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

Categories: Scary , U of M

Jen Houle Facebook
She was last seen between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. near Blarney's pub

UPDATE #1: From the Minneapolis Police Department Facebook: "Last night, video evidence was located that indicates Ms. Houle entered the river from the 10th Avenue Bridge on Friday morning. No suspects are being sought."

UPDATE #2: The body of Jennifer Houle was recovered from the Mississippi River on April 1, 2015.

Police are asking for help locating Jen Houle, a 22-year-old University of Minnesota student who was last seen outside of Blarney's Pub between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday morning.

The Pi Beta Phi sorority member and Carlson School of Management student was wearing a light gray jacket, green blouse, black leggings, and dark high heeled shoes, according to Minneapolis police.

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Crazy Weekend in Lakeville: Huge Explosion, Hockey Championship and Poisoned Hot Dogs

City of Lakeville Facebook
Plenty of action going down in the southern suburbs

What the hell is going on with Lakeville?

The sleepy, sprawling southern suburb dominated the news cycle last weekend with three different developments eliciting a range of emotions.

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State Trooper's Car Drilled by Truck Doing 60 MPH During Last Week's Snow Storm (Video)

Screenshot of Minnesota Department of Public Safety Video
State Trooper Kristie Sue Hathaway walked away from the scary wreck
Last week we reported on Thursday's traffic apocalypse, when wind, snow, and slick roads combined to create 654 crashes throughout the day.

Trouble continued overnight and into Friday morning's commute. The State Patrol says it responded to a total of 855 crashes from 8 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday -- four of them involving state trooper vehicles.

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Playboy Gets It Right About Catcalling [VIDEO]

Categories: Overheard, Scary
Months after a Minneapolis woman published secretly-recorded videos of herself getting catcalled while walking the streets of the City of Lakes, a new clip of a woman walking around New York City by her lonesome and being relentlessly harassed by men has become the talk of the internet.

Many, of course, sympathize with the woman, an 24-year-old actress named Shoshana Roberts. But others expressed concern about the producer's choice to omit white men from the final cut, while Fox News personalities made a case that almost nothing in the video was worth getting worked up over. Host Bob Beckel even went as far as to catcall Roberts on the air, saying, "She got 100 catcalls, let me add 101... Damn, baby, you're a piece of woman."

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Drunk Santa Zombie Scares Bejesus Out of St. Paul Teens

Categories: Booze, Crime, Scary
Photo via The Smoking Gun
Though he wasn't booked into jail, the St. Paul PD confirms that this is a photo of Johnson.
A 14-year-old boy was washing the dishes in his St. Thomas-area St. Paul home around 9:45 p.m. Saturday night when he and his 16-year-old sister got the scare of their lives.

Through the door suddenly walked a drunken zombie in a Santa Claus suit, later identified as Brock Johnson, a 21-year-old St. Thomas senior who had apparently been out partying on the night of the Zombie Pub Crawl and was so blasted he thought he was actually back in his Roseville residence.

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Second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria reportedly had security clearance at MSP

Abdirahmaan Muhumed pic via Facebook
Abdirahmaan Muhumed grew up in Minneapolis, but he became the second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria this summer. (We wrote about the first, Douglas McCain, a week ago.)

But perhaps the scariest aspect of Muhumed's story is what he was reportedly doing for work before leaving America. According to Fox 9, he worked at MSP cleaning planes and had a security clearance giving him unfettered access to the airport's tarmac.

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Man threatens to jump from I-394 bridge; ultimately talked off ledge by officers

Categories: Scary , Traffic
Submitted to City Pages
Passersby took photos and video of the man as he hung over I-394 this morning.
This morning, traffic between downtown Minneapolis and the western suburbs was at a standstill as an apparently suicidal man threatened to jump from the Penn Avenue bridge over I-394.

The first reports of the incident trickled in around 6 a.m. Lanes in both directions weren't totally reopened for about three and a half hours.

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Coon Rapids man who died from Ebola in Nigeria was headed back to Minnesota soon

Categories: Scary
KSTP screengrab
Sawyer, pictured here with his wife, was quarantined on July 20. He died five days later.
-- Update at bottom --

Last week, Minnesota came close to becoming the first place in the Western Hemisphere to experience an Ebola case when Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Coon Rapids man, was stricken with the disease in Lagos, Nigeria shortly before he planned to board a flight back home.

Though he lived in Minnesota, Sawyer worked for the Liberian Ministry of Finance. Witnesses reported that he started vomiting and had diarrhea during his flight from Liberia to Lagos, where he was headed for a conference.

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Madison hospitals kill birth announcements, cite fear of baby abductions

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The first of many Weird Wisconsin posts for 2014 comes courtesy of the Wisconsin State Journal, which announced yesterday the death of a traditional keepsake for parents.

Two hospitals in Madison told the paper that they would no longer provide birth announcements, citing a growing concern over infant abductions. (There's also a little something called lawsuits.)

SEE ALSO: Two more incidents in Minneapolis add to recent child abduction scares

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E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO]

Categories: Scary
Jerry Lindberg on Twitter
Inhaling E-cigs might not be bad for you, but simply having one charging in your car can be dangerous.

SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session

Consider the case of local Christian author Jerry Lindberg, who shared the above photo of the inside of his car after his e-cig charger exploded.

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