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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis and a man injured in the September mass shooting in town are calling on Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to help pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales. John Souter was expected Thursday morning to join Mayor R.T. Rybak in Minnetonka, part of Paulsen's district, to urge the Republican congressman to vote for universal background checks in Congress.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will soon know if their new stadium can match the culinary experience at Target Field across town. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which will manage the new stadium, has put out a request for proposals from food and beverage, catering and concession services hoping to serve up grub to football fans. Construction on the new, $975 million stadium is supposed to get underway next year, with a hoped-for opening in 2016.
BYRON, Minn. (AP) — A benefit in honor of a southeastern Minnesota teenager killed in a traffic crash has been expanded to help her family who this week lost its furniture business in a fire. The May 5th benefit was organized to raise money for a scholarship in the name of Deej Logan, a 17-year-old killed on the first day of her senior year at Byron High School last September. The scholarship is to be awarded at her classmates' graduation this spring.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has ordered a Fergus Falls man to remove the road he built on federally-protected wetland. Forty-nine-year-old James Bosek was also sentenced to two years of probation Wednesday and was ordered to restore the wetland on his rural Douglas County property. WCCO-TV says the land Bosek owns is subject to a perpetual easement that the Department of Interior purchased in 1963.
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin has donated $2,500 to help the chess team at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island defray the cost of traveling to a national tournament next month. The city of Central Falls has made national news because of financial problems, and the news coverage previously caught Baldwin's attention. Baldwin also contributed $10,000 two years ago to the Central Falls library to help it reopen after it was forced to close because of money problems. The city emerged from bankruptcy last year.
BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A man arrested but not charged in the killing of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker has pleaded guilty to stalking his ex-girlfriend in Wright County. The St. Cloud Times ( http://on.sctimes.com/10erONZ ) reports 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson pleaded guilty Tuesday to the felony stalking charge. Sentencing is scheduled for May 7. Larson was accused of a pattern of stalking that included calling his ex-girlfriend's employer and trying to get her fired.
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A potential plea change for a North Dakota man accused of killing his three daughters in Wisconsin is on hold. Defense attorney John Kucinski had said Aaron Schaffhausen might change his plea at Wednesday's pretrial hearing. Schaffhausen has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Most Minnesotans are more than ready for warmer weather but that also means the start of every driver's least favorite season: road construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation unveiled its 2013 plans Wednesday. The $1.1 billion project list includes 87 projects in the Twin Cities area and 193 in greater Minnesota.
ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Gucci Mane was being held in jail on an assault charge after a fan told police the artist smashed a champagne bottle on his head in a downtown Atlanta nightclub. Fulton County Jail records show that Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, was in custody early Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Dido had been planning a relatively quick return to the spotlight after 2008's "Safe Trip Home." She holed up in Los Angeles and London studios to record a set of electronic-tinged songs. "I was busy telling everyone there was an album on the way," Dido said. "And then I found out there was a baby on the way instead." She and husband Rohan Gavin welcomed their first child, a son named Stanley, in July 2011. Dido packed up the recordings to focus on family.