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MINNESOTA NEWS AND SPORTS ROUND-UP: Pine County farmer facing animal abuse charges

PINE CITY, Minn.  --  A farmer in Pine County is facing animal abuse charges after twelve starving horses were seized last week.

The Pine County Sheriff's Office took the animals after a month-long investigation of the farm, which is near Pine City.  Two of the seized horses were put down due to their deplorable condition.  In addition, authorities found nearly two dozen dogs in filthy pens, and dozens of ducks and chickens covered in filth. Charges against the farm's owner are pending in Pine County.   


The man killed in a collision between an ATV and a semi in Itasca County has been identified as 62-year-old Brian K. Johnson of Maple Plain.  The Minnesota State Patrol says Johnson's southbound ATV collided with the wide-load trailer of the northbound semi in the southbound lane of  Highway 65 Monday night near Pengilly. Johnson was pronounced dead at Grand Itasca Hospital.  The truck driver from Nashwauk wasn't hurt.  The accident report says the wide-load tractor trailer had warning lights, flags and signs and was escorted by state troopers. 


A crime alert has been issued after an armed robbery near the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.  A U of M student had her purse, iPhone and other valuables stolen last Thursday night in a confrontation with six African-American males.  The victim told police the group surrounded her and a friend and one of the suspects pointed a gun.  Neither the victim nor her friend was hurt.  The U of M reminds students not to walk alone late at night or on weekends, and to call the free Campus Escort Service or Gopher Chauffeur for free transportation.  Minneapolis police are investigating the off-campus crime.


A former MInnesota Vikings offensive guard who played for five other teams before leaving football to become a mortgage banker in Georgia has died suddenly at the age of 46.  Scott Adams died on Monday but the cause of his death has not been disclosed.  Adams was born in Lake City, Florida and played football for the University of Georgia in the mid-to-late 80s.  Adams began his NFL career as a guard with Minnesota in 1992 and started a career-high nine games in 1993 with the Vikings.  He also played for New 


Washington D.C. is still reeling from Monday's massive Navy Yard shooting that left 13 dead, including the gunman.  Senator Al Franken (DFL-Minneapolis) says the killings hit especially close to home for his family  Franken says the navy yard is pretty close to where he and his wife Franny live.  The investigation continues as to why the gunman suspected in the shootings did what he did, and how he got clearance into the navy yard, when he has a history of mental health issues.  Franken says in light of this most recent tragedy and the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last December, we need to take a closer look at how mental health is diagnosed and treated in this country.


A Minnesota Dairy Queen employee's simple act of kindness has gone viral, after a customer watched the 19-year-old only identified as Joey stand up for a blind customer and emailed store management.  That email was posted to the website Reddit.  "Joey" works at the Hopkins Dairy Queen, and the customer's note says he saw 'an older lady' pick up and pocket a $20 bill that a blind customer dropped on the floor.  He confronted the customer, and when she refused to give the money back he asked her to leave the store.  After the confrontation "Joey" apparently took $20 out of his own wallet and gave it to the blind customer, saying he was doing it, "On behalf of Dairy Queen."


The Minnesota Vikings continue to gear up for their home opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.  Minnesota is in search of its first win following road losses to Detroit and Chicago to begin the year.  The Browns are also 0-and-2 on the season.  The Vikings won the last meeting with the Browns 34-20 in Cleveland in 2009 and are 11-3 all-time in the series.  Minnesota did not practice yesterday and will begin implementing the gameplan today at Winter Park.