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Police: Man, child found dead in Faribault home

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Faribault police say a man and a child have been found dead in a home.

Police officers and a Rice County sheriff’s deputy were called to the home Sunday afternoon. A neighbor reported seeing a man lying in the entryway through a window. Officers forced their way into the home and found the body of a man on the floor. Authorities also found the body of a child in the home and saw a firearm at the scene.

The names of the man and child have not been confirmed. Detectives are working to identify the bodies and are interviewing neighbors.

Police say there appears to be no danger to the public.


Winter storm dumps foot of snow, causes crashes in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A winter storm blowing across southern Minnesota has dumped up to a foot of light, fluffy snow, making road slicks and causing hundreds of crashes.

The Minnesota State Patrol has responded to 600 crashes statewide since Saturday morning and more than 220 spinouts. No fatal or serious injuries are reported.

Redwood Falls in southwestern Minnesota reports just over a foot of snow Sunday. Nine inches of snow fell on Pine Island and Le Center.

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Ahasic (ah-HAH’-sick) says the Twin Cities should see 5 to 6 inches of snow by the time the storm winds down around noon Sunday.

Cold weather moves in after the storm. Ahasic says the Twin Cities could see its first below-zero day of the season Tuesday.


Have travel plans? Prepare for cold rain and snow

CHICAGO (AP) — A blanket of snow will cover the Great Lakes and the Northeast ahead of an expected dip into Arctic-cold temperatures.

The wintry weather mostly moved out of the Plains overnight, pushing further into Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

The National Weather Service said Chicago will see an additional 3 to 5 inches Sunday. Flight-tracking websites showed delayed arrivals at Midway Airport, but not O’Hare.

Detroit could see the heaviest amount of snow Sunday, about 8 inches. To the east, Cleveland could see up to 6 inches, while Burlington, Vermont, could get up to three.

The Ohio River valley and Mid-Atlantic will see a mix of snow, freezing rain and rain.

Temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below average will follow the cold rain and snow in the coming days through much of the Midwest and East.


For Minnesota’s Senate GOP, 1 is the loveliest number

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans in charge of the Minnesota Senate next year have an important number to keep in mind: One.

That’s the size of their majority in the Senate after winning eight Democratic seats in the November election.

It puts the GOP in full control of the Legislature as they set out to craft a budget with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

But current and former legislative leaders agree the smaller majority is a difficult dynamic. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka can’t afford to lose even one vote on key measures.

Former House Speaker Steve Sviggum says a small edge requires constant communication with lawmakers.

Gazelka says he and fellow Republicans know they need to stick together. He says he’s taken steps to ensure they’re on the same page.


Family hopeful in finding missing daughter after 13 years

(Information from: KSTP-TV,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After the break in the Jacob Wetterling case this summer, the family of a missing Chisholm girl hopes they might get some answers in their daughter’s disappearance.

KSTP-TV reports that LeeAnna Warner was 5 years old when she went missing in June 2003. LeeAnna was with her mother near Side Lake, Minnesota, when she said she wanted to say goodbye to her friend. Mother Kaelin Warner says that was the last time she saw LeeAnna.

A senior special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who worked on the Jacob Wetterling case, says LeeAnna’s disappearance is the most frustrating case he’s worked on because investigators have nothing to go on.

While police think LeeAnna likely was kidnapped like Jacob Wetterling was, they can’t confirm it. Police urge anyone with a tip to come forward.



Man arrested after replica gun pulled in Moorhead road-rage

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Moorhead police have arrested a 19-year-old man from Fargo, North Dakota, after a road rage incident this weekend.

Officers were called Saturday afternoon after a passenger in a vehicle reportedly pointed a handgun at passengers in another vehicle after they honked their horn at the suspect vehicle.

Police tracked down the suspect vehicle and found two men inside the car. One of the men was arrested and booked into the Clay County Jail on several tentative charges, including making terroristic threats.

Police searched the vehicle and found three replica handguns, one of them matching the description given by the victims. No real firearms were found.

The suspect makes his first court appearance Monday.


University program helps underserved first-year students

(Information from: Winona Daily News,

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A Winona State University mentorship program aims to help traditionally underserved first-year students find success on campus.

The Winona Daily News reports the Success Coach program at the university matches first-generation and racially diverse students with coaches to discuss topics relating to life or school. The majority of the coaches are professors.

Students whom WSU considers “traditionally underserved” are 10 times more likely to drop out after their freshman year compared with white students.

After four years of the mentor program, 85 percent of participating students returned for their sophomore year, compared with the general 68 percent of racially diverse freshmen that return for another year at the university.

Program coordinator Dia Yang says there are currently 48 students and 20 coaches in the program this semester.



Twins minor league pitcher Yorman Landa dies in Venezuela

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22.

The club did not say how he died, but local media reports say it was in a car accident in the state of Miranda.

The Twins said in a statement Saturday they are “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss.”

Landa had been on the 40-man roster but was dropped after the season. The organization signed him to a minor league contract last week.

Landa pitched this season with Fort Meyers of the Class A Florida State League. He went 2-2 with seven saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41 2/3 innings. His career minor league ERA was 2.66.

Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16-year-old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.