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Bruins’ Miraculous Game 7 Comeback Will Forever Go Down In Boston Sports Lore

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:10

BOSTON (CBS) — There are no words.

You can try if you’d like, but you will fail.

You will fail to tell the story, to capture the moment, to even come close to describing what took place in Boston on Monday night.

The Bruins lost Game 7. Not officially, of course, but for all intents and purposes, their season was over after a blown 3-1 series lead. Nazem Kadri’s goal five and a half minutes into the third period put the Maple Leafs ahead 4-1, and it appeared at the time to be the most meaningless of meaningless goals. Because again, the Bruins had lost Game 7.

And then, Nathan Horton scored. Something to cheer about for the fans who stuck around to watch the bitter end unfold, but little else.

And then, in the game’s final minutes, Milan Lucic scored, jamming home a Zdeno Chara rebound and cutting the Toronto lead to just one goal. But still, only 1:22 remained in the game. The Bruins had just scored twice in nine minutes. They had scored just twice in the 120 minutes that preceded Game 7. It would take an optimist’s optimist to believe, even a little bit, that the Bruins could score three times in the final minutes of Game 7.

But the Bruins themselves, against all odds and despite loads of evidence to the contrary, still somehow believed. We all thought they were the better team in this series, but they had proven rather conclusively that we were all wrong. When the Maple Leafs took that 4-1 lead, that much had been determined.

Head coach Claude Julien called a timeout. Goaltender Tuukka Rask headed back to the bench, where he had watched Lucic score his goal. The Bruins gained possession in the Toronto end of the ice. Zdeno Chara and Horton battled for position in front of Toronto netminder James Reimer. Jaromir Jagr passed to Patrice Bergeron at the blue line. He passed to David Krejci, who fed the puck back to Bergeron. The Bruins’ heart and soul looked up, saw four white jerseys and two black jerseys between him and the goaltender.

He readied, aimed and fired a wrist shot toward the top left corner of the net. It went in.

The impossible had happened.

The sold-out crowd of 17,565 had lost a few members by that point of the night, with hundreds of fans making their way to the exits after the fourth Toronto goal. Based on the eruptive celebration that followed after rubber met twine, though, you’d never know anyone was missing.

With 50.2 seconds left, the hockey world readied for overtime, but the Bruins damn near won the game, as Brad Marchand’s shot from the left wing was kicked to the slot by Reimer, where Rich Peverley just couldn’t get enough on the loose puck to bury the would-be game-winner. No matter. The teams headed to their locker rooms, and the fans who didstay for the duration of the game spent the 15-minute break singing “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.” The doubt, pessimism and downright disgust that had those same fans booing the home team off the ice in the second period had disappeared, replaced by a confidence rarely seen in a city as cynical as ours.

While the Bruins had not won the game at that point, it’s important to remember what they had already accomplished. They were playing without defenseman Andrew Ference, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons and 110 postseason games. He had missed two games already this series; the Bruins lost both.

Early in Game 7, the team also lost defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, another veteran with more than a decade in the league and 57 postseason games on his resume. Seidenberg entered Monday averaging more than 25 minutes per game this series. In Game 7, he played just 37 seconds, injured on his very first shift of the night.

In place of these valuable veterans were rookies Matt Bartkowski, who was playing in the minor league postseason just last week, and Dougie Hamilton, he of just 19 years on this planet. Bartkowski was called up to play in Game 5, and Julien asked him to play just 6:40. In Game 7, he had to play nearly 25 full minutes. He doesn’t even have a locker anywhere near the Bruins’ defensemen, as it is instead all the way across the dressing room, next to goalies Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Nobody knew he was even going to be playing until about seven minutes before puck drop. Less than six minutes into the game, he scored to put the Bruins ahead 1-0.

Hamilton, meanwhile, spent the last couple of weeks of the season as a healthy scratch, only playing in Game 2 because Ference had been suspended and again in Game 6 due to Ference’s injury. Hamilton’s future may be bright, but somewhere along the way this season, he lost his coach’s trust, and he played just 10:49 in the Game 6 loss. In Game 7, he was on the ice for more than 21 minutes.

The Bruins overcame those key absences and climbed out from a three-goal deficit in a span of just 10 minutes with their season on the line … and yet, the job was not finished. One miscue in overtime, and it all would have been for naught, a mere footnote in what would ultimately be remembered as another Game 7 loss, another first-round exit. Julien’s job would be in question, and irate fans would even be calling for general manager Peter Chiarelli to be fired. The comeback that had awoken an entire city would have meant next to nothing without a victory.

