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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A massive amount of dirt will be hauled from the Metrodome site as construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium moves ahead. Crews will soon begin to truck more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt from the Minneapolis site. That's enough dirt to fill more than 100 Olympic-size swimming pools. KSTP-TV says all that dirt will wind up at a 33-acre site in Blaine. Allina Health owns the property and bought the dirt for $500,000.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new senior staff member will join the Minnesota governor's office after her current boss, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, completes his final term. A memo sent to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's staff says Jennifer O'Rourke will begin in early January as a deputy chief of staff to Dayton. She'll be one of four aides with that title. O'Rourke has been chief of staff to Rybak, who is leaving office after three terms. O'Rourke earlier was a lobbyist for the League of Minnesota Cities.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A Moorhead woman has reached a plea deal over charges that she was drunk while caring for children at her home day care. A KFGO-AM report Wednesday says Jayne Cote agreed to plead guilty to child neglect or endangerment. Defense attorney Jade Rosenfeldt says in return, prosecutors will recommend a suspended jail sentence. That means she'd only serve the time if she violates terms of probation. Prosecutors say police arrived at her day care on Oct. 2 and found her blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for the residents of Minnesota's sex offender treatment program are arguing that the program doesn't work and is unconstitutional. Attorney Dan Gustafson says the treatment program is a failure because no one ever gets out.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Enrollment in Minnesota's colleges and universities has declined since last fall. Preliminary data from the Office of Higher Education shows overall enrollment dropping 2.7 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is taking bids on the work to remove tens of thousands of seats from the Metrodome. The organization wants the seats removed between Dec. 30 and Jan. 17. The seats will be made available to Minnesota charities and organizations at a cost not to exceed $50 a seat. The MSFA is telling interested bidders that they have to have "substantial relevant experience" in such a project. And, they have to put up a $2 million performance bond to guarantee the work will get done.
KARLSTAD, Minn. (AP) — To tighten security at the northern border, the U.S. Border Patrol is getting out of border stations and into local communities. The strategy is part of a greater emphasis on cooperation with local law enforcement in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Minnesota Public Radio reports some agents now spend half of their time assisting sheriffs and police.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The sites of two new Minnesota trade offices are being formally announced. The Department of Employment and Economic Development planned to reveal the locations on Tuesday. Earlier this month, the agency posted advertisements in the State Register seeking contractors in Brazil and South Korea. The department is filling out the roster of three new trade offices authorized by the Legislature.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona on Monday named 14 priests accused of sexually abusing minors, most of whom were not previously known by the public or local churchgoers to have faced such allegations. The diocese filed the list in Ramsey County District Court, a day before a deadline set by a judge.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican candidate for governor says the executive director of Minnesota's health insurance exchange should resign. Businessman Scott Honour is among a handful of Republicans seeking to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton next year.