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St. Cloud hospital shooter faced 7 felonies, threatened wife

Plus: Waseca bomb-plotter gets probation, treatment; U borrows for athletic-facility upgrade; ticket scamming on the rise in Minnesota; and more.

This guy sounds truly frightening. The St. Cloud Times’ David Unze has more information on the man who killed a sheriff’s deputy in St. Cloud: “The man who shot an Aitkin County sheriff’s deputy Sunday at St. Cloud Hospital and then died afterward was facing seven felonies and had a warrant out for his arrest at the time. … Danny Leroy Hammond, 50, was charged Oct. 12 in Aitkin County with kidnapping, second-degree assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and domestic assault. … Court records show that his wife had told him within the last two weeks that she no longer loved him and she wanted to end their marriage of 12 years. Court records show that Hammond kept his wife in their Glen Township home against her will beginning on Oct. 10, alternately putting a pistol to his head and to her head, saying that the two of them were together until ‘death do we part,’ according to a criminal complaint charging Hammond.”

Probation for the Waseca school bomb-plotter. The Mankato Free Press’ Nancy Madsen reports: “John LaDue, who was charged more than a year and a half ago in a plot to bomb his Waseca school, was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years of probation and treatment at a secured autism spectrum disorder facility in Georgia for a felony conviction of possession of an explosive device. … The terms of the sentencing largely match a plea agreement presented Sept. 18 to 3rd Judicial District Judge Joseph Chase. The judge then told County Attorney Brenda Miller and state public defender Steve Bergeson that he wasn’t in total agreement on the length of the probation and it was increased from five to 10 years, per state sentencing guidelines.”

Makes perfect sense for the U to borrow to help accomplish its core mission this way. The Pioneer Press’ John Shipley and Tad Vezner report: “When the University of Minnesota fell short of its goal to privately fund a large athletics department upgrade, school President Eric Kaler recommended last week that the U borrow the shortfall and break ground almost immediately. Twenty-four hours later, the Board of Regents had approved the recommendation. … The decision was a victory for the athletics department and supporters who believe the Athletes Village project is necessary if the Gophers are to keep pace in the increasingly competitive field of big-time college athletics. Some, however, question the wisdom of borrowing an estimated $89 million when the athletics department already has outstanding debt of $201.2 million.

Speaking of athletics scams… The AP reports (via MPR): “Better technology is making it easier than ever for scammers to design, print and sell fake tickets for sporting events in the Twin Cities. … Cheaper and clearer printing has led to an overall increase in reports of fake ticket sales in recent years, but officials say there are ways the public can avoid being scammed. … Out of the two Vikings games at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium this season, three people reported a theft by swindle, or a ticket sale scam, according to crime reports.”

In other news…

Estimated time before Homeland Security shuts this down? “Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport opens airfield viewing area” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

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Voting underway to choose a new UND nickname. [Star Tribune]

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Live in a former post office! They’ve really got it all in St. Paul. [Pioneer Press]

Minnesota loves a good dance scandal. [MPR]