- Associated Press - Friday, November 21, 2014
Becker beats DeLaSalle 24-6 for Class 4A title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - C.J. Schwintek ran for 146 yards and a touchdown as Becker beat DeLaSalle 24-6 Friday in the Prep Bowl to win the Class 4A state football championship.

Dawson Brown had three interceptions for Becker (12-1), which won its second school title.

Billy Hart threw for 194 yards and one touchdown for the Islanders (11-2), who turned the ball over six times.

Michael Veldman, who threw for 163 yards, and Matt Conzemius connected on a 19-yard score for an 18-0 Becker lead early in the third quarter. Beau Pauly scored from 3 yards out later in the frame to make it 24-0.

A 4-yard run by Veldman gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Schwintek doubled that lead with a 13-yard touchdown run in the second.


Holdingford tops BOLD 20-18 in Class 2A title game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A late-season position switch paid off nicely for Nathan Brinker and Holdingford.

Lined up as a running back, Brinker connected with quarterback Austin Gerads for an 8-yard touchdown in double overtime, giving Holdingford a 20-18 edge over BOLD to win the Class 2A state title Friday at the Prep Bowl.

It is the school’s first title since 1981, and the first Prep Bowl double-overtime game since 1998.

On a direct snap to Brinker, he looked to throw right, but went back to his left and threw to a diving Gerads for the lead. Matt Messman then scored on the 2-point conversion.

“When I rolled left I was either going to run or pass, but Gerads made a good read to get open and I threw the ball to him,” said Brinker, who played guard on offense until the Huskers (11-3) second playoff game.


Things to know about immigration in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Thousands of immigrants living in Minnesota illegally are awaiting more details about how to obtain new protection from deportation under President Barack Obama’s executive action. State agencies that administer health, tax and public safety functions are likewise studying the implications.


Minnesota has a relatively small number of people not authorized to be in the country legally.

Estimates put the population at between 90,000 and 95,000 as of 2012. The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute projects that about one-third of them were living with a child who has U.S. citizenship or permanent status, part of the criteria Obama is instituting for granting temporary relief from potential deportation. About 65,000 had lived in the country at least five years, which is another eligibility benchmark.


Authorities: 11 gang members, associates indicted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Eleven suspected gang members and their associates have been indicted on federal gun charges after a multicity takedown that authorities said will cause a significant blow to those behind recent armed robberies, thefts and a gang war that has led to several shootings.

The defendants include three leaders of the Stick Up Boys gang and one leader of the 1-9 gang, authorities said. The other defendants include prominent gang members and associates who supplied the gang with firearms, according to the indictment announced Friday.

The indictment said the two groups are closely related and have been in a gang war with two rival gangs, the Taliban and the YNT, also known as Young ‘N Thuggin’. This has led to shootings in which six gang members died and nine were wounded, the indictment alleges.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek called the arrests a “huge win” for law enforcement and area residents, and said it will put a dent in the gangs’ operations for some time.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said the arrests took down the gang leadership and got them off the streets. All 11 defendants are charged with conspiracy, and some face additional charges such as being a felon in possession of a firearm or making a false statement during a firearm purchase. If convicted, the main defendants could each face more than 15 years in federal prison.

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