- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014
Illini defense delivers win over Gophers, 28-24

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois turned to its much-criticized defense Saturday for a late touchdown and a defensive stand that delivered a 28-24 win over Minnesota.

Illinois (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) trailed 24-21 with 6:33 left in the game when linebacker T.J. Neal stripped the ball from running back David Cobb. Cornerback V’Angelo Bentley grabbed the ball at the Gopher 12 and ran it in for a touchdown.

Illinois then held the Gophers (6-2, 3-1) four times at the Illini 26 with less than two minutes to play.

After the final whistle, Illinois’ players streamed off the sideline, gathering in front of the band for several minutes of celebration.

The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Illini and gave them just their second conference win in coach Tim Beckman’s two and a half season in Champaign.


Johnson on big stage, but he’s no political rookie

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican Jeff Johnson was never one for fiery, rally-the-troops rhetoric in the Minnesota House. He didn’t relish chances to antagonize the political opposition. And with some exceptions, the bills he sponsored during a six-year run were more heady than headline-grabbing.

As Johnson campaigns for governor, he’s had to answer for stances in the Legislature and more recently in two terms on the Hennepin County board, where as an outnumbered Republican he’s often been in the minority on key votes. County commissioners typically don’t have as much of a hands-on role in shaping policy, so Johnson’s time at the Capitol is the best window into a political style he argues would serve him well given the divided government he would face.

“I don’t tend to be a bomb-thrower even after I’ve been around for a while,” Johnson said recently as he reflected on his days in the state House. “I’m someone who believes in listening and learning before you spout off too much.”

A lawyer for Cargill Inc. at the time, Johnson grabbed at a sudden open House seat in 2000 when a Republican incumbent ended his campaign within weeks of the filing deadline. He built on connections gained during an unsuccessful Plymouth city council run to win the abbreviated legislative race. Johnson tacked on two more victories before running unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2006. He re-emerged to snatch a county board seat in 2008.

When Johnson got to St. Paul, he focused on learning the ropes more than making a splash. His first bill was to shield more capital gains from the income tax - legislation he says was steered to him from House Republican leadership because of the complexion of his district. The first law to his name dealt with the grounds for school suspensions and disqualification from extracurricular activities.


Custom urns courtesy of company’s 3-D printer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - A Minneosta startup is using a 3-D printer to create custom urns shaped like objects that were important to the person whose remains they hold.

The Eden Prairie-based Foreverence offers urns that are made with a ceramic material that looks different than the plastic material typically produced by a 3-D printer. The process takes nearly an entire day, starting with about nine hours of printing, and then followed by several hours of touchups, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (https://bit.ly/1tRLCM6https://bit.ly/1tRLCM6 ).

Each urn is unique and can take the form of just about anything, including ballet slippers, cars and instruments.

“I’m fascinated by the endless possibilities,” company CEO Pete Saari said.

It has even made an urn shaped like the signature hats worn by rock band Devo when co-founder Bob Casale died earlier this year. Foreverence offered Casale’s family the urn and ended up making two for them. Casale’s family told the company that it was “the first joyous moment in a dark period of time for them,” Saari said.


Estranged wife shot during St. Cloud car chase

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in St. Cloud say a 66-year-old man shot and wounded his 63-year-old estranged wife.

Stearns County dispatchers started getting calls around 10 a.m. Saturday about one vehicle chasing another on County Road 4. Callers said one vehicle rammed the other, and that they heard gunshots.

Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold tells the St. Cloud Times (https://on.sctimes.com/1w5B1vRhttps://on.sctimes.com/1w5B1vR ) the man apparently rammed her car several times, and that he fired several shots during the incident.

Witnesses stopped to help the woman after her car stopped. The man fled but was soon caught. The sheriff’s office says a gun was recovered from his damaged pickup truck.

Authorities say the woman suffered at least one apparent gunshot wound, but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Her name was not immediately released.

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