And the Maple Leafs began the overtime period well aware of that fact. Clarke MacArthur, who scored the game-winner in Game 5, fired a shot on net just 11 seconds into the period. With a raucous crowd on its feet, Rask remained ever calm, kicking the puck away to safety. The Leafs got the next shot on net, too, this one by Joffrey Lupul, who had three goals in the first six games of the series. Rask made another save.

The Bruins survived the initial push from Toronto, and then they took over. Tyler Seguin was reunited with linemates Bergeron and Marchand. The odd timing of the line shift wasn’t coach Julien’s decision, though. It only happened because Jagr, who had taken Seguin’s spot on the second line, had an issue with his skate blade. Intervention from the hockey gods — the same hockey gods who messed with the Bruins’ plane on Sunday night and forced them to stay in Toronto? Maybe, but the Bruins on the ice weren’t worried about that.

Marchand passed to Bergeron at the top of the right faceoff circle, and he sent a one-timer toward net. Reimer gave up a rebound. Seguin kicked the loose puck and wrestled with Jake Gardiner in front of the Toronto net. The puck slipped away, with nobody around. Except for Bergeron. Again.

No. 37 rushed to the loose puck, held his stick harder than ever and made sure he got this one on net.

He did.

It was over.

The Bruins had come all the way back. And they had won.

It was an effort that will forever live on video. It will be retold in stories, both with the written word and while shouted loudly in crowded bars. For the 17,000 or so who witnessed it in person, it will be etched in their memories until the day they die.

But unless you were part of it — whether you paid hundreds of dollars to see it live or whether your family roused you out of bed so that you could catch overtime on TV– you won’t ever fully grasp what took place on the ice in Boston. We will try to tell you, and no doubt, you will understand — mostly.

Some events are just too rare, too exceptional, too unbelievable to ever be retold.

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We’re Goin’ To The Lake, Again! Be Our Tour Guide

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:08

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We’ve scoured the map and narrowed down the choices for this year’s Goin’ To The Lake trip!

WCCO-TV will be hitting the lakes again from June 10-14 and we want your suggestions for where we should go.

Here’s the schedule:

June 10: Grand Rapids

June 11: Alexandria

June 12: Deerwood

June 13: Chetek, Wis.

June 14: Lanesboro

We need your input! Tell us where we should go at each stop — do you have a favorite restaurant in Chetek? Know of a great museum in Grand Rapids? Let us know!

Leave a suggestion in the comments section or e-mail us!

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Round 2 Preview: Senators Vs. Penguins

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:00

For the first time since 2010, the Pittsburgh Penguins have advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

An overtime goal in Game 6 by Brooks Orpik closed out a hard-fought series against the New York Islanders.

The Penguins’ reward in the second round is playing an Ottawa Senators team they are very familiar with.

In 2007, the Senators rudely welcomed the Penguins back to playoff hockey with a five-game beat down. The Senators went on to lose to the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

In 2008, the teams met again and the Penguins made quick work of the Senators with a four-game sweep. As we all know, the Penguins went on to lose to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals.

In 2010, the Penguins knocked off the Senators in six games thanks to an overtime goal by Pascal Dupuis. The Penguins would then fall to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in the next round.

Combine all that playoff history with a freak accident that left reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson with a partially sliced Achilles and if would be no surprise if this series gets nasty very quick.

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Of course, the incident I am referring to happened on Feb. 13 during a 4-2 Penguins win at CONSOL Energy Center.

We’ve all seen it. Karlsson and Matt Cooke race to a loose puck in the corner. Karlsson sees Cooke coming, initiates contact and Cooke’s left skate comes down on the back of Karlsson’s left ankle, thus causing the injury.

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, outside of Ottawa feels the play and resulting injury was a freak accident.

I understand the Senators being upset at seeing another one of their star players lost due to a freak injury. If anyone knows what they went through that night and the subsequent weeks of recovery that followed, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The man most upset by the play was and still is Senators owner Eugene Melnyk who launched an investigation into whether or not Cooke intentionally injured Karlsson.

Let’s recap a little bit.

The injury happened on Feb. 13.

Karlsson returned to the lineup on April 25 against Washington and played in three regular season games before the playoffs began.

The Senators qualified for the playoffs as the 7-seed.

The Senators easily dispatched the 2-seed Montreal Canadiens in five games in the opening round.

Karlsson had one goal and five assists in the series.

Melnyk’s investigation is still ongoing. No, seriously it is.

This storyline will undoubtedly be played up to no end. If we weren’t sick of it before, we will be when this series is over.

