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minnesota couple accused of soliciting duluth , 14


duluth, minn. — a couple from central minnesota is charged with planning through facebook to have with a 14-year-old duluth .investigators say 32-year-old kayla marie frank and 33-year-old phillip james adkins drove from rice to duluth to meet the .frank and adkins are charged in st. louis county with electronic solicitation of a child, a felony. the st. cloud times (http://on.sctimes.com/2jzy3cn) reports the couple made their first court appearances tuesday.according to the complaints, the pair was arrested friday in west duluth as they were checking into a el before a planned meeting with the . police had learned of the facebook activity between the and the couple and were waiting for them.frank remains in jail while adkins has made bail. both are due back in court feb. 22.






3 people die in 3 home fires in 3 days near duluth


duluth, minn. — three people have died in three separate home fires near duluth in three straight days.the st. louis county sheriff's office said in a statement sunday that the latest fire was reported around 1 p.m. urday.remains believed to be those of 52-year-old jeffrey sorvik were found in the debris of the home, which was about 15 miles northeast of duluth. his son and daughter-in-law escaped. the cause remains under investigation.early friday, another fire killed an 87-year-old woman in hermantown. her name and the cause have not been released.another person died in a house fire north of cloquet on thursday. that person's name and the cause have not been released, either.






3 house fires, 3 are dead in 3-day span in rural areas near duluth


three people died in three residential fires in rural areas near duluth in a three-day span late last week, authorities said sunday.the most recent blaze occurred shortly before 1 p.m. urday at a home in normanna township, about 15 miles northeast of duluth, the st. louis county sheriff’s office said sunday.of the three people in the home, two escaped unharmed but a third never made it out alive, the sheriff’s office said.the victim was identified as 52-year-old jeffrey sorvik. authorities said the two who got out are sorvik’s son and daughter-in-law.authorities have yet to say what started the blaze.roughly 15 miles west of duluth, one person was killed in a house fire thursday night.firefighters needed several hours to bring the blaze under control in the 3900 block of hwy. 33 in cloquet






ryan anderson wins beargrease sled dog race for 3rd time


duluth, minn. — minnesota musher ryan anderson has won the john beargrease sled dog race for the third time.anderson, of ray, and his team of 10 dogs crossed the finish line in duluth at about 10 a.m. wednesday.wdio-tv (http://bit.ly/2jxnw0k ) reports anderson said he was using the beargrease simply as a training run for alaska's iditarod and didn't expect to be competitive, but his dogs were running well.anderson won the beargrease in 2015, and e in third in 2016. he also won in 2011.ryan redington of alaska took second in his first-ever beargrease. redington led for most of the marathon along minnesota's north shore, finally falling behind at the finland downbound checkpoint.four-time beargrease champion nathan schroeder of warba finished third.






minnesota scene: hobey baker candidates include 14 with local ties


fourteen players with local ties — including gophers forwards justin kloos and tyler sheehy and defenseman jake bischoff — are among 66 players nominated for the hobey baker award, given annually to college hockey’s top player.other nominees with local ties include bemidji state goalie michael bitzer, wisconsin forwards grant besse (benilde- st. margaret’s) and luke kunin (wild draft pick); minnesota duluth forwards alex iafallo and dominic toninato and defenseman neal pionk; north dakota forwards brock boeser and shane gersich and defenseman tucker poolman; holy cross forward t.j. moore (edina); and miami (ohio) forward louie belpedio (wild draft pick).fans can cast their vote for the award at www.hobeybaker.com/vote. the nominees will be trimmed to 15 candidates on march 15 and three fin






minnesota duluth edges st. cloud state in ot for final north star college cup ti


it was announced last week that the north star college cup would be discontinued because of a lack of fan interest. urday, minnesota duluth and st. cloud state gave the spectators at xcel energy center something to remember it by.kyle osterberg scored six minutes into overtime, giving umd a 2-1 victory over the huskies in the championship game. the second-ranked bulldogs (17-5-4) hoisted the minnesota red oak trophy for the first time, becoming the fourth school to win the four-year-old tournament. alex iafallo also scored for umd, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit vs. st. cloud state (12-13-1).umd’s hunter miska stopped 31 of 32 s s and was named the tournament’s mvp. the freshman from stacy, minn., had 68 saves on 71 s s in wins over scsu and the gophers (3-2).“our guys talked about it be






