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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Winona State student dies in accident in La Crosse

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The driver found dead in a car that plunged into a creek in La Crosse, Wisconsin was a student at Winona State University.

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21-year-old Ellen Ahmann of Woodbury was the lone occupant of the car found submerged in 8-to-10 feet of water. A bus driver called dispatchers just before 1:30 Wednesday morning when he noticed tire tracks in the snow leaving the street, heading over a 40-foot embankment toward the water. An autopsy is planned for tomorrow.

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The coldest blast of the winter so far is closing schools and preventing cars from starting in northeastern Minnesota. The National Weather Service says the temperature dropped to 47-below zero this morning in Embarrass and Babbit. It was 45-below in Togo, negative 44 in Crane Lake, and a minus-42 reading in International Falls led to the cancellation of classes. Most of Minnesota remains under either a wind chill warning or advisory. Temps statewide are expected to climb above zero on Friday. But forecasters say by early next week, it will be even colder than it is now.

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Students at Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools are mourning the death of a junior classmate. Katelyn Hank of Le Sueur died New Year's Eve from injuries suffered in a sledding accident. The LSH High School/Middle School is open today and tomorrow with counselors available. There will be additional grief support for students when classes resume Monday. Hank was captain of the tennis team and active in the school's theatre program.

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At least three people are still unaccounted for after a fire at a Minneapolis apartment building early New Year's Day. Fourteen people were hurt, and three remain in critical condition. The building is caked in ice from the water firefighters used to put out the flames. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says it will be days, and maybe weeks, before they determine a cause. Debris removal began this morning. Officials are expected to release more information this afternoon (130pm) during a news conference.

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A man is hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by a car last night on the Wakota Bridge in South Saint Paul. The State Patrol says the victim was walking in the center lane of Interstate 494 when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle. He was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The victim's name and current condition have not been released. The 22-year-old Cottage Grove woman driving the car wasn't hurt.

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Preliminary numbers show there were 106 DWI arrests statewide during the New Year's holiday. The State Patrol says since Christmas Eve there have been a total of 660. More than 23-hundred people have been arrested over the New Year's holiday since 2008.

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On behalf of his client, a St. Paul attorney is filing a lawsuit demanding the Diocese of Saint Cloud release a list of priests accused of sexually abusing minors. The survivor says he was molested by a priest in the mid-1960's. He says keeping the list a secret continues to harm him and endangers the public in communities where the priests live and work. In 2003, the Diocese of St. Cloud admitted there were 26 priests who had been accused of sexually molesting minors. Similar lists have been released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, the Diocese of Duluth and St. John's Abbey.

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