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MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota Senate staffer fired over an affair with the majority leader has been critically injured in a Dakota County crash. The Minnesota State Patrol says Michael Brodkorb's car struck the wall of a bridge along 35E in Mendota Heights Wednesday about 9 p.m. and came to rest against a concrete median barrier. The State Patrol's accident report says alcohol was detected. Brodkorb was not wearing a seat belt. The State Patrol says he was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he's in critical condition.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Jared Swopshire scored 16 points to lead Northwestern to a 55-48 victory over No. 12 Minnesota on Wednesday night. In a game where baskets were hard to come by at times, the Wildcats (12-8, 3-4 Big Ten) made just enough shots down the stretch to beat a ranked opponent for the second time in three games while sending the Gophers (15-4, 3-3) to their third straight loss.
MINNEAPOLIS — Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 on Wednesday night. The Nets improved to 12-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, and they’re 9-1 with their preferred starting lineup: Lopez, the NBA’s highest-scoring center, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. Williams and Johnson scored 18 points apiece, and the Nets never trailed despite some sloppy stretches of play.
BY THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of states have slashed spending on mental health care over the last four years, driven by the recession's toll on revenue and, in some cases, a new zeal to shrink government. But that trend may be heading for a U-turn in 2013 after last year's shooting rampages by two mentally disturbed gunmen.
BY ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-based multicultural theater is bringing its celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the New York Mills Cultural Center. Mixed Blood Theatre will present “Dr. King's Dream” at the western Minnesota center on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Actor Warren C. Bowles performs solo as King. The production is based on the late civil rights leader's letters, sermons, books and speeches, including his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Bowles has toured for Mixed Blood as King since 1981.
NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has told Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te'o said he believed that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer and didn't lie about it until December.
ST. PAUL — Martin Erat scored an unassisted goal for Nashville with 8:15 left when Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom couldn’t clear the puck cleanly, and the Predators earned their first victory by beating the Wild 3-1 on Tuesday night. Ryan Spaling had a goal late in the first period, and Chris Mason made 29 saves for the Predators in his first start of the season. He denied Dany Heatley off a rush and then on a rebound around the 5-minute mark. He stayed steady while the Wild tried to tie it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Hennepin County medical examiner says a baby girl has died after being pulled from her family's submerged sport utility vehicle in Lake Minnetonka last Friday. The medical examiner says 8-month-old Tabitha Markle of Minnetrista died early Monday at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning. The girl was strapped in the backseat when the SUV went through the ice late Friday afternoon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A compound found in anti-bacterial soaps, cosmetics, toothpastes and other products is increasing in Minnesota lakes and rivers, according to research by the University of Minnesota. The research, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, said triclosan is being found more often in Minnesota waters. University scientists and researchers from the Science Museum of Minnesota's St. Croix Watershed Research Station studied sediment from eight lakes of various sizes.