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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Gov. Dayton announces bid for Super Bowl

ST. PAUL -- Governor Dayton will announce today(mon) the state's bid to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota. The NFL announced this fall that Minneapolis was one of the three finalists to host the Super Bowl in 2018. New Orleans and Indianapolis are the other two finalists. Business and community leaders will join Dayton for the announcement.


Former Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon is expected to make his first court appearance this morning. He is facing felony charges of theft-by-swindle, involving the 2012 sale of his boat to the county. Prosecutors allege Gordon's boat was sold to Becker County for an inflated price and that false documents were used to hide his ownership. The charges come after a year-long investigation. The Stearns County Attorney's office is prosecuting the case because of a conflict of interest by the Becker County Attorney's office.


A fatal shooting in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood is under investigation. Police found a man dead around 2 a.m. Sunday and questioned several people at the scene. No arrests have been made, and Ramsey County Medical Examiner is working to confirm the victim's name and age. Anyone with information about what led to the shooting is asked to call St. Paul Police.


The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting over the weekend in Brooklyn Park. One person is hospitalized after police responded to a large fight just after 11 p.m. in the 73-hundred block of Lakeland Avenue North. Shots were fired after officers arrived, but few other details have been released. The Brooklyn Park Police Department requested the sheriff's office take over the probe.


State officials will begin accepting 2013 tax returns January 31st. Minnesota Department of Revenue Assistant Commissioner Terri Steenblock says if you are expecting a refund this year, consider having the funds direct deposited into your bank account. She says it's a safe way to get your refund. Steenblock says about 73 percent of Minnesotans are having their refund direct deposited into their banking accounts.


Winter in Minnesota can be a dangerous time of year, but a Mayo Clinic medical specialist says they see far more fall injuries than those from frostbite, hypothermia, or car crashes on icy roads. Nursing Trauma Director Wayne Street says Minnesotans who do take a winter tumble should assess any possible damage before moving too much. Street says often people will pop right back up and try to walk on an injured ankle or knee, and that worsens the injury and lengthens the time it takes to heal.


 The public comment period opens today (Mon) on the state Ag Department's proposed quarantine in Lake and Cook counties to try to limit the spread of invasive gypsy moths which defoliate trees. The Ag Department's Lucia Hunt says loggers' shipments out of the quarantine area would be tracked so wood is properly stored at its destination. And Hunt says residents would be asked to inspect outdoor household items, like firewood, camping equipment and patio furniture to look for gypsy moths. There's a public hearing February 11th in Two Harbors and in Grand Marais on the 25th.


The 30th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is under way in northeastern Minnesota. Thirty teams of dogs and mushers left Duluth Sunday afternoon heading northwest toward the Gunflint Trail. President Jason Rice says they hope to avoid moose along the trail and not because they're aggressive in the winter, but because their tracks leave big holes in the trail. Rice says the dogs don't mind the extreme cold. Ten of the teams are going the entire 384-mile marathon leg while 20 are taking the 112-mile mid-distance leg. The finishers are expected Wednesday morning in Duluth.