Body of Missing U of M Student Jennifer Houle May Have Been Found in Mississippi River [UPDATE]

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Jen Houle Facebook
Police say she either jumped or fell off the 10-story 10th Avenue Bridge
UPDATE: The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has confirmed the body pulled out of the Mississippi River yesterday was Jennifer Houle. The cause of death was freshwater drowning, and both the Hennepin County Sheriff and Medical Examiner said they will continue investigating.

The search for missing 22-year-old University of Minnesota student Jennifer Houle appears to be over.

Last night the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said it recovered the body of an adult female near the 10th Avenue Bridge around 7 p.m. Law enforcement is leaving it up to the Medical Examiner to officially identify the body, but Houle's father told the Star Tribune he was sure it was Jennifer.

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Jen Houle, 22-Year-Old U of M Student, Missing Since Friday


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Andy Springer Found Naked, Dead By Fertile High School Golf Team

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Andy Springer Facebook
Andrew Springer was allegedly found by the local high school golf team
Members of the Fertile High School Golf Team were in for quite a shock when they went out for a practice round at Sandhill River Golf Course on Monday.

According to North Dakota station Valley News Live, golfers stumbled upon the naked, dead body of 35-year-old Andrew Springer, lying only 100 yards from his apartment.

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Dead Body Found Near Hidden Beach


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Police Continue to Call Out Father of Missing 10-Year-Old Barway Collins

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Crystal Police
The search for Collins has moved to the Mississippi Riverfront

Crystal police held another press conference yesterday reiterating their position that the father of missing 10-year-old Barway Collins is not telling the whole story behind Barway's disappearance.

"Because Pierre Collins continues to not be truthful with us, we must rely on the discovery of other evidence," said Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering, who previously told reporters Pierre failed a lie detector test about Barway's disappearance.

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Police Say Father "Not Truthful" After 10-Year-Old Barway Collins's Disappearance

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Police Say Father "Not Truthful" After 10-Year-Old Barway Collins's Disappearance

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Crystal Police
He was last seen leaving the school bus at the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North

Barway Collins was last seen leaving a school transportation van March 18.

A surveillance video released by Crystal police yesterday shows 10-year-old Collins telling a friend "there's my dad" and shortly after he says, "oh, my uncle's here" while unbuckling his seat belt.

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Carlos Orozco's Abduction First Time Cell Phone Amber Alert Led Directly to Successful Recovery

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Family Wants Answers After Two of Its Horses Are Shot Dead

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Sad stuff out of Thief River Falls
Last weekend a family from Thief River Falls was horrified to find someone opened fire on their horses, killing two and injuring a third.

Heidi Carlson has been posting on Facebook imploring people to spread the word about the crime and notify the Pennington County Sheriff if they hear anything. She says the family's horses were shot in a pasture less than 60 feet from their home.

See also:
UMD Busts Out a Few Mini Horses to Help Relieve Finals Week Stress


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Aaron Purmort Remembered in Funny, Creative Obituary

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Nora Purmort's blog, myhusbandstumor.com
Aaron Purmort with his wife, Nora, and child Ralph

Aaron Purmort and his wife, Nora, tweeted and blogged with frank humor and honesty throughout his three-year battle with brain cancer, which came to a close last week.

Yesterday the Star Tribune ran his self-written obituary full of the same good-natured wit friends and online followers of the Purmorts have come to appreciate.

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Obits Tell Tales of Heroism, Fate, Love

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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.

SEE ALSO: Openly racist woman's anti-Obama display: Bayonet-stabbed chair hanging from noose

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.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota Mist bikini basketball coming this summer [PHOTOS]

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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