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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Police impostor raped U student

MINNEAPOLIS - Police continue their investigation after a U-of-M student was sexually assaulted near campus early Sunday morning by a man impersonating a police officer. 

The woman was walking when she was approached by a man in a black SUV who identified himself as a police officer, warned her about walking alone and offered a ride.  After she got into the vehicle he locked the doors and drove to a location west of I-35 and sexually assaulted her.  The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 23 and 27 years old with a medium build.  He had short hair and a neatly trimmed chin-strap style beard.  The man was wearing a dark colored jacket with a badge on it, dark pants, and a security or police style duty belt.


Crow Wing County officials say a body found by deer hunters Saturday is likely that of 27-year-old Jesse Larson, who was reported missing in June.  The remains were discovered in a wooded area of Perry Lake Township.  Officials don't suspect foul play.  The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is working to positively identify the body. 


Careless smoking in bed is the likely cause of a fatal house fire in Saint Paul on Sunday morning.  Officials say a 38-year-old man who was sleeping in the basement of the home died as a result of smoke inhalation.  It appears the man was trapped without a way to get out.  Eight other people in the home were able to escape.  Officials say there was one working smoke alarm in the home, but three other smoke alarms were disconnected. 


The early wolf season wrapped up this weekend in Minnesota.  The DNR reports hunters killed 56 wolves in the northwest zone -- well below the harvest target of 73.  The 31 wolves taken in the northeast zone is two shy of the quota.  The late wolf season runs November 30th through January 31st, or when the statewide target of 220 wolves is met.  Any unsold licenses for the late season will be available at noon Wednesday (11/27).  


International students at Minnesota State University and their families contributed over 19-million dollars to the Mankato area economy during the 2012-13 school year.  That's three-million dollars more than the previous year, according to the annual open Doors Reported by the Institute of International Education.  The report also says MSU had 885 international students, up from 770 in 2011-2012.  MSU has seen its international student population grow 72 percent between the 2005 and 2012 fall terms.  MSU international students represent 90 different nations