Senators At A Glance

Kyle Turris led the Senators with 29 points in the regular season. He also led the team with 12 goals.

Former Penguin Sergei Gonchar was a close second with 27 points this season (three goals, 24 assists) and captain Daniel Alfredsson finished with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists).

As a team, the Senators scored 116 goals, which is the fewest of any team to qualify for the playoffs in the NHL. Conversely, they allowed only 104 goals, which was only second to the Chicago Blackhawks (102).

(Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

A large part of the Senators’ success was their stellar goaltending.

Craig Anderson only played in 24 games due to a sprained ankle, but posted a 12-9-2 record with a ridiculous 1.69 GAA and .941 save percentage. He also recorded three shutouts this season.

How They Got Here

The seventh-seeded Senators made quick work of the Montreal Canadiens in Round 1, defeating them in five games.

Alfredsson (two goals, four assists) and Karlsson (one goal, five assists) are tied for the team lead in points with six each.

Turris, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Cory Conacher are tied for the team lead with three goals.

As he was in the regular season, Anderson (4-1, 1.80 GAA, .950 save percentage) was brilliant in the first round. He only allowed nine goals on 180 shots in the series, which is an average of 36 shots a game.

Season Series (Home Team In Bold

Jan. 27 – Penguins 2, Senators 1 (SO)

Feb. 13 – Senators 2, Penguins 4

April 22 – Penguins 3, Senators 1

The Penguins swept the three-game season series and outscored the Senators 8-4. I’m not counting the goal awarded to the Penguins for winning a shootout in that total.

Alfredsson and Gonchar both had two assists to lead the team in points against the Penguins. The Senators’ four goals in the season series were scored by four different players.

Anderson was 0-3 with a 2.60 GAA and a .909 save percentage, having allowed eight goals on 88 shots.

(Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

For Pittsburgh, James Neal led all scorers with three goals and one assist. Crosby was a close second with one goal and two assists.

In goal, Marc-Andre Fleury was 2-0 with a 1.44 GAA and a .950 save percentage, having allowed just three goals on 61 shots.

Tomas Vokoun played in the third and final meeting of the season and allowed 1 goal on 35 shots. He will also be back in the net to start Game 1 Tuesday night.

As for special teams, both teams’ penalty killers were top notch in the season series.

The Senators were just 1-for12 on the power play, while the Penguins were only 1-for-15.

Players To Watch

For the Senators, keep an eye on Conacher and Milan Michalek.

Sure, Karlsson and Alfredsson will be a major focus of the Penguins as well, but Conacher and Michalek have a tendency to fly under the radar at times.

Conacher was acquired at the trade deadline in a deal that sent goaltender Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay. He finished the regular season with 11 goals and 18 assists.

What he lacks in size at 5-feet-8-inches, he makes up for in speed and we saw what speedy forwards did to the Penguins in round one.

As for Michalek, he only played in 23 regular season games this year, but registered four goals and 10 assists. Against the Penguins Michalek has five goals and seven assists in 16 career games.

In their opening round win over the Canadiens, Michalek had one goal and one assist and was a plus-four.

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

For the Penguins, keep an eye on Jarome Iginla and James Neal.

During Game 5, Iginla was finally moved to the right wing alongside Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. As the game went on, the line got stronger and more dangerous. Now that they have had a couple of games to gel, this could be a lot of fun to watch against Ottawa.

As for Neal, he was very quiet against the Islanders and part of that could be from the lower-body injury he suffered in Game 1. He’s had a couple days to rest up and I expect him to come out flying in this series. We all know what kind of chemistry he has with Evgeni Malkin and if he can get going, the Penguins will be even more dangerous.

KDKA-TV Predictions
(Note: I had to condense their predictions to fit this article. If you’d like to see their full analysis & predictions, click here)

KDKA-TV Morning News Co-Anchor Rick Dayton: The key to the series will be special teams. Pittsburgh’s power play exploded in the first round and operated at a league-best 33 percent clip. Ottawa’s penalty kill held Montreal to just 10 percent (2 for 20) — and as they have said in hockey circles for decades, the best penalty killer is your goaltender — and Anderson just might be the best in the business.

The old saying in baseball is that good pitching beats good hitting. Pens fans have to hope their offense is able to solve the Senators’ defense — and they have to hope that if it is Fleury in net, he is markedly better than what he showed in Games 2-4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Islanders.

Don’t get me wrong, the Penguins can and should beat Ottawa. Pittsburgh won all three regular season games despite never scoring more than four goals against the Sens. The problem for Ottawa is that for long stretches this season they struggled to generate offense. If you expect the Penguins to score 30 goals in the series and win lopsided laughers, I think you will be disappointed. However, the Penguins will win and move into the Eastern Conference Finals.

