Boy dies after he's found hanging from clothesline in north Minneapolis

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The North Side backyard where the boy was found.
Yesterday, a 10-year-old boy who was found hanging from a clothesline in north Minneapolis last Thursday was pronounced dead.

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The boy was found hanging by a neighbor in the backyard of an abandoned house on the 3200 block of Bryant Avenue North.

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Minnesota Mist cancel rest of the season

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RIP, Minnesota Mist (2013-2013)
We were your home for Minnesota Mist coverage, but sadly, those halcyon days have come to an end.

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A source tells City Pages that the Mist, along with the entire Beautiful Ballers league, have canceled the rest of the 2013 reason.

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Hennepin County painted over Midtown Greenway mural

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Artists in Storefronts -- click to enlarge
Since they hadn't issued a permit for the mural, Hennepin County officials began covering it up.
Earlier today, Hennepin County came clean as the entity responsible for painting over the Midtown Greenway mural near Sunrise Cyclery.

THE BACKSTORY: Somebody whitewashed Midtown Greenway mural [PHOTOS]

In fact, the only reason the mural wasn't totally whitewashed is because workers ran out of paint. But Hennepin County officials say their painting crew has "been instructed to leave the mural as-is while we work with Minneapolis and the artist on next steps."

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Somebody whitewashed Midtown Greenway mural [PHOTOS]

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The mural as it was found yesterday morning.
:::: UPDATE :::: Hennepin County painted over Midtown Greenway mural

Artists Caw Wi Jiwa, Erin Sayer, and Yuya Negishi were on the receiving end of a major buzzkill yesterday morning when the mural they were working on along the Midtown Greenway near Sunrise Cyclery was found covered in whitewash.

SEE ALSO: Cyclist claims Molotov cocktail was thrown at him from Midtown Greenway bridge [PHOTO]

A Facebook post by Artists in Storefronts notes that the mural-makers had permission from the pertinent landowner, Sunrise Cyclery, and the Midtown Greenway Coalition. City officials say they had nothing to do with covering up the mural, and at this point it's unclear who or what entity was responsible.

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Andrew Sandstrom criminal complaint: Apartment was so disgusting, officer gagged

Categories: How We Live, Sad
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Andrew Sandstrom (left) and his wife, Shayna (to his left).
:::: UPDATE :::: Andrew Sandstrom's wife is a member of "the PILL KILLS"

We've obtained the criminal complaint detailing the circumstances surrounding the second-degree manslaughter charge levied against Moorhead father of six Andrew Sandstrom, whose 5-month-old daughter died after he accidentally left her in a hot van for four hours earlier this month.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
-- Andrew Sandstrom charged with manslaughter for leaving baby in hot van [MUGSHOT]
-- Baby dies after being left unattended in minivan for four hours


According to the document, the apartment Sandstrom, 24, shared with his 27-year-old wife Shayna and their children was so disgusting, it caused a police officer to gag.

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Lilydale Park hikers witnessed man burning to death in apparent self-immolation

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Tad Vezner on Twitter
In the caption to this photo, the PiPress's Tad Vezner writes that authorities "found the guy here, about 100-200 yards from bottom/river."
Two hikers out yesterday evening in St. Paul's Lilydale/Harriet Island Regional Park got an extremely grisly surprise when they came across a man engulfed in flames.

SEE ALSO: White Bear Lake's sudden shrinkage: DNR sued by group demanding less water pumping

Despite their efforts to save the man, including placing a water-soaked coat on his body, he ended up dying of his injuries.

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Chicago Avenue Deli goes up in flames [PHOTOS]

Categories: Business, Sad
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Kim Insley on Twitter
The dramatic blaze, which is now under control, resulted in a couple blocks of Chicago Avenue being closed this morning.
The Chicago Avenue Deli, located at 25th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis, went up in flames overnight.

SEE ALSO: Massive Uptown fire engulfs building near Lake Street and Irving Avenue [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

A fire at the building was first reported at about 3:30 a.m., with the blaze intensifying a couple of hours later. Though the precise extent of the damage isn't clear at this point, it certainly looks as though the building is a complete loss.

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Post Office apologizes for returning woman's letter to Iraq-based son with "DECEASED" stamp

Categories: Military, Sad
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Not only did the Postal Service not deliver her letter, but they incorrectly told Najbar her son was dead to boot.
In September 2006, Duluth resident Joan Najbar sent a letter to her son, Sam Eininger, a National Guard solider who was stationed in Iraq. The next month, her letter was returned, unopened, but adorned with this stamp: "DECEASED"

SEE ALSO: Downtown Minneapolis invaded by Black Hawk helicopters [PHOTOS]

Fortunately, Najbar had been in touch regularly with her son, including a phone conversation the night before the letter was returned. But still, considering Eininger was still alive, that's a pretty outrageous and traumatic fuck-up.

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Some jerk reportedly leaving glass-laced treats at Crow Hassan dog park

Categories: Animals, Sad, Scary
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Who would do such a thing?
Some jerk is reportedly making a late bid for Biggest Ass of the Year by leaving dog treats laced with broken glass in the Three Rivers Park District's Crown Hassan off-leash dog park.

SEE ALSO: Southwest Mpls dog park that was originally supposed to cost $45,000 now costs $215,000

Park officials say they haven't been able to confirm anything, but have heard reports of glass-laced treats in September, October, and December 17.

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Hastings construction worker said he "had bad feeling about the job," gets crushed next day

Categories: Sad, Tragedy
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Tukua had a bad feeling a day before he died while dredging a pond.
Sometimes, following your instincts can be a matter of life or death.

SEE ALSO: Highway suicide: Why do people keep lying down in Minnesota traffic?

On October 21, Jeffery Tukua, a 46-year-old construction worker from Hastings, told his wife he "had a bad feeling" about a pond-dredging job he was to begin the next day in Fort Snelling State Park near MSP airport and didn't want to report to work. Tragically, on October 22 he was crushed to death by a backhoe.

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