- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Minot State names new head football coach

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A former college football coach who was cleared in a child pornography investigation in Minnesota is the new head coach at Minot State.

Todd Hoffner leaves Minnesota State-Mankato to become the 19th head coach for the Beavers.

“It was important for me to get closer to my roots,” Hoffner said in a news release, adding that his family is just 90 miles away. “And I wanted to stay at the scholarship level that we are at.”

He did not return calls to The Associated Press seeking comment.

His wife, Melodee Hoffner, told the Star Tribune that her husband has applied for dozens of football coaching jobs, but even old colleagues wouldn’t invite him to work at football camps last summer.

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Snowstorm causes Twin Cities commuter headachers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A winter storm has caused dozens of crashes that led to traffic snarls in the Twin Cities.

The storm hit during the morning rush hour Thursday.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1bDu6g2http://strib.mn/1bDu6g2 ) reports the State Patrol closed southbound Interstate 35 from Wyoming, Minn., to Highway 8 about 8:45 a.m. to clear spinouts and crashes in the area. The freeway reopened about 10:30 a.m.

In the Twin Cities, troopers were called to 67 crashes - seven with injuries - and another 160 spinouts or vehicles going off the road between 5 and 10:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports more than a half-foot of snow fell in Minneapolis by early afternoon.

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