PREDICTION: Penguins in 6

KDKA-TV Reporter Ross Guidotti: This series will test the Pens more than the first round battle with the Islanders.

The keys to this series will be to match the speed and grit the Sens will bring to the ice. They’re established with veteran players including Sergei Gonchar back on the blue line as well as a possible return of Jason Spezza. Erik Karlsson is one of the best offensive-defensemen in the league. His play against the Canadiens was good enough and will likely only improve with each shift. Also, he’s not going to admit it, but the “Matt Cooke incident” will be running in the back of his mind and will fuel his desire to win.

Also, they won’t be facing a goaltender who was a human sieve like Evgeni Nabokov. Sens goalie Craig Anderson is playing like the best goaltender in the league. Do not underestimate Ottawa. This is a solid team and will make the Pens work.

PREDICTION: Hard, hurting, bloody and hateful, but the Pens in 7.

KDKA-TV Sports Anchor Bob Pompeani: This is a different challenge compared to the New York Islanders.

Ottawa does not have four lines with the speed of New York. They won’t pose as much of a problem in the transition game as the Islanders did.

What they do well is get physical with their defensemen with all-in support of their goalie Craig Anderson, who has been one of the best in the NHL this year. The Penguins, it should be noted, have had success against Anderson, but he is far better than Evgeni Nabokov who, I thought, was terrible in the first series and the biggest reason why the Penguins advanced.

I think Brenden Morrow will be a much bigger factor in this series than last. Morrow looked slow comparatively to New York. Ottawa’s style of game plays into Morrow’s game. He’s a banger and a guy who can cause havoc in front of Anderson. I firmly believe the Penguins will have to crash the net much more in this series and get rebounds, if Anderson gives any up.

PREDICTION: The Penguins are still the better team, I believe the Penguins will win this series in 6 games and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

My Prediction: I think the Penguins were issued a major wakeup call in the first round. This isn’t the regular season anymore, it’s the playoffs and if you want to win, you better show up and work for it.

The Penguins hung Marc-Andre Fleury out to dry at times and the result was him sitting on the bench for the final two games of the series. Vokoun stepped in and did an admirable job to settle things down and help the Penguins lock up the series.

However, if they want to beat the Senators they need to be more responsible with the puck and help out their goaltender. The forwards need to help out the defense to execute a fluid breakout as well. Basically, they need to be the team that showed up in Games 1 and 5 against the Islanders. Do that, and the Penguins will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Prediction: Penguins in 6.

Schedule

Game 1 – Senators Va. Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center – Tuesday, May 14

Game 2 – Senators Va. Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center – Friday, May 17

Game 3 – Penguins Vs. Senators at Scotia Bank Place – Sunday, May 19

Game 4 – Penguins Vs. Senators at Scotia Bank Place – Wednesday, May 22

*Game 5 – Senators Va. Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center – Friday, May 24

*Game 6 – Penguins Vs. Senators at Scotia Bank Place – Sunday, May 26

*Game 7 – Senators Va. Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center – Tuesday, May 28

(* denotes if necessary)

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Vikings Sign 3 Draft Picks: Hodges, Mauti, Dawkins

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:50

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed three of their nine draft picks: linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins.

The team announced the deals on Tuesday.

Hodges, who will play one of the outside spots, was picked in the fourth round out of Penn State. Mauti, whose position is in the middle, was a seventh-round selection, also from Penn State. Dawkins was taken in the seventh round out of Florida State. They’ll all get rookie-standard four-year contracts, slotted by draft position.

Last season, the Vikings signed eight of their 10 draft picks by June 1.

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Ovechkin Deflects Blame to ‘The League’ For Caps’ Early Exit

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:45

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Alex Ovechkin was understandably distraught after the Caps failed to register on the scoreboard in an embarrassing Game Seven defeat to the Rangers Monday night, a sentiment he vocalized to one reporter following his team’s dismissal from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But his team wasn’t just embarrassed at home; they were shut out, 5-0, with their season on the line, bludgeoned to their playoff death in a game that was hauntingly reminiscent of their 2009 playoff exit by the hand of the Penguins.

After winning the first two games at home, the Caps has their fans reinvigorated, yet still reserved, and cautious of the impending doom that seems to hang over every Washington sports teams like a black cloud in postseason play.

And two games later: BOOM! Their caution was validated.

The Rangers climbed back into the series, reminding Washington there are no easy victories when facing a goaltender capable of standing on his head.

