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MINNEAPOLIS — Xander Martinez's dream of going to the Super Bowl is coming true this weekend thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Now, it's up to the Philadelphia Eagles to do their part. "I really want them to win," said Xander, 13, of Winter Haven, Fla. "I'm thinking 26-15. I like Nick Foles, the quarterback, but I really like running back Jay Ajayi. He gets a lot of yards when he has the ball in his hands."
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — New tips concerning Susan Swedell, who went missing during a blizzard in Lake Elmo on Jan. 19, 1988, have been coming in to the Washington County sheriff's office after a St. Paul Pioneer Press report on the case was published Sunday, Jan. 7. Sheriff Dan Starry said his office has received eight tips this week about Swedell; her case has been getting renewed attention as the 30th anniversary of her disappearance nears.
ST. PAUL—When Eric Buck drove past the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 380 near Waterloo, Iowa, last month, he asked his children to pray for the people involved. The St. Paul man and three of his six children were headed home from Iowa during a snowstorm on Dec. 29 when they saw a dozen cars "totaled in a pileup" and witnessed first responders cutting open a car that had been struck by a semitrailer truck.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—Former Twin Cities sports-radio personality Jeff Dubay, who has previously run afoul of the law for methamphetamine possession, has pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. Dubay entered his guilty plea on Monday in front of Washington County District Judge William Ekstrom. He will be sentenced March 22 and could face up to four months in jail. Dubay, 49, was arrested in August and charged with a felony after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the basement of a Cottage Grove house. Dubay previously denied any wrongdoing.
CHISAGO CITY, Minn. — Judy Johnson didn't want a big party to celebrate her 108th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 13, but friends and family members are hoping she'll get a slew of birthday cards to mark the event — 108, to be exact. Carol Seefeldt, a volunteer at the nursing home in Chisago City where Johnson lives, is organizing the effort. "She says she doesn't want anything, but I sort of think she does," Seefeldt said. "I know she'd love it. She's just such a lovely lady that you have to love her."
ELLSWORTH, Wis. — Tasha Schuh is used to getting embarrassing questions about her sex life. Schuh, paralyzed from the chest down since she fell through a stage trap door in 1997 during a rehearsal for her high school musical, said she understands why people are curious. "You know, I live in a very small town," said Schuh, 36, of Ellsworth. "People would stop me at the grocery store and were, like, 'Um, how's that going to work?' " Schuh isn't afraid to overshare when she answers.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Plans for an ice palace at the St. Paul Winter Carnival have been dropped, but Minnesotans and Super Bowl visitors will still be able to tour a massive shimmering castle made of frozen water this winter. The CEO of Ice Castles LLC said Monday, Oct. 16, that the company will once again create a frozen attraction in Lowell Park in downtown Stillwater this year.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Former Twin Cities sports-radio personality Jeff Dubay, who has previously run afoul of the law for methamphetamine possession, has been charged with felony assault in Washington County. Dubay, 49, was arrested earlier this month and charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the basement of a Cottage Grove house. Dubay denied any wrongdoing Tuesday.
STILLWATER, Minn. — When Brine's Bar and Restaurant was founded as a meat market in downtown Stillwater in 1958, people already were talking about the need for a new bridge over the St. Croix River. Come the first week of August, when a new bridge opens 2 miles south in Oak Park Heights and the Stillwater Lift Bridge closes to vehicle traffic, Gerry Brine will finally have a chance to run his family's business without a constant stream of traffic clogging Main Street.
BAYPORT, Minn.—After a 52-foot yacht crashed on the St. Croix River in Bayport early Sunday morning, the law enforcement response was swift and sweeping.