Woman ignores sirens for McDonalds fix, being a scholarship athlete is tough

Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:

Minnesota's idiot (or hero) of the today: When a cop tried to pull Erica Toy Marie Ballard, 26, over in St. Paul, she just kept going... straight to the McDonalds drive-thru. A craving for a Big N' Tasty was just too much for her to handle apparently. Yea, we get that sometimes too. Unfortunately she only had time to eat a couple fries before police caught up to her. Best quote of the day: "I thought they were fixing to mess with me," Ballard said Monday during an interview at the Ramsey County Jail. "I was fixing to get some thing to eat."

The city of St. Paul canceled outdoor activities Monday night. Duh, it was dangerously cold outside. Apparently hockey children are forced to deal with it. At Phalen Recreation Center, hockey practice for the youth league, ages 5 to 9, went on as scheduled. Another quote of the day: "We're not killing kids out here," McDonough said. "Nobody's doing any thing they don't want to do."

You might not believe it, but the Star Tribune is trying its best to prove to the skeptic that college athletes live a tough life and make normal college students look stupid and lazy. Today is the second story in their series about college athletes and the lives they live. It's worth checking out. 

Even buses can't win against deers on the road
A school bus carrying Winona Middle School students burst into flames after hitting a deer on the road. The driver apparently hit the deer and kept driving, lodging the deer under the bus where authorities think it broke an oil line. No one was injured in the freak accident. 

Gas was cheap in October, but Minnesotans still drove less than they did in October 2007. "The 3.1 percent decline is part of a long-term local and national trend that has coincided with rising gas prices. Nationally, October mileage was down 3.5 percent, part of what the Federal Highway Administration called 'the largest continuous decline in American driving in history.'"


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