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

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Sawyer, pictured here with his wife, was quarantined on July 20. He died five days later.
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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.

See also:
Plot of Contagion comes to life as Minnesota woman quarantined on suspicion of monkeypox



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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]

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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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Bomb threat closes CVS Pharmacy at Franklin and Nicollet, but no bomb found

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This CVS is closed thanks to a bomb scare.
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Bomb threats sent via email and phone calls have prompted the closure of the CVS Pharmacy at Franklin and Nicollet avenues in south Minneapolis.

According to a WCCO report, MPD officials say employees at the pharmacy "received phone and email threats about a bomb in the business." The building has been evacuated and traffic through the Franklin and Nicollet intersection has been rerouted as officers investigate the validity of the threat.

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Duluth girl abducted by mask-wearing man

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Duluth police are asking for any help they can get in trying to find a 14-year-old girl who was abducted around 5:30 p.m. yesterday near Lincoln Park in the southwestern part of the city.

According to reports, the girl is an American Indian with waist-length black hair in a bun and "perfect white teeth." She has a stud piercing above her right eye and was wearing a green shirt with "Aero" written on the front along with white leggings, flip-flops, and a silver bracelet.

The suspect is also American Indian, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with black hair in a braid. At the time of the abduction, his face was covered by a black bandana, and he was wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a Chicago Bulls logo on the back. He had a baton in his hand.

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State officials' screwup leads to violent sex offender being dropped off on Mpls street corner

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Raymond Traylor
In April, 23-year-old Raymond Traylor arrived at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. His arrival there was the result of an emergency transfer from a regional treatment center in Anoka, where he bit two staff members, groped female employees, and started fights with other patients.

When he arrived in St. Peter, a doctor, citing "his extreme aggression," asked for court permission to treat him with "as many medications as possible," and two weeks later was given permission to administer electroshock.

SEE ALSO: Dayton signs law to move mentally ill offenders out of jail quicker

Four months later, Traylor is free. The reason? According to a Star Tribune report, state officials simply missed a deadline to file his 60-day progress report, which resulted in Traylor being unceremoniously dropped off at a Minneapolis street corner nearby the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center for homeless men and women.

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Woman selling ex-boyfriend's porn hard drive on Craigslist

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This innocent-looking hard drive probably contains very dirty things, the seller says.
Get it while it's hot!

SEE ALSO: The best Craigslist Missed Connections on election day 2012

A Washington County woman is selling her "Ex Boyfriend's Hard Drive of Porn" for the bargain-basement price of $1 (or the best offer!).

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Fargo man says he was brutally attacked by pack of dogs for 45 minutes

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:::: UPDATE :::: Mugshot of man allegedly responsible for NoDak pack of dogs attack is a classic [PHOTO]

Talk about a nightmare come true -- a Fargo man sustained serious injuries during the course of what he says was a 45-minute long attack by a pack of dogs, including a Rottweiler.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota otter attacks: Why do they suddenly hate us?

John Munoz, 19, says he was walking to his friend's home in the rural North Dakota town of Warsaw in the dark early Sunday morning when he heard dog barks that were apparently drawing nearer.

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Drunk daycare provider arrested after toddler is found wandering on busy highway

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A daycare in Sandstone, Minnesota, has been shut down after one of the children being watched there was found wandering nearby on a busy highway yesterday afternoon.

:::: UPDATE :::: Drunk daycare provider was "drinking because she was having a bad day," charges say

To add outrageousness to incompetence, police say the provider was drunk when officers arrived on the scene to try to figure out how the two-year-old ended up in such a dangerous spot.

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Police release sketch of man who allegedly attempted to abduct girl near Lake Calhoun [IMAGE]

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The site of the May 5 attempted abduction.
Earlier this month, three men allegedly attempted to abduct a 13-year-old girl just blocks away from Lake Calhoun. The men fled the scene after the girl screamed, and no arrests have been made.

THE BACKSTORY: Three men tried to abduct 13-year-old girl while she rode her bike near Lake Calhoun, police say

Today, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released a sketch of one of the suspects.

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