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ABERDEEN, S.D. — Curtis LeMair, the Northern State University wrestler who was found dead in his dorm room Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, likely died from an undetected genetic heart condition, according to initial autopsy results reported by Aberdeen American News Friday. Emergency responders were called to LeMair’s dorm around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, where a coroner pronounced him dead at the scene. Prior to attending Northern State University, LeMair, 18, grew up in Shakopee, Minn., and was a standout wrestler at Prior Lake High School. LeMair was a 3-time Minnesota Christmas Tournament place winner and a 2-time Fargo All-American in Greco-Roman wrestling. Before his death, LeMair was a freshman on the NSU wrestling team.
NEW YORK — If you think Burger King’s latest food gimmick is nothing more than a marketing ploy, well, there’s actual science to prove that it isn’t. On Monday, Oct. 22, Burger King’s new “Nightmare King” burger will be available in participating restaurants for a limited time for the lofty price of $6.39 while supplies last. The burger consists of a quarter-pound beef patty, a crispy chicken fillet, one slice of melted cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, and onions on a glazed green sesame seed bun. It’s most-prized ingredient, though?
CHASKA, Minn. — Two bodies pulled from a murky pond here Sunday evening, Oct. 14, have been confirmed by friends and family members to be the two missing 19-year-old cousins who went missing early Saturday morning while on a break from work. Bushra Abdi and Zeynab "Hapsa" Abdalla, both of Shakopee, went missing around 3 a.m. Saturday, Habsa Abdi, Bushra's sister, told the Star Tribune. Abdalla, who goes by Hapsa, was driving from her workplace at Amazon to a Chaska nursing home where Bushra worked, according to Habsa Abdi.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Zimmerman running back Camerin Morey broke through the line and with 80 yards left to cover to the end zone, all 11 St. Cloud Cathedral defenders were behind him. He certainly wasn’t counting on a 12th coming from the sideline. Brad Reuter, a Cathedral senior captain, ran onto the field and tackled Morey at the 12-yard near the end of the game Friday night, Oct.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Twin Cities mother is drawing mixed reactions after she wore her 1-year-old son on her back Friday, Oct. 5, while giving an on-air weather forecast. Susie Martin, who is a meteorologist with Eden Prairie-based weather company Praedictix, said she wore her son to work to promote International Babywearing Week, an annual week-long outreach event that promotes babywearing as a universally accepted practice.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota state lawmaker is making national headlines after a video clip showing him ripping a microphone away from his challenger and then lobbing it back towards her during an event here Monday, Oct. 8, spread online. The incident occurred during a legislative forum at the Rochester Public Library sponsored by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The forum was an open debate between incumbent GOP state Rep. Duane Quam (R-25A) and DFL challenger Jamie Mahlberg.
FARGO — Sarah Haeder began protesting outside abortion clinics when she was in third grade. Haeder, 41, of Moorhead, grew up in Emery, S.D., a small town of just over 400 people located 25 miles southeast of Mitchell, and was raised in a family she described as “devout Roman Catholics.” Haeder’s anti-abortion roots were instilled in her by her grandparents, who, Haeder said, “played a key role in my upbringing.” During the summer months of third and fourth grade, Haeder tagged along with her grandparents as they traveled to abortion clinics throughout the Midwest to protest.
MOORHEAD — Congressman Keith Ellison, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota attorney general, held a roundtable discussion Tuesday, Oct. 9, on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead to discuss how to make voting in the state more fair and accessible to all. Joining Ellison was Nate Aalgaard, executive director of the Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Mark Altenburg, Moorhead school board member, and a group of three students from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
An 8-year-old girl who grew up in the Twin Cities and now lives in Sweden made the discovery of a lifetime earlier this summer while skipping rocks in a Swedish lake: a 1,500-year-old pre-Viking age sword. Saga Vanecek, who lives with her family in Sweden after spending the first seven years of her life in Minnesota, pulled the 33-inch sword from the bottom of the murky lake, held it up in the air and declared “Daddy, I found a sword!” her father, Andy Vanecek said in a recent Facebook post.
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