And just like that, Henrik Lundqvist got hot.

In Games Five, Six, and Seven, he stopped 95 of 97 shots on goal.

But griping from Caps players would have you believe the officiating was to blame for their sudden inability to put the puck in the net.

And Ovechkin even said as much, after the Caps implosion Monday night.

He spoke to Russian reporter Slava Malamud of Sport-Express (via Yahoo! Sports):

 “The refereeing… You understand it yourself. How can there be no penalties at all (on one team) during the playoffs?

“I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the League needs to make profit… I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the League. But to not give obvious penalties (against the Capitals), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized…”

From the time the Caps claimed the first two victories to take an early 2-0 series lead, officiating was undoubtedly slanted in New York’s favor, with the Rangers getting 21 power play opportunities to Washington’s nine.

By numbers alone, you could justify one-sided calls making a difference in two pivotal Rangers victories – Game Three and Game Four – in which New York’s two conversions on ten power play opportunities would give them the edge in each 4-3 outcome.

But with New York failing to convert on any power plays the remainder of the series, the case can be made that officiating was no longer a factor after Game Four. And yet, the Caps would still only emerge victorious in one of the final three games.

So to Ovechkin’s point, there is proof to support his conspiratorial claim that the league wanted the Caps and Rangers to go the distance, but that evidence doesn’t excuse Washington scoring just two goals in the last three games of the series. It doesn’t excuse Washington failing to convert eight of its own nine power play opportunities through the last five games.

And it certainly doesn’t excuse the Caps getting blanked 5-0 at home with their season on the line.

Nothing, except an inefficient offense excuses that type of performance.

This refusal of responsibility isn’t the type of leadership one would expect from a Captain in his team’s weakest hour. Frustration is one thing – an emotion the Rangers are experts at evoking in their opponents – but pointing the finger at “the league” to avoid looking inward is quite another, and indicative of a team that can’t overcome the opening two rounds of the playoffs.

Just as all great stars must learn to evolve their game, the Caps needed to evolve past their power play bread and butter to defeat Lundqvist, and they could not.

And as was the case in so many previous playoff heartbreaks for the Washington Capitals, running into a hot goaltender was their ultimate undoing, not the officiating.

Failing to recognize that is inexcusable.


Iowa About To Tie State Record For No Tornadoes

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:36

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is about to tie a state record for the longest stretch without a reported tornado.

The National Weather Service says at the end of Tuesday, it will be 355 days since a tornado touched down in the state. That’s a state record set between May 5, 1955, and April 26, 1956. The record would be broken at the end of Wednesday.

The last recorded tornado in Iowa was on May 24, 2012, in Fayette County.

Officials say severe weather in the state appears minimal through Wednesday. There could be thunderstorms in northern Iowa late Tuesday.

Officials say the streak is impressive because of the comprehensiveness of today’s digital technology and spotter networks. There was a greater likelihood in the 1950s for a tornado to occur without being reported.

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Motorcyclist in collision with Mpls. police vehicle died instantly

Minneapolis MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:35

Minneapolis police officers surveyed the scene where a police vehicle and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Blaisdell and 26th in Minneapolis, Min., Friday, May 10, 2013.

Blackhawks-Red Wings Playoff Schedule

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:34

(CBS) After a brief hiatus, the Blackhawks’ quest for their second Stanley Cup in four seasons continues Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks will take on the Red Wings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night at 7 pm CT at the United Center.

Game 2 will be played Saturday at noon, also at the United Center before the series shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4.

Check out the full schedule below!

Game 1: vs. Red Wings, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Game 2: vs. Red Wings, Saturday, noon.

Game 3: at Red Wings, Monday, 6:30 p.m..

Game 4: at Red Wings. May 23, 7 p.m.

Game 5-*: vs. Red Wings, May 25.

Game 6-*: at. Red Wings, May 27.

Game 7-*: vs. Red Wings, May 29.


WCCO: Lakeville Issued 1,200 Speeding Tickets in 2011

Lakeville MN - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:32

Lakeville police wrote about one speeding ticket for every 50 residents in 2011, according to a report on WCCO-TV . That year, Lakeville police wrote 1,203 tickets for excessive speed.

Eagan Police Issued Only 660 Speeding Tickets in 2011

Chaska MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:29

Eagan police wrote about one speeding ticket for every 100 residents in 2011, one of the lowest rates of any metro city, according to a report on WCCO-TV . That year, Eagan police wrote 660 tickets for excessive speed.

Deputies Pull Body From St. Croix In Washington Co.

