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Gunfire at Mankato club leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Mankato police say gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a club, leaving one person dead and three others injured.

A KTOE-AM report says the shooting happened Sunday just before 2 a.m. at the Kato Entertainment Center.

The Free Press of Mankato says the shooting happened in the parking lot as an event inside was winding down. A 21-year-old was arrested for carrying a gun without a permit, and two others were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Mankato Public Safety Commander Jeremy Clifton says police had been called to the club minutes before the shooting call came in. He says staffers called back to say things were under control, but then another call came in a short time later.

The three people who were wounded are expected to survive.


Minnesota runners head to Boston in unity, tribute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - More than 600 Minnesota marathoners will line up for the start of the Boston Marathon this year, including 212 who ran last year and say they're going back to finish what they started.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says of the 212 are among the 5,600 or so who were unable to finish after Boston police barricaded the finish area. All of those runners were invited back this year without having to qualify.

Jim Driscoll of Medina had finished his 26th straight Boston Marathon last year before two bombs went off, killing three and injuring 260. He says the running community is uniting this year in defiance of what happened and in tribute to the victims.

Jennifer Flavin of Minnetonka is running her first Boston Marathon. She says the resilience she witnessed last year deepened her desire to participate.


Girl Scouts hand out cookies to returning troops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - About 75 U.S. troops who landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport this weekend got a sweet surprise from local Girl Scouts.

A KSTP-TV report says the kids handed out boxes of Girl Scout cookies Saturday evening as they held signs thanking the military members for their service.

The 461st Engineering Company was returning from the Dominican Republic, where the troops were building schools. They were met by several dozen cheering members of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.

The giveaway is part of a national program called "Operation Cookie Care Package," in which customers can donate boxes of cookies to troops. About 27,000 boxes have been donated across the nation so far this year.


General Mills scraps controversial new legal terms

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company.

The company, which owns Cheerios, Progresso and Yoplait, had posted a notice on its website notifying visitors that using the company's websites or engaging with it online in a variety of other ways meant they would have to give up their right to sue.

The Minnesota-based company said that people instead would have to resolve disputes through informal negotiation or arbitration.

The change was widely denounced on social media after The New York Times first reported it Wednesday. General Mills said in a statement emailed to media outlets late Saturday that it would revert back to its previous legal terms.


St. Paul to settle police lawsuit for $45,000

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve a $45,000 settlement this week with a man who claimed an officer slammed his head into a wall, knocking him unconscious.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says the settlement agreement says the deal is the compromise of a "disputed claim" and isn't an admission of liability. The city council is slated to approve the deal Wednesday.

Stephen M. Wolfe says police responded in 2011 after someone was pounding on his door and claimed Wolfe pointed a gun at him. Wolfe says police handcuffed him immediately.

He says he asked why the other man wasn't being detained, and an officer slammed his head into a wall.

The city denies Wolfe's account.


Vacant fire station becomes roller-sports park

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A former fire station in Mankato that was transformed in a temporary skateboard park is drawing raves from teens who say it turned out better than they expected, and from neighbors who say their early concerns are fading.

A Mankato Free Press report says the park opened Saturday to positive reviews. The fire station was vacated by the city and is up for sale, so officials figured it'd be a good place for a temporary park until a new roller-sports park is finished later this year.

The park was packed this weekend with kids on skateboards, inline skates and scooters.

Eighteen-year-old Connor Hopkins says he's pleased with how smooth the ramps are.

Eleanor Kottke lives right across the street. She says neighbors were initially worried about noise, but instead it's a place for kids to have good, clean fun.


Minnesota town copes without commercial flights

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Great Lakes Airline suspended its service from Thief River Falls in February, but the small northern Minnesota town has lost more than simply a few weekly flights.

The airline's suspension has cost a handful of residents their jobs and businesses say the lack of immediate air service hinders business and raises their travel costs. Employees and employers alike both say the air service was a crucial link to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond.

The airline also suspended service to other small towns across the Midwest such as Jamestown and Devils Lake, North Dakota, Ironwood, Michigan and Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Many others, including Pierre and Watertown, South Dakota have seen diminished service as cancellation rates soared. The regional airline industry has blamed new federal regulations for pilots aimed at increasing airline safety.


Minnesota man, 39, dies after canoe capsizes

MADISON LAKE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in Blue Earth County say a canoe carrying two men capsized on Madison Lake, and one man apparently drowned.

A Mankato Free Press report says the two men were canoeing Saturday night. Their craft tipped over, throwing both men into the water. Neither was wearing a life preserver.

Thirty-nine-year-old Rahmondo Moore of Madison Lake died of apparent drowning. His body was recovered three hours later.

The other man was 30-year-old Michael Grisson of Madison Lake. He was able to swim to shore and call for help.

The sheriff's department says alcohol is believed to be a factor.

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