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A man was struck and killed by a train this morning (Fri) in the north Metro. Amtrak officials reported one of their passenger trains hit a man just after midnight in Fridley. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, no other information has been released. An investigation is underway. __________________________________________________________________________ Last year there were record levels of heroin deaths and overdoses in the Twin Cities area , and the sheriff of Hennepin County warned in a press conference yesterday (Thu) that the numbers could climb even higher this year.
The 2013 Music in the Park event series will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, in Veteran's Park. It will be hosted by the River Falls' Community Arts Base. This year will be the second year that concerts will be held Friday and Saturday nights since the schedule was so well received last year, said David Markson, chair of the River Falls Music in the Park program. "We try not to be too loud or controversial. We try to be a family oriented event," Markson said. "There are a lot of parents and kids who come down." The event is also "totally supported by the community," he said.
It was five years ago on Sunday when a highway crumbled, causing Lake Delton and three expensive lake homes to disappear down the Wisconsin River. It was the symbol of an entire summer marred by heavy rains and floods throughout the southern half of Wisconsin. Those floods started on this date in 2008. The head of Wisconsin Emergency Management, Brian Satula, calls it one of the most devastating flooding events of recent years. Three people were killed. Thousands of homes, farms, and businesses were damaged or destroyed. It took months for Rock Springs in Sauk County to lose its flood waters.
The former head of the state Justice Department's field office in Superior is under a federal investigation for allegedly selling guns without a license. The Associated Press says Jay Smith has been under investigation for several months by the U-S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The A-P said fellow agent Dan Bethards of Superior told a justice official last December that Smith was making and selling .45-caliber pistols to three special state agents - and state Attorney General J-B Van Hollen had bought a similar weapon from Smith.
Wisconsin taxpayers would invest 25-million-dollars to help new businesses get started, under a bill passed 91-to-2 yesterday by the state Assembly. Milwaukee Democrat Dan Riemer and Delafield Republican Chris Kapenga were the only ones to vote no, despite concerns from Democrats that none of the funds would go to medical bio-tech firms. The bill provides 75-million dollars in venture capital, with two-thirds coming from private sources. The money would help new firms create jobs in agriculture, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and engineering.
KANSAS CITY -- Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain closed out a four-run eighth inning with a two-run homer, as the Royals rallied to beat the Twins 7-3 at Kauffman Stadium last night. Billy Butler added an RBI double in the decisive inning for Kansas City, which won two straight to close the three-game series. Wade Davis allowed three unearned runs in five frames in a no decision. Tim Collins tossed two shutout innings for the win. Jared Burton allowed all the runs in the eighth for the loss. Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer for Minnesota. The Twins are at Washington tonight.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Northwoods League will add an 18th team next summer. Kalamazoo is joining as an expansion club, after the city approved a five-year stadium lease this week. The team will play at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, which has not had any team play a schedule there since 2011. It will be one of two expansion teams in the Northwoods League in 2014. Kenosha was added last winter. That team will be eighth from Wisconsin in a summer league that highlights some of the nation's best college players.
MADISON - Kenosha Bradford will play Stevens Point, and Menomonee Falls will face Westosha Central in the Division 1 semi-finals tonight at the state high school softball tournament. All four teams advanced yesterday, after winning their quarter-final contests at Goodman Field. Kenosha Bradford edged Oshkosh West 1-to-nothing on an RBI-single by Emily Hastings. Stevens Point eliminated Germantown 3-2 in eight innings, as the winning run scored on an infield error. Westosha Central of Salem advanced with a 6-0 win over Sun Prairie. Kayla Konwent homered and drove in five runs for Westosha.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers chose a pair of high school players as their first picks last night in the Major League amateur draft. Right-handed pitcher Devin Williams of Hazelwood, Missouri was taken with the 54th pick in the second round. Shortstop Tucker Neuhaus of Wharton High School in Tampa was taken with pick No. 72 in a "competitive balance" group between the second-and-third rounds. Milwaukee did not have a first round pick because it signed free-agent starter Kyle Lohse during the final week of spring training.
Breanna Colbenson struck individual gold in her final WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse last weekend. The Spring Valley senior won both the mile and two-mile runs and was part of the Cardinals' fourth place finishing 3200-meter relay team.