- Associated Press - Sunday, December 7, 2014
No. 16 Missouri facing Minnesota in Citrus Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - No. 16 Missouri and Minnesota will meet in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in a matchup of Southeastern Conference and Big Ten foes.

The game will be played for the first time since the renovation of the Orlando Citrus Bowl. It is sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. It was previously called the Capital One Bowl.

Missouri (10-3) is coming off a SEC championship game loss to Alabama. The Tigers are making their second appearance in an Orlando bowl, having won the Tangerine Bowl over Southern Mississippi in 1981.

Minnesota (8-4) is making its first trip to Orlando. It is coming off back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2002-03. This is the Golden Gophers third consecutive bowl appearance. They are looking for their first bowl victory since 2004.


Health care provider accused of stealing narcotic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Twin Cities area health care provider is suspected of stealing a power narcotic patch.

The Minnesota Health Department said last week that the staff member at Birchwood Arbors assisted-living center in Forest Lake not only allegedly stole the patch but likely was responsible for medication that was missing from two other clients.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1yEJZ4rhttps://strib.mn/1yEJZ4r ) reports a police officer went to the suspect’s home and saw the painkilling patch on the staff member’s upper arm. At first, the suspect denied any wrongdoing but relented once the officer made it clear the patch was for fentanyl medication.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that is typically administered to people in chronic pain, including end-stage cancer patients.


Fargo mayor called North Dakota legend at funeral

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, who led the city’s fight against several floods, was remembered as a North Dakota legend at his funeral.

Hundreds turned out Sunday to say goodbye to Walaker. The three-term mayor died Tuesday at age 73, several months after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp were among those eulogizing Walaker at Reineke Fine Arts Center on the campus of North Dakota State University. A police and fire department honor guard escorted his flower-draped casket onto the stage.

KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/1yYsZFihttps://bit.ly/1yYsZFi ) reports Dalrymple said Walaker will be remembered as a true North Dakota legend. Hoeven said Walaker had a gruff demeanor, but was a “teddy bear” underneath.

Walaker spent most of his career as Fargo’s public works director.


Suspect shoots self during Mankato area standoff

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Police say a man shot and wounded himself after a chase in the Mankato area.

The North Mankato Police Department says officers were called about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on suspicion that the 27-year-old man was violating a protection order.

Police say the man fled in his SUV, brandishing a handgun before getting on southbound U.S. 169.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/15XAgM6https://strib.mn/15XAgM6 ) reports despite driving over “stop sticks” that police had put down, the suspect kept going with flat ties before heading back toward North Mankato.

A State Patrol officer used his squad car to ram the man’s vehicle off the road. During negotiations with law enforcement, the man shot himself and surrendered.

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