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Man accused of killing officer Patrick pleads not guilty; trial date set

The man accused of fatally shooting Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick in July entered a not guilty plea as expected Monday. During Monday's hearing, Brian Fitch's attorneys challenged the statement he made admitting his guilt and also asked for a change of venue. The trial is expected to begin Jan. 12.

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U of M asks students to wear appropriate Halloween costumes

Think before donning a Halloween costume. That’s the request from the University of Minnesota to its student body. The Minnesota Daily reports that students got an email reminding them to choose wisely as they dress up for Halloween. Students are asked to refrain from wearing outfits that would be offensive to Native Americans or that would belittle other cultures.

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Gophers jump into Top 25 of Coaches Poll

The Golden Gophers are a top 25 football team. Saturday’s 39-to-38 win over Purdue vaulted them to No. 24 in the latest Coaches Poll. They still haven’t cracked the AP’s top 25. Minnesota will be favored again this week against Illinois.

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