- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Former Illini player dies in workout at new school

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Campus officials say a football player at Winona State University who recently transferred from Illinois has died while working out with teammates.

Winona State said in a news release that 22-year-old Shawn Afryl died Monday during a workout at Maxwell Field on campus. Information about his cause of death was not immediately available.

School officials said the 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman had recently enrolled after his transfer.

Illini coach Tim Beckman said in a statement that his players were saddened to hear of the death of a “great teammate.”

Winona State coach Tom Sawyer said Afryl had shown maturity and leadership in his short time at the Division II school.

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Trees fall, hurt campers in BWCA windstorm

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) - Two groups of campers were rescued after strong winds knocked down trees on them in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

In one incident, two women with serious injuries were flown from the Loon Lake area. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad says the women had trees lying on them for several hours. WDIO-TV reports others in the group had less severe injuries.

The sheriff’s office says two campers in a group of 17 from Louisiana near Lady Boot Bay were injured when trees fell on their tents early Monday. The Star Tribune reports first responders took the two by ambulance to a Virginia, Minnesota, hospital for treatment of noncritical injuries.

The two are identified as 13-year-old Hayden Toups of Brusly, Louisiana, and 47-year-old Kirk Sanchez of Port Allen, Louisiana.

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Jurors start considering Ventura defamation case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An attorney for Jesse Ventura asked a federal jury Tuesday to award the former Minnesota governor millions of dollars in damages for what he claimed is a lie in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle.

Ventura testified during the two-week trial that Kyle fabricated a passage in his 2012 best-seller “American Sniper” about punching him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly made remarks insulting Navy SEALs. But Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death last year that his story was accurate.

In his closing argument, Ventura attorney David Bradley Olson said he believes Kyle’s estate has earned more than $6 million from the book, and suggested that $5 million to $15 million would be reasonable compensation for what he said was irreparable harm to Ventura’s reputation.

“The verdict will tell the world Chris Kyle’s story was a lie,” Olson said.

The jury deliberated for about 4½ hours before stopping for the day and was to return Wednesday to continue.

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Attorney general sues 2 colleges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit Tuesday against two colleges, accusing the schools of misleading criminal justice students about their ability to land a job in their field and transferring credits to other institutions.

Swanson contends the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University try to attract prospective students who want to become police officers, but don’t offer the educational requirements to become a licensed police officer under Minnesota law. The schools, which are under common ownership, aren’t regionally accredited and don’t offer a program approved by a state standards board.

“Going to college has long been a way for people to try to make a better life for themselves. The schools exploited this dream for some students, who are now saddled with debt,” Swanson said in a statement.

The schools called the lawsuit “an unnecessary enforcement action” that only serves to hurt the interests of the schools’ students and graduates. The schools said in a statement that they have fully cooperated with the attorney general’s investigation.

“The claims that our admissions practices and credit transfer policies are deceptive could not be further from the truth,” the schools said. “Our admissions training practices are designed to provide prospective students with all of the information needed to make an informed decision prior to enrolling.”

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