minnesota duluth edges st. cloud state in ot for final north star college cup ti


it was announced last week that the north star college cup would be discontinued because of a lack of fan interest. urday, st. cloud state and minnesota duluth gave the spectators at xcel energy center something to remember it by.kyle osterberg scored six minutes into overtime, giving umd a 2-1 victory over the huskies in the championship game. the second-ranked bulldogs (17-5-4) hoisted the minnesota red oak trophy for the first time, becoming the fourth school to win the four-year-old tournament. alex iafallo also scored for umd, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit to beat st. cloud state (12-13-1).umd's hunter miska stopped 31 of 32 s s and was named the tournament's most valuable player. the freshman from stacy, minn., ended the tournament with 68 saves on 71 s s in victories over st. clo






four candidates for u board of regents a nce


members of the joint minnesota house and senate committee on higher education voted tuesday night on the four people they'd like to see fill the four open seats on the university of minnesota board of regents.the full house and senate has the final say at a joint session later this month. additional candidates could be nominated at that session.the regent candidate advisory council received 36 applications for the four open seats. of those, 17 candidates were selected to undergo a 45-minute interview in january. the council then referred 12 candidates to the joint committee.two additional candidates were nominated on the floor of the joint committee meeting. steve sviggum, one of those additional candidates, be e the finalist for the open seat in the second district.sviggum, of kenyon, min






urday prep roundup: eden prairie bests edina 4-3 in battle of cl 2a's top boys'


the top two boys’ hockey teams in cl 2a — eden prairie and edina — treated the fans at braemar arena to an offensive show urday.senior forward jarod blackowiak scored the lone goal of the third period un isted, giving top-ranked eden prairie a 4-3 victory over no. 2-rated edina in a battle of lake conference powers. the two teams combined for 76 s s on goal, with the host hornets holding a 40-36 edge.eden prairie sophomore forward jack jensen, who has already committed to the gophers, picked a good time to have the best game of his young career. he scored the eagles’ first three goals, giving him 12 on the season.ben brinkman scored a power-play goal for edina (15-6-1) at the 13:16 mark of the second period to tie it at three. eden prairie senior goaltender nick wiencek finished with 37 sa






urday prep roundup: eden prairie bests edina 4-3 in battle of cl 2a's top boys'


the top two boys' hockey teams in cl 2a — eden prairie and edina — treated the fans at braemar arena to an offensive show urday.senior forward jarod blackowiak scored the lone goal of the third period un isted, giving top-ranked eden prairie a 4-3 victory over no. 2-rated edina in a battle of lake conference powers. the two teams combined for 76 s s on goal, with the host hornets holding a 40-36 edge.eden prairie sophomore forward jack jensen, who has already committed to the gophers, picked a good time to have the best game of his young career. he scored the eagles' first three goals, giving him 12 on the season.ben brinkman scored a power-play goal for edina (15-6-1) at the 13:16 mark of the second period to tie it at three. eden prairie senior goaltender nick wiencek finished with 37 sa






remains found after hermantown fire likely those of homeowner, 87


the remains of an elderly woman were found in the ruins of her hermantown home after it was destroyed by a fire thursday, according to media reports.the blaze started at 3 a.m. in the 5300 block of west arrowhead road in the st. louis county town. after it was extinguished, authorities spent several hours combing through the debris, where they found remains that they believe are those of the elderly homeowner.deputy chief shawn padden of the hermantown police department told wdio, the duluth abc television affiliate, that authorities believe the home was occupied because two vehicles were parked in the garage.“it was a very fire ... and so it took us a little bit longer to find what we were looking for,” padden told wdio. “but we did find what we believe is the occupant of the residence.”p






metro-area athletes expected to sign national letters of intent on wednesday


metro letters of intentwednesday is the first day of the winter signing period for football and soccer athletes only. listed are metropolitan area athletes who are expected to sign division i or ii national letters of intent.footballeric abojei, cooper, minnesotaopemipo aghenu, st. paul central, concordia (st. paul)zion allen, maple grove, sw minnesota statebrandon alt, park of cottage grove, bemidji stateoluwakolade amusan, woodbury, south dakotaj.t. baker, delasalle, cornell (n.y.)brendan beaulieu, park of cottage grove, bemidji statenico bolden, woodbury, new mexicobrock boltmann, edina, north dakotadeante book, centennial, bemidji statenathan bursch, woodbury, minnesotasam byrd, centennial, south dakotalevi brown, roseville, south dakota statedeyon pbell, hopkins, south dakota stateisa






