- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014
Wolves’ Cunningham arrested for 2nd time in 3 days

MEDINA, Minn. (AP) - Police have arrested Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham for the second time in three days.

Medina police Officer Chris McGill says the 26-year-old Cunningham was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of making terrorist threats. He declined to go into detail about the allegations but said police would release more information about the arrest on Monday.

Cunningham was arrested early Thursday and charged with felony domestic assault. A criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court says his girlfriend told police that during an argument at Cunningham’s suburban Minneapolis home, he slammed her against the wall and choked her for 15 to 20 seconds. Police say she didn’t require medical treatment.

Cunningham was released from jail Friday and rejoined the team Saturday in Orlando, Fla.


Former Hamm’s brewery becomes Minnesota urban farm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The former Hamm’s brewery complex in east St. Paul has been transformed into an urban farm, the home to thousands of tilapia and racks of leafy green vegetables.

The six-story building is now occupied by Urban Organics, an aquaponics farm, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (https://bit.ly/1mQTvd3https://bit.ly/1mQTvd3 ). Aquaponics is a method of raising fish and vegetables in a system where the fish waste helps nourish the vegetables, and the plants purify water that gets recycled back into the fish tanks.

The building had fallen into disrepair after it was abandoned in 1997, but $1 million in renovations helped restore it to usability. Its thick walls and concrete floor were perfect for a business that requires consistent temperature and heavy fish tanks.

The first floor, once used to ferment beer, is now filled with six rows of floor-to-ceiling shelving. The shelves hold tubs of water containing trays of plants including kale, chard, cilantro and parsley.

Because the vegetables are grown indoors, the business can be productive even through the harsh Minnesota winters.


Minnesota agency studies water levels, use

BELGRADE, Minn. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources has launched a project to figure out whether current levels of groundwater use are sustainable and whether action is needed to protect water availability in the future.

The project is in response to a 2010 state law directing the agency to address groundwater sustainability. Residents of central Minnesota and elsewhere have been pumping water from the ground for generations, but the rate of use has been on the rise, the St. Cloud Times reported (https://on.sctimes.com/1spvI7Shttps://on.sctimes.com/1spvI7S ).

The DNR has assembled a project advisory team comprised of state and local agency experts, irrigators, lake associations and well drillers. The team plans to spend the next few months gathering information, analyzing data and putting together a long-term plan by October.

Mark Hauck, a project manager in the DNR’s Bonanza Valley, said people seem to think water is abundant in the land of 10,000 lakes.

“We’re starting to see some indications that maybe that might not be the case in some areas of the state,” Hauck said. Regions such as southwestern Minnesota are already experiencing a scarcity of groundwater, he said.


Speeding preceded collision that orphaned boy, 1

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota troopers say a 1-year-old boy has been orphaned after his father allegedly sped more than 100 miles per hour before slamming into the back of a semi truck in Fridley.

The collision Friday evening killed the boy’s father, who was driving, and his mother, who was in the passenger seat. The boy was buckled in his car seat, and was apparently unhurt.

The mother was 31-year-old Patrice Hooks of Hopkins. The father’s name hasn’t been released.

Witnesses told the Minnesota State Patrol the car was speeding down Interstate 694 before the collision. Witnesses say they saw no attempt by the car’s driver to stop before impact.

State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske (ROS’-kee) says the boy is being cared for by social services in Anoka County.

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