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Hundreds in Winona attempt to break bow tie record

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered in Winona this weekend to honor the legacy of former Mayor John Latsch, and to try to break a world record.

Latsch was a grocery wholesaler who donated more than 18,000 acres of land in Minnesota and Wisconsin for public use. He also had a thing for bow ties.

So hundreds of people sporting bow ties gathered on the steps at Levee Park on Saturday for a group photograph.

Mary Farrell of Visit Winona tells the Winona Daily News ( ) they didn't break the record for most bow ties tied simultaneously of 850 people. The official count was 648. But she says they had fun, and it raised awareness of what Latsch did for the area.

Latsch was Winona's mayor from 1905-07. He died in 1934.


Victim named in north Minneapolis killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities have named a man who died in a shooting following a confrontation on a Metro Transit bus in north Minneapolis.

The shooting happened Thursday evening in a convenience store parking lot.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office says 38-year-old Andrew Billingsley Jr., of Minneapolis, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police arrested a juvenile suspect Friday, but the investigation is continuing.


Minnesota son hopes salmonella trial sends message

ATLANTA (AP) - The son of a Minnesota woman who died after eating tainted peanut butter hopes a trial in Georgia sends a message to food manufacturers that there can be serious consequences for peddling contaminated food.

Seventy-two-year-old Shirley Almer, of Perham, was among the nine people who died in a salmonella outbreak traced to Peanut Corporation of America. The company's head and two others go on trial this week.

After successfully battling lung cancer and a brain tumor, Almer ate bad peanut butter while being treated for dehydration at a Brainerd hospital.

Since his mother's death in 2008, Jeff Almer has pushed for stricter safeguards. He's been one of the leading voices calling for prosecutions, and says he plans to travel from the Twin Cities to attend parts of the trial.


Minnesota company seeks to tame goose population

COTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A man who helped bring Canada geese back from the brink of extinction is now trying to tame their population.

Tom Keefe spent the late 1970s on a North Dakota farm, working with a captive flock as part of breeding and transplanting efforts that were a huge success. Too huge for some communities.

Three-and-a-half decades later, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ( ), Keefe's job is to round them up and ship them off to be killed. His company, Cottage Grove-based Canada Goose Management Inc., spends its summers at parks, golf courses and other locales that have become havens for geese.

Keefe says he sympathizes with critics of removal efforts. He says he loves geese. He says his company is trying to maintain the population at a socially acceptable level.


Authorities ID woman killed near Lake Minnetonka

MINNETONKA BEACH, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have identified a woman who was struck by a car allegedly driven by her husband near Lake Minnetonka.

Fifty-seven-year-old Diane Meder was struck Thursday night outside her home in Minnetonka Beach, a small town on a peninsula on the lake west of Minneapolis. She died about 90 minutes later at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Orono Police Officer Jay Dembouski says the woman's husband was arrested shortly after the accident, which investigators believe was not intentional. He was jailed on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation resulting in a death.

Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor.

The case remains under investigation.


Authorities investigate baby death in Butterfield

BUTTERFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Watonwan County authorities say they're investigating the death of a newborn and that a 14-year-old girl has been hospitalized.

The sheriff's office said Sunday that it got a call at 5:45 p.m. Friday about an unresponsive newborn in the southern Minnesota city of Butterfield.

The Watonwan County medical examiner pronounced the girl dead at the scene. The body was taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

The 14-year-old girl was taken from the duplex apartment to a hospital in St. James, then transferred to a hospital in Mankato.

Chief Deputy Jeremy Nachreiner says investigators are still trying to determine if the girl is the mother and what happened at the home, but it's been complicated by a language barrier. He says her condition is not life-threatening.

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