the list: metro-area athletes expected to sign letters of intent wednesday


metro letters of intentwednesday is the first day of the winter signing period for football and soccer athletes only. listed are metropolitan area athletes who are expected to sign division i or ii national letters of intent.footballeric abojei, cooper, minnesotaopemipo aghenu, st. paul central, concordia (st. paul)zion allen, maple grove, sw minnesota statebrandon alt, park of cottage grove, bemidji stateoluwakolade amusan, woodbury, south dakotaj.t. baker, delasalle, cornell (n.y.)brendan beaulieu, park of cottage grove, bemidji statenico bolden, woodbury, new mexicobrock boltmann, edina, north dakotadeante book, centennial, bemidji statenathan bursch, woodbury, minnesotasam byrd, centennial, south dakotalevi brown, roseville, south dakota statedeyon pbell, hopkins, south dakota stateisa






the list: metro-area athletes expected to sign letters of intent wednesday


metro letters of intentwednesday is the first day of the winter signing period for football and soccer athletes only. listed are metropolitan area athletes who are expected to sign division i or ii national letters of intent.footballopemipo aghenu, st. paul central, concordia (st. paul)zion allen, maple grove, sw minnesota statebrandon alt, park of cottage grove, bemidji stateoluwakolade amusan, woodbury, south dakotaj.t. baker, delasalle, cornell (n.y.)brendan beaulieu, park of cottage grove, bemidji statenico bolden, woodbury, new mexicobrock boltmann, edina, north dakotadeante book, centennial, bemidji statenathan bursch, woodbury, minnesotasam byrd, centennial, south dakotalevi brown, roseville, south dakota statedeyon pbell, hopkins, south dakota stateisaiah cherrier, mound-westonka,






a cool start to february, but sun will bring smiles


"laughter is an instant vacation," said milton berle. i just read that a child laughs an average of 300 times a day. adults? closer to five times a day. then again life was simpler when you were 6. of course there are times you don't want to hear laughter: during surgery, on your honeymoon night or sitting in front of your accountant.weather is the only thing we can predict with any accuracy. a reliable forecast means you can optimize your schedule to take a ntage of favorable conditions.fun fact: a third of the world's economy is affected by the weather. that's $25 trillion of global economic output at the mercy of the elements.i stand by my reckless prediction that the worst of winter, a winter that hasn't been all that bad, is behind us now.a clipper drops 2-4 inches of snow on bemidji






minneapolis writer miriam karmel wins holy cow short story prize


minneapolis writer miriam karmel is the winner of the inaugural first fiction award sponsored by holy cow press of duluth and the lindquist & vennum foundation of the twin cities.karmel is the author of the novel, "being esther," published in 2013 by milkweed editions. she's also a past winner of minnesota monthly's tamarack award for her story, "the queen of love." her winning manuscript, "subtle variations and other stories," was selected from 65 entries. it will be published in october by holy cow.the first fiction award carries a $5,000 prize and a publishing contract with holy cow.  the lindquist & vennum foundation is also the sponsor of milkweed edition's annual poetry prize.pen america speaks out about donald trump's actions on refugees.






state briefs: after 65 years, luverne veteran receives his bronze star


david o’connor had his bronze star pinned to his chest 65 years after he earned it on heartbreak ridge.it was a public reminder of service and sacrifice on behalf of a man who can no longer share his own memories of running through enemy fire to direct a mortar attack before leading his men in a bayonet charge.o’connor, a retired teacher, is in the late stages of alzheimer’s disease and lives in a veteran’s home, where u.s. rep. tim walz, d-minn., visited jan. 27 to present the medal.o’connor’s long career of public and military service included tours of duty in world war ii — he was a medic during the d-day landing — and later in korea, where he earned a silver star in a battle just a few weeks after he earned the bronze star.he rarely spoke of his service, so it was up to his children to






