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Dead baby found at laundry

RED WING, Minn. -- A dead infant was found in hospital linens that had been delivered to Crothall Laundry on Tuesday morning, Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman confirmed Tuesday evening.

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"We're calling it a death investigation at this time," he said.

Authorities were alerted at 12:29 p.m. and went to the laundry in Red Wing. Pohlman said the body, as well as the laundry, had been retrieved by an undisclosed hospital before his officers received the call.

"That's their practice," he said of the Crothall Laundry. "They call the place it came from."

Red Wing officers then interviewed workers and notified the St. Paul Police Department. Red Wing is about 45 miles southeast of St. Paul.

"There's so much we don't know because we don't have the body," Pohlman said.

A family member of a worker said the discovery occurred earlier in the morning. Staff were told not say anything until the hospital, which is in the Twin Cities, was alerted.

"It's under investigation and more information will be released as it's received," Pohlman added.

(RE)

Rollover crash kills Woodbury man

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Woodbury man died after he lost control of his SUV and the vehicle overturned on Interstate 494 in Dakota County.

The Minnesota State Patrol said Colin K. Geraghty, 28, was westbound on the icy highway around 7 a.m. Saturday when lost control of his 2000 Ford Explorer, which slipped off the right side of the road and rolled.

Geraghty was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died, a spokeswoman said. State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said Geraghty was the vehicle's lone occupant.

The patrol said Geraghty was not wearing a seat belt and there was no sign of alcohol.

(WB)

Lake Park-Audubon high school sale falls through

LAKE PARK, Minn. -- Less than a month after Lake Park-Audubon school board members celebrated the sale of the old high school building in Lake Park for slightly more than their asking price, they received word this week that the purchase had fallen through.

"Monday morning I had a call from our Realtor, Steve Larson," said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.

Larson informed Hogie that the buyer, Mono Investments, was going to cancel the purchase agreement.

Hogie said a contingency clause gave Mono Investments 30 days to try to reach an agreement with the city of Lake Park for use of a portion of the building.

No agreement was reached, so the company withdrew its offer.

"We are extremely disappointed," Hogie said, "but we will still look to sell (the building) and hope that will happen within a short period of time."

The school board will discuss its options at its next meeting, set for at 7 p.m. April 22 in Lake Park.

(DL)

Red Lake man guilty of beating woman

DULUTH -- A Red Lake man has been found guilty of beating a woman, causing her serious bodily injury, while at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, the FBI said Tuesday.

Roderick Arlyn Sayers, 44, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for the crime.

The woman, who was his girlfriend, had a "significant mouth injury and a loose tooth" after the Nov. 25, 2011, attack, the FBI said.

Sayers' two-day jury trial was in federal court in Duluth. His sentencing has not been scheduled.

(GFH)

Kawishiwi River makes 'most endangered' list

DULUTH -- The environmental group American Rivers has placed Minnesota's South Kawishiwi River and the Boundary Waters lakes it flows into on the group's annual list of "most endangered rivers'' because of the potential threat from copper mining.

The river flows out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and then back in after running near the proposed Twin Metals underground mine southeast of Ely.

The group said the mine, proposed within the Superior National Forest, would produce large quantities of waste rock that, when exposed to air and water, could lead to acidic runoff "and a variety of toxic metals" in the water.

American Rivers calls its annual report "a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point."

A Twin Metals spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday. But the company has said that the underground mine's ability to store waste rock underground, where it won't be susceptible to rain and runoff, makes its proposal safe.

(DNT)

North Dakota

App launched for flood condition reporting

FARGO -- The International Water Institute has released a new mobile app that allows anyone to report on flooding, snow pack, ice jams and the status of sandbag dikes prior to and during Red River Basin spring flooding.

The app, called CRED, is designed to allow users to quickly and easily submit photos and observations directly from the field for review by partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service and other agencies.

All users need to participate is an existing Twitter, Google or Facebook account. Contributed reports and images can be viewed on an interactive map integrated into the app.

To participate, go to cred.wq.io with a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

(FF)

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