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Police: driver that killed four in Wisconsin ‘huffing’ prior to collision

Plus: about 60 candidates apply to be U of M president; former Vikings player Shariff Floyd to file $180 million lawsuit over surgery; St. Paul’s Peoples Electric closes; and more.

Says the AP:A young driver was inhaling chemical vapors, or huffing, just prior to striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and critically injuring a fourth girl who had been picking up trash along a rural Wisconsin highway, police said Monday. The 21-year-old driver sped off after the collision in Lake Hallie Saturday morning, but later surrendered. He was being held in the Chippewa County Jail on 13 possible charges, including four counts of intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.”

The Star Tribune’s Mila Koumpilova writes: “About 60 candidates have applied to be the next University of Minnesota president. Almost 150 people had applied for the job the last time the U sought a new president in 2010, though applications this time around could continue trickling in until the campus search committee recommends finalists, likely later this month. The university had encouraged candidates to apply before Oct. 29, and the committee met last week to size up the applicant pool.”

From KMSP-TV:A Minneapolis woman has been convicted of breaking into another woman’s house, stealing her dog and killing it, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday. Elizabeth Osterbauer, 25, was found guilty of two counts of second-degree burglary, one count of mistreating/torturing an animal and stalking. Osterbauer also faces felony animal cruelty charges in Rice County. According to the criminal complaint and testimony, Osterbauer broke into a home on the 3500 block of Boardman Street in Minneapolis in December of 2015. The woman who lived there ‘met Osterbauer through a dog rescue agency. Osterbauer had romantic feelings for the woman, which were not returned.’”

Also from the Strib: “Former Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will file a $180 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Dr. James Andrews and others, according to his lawyer, Brad Sohn, to recuperate projected lost NFL earnings after his playing career ended following a September 2016 surgery. Floyd is suing Andrews, a renowned orthopedic surgeon, the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and others, including an anesthesiologist, in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for Orange County, Fla. Floyd’s suit alleges he suffered permanent nerve and muscle damage as a result of an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sept. 22, 2016, at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla.”

Says a Talking Points Memo story from Matt Shuman, “An incumbent Republican congressman mocked his Democratic opponent as “manufactured” in a campaign video released Monday. But the video, which shows the congressman acting like he’s canvassing voters in a suburban Minnesota neighborhood, doesn’t appear to have been filmed in the congressman’s actual district. Instead, Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) apparently filmed it in the suburb he calls home, one district north of the area he represents in Congress.”

Says Wendy Reuer of the Forum News Service, “A former West Fargo middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student and sharing illicit photos and videos with students was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. Shannon Moser, of Moorhead, Minn., wiped away tears as the courtroom in Cass County (N.D.) District Court filled with friends and family, including her husband, Brett. Prosecutor Tristan Van De Streek had asked for a 20-year sentence, of which Moser would have served 15 years and serve the remaining five years on sex offender parole.”

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Frederick Melo of the PiPress says, “The lights have gone out at Peoples Electric. On St. Paul’s West Side, a 97-year-old contracting company that employed as many as 130 electricians at peak season and wired newspaper plants and airports across the country shut its doors last month. The company filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 29. Peoples Electric, located at 277 E. Fillmore Ave., closed shop in mid-to-late October, according to those familiar with the industry. The company’s main phone number is out of service, and a reporter’s repeated calls and emails to company executives were not returned.”

CNBC’s Lauren Hirsch and John Schoen write, “Home improvement retailer Lowe’s announced Monday that it is closing 20 stores in the U.S. and 31 stores in Canada. It said that the majority of store closures occur where there are two Lowe’s within 10 miles of each other. Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said the closures are a ‘necessary step in [the company’s] strategic reassessment as [it focuses] on building a stronger business.’ The retailer operates about 1,800 stores in the U.S. and about 300 in Canada. It expects to complete the closures by February.” The Mankato location will close.