timber strike 80 years ago had an unlikely voice behind it


the 19-year-old from duluth dropped out of the college of st. scholastica in 1925 to work among chicago’s poor. that’s where irene levine paull bumped into jane addams, the renowned chicago social worker in her late-60s who would win the nobel peace prize three years later.the encounter would prove pivotal in paull’s rise as a radical minnesota labor organizer and writer. but not in the way you might guess. if addams meant to p the torch of social justice down to the next generation, the handoff wasn’t smooth. the two failed to click, as paull explained in a 1979 interview.she described how addams stepped down a circular staircase — “that wonderful old woman of an old period” — a onetime suffragist who performed charity among the downtrodden.addams asked, “what can i do for you my daughter






an unlikely voice behind timber strike 80 years ago


the 19-year-old from duluth dropped out of the college of st. scholastica in 1925 to work among chicago's poor. that's where irene levine paull bumped into jane addams, the renowned chicago social worker in her late-60s who would win the nobel peace prize three years later.the encounter would prove pivotal in paull's rise as a radical minnesota labor organizer and writer. but not in the way you might guess. if addams meant to p the torch of social justice down to the next generation, the handoff wasn't smooth. the two failed to click, as paull explained in a 1979 interview.she described how addams stepped down a circular staircase — "that wonderful old woman of an old period" — a onetime suffragist who performed charity among the downtrodden.addams asked, "what can i do for you my daughter






musher claims 3rd john beargrease victory since 2011 along north shore


the winner of this year's john beargrease sled dog race crossed the finish line wednesday morning in duluth, marking his third victory in seven years in this marathon that wends its way around the north shore.ryan anderson, from ray in northern minnesota, previously won in 2011 and 2015. he finished third last year.the mushers took off sunday from north of two harbors. anderson grabbed the lead for good in the final stages of the 373-mile race, leaving the last checkpoint with a 12-minute lead. he and his 10 dogs hits the finish line at 10:07 a.m.the victory comes before anderson competes for the first time in the nation's signature sled dog race, the iditarod next month in alaska.anderson and his wife own andertier racing kennel.established in 1980, the john beargrease is the longest sled






minnesota history: an unlikely voice behind timber strike 80 years ago


the 19-year-old from duluth dropped out of the college of st. scholastica in 1925 to work among chicago's poor. that's where irene levine paull bumped into jane addams, the renowned chicago social worker in her late-60s who would win the nobel peace prize three years later.the encounter would prove pivotal in paull's rise as a radical minnesota labor organizer and writer. but not in the way you might guess. if addams meant to p the torch of social justice down to the next generation, the handoff wasn't smooth. the two failed to click, as paull explained in a 1979 interview.she described how addams stepped down a circular staircase — "that wonderful old woman of an old period" — a onetime suffragist who performed charity among the downtrodden.addams asked, "what can i do for you my daughter






obituary: amy tobin, violinist and medical technician


throughout the sonata that was amy tobin's life, her violin was always at the ready to express what she couldn't put into words.the vibrant sound of her instrument resonated at concerts in duluth and st. paul civic symphony performances, where she served as concertmaster. but the notes also captured her love for her son and her drive to beat back cancer for him.the north oaks violinist who later be e an allina health systems medical technician died jan. 14 at age 47. her love for the violin reverberated through her life."it was probably an extension of her soul," said her sister lisa tobin, 56, of minnetonka.tobin grew up in north oaks and taught herself to read the newspaper at 3 years old, her family said. she kicked off her career with piano. she picked up the violin at about 9 years ol






musher claims 3rd john beargrease victory since 2011 along north shore


the winner of this year’s john beargrease sled dog race crossed the finish line late wednesday morning in duluth, marking his third victory of the decade in this marathon that wends its way around the north shore.ryan anderson, from ray in northern minnesota, previously won in 2011 and 2015. he finished third last year.the mushers took off sunday from north of two harbors. anderson grabbed the lead for good in the final stages of the 373-mile race, leaving the last checkpoint earlier wednesday with a 12-minute lead. he and his 10 dogs hits the finish line at 10:07 a.m.the victory comes before anderson competes for the first time in the nation’s signature sled dog race, the iditarod, which is held next month in alaska.anderson and his wife own andertier racing kennel, which is home to dozen






