- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014
Nolan to hold rally with VP Biden in Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Minnesota’s Iron Range to hold a get-out-the-vote rally this week.

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s campaign announced that Nolan will hold an early vote and get-out-the-vote rally with Biden Thursday at Hibbing Community College.

The White House says Biden also is scheduled to appear that day at an event on domestic violence in Duluth.

Nolan is facing a challenge from Republican Stewart Mills in northeastern Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

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Duluth man sentenced in daughter’s suffocation

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The father of a 13-month-old girl has pleaded guilty to suffocating her out of frustration with her crying.

Christopher Dennis Peterson, 30, of Duluth, entered his plea Monday in St. Louis County District Court to a count of second-degree murder. His plea agreement calls for the maximum 40-year prison sentence.

Peterson’s daughter Layna died July 5. He told police in a statement that he frequently stopped his daughter’s fussing by placing his hand over her mouth and pinching her nostrils closed.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 12.

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New Vikings stadium nearly quarter complete

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials are confident the Minnesota Vikings’ new $1 billion stadium will be completed on time in 2016.

Reporters and photographers were given a tour of the construction site in downtown Minneapolis Monday. Nine months after the old Metrodome was demolished, officials say the new stadium is 23 percent complete as of the end of September.

Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgren of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says more than 650 workers are at the site daily, and over 200 Minnesota companies are part of the project. That workforce is expected to swell to more than 1,100 by next summer.

Thirteen cranes are operating, and two more will be added. Mortenson Construction says concrete operations are in full swing, with 55,000 cubic yards of concrete poured.

The Vikings are set to play in their new stadium in 2016.

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Woman accused of deliberate hit-and-run

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 24-year-old woman is under arrest after police said she ran over a woman in downtown Minneapolis on purpose.

Witnesses told police that the victim was struck by a car about 1 a.m. Saturday and dragged. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1ro9KOEhttp://strib.mn/1ro9KOE ) that 26-year-old Miera L. Horton of Minneapolis was in critical condition in a coma at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Police said two witnesses described seeing the driver aim her car at Horton and veering toward her as she tried to dodge.

Police spokesman John Elder said the incident grew out of a fight between the women.

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