- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014
1 dead, 1 injured after Roseville apartment fire

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - One man is dead and a man who tried to save him is hospitalized after a fire at a Roseville apartment building.

KSTP-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1lf09frhttps://bit.ly/1lf09fr ) a neighbor, the building caretaker, and police and firefighters all tried to rescue the man but they could not due to smoke and flames.

The fire at Rose Mall Apartments happened Saturday evening.

Crews arrived to find the caretaker with minor burns and suffering from smoke inhalation after trying to rescue the man, who was trapped on the third floor.

The caretaker remained hospitalized Sunday.


Petition asks Obama to pardon Dakota 38

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A Mankato City Council member is seeking a presidential pardon for the 38 Dakota men hanged in a mass execution at the end of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Jack Consadine submitted a petition to the White House after he learned about the history of the hangings, KTOE-AM reported (https://bit.ly/1dfzexqhttps://bit.ly/1dfzexq ). His petition seeks a posthumous pardon for the “Dakota 38,” plus two Dakota men who were hanged later.

The hangings represent a dark chapter in history. Originally, 303 men were sentenced to be hanged after the war. President Abraham Lincoln was aware of injustices in the men’s trials, and he wrote a letter to Minnesota Gov. Alexander Ramsey listing 39 men who should be hanged, including one who was later given a reprieve.

Some Native Americans believe Lincoln was wrong to order any of the hangings and that several of the men were innocent.

Consadine said he learned of the history and felt compelled to submit his petition.


Twin Cities public transit tops 94M rides in 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Users of public transportation in the Twin Cities metro area logged more than 94 million rides last year, a jump of 6 million rides since 2007.

The steep increase is due in part to high gas prices, a recovering economy and more options for service, the Star Tribune reported (https://strib.mn/1dnwhuRhttps://strib.mn/1dnwhuR ) Sunday.

Numbers released earlier this month show that last year, the suburban Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, which launched the state’s first Bus Rapid Transit line out of Dakota County, set a record of more than 2.7 million rides.

Maple Grove’s transit service offered 836,443 rides last year - also a record.

Metro Transit didn’t hit a record but provided 5 million more rides than it did four years earlier.


Minnesota company recalls several food products

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota company is recalling some of its peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads that are distributed nationwide after authorities discovered some samples of the products contained listeria.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said Saturday that there have been no reports of illness and that Coon Rapids-based Parkers Farm Acquisition is cooperating with the investigation.

The company has issued a voluntary recall of several products with various sell-by dates. Consumers who bought these products are urged to return them to the store or throw them away.

The products are distributed nationwide under the Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler and Bucky Badger labels.

These items were sold at several stores, including Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerly’s, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Costco, ALDI, Wal-Mart and Brookshire stores.

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