minnesota's olympic hopefuls for 2018


minnesota's olympic hopefulsover the next year, many athletes with minnesota connections will be trying to make the u.s. olympic team. here are some of the leading candidates:cross-country skiing: 2014 olympian jessie diggins (afton) has been the top american woman in world cup competition this season. one of the most successful cross-country skiers in u.s. history, she is fifth in the overall standings, with two gold medals and one silver. diggins and 2010 olympian caitlin gregg (minneapolis), both of whom have medaled at the world championships, will compete in the 2017 worlds later this month. kyle bratrud (eden prairie), who won his first u.s. championship last month, also is on the world championships team. others who could be in the mix include 2014 olympian brian gregg (minneapolis)






two-year contract extension for wild goalie alex stalock partly to protect devan


the wild signed goalie alex stalock to a two-year, $1.3 million contract extension on thursday.the signing will enable the team to protect all-star goalie devan dubnyk in june's expansion draft when las vegas forms its team.stalock would be exposed in the draft because each team must expose a goalie who is under contract for next season.stalock, 29, also will get a chance to be the wild backup next season as backup darcy kuemper's contract is expiring.the first year of stalock's new deal is a one-way and the second year is a two-way.the former south st. paul standout and minnesota duluth all-america has played in 29 games and has a 2.56 goals-against average and .916 save percentage for iowa.he played in 62 nhl games for san jose, which drafted him in the fourth round in 2005, before signi






nhl all-star game facts


all-star game what to knowformateach of league's four divisions will be represented by 11 players (six forwards, three defensemen, two goalies). team a will play team b in the first 20-minute, 3-on-3 semifinal, followed by team c vs. team d (matchups were determined urday night). the winners a nce to the $1 million championship.wild repsdevan dubnyk, goalie: second all-star game. leads the league with a 1.88 gaa and .936 save percentage.ryan suter, defenseman: third all-star game. seven goals, 23 ists this season. bruce boudreau: coaching in his first all-star game. will be behind the central division bench.minn. connectionsatlantic: buffalo f kyle okposo (shattuck-st. mary's, gophers).metropolitan: n.y. rangers d ryan mcdonagh (cretin-derham hall high school), carolina d justin faulk (min






minnesota's olympic hopefuls for 2018


minnesota’s olympic hopefulsover the next year, many athletes with minnesota connections will be trying to make the u.s. olympic team. here are some of the leading candidates:cross-country skiing: 2014 olympian jessie diggins (afton) has been the top american woman in world cup competition this season. one of the most successful cross-country skiers in u.s. history, she is fifth in the overall standings, with two gold medals and one silver. diggins and 2010 olympian caitlin gregg (minneapolis), both of whom have medaled at the world championships, will compete in the 2017 worlds later this month. kyle bratrud (eden prairie), who won his first u.s. championship last month, also is on the world championships team. others who could be in the mix include 2014 olympian brian gregg (minneapolis)






musher claims 3rd john beargrease victory since 2011 along north shore


the winner of this year's john beargrease sled dog race crossed the finish line wednesday morning in duluth, marking his third victory in seven years in this marathon that wends its way around the north shore.ryan anderson, from ray in northern minnesota, previously won in 2011 and 2015. he finished third last year.the mushers took off sunday from north of two harbors. anderson took the lead for good in the final stages of the 373-mile race, leaving the last checkpoint with a 12-minute lead.he and his 10 dogs hit the finish line at 10:07 a.m.the victory comes before anderson competes next month for the first time in the nation's signature sled dog race, the iditarod in alaska.anderson and his wife own andertier racing kennel. brian peterson, star tribune the 33rd running of the john bearg






minnesota scene: ex-gophers qb mitch leidner invited to nfl scouting combine


mitch leidner has been invited to the nfl scouting combine, the former gophers quarterback confirmed thursday.the 6-4, 230-pound leidner, who went 24-17 as minnesota's starting quarterback over the past three-plus seasons, will have a chance to boost his stock in the annual showcase in indianapolis, which runs feb. 28 through march 6.espn analyst todd mcshay listed leidner as a first-round pick — no. 25 overall — last may in his "way-too-early 2017 nfl mock draft."but after having his best statistical season as a junior (59.5 completion percentage, 20 combined touchdowns, 11 interceptions), leidner completed 56.4 percent of his p es as a senior, with 18 combined touchdowns and 12 interceptions.still, the gophers went 8-4 in leidner's starts, including their holiday bowl victory over washin






