- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Obama visits St. Paul's Union Depot

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - When White House officials chose St. Paul's Union Depot for President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday of a $600 million competition for federal grants to fund infrastructure projects that create jobs, they picked a site that received nearly $125 million in federal funds for a major renovation in an earlier round of the program.

Union Depot went into decline in the early 1970s after the city’s dwindling passenger train service was moved to a new depot in the Midway area between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“This project symbolizes what’s possible,” Obama said of the station’s rebirth.

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-St. Paul, said the station was in serious disrepair when she toured it shortly after being elected to Congress in 2000.

“It had been overrun by pigeons, windows were broken and shuttered, and the space was cold and largely abandoned, except for a few empty mail carts,” McCollum said in a statement beforehand.

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Deaths of suspects in shooting were murder-suicide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The two North Dakota residents involved in a shootout that wounded a Minnesota sheriff’s deputy later died in a murder-suicide, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Wednesday.

Investigators believe 24-year-old Devin Blowers shot and killed 29-year-old Katie Christopherson, then fatally shot himself, the agency said.

The bodies of the two Fargo, N.D., residents were found after Douglas County Deputy Dustin Alexander, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was shot in the chest Monday night while checking a suspicious vehicle near Alexandria in west-central Minnesota.

Alexander had gotten identification from Christopherson and Blowers and briefly returned to his squad car, the BCA said. When the deputy returned to the suspects’ vehicle a second time, Blowers shot Alexander, striking him in his vest, a preliminary investigation found. The deputy returned fire, and the suspects fled in their car but became stuck in the snow and ran away.

About four hours later, law officers found Blowers and Christopherson dead near an outbuilding. A handgun and a shotgun were found near their bodies.

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Light-rail train derails in downtown St. Paul snow

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