Minnesota News Roundup: Two teens killed in crash in BurnsvilleMinnesota News
-- A crash in Burnsville on Tuesday left two teenagers dead.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A crash in Burnsville on Tuesday left two teenagers dead. Officials say the driver lost control of the car which rolled down an embankment off Buck Hill Road onto Interstate-35. Seventeen-year-old Alesha Roehl of Northfield and 16-year-old Frederick Alexander of Burnsville were killed. The other three people in the car also sustained injuries.
More than 200 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year. Nathan Bowie with the Department of Public Safety says traffic deaths are on pace with 2001 totals, when there were 368 overall. Bowie reminds drivers to buckle up and travel at safe speeds. Bowie adds there will be increased DWI enforcement on the state's roads between now and Labor Day.
A stiff breeze and continued dry conditions have prompted weather officials to issue a red flag warning across a small portion of southwestern Minnesota starting this afternoon. The National Weather Service says the area from Jackson down through northwestern Iowa and southeastern South Dakota will be ripe for wildfires from about 2pm through early evening.
The head football coach at Minnesota State University Mankato is in jail awaiting possible charges related to child pornography. Blue Earth County authorities say 46-year-old Todd Hoffner was arrested on two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance and possession of child pornography. Minnesota State Mankato placed Hoffner on administrative leave last Friday after he was escorted off the practice field. Hoffner is in his fifth season at Mankato State.
It's a busy week in presidential politics as Minnesotans get ready for the State Fair Vice President Joe Biden was in Rochester and Minneapolis on Tuesday. The most-often-quoted remark from his speech in the City of Lakes was about Republicans' economic plan. Biden said "we've seen this movie before...We know how it ends...It ends with the Great Recession of 2008." State G-O-P Chairman Pat Shortridge calls Biden's visit a "gaffe tour" designed to focus media attention away from the Obama administration's failed economic record. Presumptive G-O-P presidential nominee Mitt Romney is in Minnesota tomorrow (THUR) for fundraisers.