Toddler falls from 11th floor of Cedar-Riverside apartment building

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Riverside Plaza in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Just after 7:30 p.m. yesterday, a 1-year-old boy fell from the 11th floor of an apartment building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

The toddler was rushed to the hospital. Reached for comment this afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder had no update on his condition, but the Star Tribune, citing police, reports he's in critical but stable condition.

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Karmel Square Somali shopping mall in south Mpls partially collapses [PHOTOS]

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The scene at Karmel Mall this morning.
Around 8:45 this morning, a third-floor addition under construction at the Karmel Square shopping mall at 2910 Pillsbury Ave. in south Minneapolis collapsed, knocking out power in the area and resulting in the evacuation of about 25 people from the building. No injuries were reported.

The shopping mall houses about 150 Somali businesses and is owned by Basim Sabri, a controversial developer who was the subject of our 2007 feature story about his effort to rebuild his reputation after he was released from federal prison.

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Matthew Damman allegedly drunk-drove minivan into Lowertown Bulldog, injuring six [PHOTOS]

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Matthew Michael Damman's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Matthew Damman wasn't drunk when he drove minivan into Lowertown Bulldog, charges say

Matthew Damman allegedly led police on a brief drunken chase through downtown St. Paul before crashing his 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan into the Lowertown Bulldog, injuring six.

State Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske says someone reported a possible intoxicated driver heading northbound on Highway 61 south of Interstate 94 just before midnight last night. Officers caught up with the alleged drunk driver, later identified as Damman, as he exited Interstate 94 at Sixth Street.

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Metro Transit Route 10 bus hits pedestrian in downtown Mpls; 12 injured [PHOTOS]

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-- Update: Check out photos from the crash scene at bottom --

Around 8:30 p.m. last night, a Metro Transit Route 10 bus traveling southbound on 2nd Avenue South hit a pedestrian in the intersection of 2nd and Washington Avenue.

The circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation, but the pedestrian was transported to the hospital "conscious and breathing," Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland tells us. The pedestrian wasn't the only person injured in the crash, however -- the whiplash effect that resulted from the driver slamming the brakes injured 10 passengers who "complained of minor injuries" and were also sent to the hospital.

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Check out this insane footage of 61-car pileup on Mendota Bridge

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A massive pileup occurred just before 1 p.m. today in the westbound lanes of Highway 55 over the Mendota Bridge, closing the highway.

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The State Patrol says one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The 61-car destruction derby began when two vehicles lost control on the icy roadway and crashed, and that in turn caused a semi to jackknife.


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Matt Cooke was not the cause of reporter's facial wound [UPDATE]

Categories: Accidents, Wild
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Matt Cooke found himself in a universally enviable position last week -- whacking a reporter in the face. Only it wasn't intentional. Seriously.

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Watch in the GIF below as the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello checks the Wild forward. Cooke's stick rockets into the left cheek of Fox Sports North reporter and former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay, who normally has the best seat in the house, smashed between team benches.

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Motorcyclist dies after hitting pothole on I-394

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:::: UPDATE :::: State Patrol spokesperson Jesse Grabow got in touch with us and said further investigation revealed "speed was more of a factor in this crash" than the pothole. Grabow said a witness told investigators Baskaran was traveling at "a very high speed" moments before he hit the pothole and was thrown from his motorcycle to his death.

Though Baskaran was wearing a helmet, he may have been traveling up to 120 miles per hour when he hit the pothole, the State Patrol says. Authorities are also looking for another motorcyclist who was seen riding with Baskaran moments before the wreck. That motorcyclist, who was also wearing a helmet and was possibly riding a 2008-2010 Honda CBR, fled the scene.

Original post -- Just before 10 p.m. last night, a motorcyclist died after hitting a pothole on eastbound I-394 at Theodore Wirth Parkway in Minneapolis.

With the temperature hovering around freezing, Anand Baskaran, a 30-year-old resident of East Northport, New York, was on his 2009 Honda motorcycle when he hit a pothole, lost control, and rode off the roadway, suffering fatal injuries in the process, according to the State Patrol.

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40 semis have jackknifed in Minnesota since 2 p.m. yesterday [UPDATE]

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One semi-tractor trailer jackknifing is usually considered a major event that can shutdown a highway.

Since 2 p.m. yesterday, we've had 40.

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New Vikings linebacker Simoni Lawrence finally pays up

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:::: UPDATE (May 13) :::: To make roster room for all the undrafted free agents the team signed after last weekend's NFL Draft, the Vikings today released Lawrence and offensive lineman Josh Samuda, who suffered a grisly leg injury during a team workout last month.

The Simoni Lawrence car accident saga has finally come to an end.

Nearly a year after the uninsured former U of M football captain rear-ended 57-year-old Karla Rehberg on I-94 near downtown Minneapolis, Lawrence has finally agreed to reimburse her for the damage.

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Simoni Lawrence signed by Vikings, but still hasn't paid woman he hit on I-94

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:::: UPDATE :::: New Vikings linebacker Simoni Lawrence finally pays up

Today, the Vikings announced the signing of former University of Minnesota linebacker and 2009 defensive captain Simoni Lawrence.

Lawrence's return to Minnesota following a successful stint in the CFL is a feel-good story, unless you're Karla Rehberg, the 57-year-old Whittier resident Lawrence crunched in his white Camero on I-94 last year.

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