COLD SNAP-MINNESOTA-FATAL CRASH
Icy conditions lead to fatal crash on Minn. bridge
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say icy conditions led to a fatal crash in which a Shakopee man lost control of his vehicle on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge.
The Minnesota State Patrol says 48-year-old Steven Whiting died Friday morning. He was driving south on Highway 169 when he lost control on an icy patch.
A KARE-TV report says his car went over the guardrail and landed on its roof. Whiting was the only occupant.
The crash was reported about 8:30 a.m. but police believe it happened a few hours earlier.
The Bloomington Ferry Briday spans the Minnesota River between Bloomington and Shakopee.
Hunters accuse Minn. DNR of racial profiling
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Eight Hispanic hunters who were accused of being illegal residents during last year's deer season have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources of racially profiling them.
A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says four are legal residents and four are working to gain legal status.
The Twin Cities men say they were hunting last year when conservation officers asked to see their hunting licenses and another form of identification. When one man produced a card issued by the Mexican government a warden called immigration enforcement.
The men say the same wardens also checked hunting licenses of white and Asian hunters but didn't demand to see their photo IDs.
DNR spokesman Ken Soring says wardens sometimes check IDs to make sure hunters aren't using someone else's license.
PAUL WALKER-MEMORIAL CAR CRUISE
Minn. car fans to honor 'Fast and Furious' actor
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota car fans plan a charity cruise around the Twin Cities Sunday to remember "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker.
Organizers say all proceeds will go to Walker's charity, Reach Out Worldwide.
The drive will leave from AutoMotorPlex's parking lot in Chanhassen at 1 p.m. and end at the Mall of America in Bloomington at 2:30 p.m.
Cars participating in the event will have a memorial decal on their vehicle and a ribbon on the driver's side mirror.
Walker and a friend were killed in a car crash north of Los Angeles last Saturday. Walker founded Reach Out Worldwide in 2010 to give first-response aid to victims of natural disasters.
Minn. man charged after passenger killed in crash
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An Eden Prairie man involved in an allegedly drunken crash that killed his passenger in August has been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
Hennepin County prosecutors say 46-year-old Randoll Guy Sloan was arrested and charged Friday.
The counts are all for criminal vehicular homicide, but one is for driving under the influence of alcohol, another is for driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and the third for driving in a grossly negligent manner.
Prosecutors say Sloan and Kyle Boline were driving August 1st when their convertible missed a curve, hit a power pole and flipped over.
The criminal complaint says Sloan's blood-alcohol level was 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
It wasn't immediately clear Saturday whether Sloan had an attorney.
Judge limits prosecution in Minn. terror case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A federal judge in the case of an alleged bomb-maker from Montevideo says prosecutors can't use some of the defendant's statements at trial because FBI agents went too far in their initial questioning of the suspect.
A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery issued her ruling Friday in the case of Buford Rogers.
He was arrested in May in what the FBI called "a terror plot." He was indicted on four felony charges, including three counts of possessing homemade bombs.
FBI agents questioned Rogers before advising him of his right to remain silent. While that's allowed in cases involving urgent issues of public safety, Montgomery said the line of questioning was unrelated to public safety.
Rogers has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Report criticizes troubled Minn. charter school
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A recently released report faults the superintendent of a St. Paul charter school for failing to put improvements in place following an investigation that revealed fraudulent handling of a federal meal program.
A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says the Community School of Excellence continued certain behavior for which it had already been penalized.
The school on Friday released a heavily redacted copy of the investigation, which was conducted by the law firm Ratwik, Roszak and Maloney.
The inquiry found that Superintendent Mo Chang continued directing employees to enter codes for meals that students didn't eat, even after the state forced the school to repay about $200,000 in fraudulent federal meal reimbursements last year.
Chang says extensive training and a newly hired director of operations will improve the situation.
MUSIC-MINNESOTA BEATLE PROJECT
Minn. Beatle Project reaches the end
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Beatle Project has reached the end of a long and winding road.
The fifth and final installment of the compilation album is out this month. The 13-track album features musicians with Minnesota roots interpreting the songs of the Fab Four.
Among the selections are "Mother Nature's Son," performed by the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers; The Suburbs doing their version of "Taxman"; and "Day Tripper" by Sonny Knight and The Lakers.
The Denfeld High School Jazz Band rounds out the collection with "Please Please Me."
Like the first four installments, Vega Productions donates all net proceeds to support music education in Minnesota.
Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 5 will be available in CD, digital and vinyl formats.
A record release party takes place Sunday at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
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