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:25

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Washington County sheriff’s deputies found a body in the St. Croix River Tuesday that appeared, authorities said, to have been on the water for a long time.

The sheriff’s office said deputies found the body near the 900 block of Quentin Avenue South in of Lakeland, Minn., after responding to a report made just after 11:30 a.m.

The deputies were not able to determine the identity at the scene. The body, which was in a “significant state of decomposition,” is now with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities did not say if the body belonged to a man or a woman.

This incident is under investigation.


Rangers Advance To Face Bruins In 2nd Round Of NHL Playoffs

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:19

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Midway through the third period of an anticlimactic — and unprecedented — Game 7 road victory for his New York Rangers, goalie Henrik Lundqvist fell forward while smothering a puck to stifle yet another chance for the Washington Capitals.

Chants of “Hen-reeek! Hen-reeek!” poured forth from the Rangers supporters in the stands, no longer outnumbered because thousands of Capitals fans already had headed for the exits.

It’s been more than a decade since a goalie was as perfect over Games 6 and 7 of a playoff series as Lundqvist was. Yes, he certainly had help in the finale Monday night, including goals from some unlikely teammates. Still, there is one key explanation, above all others, for why the Rangers are heading to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“Henrik Lundqvist,” Capitals forward Troy Brouwer said. “Plain and simple.”

Led by Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, the Rangers beat the Capitals 5-0 to wrap up an otherwise tense and tight seven-game series, eliminating Alex Ovechkin and Washington for the second year in a row.

“Goaltending is the big thing,” said Arron Asham, a fourth-line winger whose goal gave him a pair for the series, twice as many as two-time NHL MVP Ovechkin. “Hank’s been our backbone all year.”

The last goalie to pull off the double shutouts in Games 6-7 was Detroit’s Dominik Hasek in 2002 against Colorado, according to STATS.

“There’s moments where you enjoy it and you think, ‘Wow, this is great.’ And you have fun. But there’s also moments where you don’t feel great. You feel the pressure and you just want to get it done, so badly,” Lundqvist said. “You try to control your emotions. That’s the key for me. I’m an emotional guy when I play. I try to just stay calm. Good or bad. I just try to stay calm and focus on my thing.”

Did that rather well on Sunday and Monday, lifting his career postseason shutout total to eight.

“He was really good, but the team was also good, too. I have to give the team some credit. They played hard in front of him,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said.

Lundqvist, Ovechkin said, did an “unbelievable job; he makes incredible saves.”

By winning a Game 7 on the road for the first time in its history, New York completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2 — the latest in Washington’s long history of playoff collapses.

Now the sixth-seeded Rangers face the No. 4 Bruins, with Game 1 on Thursday at Boston. The Original Six rivals have not met in the playoffs since 1973.

“We’ll enjoy this one tonight,” Rangers forward Rick Nash said, “and then get back to work.”

Nash was held without a goal in the first round by Washington, but New York found other scorers.

Asham put New York ahead in the first period. Taylor Pyatt and Michael Del Zotto made it 3-0 early in the second on goals 2:10 apart. Ryan Callahan added a goal 13 seconds into the third period, before Mats Zuccarello scored with about 13½ minutes remaining.

While Callahan did have 16 goals this season, the other four Rangers who put pucks past Braden Holtby on Monday combined for a total of only 14.

“That’s what we need,” Nash said. “Everyone chips in, everyone helps.”

True. But Lundqvist gives the Rangers a chance to win every game. From the moment Mike Ribeiro’s overtime goal gave Washington a Game 5 victory, Lundqvist was simply superb.

The Swede stopped all 62 shots he faced in Games 6 and 7, showing exactly why he won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie last season and is a finalist for that honor this season.

“We threw the kitchen sink at him at times and he stood there and defended,” said Washington’s Mike Green, who led NHL defensemen with 12 goals this season. “He’s a great goaltender. We knew that.”

Washington’s offense managed to score 12 goals the entire series — zero over the final six periods.

Ovechkin was held without a point in Games 3-7. He was limited to one shot Monday, when there were boos for the home team at the end of the second period.

The Russian wing led the NHL with 32 goals, but heads into the offseason after the longest playoff point drought of his career. He had a goal in Game 1, an assist in Game 2, and that was it.

“It’s very frustrating,” said Ovechkin, who’s never been past the second round of the playoffs. “That’s the whole point: You’re here to win the games and try to win the Cup.”

The Rangers-Capitals finale began only a little more than 24 hours after the shoving- and wrestling-filled end of Game 6, which New York won 1-0. That, of course, was played at Madison Square Garden, continuing the pattern of the home team winning each of the first six games of the series.

