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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Grand Rapids boy dies at basketball game in Baxter

BAXTER, Minn. -  A 12-year-old Grand Rapids boy is dead after collapsing at a middle school basketball game last night. 

Police were called to Forestview Middle School on a report of a boy who collapsed due to cardiac arrest.  Medical staff attempted to save the boy, who was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center--where he died a short time later.  The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy on the boy--whose name has not yet been released.  


A Marshall woman is dead following a crash in Chippewa County.  According to the State Patrol, 60-year-old Debra Griebel was killed Thursday night when a semi jack-knifed on Highway 23 and collided with her vehicle.  The driver of the semi was not hurt.  Officials say the road was icy at the time.


Former Vice President Walter Mondale is remembering former South African President Nelson Mandela who died Thursday at the age of 95, saying Mandela's legacy will live on.  Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his outspoken opposition to apartheid and Mondale was among those who worked for his release.  He says Mandela's imprisonment was unjust, and when he left prison he pleaded with the public to reconcile and find ways of working together and uniting  Mondale says there wasn't a hint of bitterness or divisiveness, and Mandela used that moment to pull people together.  Services for Mandela are Sunday December 15th.


Nurses at Essentia Health-Virginia Medical Center in northeastern Minnesota have agreed to a new contract, avoiding a walk-out.  The deal gives nurses an $8.25 percent raise over three years and offers improved health benefits. The union says the contract also spells out language that sets standards for enough nurses to be on duty to take care of patients in various departments.  Before agreement was reached, nurses had voted overwhelmingly to authorize a possible strike.  The bargaining unit of 120 nurses--represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association--had been without a contract since late July.