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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to gather at the Mall of America to mark the anniversary of the debut of a song written by a Minnesota teen who died of cancer. Zach Sobiech was 18 when he died from osteosarcoma in May. Before he died, he turned to writing music and his farewell song, "Clouds," became a hit. In the last year, the music video for "Clouds" has had 8.3 million views on YouTube, and the song has been No.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says the driver of a car in which two children died and three others were injured may have overcorrected on a wet road before the vehicle landed in a retention pond. The patrol's preliminary investigation cites evidence of overcorrection by driver Marion Guerrido who veered off a highway ramp in St. Louis Park Nov. 21. The Star Tribune reports a search warrant filed in Hennepin County asks for the car's sensing and diagnostic module.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Shareholders have approved the sale of Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op in Little Falls. About 650 shareholders voted in the last week on selling the facility to Green Biologics, Inc. It plans to convert the plant to butanol production. The purchase is expected to be completed late in 2014. Green Biologics specializes in renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels. The St. Cloud Times says the sale is the end of an era for CMEC, which was established in 1995.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Politicians, Vikings executives and possibly a few notable former players will be on hand at the groundbreaking ceremony for the team's new $1 billion stadium. The Tuesday morning program inside the soon-to-be-demolished Metrodome is open to the public, but there are only a few hundred seats available. Tickets are one per person and first-come, first-serve starting at 9 a.m. in a tent near Gate D. Speeches start at 10 a.m. Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Minnesota's lakes start to freeze, safety officials are warning outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious when venturing out onto any lake that's covered or partially covered with ice, especially those with aeration systems. Aerators are installed on around 280 Minnesota lakes to help prevent winterkill of fish.
SHOREVIEW, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials on Monday were trying to determine what killed thousands of fish in Lake Owasso. There's no evidence of a chemical spill or toxins, and tests show that oxygen levels are normal, said Harland Hiemstra, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Lake Owasso lies within Shoreview and Roseville in the northern St. Paul suburbs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge on Monday gave the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis until Dec. 17 to disclose a list of 33 priests deemed to have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North, Jr., also ordered the Diocese of Winona to release a similar list of 13 priests, bringing the total clergy named to 46.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Managers of a St.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is seeking a court's permission to disclose the names of some priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors. Archbishop John Nienstedt says he will disclose the names, locations and status of all living archdiocesan priests against whom there are substantiated claims of sexual abuse, regardless of where they reside. But he says he needs a court's permission because the list is under a protective order.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota student says two men tried to abduct her when she was walking alone near campus. The woman told police she was on University Avenue near TCF Bank Stadium early Wednesday when two men pulled up in a dark blue sedan. The passenger asked if she needed help, then got out, grabbed her, and pulled her toward the car.