That ended emphatically Monday, in a Game 7 so similar to Washington’s 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh in 2009, even Ovechkin brought up that defeat afterward.

Another pattern done away with Monday: Games 2-6 between New York and Washington were all decided by one goal.

“Quite honestly, tough to explain,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “It’s funny how over the years sometimes the seventh game turns into some form of blowout.”

Since the start of the 2008 playoffs — when Washington’s core of Ovechkin, Green and Nicklas Backstrom made their postseason debuts — the Capitals have appeared in nine series, and this was the seventh to last the full seven games. They’re 2-5 in those.

Going further back, to 1985, the Capitals have lost nine series in which the club led either 2-0 or 3-1.

“Nobody is yelling at each other here. Nobody was pointing a figure that it was somebody’s fault we (lost) the game. It’s everybody’s fault,” Ovechkin said. “All the guys’ fault. My fault. (Backstrom’s). It’s everybody. It’s not about one person or two people. It’s about the team.”

Tortorella and various players for the Rangers made the same point about why they won, saying it was a team effort.

Perhaps.

But there’s also a reason the Rangers are running out of superlatives to describe Lundqvist.

“There’s nothing left to say,” Nash explained. “He’s so good. He’s world-class. And he does it for us every night.”

RANGERS-BRUINS SCHEDULE:

Game 1: Rangers at Boston: Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.

Game 2: Rangers at Boston: Sunday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.

Game 3: Rangers vs. Boston: Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

Game 4: Rangers vs. Boston: Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.

Game 5: Rangers at Boston: Saturday, May 25, TBD*

Game 6: Rangers vs. Boston: Monday, May 27, TBD*

Game 7: Rangers at Boston: Wednesday, May 29, TBD*

* If necessary

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Grass Carp Found Farther North In MN Than Ever Before

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:18

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The DNR said a grass carp specimen has been found in the Mississippi River north of Sartell, Minn., the farthest north a carp has been discovered in Minnesota.

A bow fishing angler shot the 25-pound grass carp, an exotic species that previously had only been found in the state much farther south, the DNR said.

DNR fisheries biologists said the fish could not have gotten past the dams at Coon Rapids, St. Cloud and Sartell, therefore it must have been released intentionally, or escaped via flood waters from a private pond.

And, possession of grass carp is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Bighead and silver carp cause more problems more frequently, grass carp is another species that cause environmental harm as they are voracious consumers of aquatic vegetation.


CAHPI BC Home Inspectors Donate to BC Children's Hospital Foundation - Marketwire (press release)

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Sobriety High’s Alliance Academy in Burnsville closing

Burnsville News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:07
Charter school has campuses in Burnsville, Coon Rapids

James Hinze of Farmington said he “always hung around the bad crowd” and abused all kinds of drugs and alcohol.

After emerging from treatment two years ago, he found good friends, good counsel and continuous reinforcement at his new school, Sobriety High’s Alliance Academy in Burnsville.

“It’s good, because I can relate to pretty much everybody here because we’re all fighting the same fight,” said Hinze, 16. “Whenever, like, something happens, I can always come to these people at school and they help me, unconditionally.”

Hinze’s sophomore year, which concludes June 7, will be his last year at Alliance Academy, which opened in 2004. Money problems are forcing Sobriety High to close both of its campuses, in Burnsville and Coon Rapids.

“I heard about the school closing, it must have been like two weeks ago,” Hinze said. “And I was devastated, because this school has been my life for, like, two years.”

The charter school campuses are closing because they’ll be a combined $400,000 short of the funds needed to hold school next year, said Paul McGlynn, Sobriety High’s executive director and a former teacher at the Coon Rapids site.

“The issues are financial, really,” he said. “We’ve had lower enrollment and less cash flow due to that lower enrollment. We’ve struggled with maintaining our staffing.”

Holding school next year would require “more staff cuts, and we really don’t have any staff left to cut,” McGlynn said.

Sobriety High is losing a donor who gave $200,000 to $300,000 a year for 15 years. The donor is frustrated that the school isn’t more self-sustaining, McGlynn said.

As a charter school, Sobriety High also receives state per-pupil funding. But the funding is based on a cumulative “daily membership” count, and Sobriety High’s enrollment fluctuates greatly during a school year.

This year’s daily membership is 57 between the two campuses, but 142 students have come through the doors, McGlynn said. The campuses have to staff up for the larger numbers, he said.

“Intake is the most staff-intensive part of our time,” he said.

Most of the transience in student population is a function of some students returning to substance abuse, according to McGlynn.

