Ian Larson


Shooting suspect kills self near the U

Officers from three metro-area police forces flooded the University of MinnesotaâÄôs West Bank on Friday night, roping off busy sections of campus during a search for a man suspected in a double-slaying in Brooklyn Park. The man, who was suspected in a shooting at a grocery store in the northwestern suburb, killed himself on the Mississippi River Flats as police closed in around 9:45 p.m., according to reports. The shooting in the break room at the Brooklyn Park Festival Foods grocery store, which left two dead, occurred around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday shooting injures one, halts Augsburg powwow

A fight that escalated to gunfire just blocks from the University of Minnesota campus Saturday night sent one man to the hospital and brought an early end to a powwow that had been a celebratory and social gathering. The fight broke out around 7:20 p.m. near Murphy Square Park among people "not associated with Augsburg College or the events at the College," according to a crime alert sent by email to Augsburg students.

U students in Tokyo forced to return home

As earthquake-stricken Japan struggles to prevent total nuclear meltdown, the University of Minnesota has called for all seven of its students studying in Tokyo to return home. Four University students studying in Nagoya and Hiroshima âÄî both in southern Japan and farther from the embattled nuclear sites âÄî will be allowed to stay unless conditions in those cities deteriorate.

‘Stupor Bowlers’ pedal bikes and pound booze

Ahead of SundayâÄôs Super Bowl, hundreds of bicyclists from across the country descended upon Minneapolis this weekend, gearing up for a bowl contest of their own âÄî the Stupor Bowl. In both its competitive timed race and the comparatively leisurely drinking race, the Stupor Bowl pitted bicyclists against each other in a race across town as they sought out the quickest routes between checkpoints. The races began with a 100-yard footrace in Kenwood Park, where competitors trudged through knee-deep snow, pushing and shoving as they hurried toward their bicycles.

Campus to close at 1 p.m. due to snowstorm

The University of Minnesota has announced that the Twin Cities campus will close at 1 p.m. today and campus events starting after that time will be cancelled due to a snowstorm that has already dumped half a foot of snow.

First snowstorm of the season batters Minneapolis

Nearly a foot of heavy, wet snow has fallen in some parts of the metro area during the first snowstorm of the season, and more is likely on the way. The National Weather Service is predicting Minneapolis will see from five to nine inches of snow on Saturday, with another one to two inches possible throughout the night.

Underwater hockey breaks ice at U

The University of Minnesota may be known nationally for its ice hockey program, but a small group of faculty and community members are making a splash with a slightly different take on the game âÄî one thatâÄôs played underwater. âÄúUnderwater what?âÄù ThatâÄôs the reaction most people have when they first hear about underwater hockey, said Ben Erickson, a University researcher whoâÄôs played four times on the national underwater hockey team, representing the United States in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

No answers yet for slew of West Bank break-ins

University of Minnesota police and administrators are baffled over a slew of break-ins and minor thefts plaguing buildings on the West Bank campus since last fall. The most recent happened early Saturday morning when an unknown number of people broke into a locked room on the 7th floor of Heller Hall. They didn’t take any valuables, according to a police report. Overall, there have been about a dozen similar incidents at Heller Hall and about four in the Social Sciences Tower, University police Lt. Erik Swanson said in an e-mail.

Patient reports rape at Fairview

A 67-year-old woman reported that she was sexually assaulted at University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview on Wednesday night, according to police. The woman alleged that she was raped by a hospital employee while she was a patient there, University of Minnesota Police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. Police have not yet identified a suspect.

For cadets, war simulations are no game

Ten ROTC cadets lay prone, shoulder to shoulder, waiting to fire their M-4 carbines. âÄúLock and Load. Turn your selector switch from safe to semi. Engage your target.âÄù Each cadet loaded a magazine, centered the front sight posts inside the rear sight aperture, exhaled smoothly and squeezed off three quick rounds. With each pull of the trigger, compressed air âÄî not a cartridge âÄî kicked the rifle back. The virtual rounds plinked into a target projected on a screen some 20 feet across the room, and a computer connected the dots, showing the cadets how consistently they shot.