jurors award $28.6m to woman paralyzed in crash with ely school bus


jurors in northern minnesota have awarded $28.6 million to a young woman who was paralyzed more than seven years ago when an ely school district bus crashed into the car in which she was a p enger, her attorney announced thursday.paige anderson, of marble, minn., was 16 years old when the crash occurred oct. 9, 2009, at the intersection of curley avenue and hwy. 169 in coleraine. anderson, now 23, has been a quadriplegic since the collision. another p enger, emmy foss of bovey, minn., died in the crash.the itasca county district court jury returned last week with its verdict after a seven-day trial: $28.572 million in damages. jurors igned 10 percent of the fault to the bus driver, jay poshak, and the balance to hailey salo, of the grand ids area, who was 18 and driving the car with anders






trampled by turtles' dave simonett goes it alone with new solo album


it didn’t seem possible for dave simonett to find humor anywhere amid the scorched and wasted landscape that is his captivating new record. like any good minnesotan, though, he at least managed to laugh at himself.specifically, he ridiculed how badly he wanted not to make this album.“i tried writing other songs for a long time, but i don’t think i even finished one,” he said. “it was a disaster.”like any good songwriter, the trampled by turtles frontman can trust only the stuff that comes from the heart, even if it feels like a punch in the gut. the songs he finally unleashed for “furnace,” his second record under the solo moniker dead man winter, hurt like a wrecking ball.issued a week ago, and on tap for a release party friday at first avenue in minneapolis, “furnace” can be easily summe






the puck stops at children's theatre for its 2017 season


a youth-hockey al will kick off children’s theatre company’s season next fall.“the abominables,” drawn from interviews with hockey moms and dads, players, coaches and myriad others from mankato to duluth, was developed over several years by the civilians, an inventive new york-based troupe known for gathering stories via interviews. scheduled to run sept. 12-oct. 15, the show will be directed by civilians artistic director steve cosson.it’s one of several premieres and collaborations planned for next season, which will be ctc’s 20th under energetic artistic director peter brosius.the theater will team up with london’s old vic for the u.s. premiere of “dr. seuss’s the lorax.” that season-closing show will be helmed by the same creative team — director max webster and puppet designers finn c






glensheen shining in bid for return tourists


just a few years ago, the historic glensheen mansion perched on lake superior’s north shore struggled to lure tourists through the door.it was a problem facing many such houses turned museums: visitors who had seen it once didn’t feel a need to see it again.so the staff at glensheen started to get creative, coming up with new tours and events to draw even local residents back again and again. it has worked so well that last week, glensheen was recognized as minnesota’s visitor attraction of the year for 2016 by explore minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office.the duluth estate’s offerings now include a popular nighttime flashlight tour, elaborate holiday displays and summer concerts on its pier that juts into the lake.the mansion saw 106,792 visitors in fiscal 2016, up from a low of






the puck stops at children's theatre: hockey al will open its next season


a youth-hockey al will kick off children’s theatre company’s season next fall.“the abominables,” drawn from interviews with hockey moms and dads, players, coaches and myriad others from mankato to duluth, was developed over several years by the civilians, an inventive new york-based troupe known for gathering stories via interviews. scheduled to run sept. 12-oct. 15, the show will be directed by civilians artistic director steve cosson.it’s one of several premieres and collaborations planned for next season, which will be ctc’s 20th under energetic artistic director peter brosius.the theater will team up with london’s old vic for the u.s. premiere of “dr. seuss’s the lorax.” that season-closing show will be helmed by the same creative team — director max webster and puppet designers finn c






