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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Father accidentally runs over his daughter

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Police in Brooklyn Center say the father of the 14-month-old girl run over Monday was driving the S-U-V that killed her.  Commander Brian Peters says 31-year-old Xeng Lor was moving the vehicle away from an area where he was grilling and did not realize the girl was near the S-U-V.  The toddler died of head injuries.  Investigators do not believe a crime was committed and this was an accident.  The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will release the child's name when the investigation is complete.  

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Many Minnesotans are wondering why the oil boom in North Dakota and Texas is not bringing down the price of gasoline.  Federal Reserve economist Rob Grunewald (GROON'-wald) says oil is a volatile commodity that's in demand across the globe.  He says without the 40-percent increase in U-S oil production the last three years, we would be seeing even higher gas prices.  Grunewald says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project would only have a marginal impact on gas prices in the U-S.  He says gas prices will remain at 3-50 a gallon as long as crude oil is selling for 100 dollars per barrel.  America remains the world's largest oil consumer.  

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Police are investigating two separate shootings last night(tues) in St Cloud.  The first one was reported in north St. Cloud just after 5 p.m., the second around 7:30 p.m. near the former Cash Wise store off of Division Street, a busy St. Cloud artery.  No additional details have been released but police did say each incident posed no danger to the public.  

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Mankato pet owners could be seeing some drastic changes as the city council intends to update its animal ordinance.  If passed, the city would limit the number of pets to three dogs or cats per owner, with the exception of impounds, hospitals or shelters.  A rental unit could have only one dog or cat residing in it, unless it was a one-family detached unit.  Residents who wanted more than three dogs or cats would have to apply for a hobby kennel permit.  The city will also require residents to register their pets with the city.  

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A Rothsay man is facing several charges after Otter Tail County Sheriff's investigators say he tried to run over a woman with his car northeast of Rothsay on Sunday night.  34-year-old Casey Grunewald, was arrested on charges that include assault, criminal vehicular operation and DWI.  Deputies say Grunewald and the victim were arguing.  She was not run over by the wheels, but did suffer burns from the hot exhaust of the car.

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Raspberries and blueberries are just about ready for picking in southern and central Minnesota.  The slight delay is blamed on the cool, wet spring. Jessica Miles of Minnesota Grown says farmers are still reporting their best crop in years.  She says the deep snowpack over the winter helped protect raspberry and blueberry plants.  The Minnesota Grown website and directory lists 50 raspberry producers and 31 blueberry farms across the state.  

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Winona Bridge on Friday July 18th.  The main contractor for the 162-million-dollar project is Ames Construction of Burnsville.  Construction on the new span over the Mississippi River is scheduled to start the week of July 21st.  The new bridge will be built just north of the existing bridge, which crews will rehabilitate and re-open to traffic.    

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A seven-year-old Milaca girl was struck and killed by a car while riding her bike last night.(tues)  State Patrol officials say the incident happened around 10:20 p.m. near county roads 8 and 5 in Mille Lacs County.  A car driven by 29-year-old Ryan Schipper of Milaca was heading west when he struck Alyssa Grimm.  Grimm was taken to North Memorial Hospital where she later died.  

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More violence erupted in North Minneapolis overnight.  Police say three women were shot around 1:30 a.m.  All the victims were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.  No arrests have been made.  These latest shootings come after two deadly shootings in North Minneapolis over the weekend.  Just yesterday(tues) Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau visited areas plagued by the violence in North Minneapolis pleading with people to put their guns down and stop the violence.  

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After receiving several complaints, Renville County Sheriff's officials are warning residents of a phone scam.  The caller identifies himself as a representative of Xcel Energy attempting to collect on a missed payment.  The scammer threatens the homeowner by saying their power will be disconnected in 45 minutes unless a payment is made immediately by using a pre-paid debit card. Authorities say the scammer then uses the card information to make personal transactions.  To avoid being taken advantage of, know that Xcel Energy does not conduct business in this way.  Customers in danger of having their power turned off will receive written notice from the company. A customer who doubts the authenticity of a call should hang up and call an Xcel customer service representative.

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The State Patrol says a deer caused a rollover on Interstate 94 near Alexandria last (Tuesday) night.  The incident happened around 11:20 p.m.  The driver of the jeep went off the road and rolled.  The victim's name and condition, is expected to be released later today (Wednesday).

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