The Burnsville campus, located in rented office space at 12156 Nicollet Ave., has 23 students but has had as many as 45 in past years.

Money troubles forced Sobriety High, which was started in 1989 in Edina, to close its Maplewood and Edina campuses after the 2009-10 school year.

McGlynn said closing of the Burnsville and Coon Rapids campuses will leave only two sober high schools in the Twin Cities: Insight Recovery School, run by the White Bear Lake public schools, and P.E.A.S.E. Academy, a charter school in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown area.

“It is a crisis to a small number of people,” McGlynn said. “I think there used to be as many as 22 years ago. But it’s been dropping over the last 10 years, more pronounced, I’d say, in the last five.”

Treatment-based referrals are the source of most of Sobriety High’s students, McGlynn said.

Hinze, who attended Farmington’s Dodge Middle School, said he was ordered into treatment by his parents.

“They just got sick and tired of me stealing from them and doing all this stuff,” said Hinze, who came to Alliance Academy his freshman year.

“I can pretty much talk to anybody here: any teachers, any students,” he said. “It’s not like a mainstream school. The teachers here actually have an opportunity to get to know you, and they care about you.”

Afraid of falling back into his old ways, Hinze plans to attend P.E.A.S.E. Academy next year instead of Farmington High School.

It’s about a 40-minute bus ride from his stop in Apple Valley, he said.

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15 Lake Minnetonka College Students Excelling at St. Olaf College

Minnetonka Minnesota News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:04

The following local residents were among nearly 900 St. Olaf College students who were recognized for academic achievement at the college's annual Honors Day convocation on May 3. Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Charges: Mom Burned Son’s Face With Iron For Being ‘Bad’

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 19:56

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The mother of a 7-year-old boy has been charged after police say she burned her son’s face with an iron.

The West St. Paul Police Department received a child abuse complaint around 11:36 a.m. on May 10 and responded to a local elementary school to investigate.

Upon arrival, police were told the 7-year-old child came to school with a facial burn that he said came from an iron. The child said his mother burned him because he was “bad.”

An investigator spoke with the boy who said his mother often physically disciplined him when he was bad. He said that sometimes includes his mother using a black belt with a silver buckle to hit him. Police noticed a visible mark on the child’s cheek and asked the boy about it.

Police say the boy became reclusive, quiet and nervous but eventually said it was from being hit by the belt. He said his mother told him not to tell anyone how he received the mark on his cheek.

The investigator also noticed an injury on the child’s face that was consistent with a burn, similar in shape to a clothing iron. Police said the burn looked as though the iron was being pressed against the child’s face with the tip of the iron pointed toward the child’s mouth.

A search warrant was conducted at the woman’s residence and police located an iron and a belt matching the description the boy provided.

Police contacted the mother, who said the injury on her son’s face was caused when he was at the park. She said he was running around with other kids and fell down. She admitted she wasn’t watching the child when he fell because she was on her phone.

The mother was charged with malicious punishment of a child. If convicted, she could face up to a year in prison or up to $3,000 in fines.


LeBron, Tony Allen Headline NBA All-Defensive Team

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 19:49
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Woman Sentenced For Stealing Identity Of Minor In Her Care

MN News - Tue, 05/14/2013 - 19:43

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former personal care attendant has been sentenced for stealing the identity of a minor in her care, the United States Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Charnell Alene Hudson, 40, was specifically sentenced to 42 months – 3-and-a-half-years – in prison on one count of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. She will also pay restitution to the victims.

In Hudson’s plea agreement, she admitted that between June 2008 and September 2010, she stole the identity of a minor in her care.

In 2005, Hudson worked as a personal care attendant for the elderly and disable in the Twin Cities area. That year, she was hired to provide care for a minor at the minor’s home. In 2006 the minor moved in with Hudson, who assumed responsibility for all aspects of the minor’s care and had access to all the minor’s personal identifying documents.

When the minor moved out the next year, Hudson kept all of the minor’s personal information. She used it to obtain a Minnesota driver’s license and a title for a vehicle.

Since Hudson had a criminal history that prevented her from opening a licensed daycare, she used the minor’s identity to establish a business called “Lil Dumplin’s Daycare,” which allowed her to receive a $70,000 contract from Ramsey County for services to the community.

Then, on March 25, 2010, Hudson used the minor’s identity to purchase a $153,000 home in St. Paul, using the minor’s identity to send monthly payment checks of $916.12 to the seller of the house.

Hudson was indicted on July 23, 2012, and pleaded guilty on Nov. 19, 2012.


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