stanford's 2017 recruiting cl : the facts


stanford’s first letter of intent arrived (from the eastern time zone) just after 4 a.m., and within six hours, the 14-player recruiting cl was complete.as of late morning, the cl was ranked no. 18 nationally by rivals and no. 24 by scout.it’s weighed slightly to offense with three linemen and two tight ends, and includes a bevy of four- and five-star prospects.the details (name, position, height, weight, hometown):paulsonadebo: cb 6-1 184 mansfield, tex.comment: attends same high school (mansfield) as ex-cardinal running back stepfan taylor.drew dalman: c 6-3 271 pacific grovecomment: son of former stanford standout offensive lineman (and 49er starter) chris dalman.levani damuni: lb 6-2 235 providence, ut.comment: expected to serve two-year lds church mission before enrolling, per his sta






college hockey roundup: gornall's first two goals send und to ot victory


mike gornall picked a memorable way to score his first two goals of the season.gornall scored 41 seconds into overtime, giving host north dakota a 2-1 victory over st. cloud state on urday night.rhett gardner chipped the puck along the boards and st. cloud state's dennis cholowski missed on his clearing attempt. gornall picked the puck up and skated in alone, backhanding a s past huskies goalie jeff smith to give the 13th-ranked fighting hawks (15-11-3, 8-9-1 nchc) a series split.playing in his 10th game this season, gornall scored for the first time when he skated in close on smith, stuffing in his own rebound, at 14 minutes, 10 seconds in the second period.mikey eyssimont scored on the power play in the first period for st. cloud state (13-14-1, 7-10-1).minnesota duluth 5, omaha 0: hunte






u.s. curlers get serious 1 year out from south korea olympics


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jurors award $28.6m to woman paralyzed in crash with ely school bus


jurors in northern minnesota have awarded $28.6 million to a young woman who was paralyzed more than seven years ago when an ely school district bus crashed into the car in which she was a p enger, her attorney announced thursday.paige anderson, of marble, minn., was 16 years old when the crash occurred oct. 9, 2009, at the intersection of curley avenue and hwy. 169 in coleraine. anderson, now 23, has been a quadriplegic since the collision. another p enger, emmy foss of bovey, minn., died in the crash.the itasca county district court jury returned last week with its verdict after a seven-day trial: $28.572 million in damages. jurors igned 10 percent of the fault to the bus driver, jay poshak, and the balance to hailey salo, of the grand ids area, who was 18 and driving the car with anders






jurors award $28.6m to woman paralyzed in crash with ely school bus


jurors in northern minnesota have awarded $28.6 million to a young woman who was paralyzed more than seven years ago when an ely school district bus crashed into the car in which she was a p enger, her attorney announced thursday.paige anderson, of marble, minn., was 16 years old when the crash occurred oct. 9, 2009, at the intersection of curley avenue and hwy. 169 in coleraine. anderson, now 23, has been a quadriplegic since the collision. another p enger, emmy foss of bovey, minn., died in the crash.the itasca county district court jury returned last week with its verdict after a seven-day trial: $28.572 million in damages. jurors igned 10 percent of the fault to the bus driver, jay poshak, and the balance to hailey salo, of the grand ids area, who was 18 and driving the car with anders






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gary francis, a professor of medicine at the university of minnesota, read about the death of jeff sauer in the weekend newspapers. sauer, 73, a coach of two ncaa hockey champions at wisconsin, died friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.dr. francis then sent along these thoughts in an e-mail:“i did not really know jeff sauer, but i played against him in junior hockey in st. paul as a 13-year-old. he played for the shop pond gang, a tremendous team made up of kids in the como-rice street area.“when i first saw the great jeff sauer, i was amazed how big, strong and mature he was. he looked to me to be about 35 years old. he centered their first line, and could skate like the wind.“i remember watching him warm up on the ice, and immediately recognized we were not going to be able to co






skooba laptop weekender travel bag


i go somewhere on a plane at least twice a month. for over ten years i’ve used a briggs & riley roller carry-on, and i’ve been fairly happy with it. it’s heavy for its small size and the zipper pulls all broke off (i made replacements from binder clips and sugru) so i’ve been keeping my eye out for a replacement. after hearing great things about the accessibility and capacity of the skooba weekender duffle, i decided to give it a try. it turned out the be the most convenient carry-on i’ve ever used.report this admeasuring 18″l x 12″h x 11″d this boxy duffle features a capacious central container that holds a week’s worth of clothing plus my large toiletries case. the exterior is micro-ballistic nylon. around the four sides of the main storage container are zipper pockets. one is a rein