governor is calling on all Minnesotans to support the state's 19 athletes competing at the Sochi Winter Olympic games.  Dayton says he is one of many Minnesotans who "grew up dreaming of making the U.S. Olympic team."  Minnesota is second only to California in the number of Olympians competing in the games. 

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An Iron Range man has pleaded guilty in federal court to kidnapping his estranged wife in July 2011.  Forty-two-year-old Timothy Caskey of Virginia admitted to abducting Roberta Caskey and taking her against her will to Texas and Mexico.  She was found in Mexico in August following Timothy's arrest.  Caskey also pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Kansas the day after the kidnapping in northern Minnesota. 

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Seventh District U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL-Detroit Lakes), lead House Democrat on the Farm Bill conference committee, says President Obama should be signing that legislation in Washington D.C. rather than in Michigan.  Peterson says he doesn't blame the president, who was going to Michigan anyway -- but people forget there are staffers who spent three years of extra hours working on the bill and they wanted to be there for the signing.  Peterson says he personally has other commitments in his district and won't be in Michigan for the ceremony.  But he adds the important thing is the president is signing the bill into law.  Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow is from Michigan and invited the president to the state.

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The Minnesota Orchestra returns to the stage tonight for their first concert since a new contract ended the 16-month lockout.  It also marks the first performance after the $52-million renovation project at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.  The musicians say they're excited to play on the new stage which is expected to make it easier for them to hear one another.  There are open houses before the concerts this weekend to let the public tour the refurbished hall.

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