- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Senate office project foe objects to bond request

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building.

An attorney for former St. Cloud Rep. Jim Knoblach filed a response Wednesday with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

State lawyers contend Knoblach should post and forfeit an $18.6 million bond if his lawsuit to block the project doesn’t succeed on appeal and the project is delayed.

Knoblach argues the amount is excessive and premature. He also contends the state apparently is trying to get him to put up money that’s already been appropriated for relocating the senators while the state Capitol is renovated.

The state hopes to break ground on the new Senate building by July.

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Charges: Minnesota man hid Bosnian war crimes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man who allegedly participated in war crimes during the Bosnian war has been arrested on immigration fraud charges.

Authorities say 45-year-old Zdenko Jakisa was arrested Wednesday for failing to disclose his military service and crimes he committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the conflict there in the 1990s.

According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Jakisa is a former member of the armed forces of the Croatian Defense Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Authorities say records and witnesses from Bosnia show he committed crimes that he didn’t disclose on his refugee or green card applications.

Authorities say those crimes include killing an elderly Bosnian Serb woman and kidnapping and assaulting a Bosnian Muslim man in 1993.

The attorney who represented him at his first court appearance didn’t immediately return a message.

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House approves bill for US women’s history museum

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers have revived a long-stalled effort to create a National Women’s History Museum in the nation’s capital.

The Republican-controlled House voted 383-33 on Wednesday to create a commission to study the feasibility of a museum on the National Mall. A similar measure is pending in the Senate.

Congress has allowed previous legislation calling for a women’s museum to die at least twice since 2005.

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York say the contributions of women have been mostly left out of museums and national landmarks.

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota spoke against the bill. She says the museum concept “will enshrine the radical feminist movement.”

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Charges: Man killed neighbor over deer dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A suburban Minneapolis man who had a long-running dispute with two neighbors over feeding deer opened fire on the couple and killed one of them, hours after his son was arrested on suspicion of threatening to burn down their house, according to criminal charges filed Wednesday.

Neal Curtis Zumberge, 57, of New Brighton was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. Prosecutors say he killed his neighbor and wounded the man’s girlfriend Monday after the girlfriend called police on Zumberge’s adult son - who days earlier had allegedly accused the couple of giving Zumberge Lyme disease by feeding deer in their yard.

The criminal complaint says Zumberge shot the neighbors with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Zumberge is charged in Ramsey County. His son, Jacob Zumberge, 23, was charged in Anoka County with making terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Neal Zumberge. It was not immediately clear if Jacob Zumberge had an attorney.

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