- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014
Collision between vehicle, train kills Sabin man

SABIN, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a 91-year-old Sabin man has died after the vehicle he was riding in collided with a train in Clay County in northwestern Minnesota.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened Sunday afternoon just south of Sabin.

Deputies arrived to find a vehicle on its roof on the tracks.

William “Bill” Briden was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 83-year-old Gloria Briden, was extricated from the vehicle and was flown to Sanford Health for her injuries.

Her condition was not immediately known.


Metrodome roof structure demolished with blasts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It’s another milestone in the demolition of the Metrodome.

On Sunday, the cables that supported the facility’s famous roof were severed as construction crews set off about a dozen explosive charges.

Mortenson Construction said before the blasts that the noise would have a lower decibel level than pyrotechnics used after a Vikings touchdown. Still, the Star Tribune reports the noise prompted about a half-dozen calls to police from people who wondered what was going on.

The Metrodome is being torn down to make way for a new $1 billion Vikings stadium. Steel installation for the new stadium is expected to begin in August.


Lawmakers voting for gay marriage raised more cash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers who took a political risk by supporting same-sex marriages have seen big increases in their campaign coffers.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1gDZvGThttps://strib.mn/1gDZvGT ) analyzed reports made public Saturday and found that House members whose 2013 votes went against most in their party took in as much as quadruple the cash they raised in 2011. The influx of cash could be helpful if these lawmakers face strong challengers or backlash for their votes.

Richard Carlbom, a spokesman for Minnesota United, which lobbied for same-sex marriages, said his group and its allies helped raise $500,000 to support officials who voted for same-sex marriage. The new reports show that some lawmakers saw a clear impact.

When comparing all funds raised by House members in 2011 with those in 2013, the numbers double. But 13 lawmakers who voted for same-sex marriage in Republican districts or in districts where voters didn’t approve of legalizing gay marriage brought in 2½ times as much in 2013 as they did in 2011.

For example, Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, supported same-sex marriage against the majority of his district. He took in nearly $54,000 last year - four times what he raised in 2011. The cash could help against a potential challenger, he said, and could also help other Republicans as the GOP tries to take majority in the House this year.


Mondale family: Joan Mondale enters hospice care

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale has entered hospice care.

A statement released Sunday on behalf of the Mondale family says Joan Mondale entered hospice care Friday. The statement was released by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, where the Mondales have been longtime members.

The family is asking for privacy at this time, as Joan Mondale’s “life on this earth moves peacefully to its close.”

Mondale is 83.

She built a reputation as a national cultural arts advocate while her husband was vice president, and was so passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed “Joan of Art.”



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