- 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.

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