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Shots fired at Minneapolis emergency room entry

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - No one was hurt when a gunman sprayed rounds toward an emergency room entrance at Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis.

The gunfire erupted after a dispute between two groups of people at the hospital. Bullets shattered windows and hit an SUV during the middle of Tuesday afternoon at the busy intersection.

The Star Tribune ( ) reports HCMC immediately went on lockdown as police quickly descended on the area around 3:15 p.m., roped off the crime scene and began looking for suspects.

A pile of 23 shell casings were left scattered on the street about 100 feet from the hospital entrance.

It's the third gun-related incident near the hospital this year.


Cannon Falls dance coach fired in hazing incident

CANNON FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Cannon Falls dance coach has been fired following a hazing incident involving toy guns.

The Post-Bulletin ( ) reports the school board voted Monday not to renew a contract with Bomber Dance Team head coach Madi Salisbury. Cannon Falls Superintendent Beth Giese says the decision was made to protect students, in accordance with the state's weapons policy.

During a team-building exercise in July, the upperclassmen planned to scare their younger teammates. Salisbury says she was unaware someone had brought pop guns, which some girls thought were real guns.

Salisbury says only two dancers out of 53 in the program claim to have lasting negative effects from the incident.

The dance team has won six state titles in the past 11 years.


Mayo Clinic to offer at-home colon cancer test

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are offering a new way for patients to be tested for colon cancer.

The Star Tribune ( ) reports officials announced Monday the Rochester clinic will be the nation's first to provide patients with a new at-home colon cancer test. The Cologuard test recently won government approval as the first such test that uses patients' DNA to detect warning signs in stool samples. Patients mail the samples to be tested.

A gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, David Ahlquist, co-invented Cologuard and both he and Mayo share equity and royalties under a licensing agreement. The test will only be available through prescriptions from the clinic's primary care doctors.

Mayo officials say the alternative to a colonoscopy should lead more adults to get tested. Although colon cancer is preventable through proper screening, 23 million Americans ages 50 to 75 don't follow screening recommendations.


Brainerd woman finds father's portrait at Pentagon

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) - After years of searching, a Brainerd family has finally found an original painting of their late relative hanging in the Pentagon.

The Star Tribune ( ) reports Caralee Bjerkness traveled to Washington, D.C., with her 13-year-old grandson last week to see the painting of Roy Schellin. The portrait was painted by artist Charles Baskerville and depicts Schellin as a young ball turret gunner in WWII.

After researching the artist, Bjerkness contacted Sen. Al Franken's office. The Pentagon located the painting in an area that's usually not accessible to the public and set up a viewing with Bjerkness.

She had only found out about the painting of her father about 10 or 15 years ago.

Schellin was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart for his heroic service in WWII.


Minnesota homeowner fights victims restitution

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man convicted of murdering two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home is contesting the restitution prosecutors are asking he pay for the deaths.

Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith took the stand Tuesday to testify about what had been stolen in a series of burglaries at his Little Falls home before the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shootings.

The Star Tribune ( ) reports Smith cried as he described his family building the house that was burglarized.

A Morrison County jury found Smith guilty in April of killing 17-year-old Nick Brady and his 18-year-old cousin, Haile (HAY'-lee) Kifer.

Smith is arguing that because Brady stole items from his house in previous burglaries, he shouldn't have to pay restitution to Brady's family. He's also contesting the $21,859 he was ordered to pay Kifer's family.


Home-care workers vote to unionize

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Thousand of in-home health care providers in Minnesota have voted to unionize.

About 60 percent of the roughly 5,800 care providers taking part in a union election say they support organizing. The results were announced Tuesday by the state Bureau of Mediation Services.

The Service Employees International Union organized the election for workers who care for sick, elderly and disabled patients in their own homes.

Several state-subsidized home care providers had fought to stop the election on constitutional grounds. But a federal judge last week declined to block it.


Dayton, Johnson get big public money for race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson are getting big infusions of public money for their campaigns.

Dayton received $534,000 in public subsidies in his bid for a second term, while Johnson took in about $389,000.

The state gives public subsidies to candidates who abide by spending limits. The money comes from general fund money and from Minnesotans' tax submissions, which can mean differences in how much the candidates get.

The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board announced Thursday it doled out nearly $2.4 million total to 238 candidates in the November election.

Dayton and Johnson got some extra money: They split the $219,000 cash due to Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Hannah Nicollet, who fell short of the donation threshold needed to unlock the public subsidy.


Synthetic drug dealer files appeal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A business owner sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for selling synthetic drugs at a northeastern Minnesota store is appealing his case.

James Carlson has hired attorney Mark Nyvold to argue his appeal. The 57-year-old Superior, Wisconsin man was convicted of 51 counts related to selling millions of dollars in synthetic drugs from his Duluth store, Last Place on Earth. Authorities shut down the shop last summer after Carlson was given repeated warnings about the drugs.

Nyvold, of Fridley, said Tuesday a notice of appeal has been filed in U.S. District Court asking the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to review Carlson's conviction. Nyvold says the basis of the appeal is still under review.

Carlson's former girlfriend, Lava Marie Haugen, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in the operation.


Slain woman IDs ex-deputy as gunman in 911 call

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Police in Wisconsin say that before she died, a wounded woman called 911 and identified the person who shot her as her brother-in-law, who had been a sheriff's deputy.

A police affidavit obtained Tuesday says Kacee Tollefsbol called 911 around 1 p.m. Friday and said Andy Steele had shot her in the back. When police arrived at Steele's home in the Madison suburb of Fitchburg they also found the body of his 39-year-old wife, Ashlee Steele, who had also been fatally shot.

The affidavit says the 38-year-old Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, also told a detective that Andy Steele had shot her before she died at UW hospital.

Steele was arrested but hasn't been charged.

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