- Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014
Robbinsdale chief resigns after prostitution sting

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) - The Robbinsdale police chief has resigned, about a month after he was arrested in a prostitution sting in Coon Rapids.

The city of Robbinsdale says in a statement that it learned Saturday of Chief Steven Smith’s arrest.

Smith was among 10 people arrested Feb. 20 and cited for hiring and engaging in prostitution after police in Coon Rapids conducted a sting at a private residence.

Robbinsdale Mayor Regan Murphy tells WCCO-AM that Smith submitted his resignation to the city manager Saturday afternoon.

Murphy said Smith made “lots of important contributions to Robbinsdale,” but “at the end of the day you have to follow the law.”

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Proposal requires clubs to offer free ear plugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A new City Council member has proposed an ordinance that would require nearly every music-oriented venue in Minneapolis to make earplugs available to patrons for free, after a trio of local companies pushed the idea as a public health issue.

The ordinance proposed by Jacob Frey is a first of its kind, and would affect about 185 businesses, the Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/1f3LlZBhttp://strib.mn/1f3LlZB ).

“Going to one of these venues, a lot of people just don’t know about hearing loss,” said Brian Felsen, whose apparel company, Locally Grown, Globally Known, is working with the Miracle-Ear Foundation and 3M to coordinate and fund the campaign. The earplugs would be provided for free to the city and venues to give out.

The proposal is scheduled for a public hearing April 1.

San Francisco has an ordinance requiring venues with dance floors to carry water and earplugs. But the clubs can charge for the earplugs. Felsen’s plan would offer free 3M earplugs in dispensers - a model he hopes to take to other cities.

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New Richland-H-E-G beats Kenyon-Wanamingo in 2A

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carlie Wagner didn’t want to take her jersey off for the last time, but she conceded. She tried to hold back the tears, but they flowed.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Gevena’s senior guard finished her record-setting career Saturday with an undefeated season and a second straight Class 2A championship by scoring 36 points to help lift the top-ranked Panthers over No. 2 Kenyon-Wanamingo 71-61 at Williams Arena.

After the game, Wagner wept for the finality of the moment. Her time playing for the Panthers (31-0) with freshmen twin sisters Maddie and Marnie Wagner, along best friend and fellow senior Jade Schultz, was over.

“You think it’d be tears of joy right now, which it is, but it’s a combination of sadness of being done right now,” Wagner said. “It’s indescribable. It’s hard to believe it’s all over. It hits you hard when you know it’s your last game. It’s really hard.”

Wagner, the state’s all-time leading scorer, ended her career with 3,957 points, with 371 of those coming in state tournaments, another state record. After shooting 3-for-14 in the first half of Saturday’s championship game, Wagner came out in the second half against the Knights and rattled off 21 consecutive points to put the Panthers up 56-32 with over 11 minutes to play.

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Win-E-Mac beats Minneota 61-53 in Class 1A

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Four seniors helped unseeded Win-E-Mac finish an improbable run to its first Class 1A state girls basketball championship.

The core of the team - sophomore Madison McKeever - had the biggest impact.

McKeever scored 27 points and senior Korbyn Ross added 17 to lead the Patriots past defending champion Minneota 61-53 on Saturday at Williams Arena.

After a fourth-place finish last season, the Patriots were back at the state tournament and won three straight games to claim the title. It was their first appearance in a championship game in school history.

“Minneota was a really good team, they were rated number one,” McKeever said. “We knew we couldn’t just think of that because they were going to win this. We came out and played our best game tonight and our seniors really stepped up and that helped.”

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