- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014
Ice brings early end to 2014 shipping season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Icy conditions have forced an early end to shipping on the Upper Mississippi River.

The shipping season officially closed Thursday with the towboat Mary K. Cavarra and its load of four barges heading south through Lock & Dam No. 2 at Hastings, Minnesota.

It’s the earliest closing in 45 years, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1yIQ8unhttps://strib.mn/1yIQ8un ) reported. The season began last spring with the second-latest opening and came to a 26-day halt in midsummer so crews could clear flood-borne silt from the navigation channel.

“It’s been a real challenging year for us,” said Bob Zelenka, executive director of the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, which represents about 550 grain elevators and feed mills across the state.

The river is the cheapest way of moving crops, Zelenka said. But the river’s early closure means finding alternative ways to get those crops to New Orleans and foreign export markets.


Minnesota company recalls ground beef

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says inspectors discovered the suspected contamination during a routine inspection.

The recalled products are packaged in plastic sealed packets and contain various weights of ground beef. The beef was shipped to distributors for sale nationwide.

The products, including ground beef patties and ground chuck patties, have a “use by” date of Dec. 10, 2014, and carry the establishment number of “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Food safety officials and the company say they are concerned some product may be frozen and in customers’ freezers. No illnesses have been reported.


Man accused of hitting woman in church arrested

JORDAN, Minn. (AP) - Police have arrested a man accused of hitting his hitting his girlfriend in the head with a gun in a church in the southwestern Twin Cities.

Authorities say the 32-year-old man attacked the woman about 9 p.m. Saturday at Hope Lutheran Church in Jordan, then fled apparently in a stolen vehicle.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1y5isZfhttps://strib.mn/1y5isZf ) reports police announced the man’s arrest Sunday afternoon but provided no details.

Police say no shots were fired in the domestic incident. The woman was treated for her injuries at a hospital and released.



Friend: Alleged SD shooter was ‘no monster’

SISSESTON, S.D. (AP) - Autopsies are being performed on the bodies of four people, authorities said Sunday, after a shooting at a South Dakota home in which authorities say a man killed three people and wounded one before taking his own life.

The body of the suspected shooter, 22-year-old Colter Richard Arbach of Sisseton, was found among the dead after authorities initially thought he may have fled.

The Division of Criminal Investigation said interviews continue and the South Dakota Crime Lab is working on performing ballistic tests and a reconstruction of the shooting.

Dan Shinerock told KSFY-TV that he woke up to the gunshots around 3 AM.

“You’d expect you’d hear somebody screaming, but there was only that woman whimpering. The only sound was that woman whimpering and it was a hopeless whimper, it wasn’t a cry for help,” he told the station.

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