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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Two bodies found in Colorado, possibly missing Minnesota father and son

CLEAR CREEK, COUNTY, CO -- Hikers Thursday discovered two bodies on Mount Evans in Colorado.  The unidentified human remains were found in the same area a St. Louis Park father and son went missing over three months ago.  The Clear Creek County Coroner's Office will try to find out if the two are in fact, 51-year-old Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan.  The two were on a spring break trip near Mount Evans in early April when they did not return from a hike.


The number of people sickened by the recent outbreak of the E. coli 0-1-1-1 strain in Minnesota has grown by two for a total of 15 cases - and 12 of them ate at Applebee's restaurants.  Mike Schommer  with the state Health Department says anyone who ate Applebee's since June 20th and has symptoms -- probably the most significant being bloody diarrhea -- should contact not only their health care provider but also the Health Department's food-borne illness hotline at 1-877-FOOD-ILL.  Applebee's removed its Oriental chicken salad and some ingredients used in it and also other items from its menus.  Locations affected include Blaine, Duluth, Roseville, Willmar, Woodbury, Monticello, Bemidji and New Hope. 


 A man has serious injuries after a farm accident Wednesday night near Underwood in west-central Minnesota.  Authorities say 49-year-old Dean Christenson was hitching a baler to a tractor; the operator thought the machine was in neutral but it wasn't, and the tractor backed over Christenson.  He was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to Minneapolis with hip and leg injuries.


 Groundbreaking in Winona this morning (11am) for a new Highway 43 bridge over the Mississippi River.  It will be built next to the current bridge, and then that original structure built in 1941 will be renovated.  MN-DOT's Mike Dougherty says when the whole project is wrapped up in about five years, the two bridges will carry four lanes of traffic over the Mississippi.  The current Winona bridge is featured on the 2008 postage stamp marking the 150th anniversary of Minnesota statehood.


You have until next Tuesday (7/22) to pre-register to vote in the August primary election, if you're not already registered.  Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says pre-registering means you don't have to do it on election day, which speeds up the process of doing that important civic duty.  You can pre-register on-line at mn-votes-dot-org (, and you can also request an absentee ballot.  An excuse, such as being gone from your home precinct on election day, is no longer required.


Protesters march in Columbia Heights this afternoon (430pm start), urging Minnesota's congressional delegation to vote against continued U-S support for Israel, in the wake of the recent bombings in Gaza targeting Palestinian militants.  Recent unrest unfolded two weeks ago, after 17-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted and set on fire and his body left in the woods.  Meredith Aby-Keirstead with the Anti-War Committee says the youth has family here in Minnesota.  Relatives believed he was killed by extremist Israelis to avenge the deaths of three Israeli teenagers three weeks prior.  (The community march begins at 4:30 this (Fri) afternoon at 44th Avenue and Central Avenue northeast in Columbia Heights.)


Twelve-year-old Sophie Bollin is having lunch with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House today (Fri).  The Maplewood girl is Minnesota's winner of the annual nationwide Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.  She says her mom helped her with the recipe for the quinoa and black bean dish.  Fifty-four winners from each state and U-S territory--along with a parent or guardian--are attending today's Kids' State Dinner promoting healthy eating.  Winning recipes will be featured in a cookbook to be published next week (July 23rd).