REGION ROUNDUP: ATV crash death ... Tot drowns in tub ... Boy shot for fireworks ... more
ATV accident kills woman
Authorities have identified a woman who died when the all-terrain vehicle she was riding on crashed into a tree in central Minnesota.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Kayla Lien, 19, Foley, Minn., died of blunt-force injuries Thursday.
The Benton County Sheriff's office said Lien was the passenger on the ATV when it crashed shortly after 7 p.m. in a housing development in Duelm, Minn., which is about 12 miles east of Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Authorities said the driver of the ATV, Macy McCormick, 18, Foley, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Neither Lien nor McCormick was wearing a helmet.
Toddler drowns in bathtub
An 18-month-old girl has died after being found submerged in a bathtub in a St. Paul foster home.
Police said the girl was pronounced dead Thursday, a day after she was found in the tub with a 3-year-old sibling. The girl's body was turned over to a medical examiner Saturday for an autopsy.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident, which they said happened while the foster father stepped out of the room for a moment. Investigators are trying to determine how long the children were left unattended.
St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Schnell said criminal charges are possible.
Boy shot for using fireworks
Police in St. Paul said a 14-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound on Fourth of July night, and they said the suspect is a man who might have been upset about fireworks going off in his neighborhood.
Police and paramedics were called to the neighborhood about 9 p.m. Saturday, and the boy was taken to Regions Hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck.
After going door to door to find out more about the incident, police arrested a 49-year-old St. Paul man.
In a news release, police said they are still investigating the motive but think the suspect might have been upset about the fireworks. The suspect did not know the victim.
Police said the boy, from West St. Paul, is in critical but stable condition.
U regents to meet, retreat
The University of Minnesota regents are going to compress their usual two days of meetings into one this week before leaving for their annual retreat.
The regents are scheduled to meet Wednesday in both their workshop and regular meeting before going to Owatonna, Minn., on Thursday and Friday.
It'll be the first meeting with Clyde Allen presiding as the new chairman. He's a former commissioner of the state Revenue Department.
Among the highlights of Wednesday's meeting will be an update on the university's new underground physics laboratory along the Ash River in northern Minnesota.
The regents retreat is at Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna. They'll be focusing on developing broad policies for the university during a time of shrinking budgets.
Light rail plan moves ahead
A long-in-the-works Minnesota light-rail line is taking some steps forward this week.
Utility relocation crews will be doing preliminary work along the Central Corridor line that will connect the Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns. The actual relocation of water lines and storm and sanitary sewers is due to start later this summer.
When built, it will be Minnesota's second light-rail line. The first route moves passengers on a corridor through Minneapolis, the airport and the Mall of America.
The goal is to start construction on the new 11-mile line next year and have it up and running by 2014.
It is being built with a combination of state, local and federal dollars.
Oil patch housing options
Increased activity in North Dakota's oil patch means an increase in the need for housing.
Two housing projects are scheduled for construction in the McKenzie County community of Watford City, N.D.
One of them is being built by Fargo-based Lutheran Social Services Housing, which also has put up housing in Ray, N.D.
LSS Housing formed in March 2008 to address the need for housing in rural North Dakota. Ray and Watford City were the first communities to draw the agency's attention.
LSS Housing Director Jessica Thomasson said the agency can't solve housing woes, but it can be a big part of the solution.
Bleeding fish disease fear
Wisconsin wardens were watching this past weekend to make sure anglers and boaters don't spread a gruesome fish disease.
The Department of Natural Resources has been working for years to contain viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, an exotic disease that causes a wide array of fish species to bleed to death.
Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark said his wardens stepped up enforcement of prevention methods during the long July 4th weekend. No one should move live fish off the water, and boaters should drain water and remove all plants, animals and mud from their craft and equipment before leaving.
3D scan of Mt. Rushmore
An agreement announced Friday will lead to a 3D digital recording of Mount Rushmore National Memorial useful for public education or to replicate the carving if it's ever damaged.
One partner is CyArk, a nonprofit foundation that seeks to digitally record historic sites and monuments to create a lasting record. The Scottish government will provide resources and technology to perform the 3D laser documentation.
The scanning project at Mount Rushmore is expected to begin in late September and be completed in two weeks.