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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Woodbury asks residents to stop watering its lawns

It seems like an odd request when much of central Minnesota is getting the most rain it's had in over a century:  Officials in one suburban Twin Cities community are asking residents to stop overwatering their lawns.  The city of Woodbury pumped 9.3 million gallons of water Saturday, which officials say is more than twice as much as a typical day -- and the area also got two inches of rain.  They suspect automatic irrigation systems are to blame, and are asking homeowners make sure their sprinkler systems have working rain sensors -- or to turn off the timer and start the system manually only when the lawn needs it.


The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is asking the public's help in finding a predatory offender who may be suicidal, armed and dangerous.  51-year-old Todd Triebold was last seen June 4th in Shell Lake, Wisconsin and troopers say he told a friend that he was traveling to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  Investigators say he may have a gun, and anyone that spots him is warned to not approach him and to call 9-1-1.  Triebold may be driving a blue 1996 Ford Explorer, Minnesota license plate 212-DZK.  


A Burnsville man was killed when a twin-engine airplane plane crashed and caught fire in the parking lot of a ski area on the Idaho-Montana border.  The victim is 62-year-old Michael Blume of Burnsville.  According to abc-fox-montana-dot-com, a witness said the plane appeared to be spinning in the air before it came down flat in the parking lot of the Lost Trail ski area lodge and was engulfed in flames.  Blume was delivering the vintage twin-engine Grumman G-21 Goose amphibious plane to Hamilton, Montana.  Undersheriff Steve Holton says the plane was unrecognizable after the crash.  The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA investigation will likely take six months to a year.


The Andover man accused of intentionally setting his tenant on fire has been charged with second-degree murder  Twenty-nine-year-old Adam Lilienthal left the scene Tuesday night and was later arrested near Orr in St. Louis County.  The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says 55-year-old Scott Yorek died of complications Thursday morning at H-C-M-C.  He suffered burns to over 80 percent of body after a tenant-landlord conflict.  Lilienthal remains in custody with a court appearance later this morning (Fri).    


 A 29-year-old Minneapolis father of nine is one of more than a dozen young Somali -Americans from the Twin Cities under investigation by the FBI for allegedly traveling overseas to fight alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  A Somali-American journalist was the first to identify 29-year-old Abdirahmaan (ab-DEER'-uh'mahn) Muhumed as one of the latest wave of radicalized young Americans promoting what security experts are now calling "Jihad Cool."  A Congressional Research Center study into online discussions on more than 15 Arabic language jihadist forums revealed that one-fifth include a call for more terrorist attacks.  The FBI won't release the identities of the other Twin Cities Somali-Americans under investigation, but have confirmed that Muhumed is one of them.


A busy stretch of Highway 75 near Kent, north of Breckenridge, has been a problem spot for years and now it's closed again due to flooding.  It was shut down yesterday (Thu) as floodwaters from Whiskey Creek filled a railroad underpass.  MN-DOT's Jerimiah Moerke says it's the third time this year the stretch has been closed due to flooding.  He says the problem will be solved next year with a nine-million-dollar reconstruction project at the low spot.  


 One rainfall record has already gone down and another soon could.  Yesterday (Thu) was the rainiest single day ever in the month of June in the Twin Cities, after 4.13 inches fell at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  That broke a record set way back in 1887.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service Twin Cities say the record for the entire month of June is 11.67 inches -- and that one has been standing even longer, 140 years, since 1874.  As of this (Fri) morning the region was less than an inch shy of that record mark, with 10.76 inches of rain so far and ten days left in the month...and more rain in the forecast tomorrow (Sat) through Tuesday.


 Two Minnesota congressmen supported a failed amendment to the national defense spending bill that would have prohibited any funds going to combat operations in Iraq.  The measure failed on a 165-250 vote in the U-S House.  Representative Keith Ellison says airstrikes and sending troops to Iraq is not the way forward.  Representative Rick Nolan said "U-S military re-intervention would be a terrible mistake - exacerbating the conflict and drawing us back into a war that has already cost our nation trillions of dollars and thousands of precious lives."  


A Duluth man has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Thirty-seven-year-old Ronald Riles was caught with a nine-millimeter pistol and a .357 caliber revolver in February 2013.  He is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time.  Riles was previously convicted of first-degree murder in Illinois in 1993.