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Rybak leaves today and will return on May 28. He is addressing an international economic development forum in Beijing, where he will be the only U.S. mayor and one of only a few Americans speaking.
Rybak will also travel to the cities of Shanghai and Harbin, and will meet with a variety of government, business, technology and academic leaders.
The mayor says it's important to promote Minneapolis as a global city for business and tourism, especially given that China's travelers are the world's fastest-growing travel market.
The city of La Crescent is investigating its police chief after he wrote himself a ticket for dumping some brush at a city site after it was closed.
It happened April 25, when 45-year-old Chief Todd Nelson said he dropped off some brush after clearing it for a disabled city resident.
The site was closed when he arrived at 4:30 p.m., so he dumped the brush, assessed himself a $50 fine and paid it. He says he did it because if anyone complained, he'd be covered.
However, the city code says that what Nelson did could be misdemeanor trespassing -- not the lesser violation for which he ticketed himself.
City Administrator Bill Waller says the incident is being investigated to see whether disciplinary action is appropriate.
A black bear sighting at Anoka High School has prompted school officials to consult with state wardens about what to do if it returns.
It wandered onto school grounds Friday morning. Police officer Steve Blaine says a class was walking on a tarred path when the young bear ran across in front of them.
He says the bear was probably more afraid of the class than the kids were of the bear.
Police say it appears to be about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds, not a cub but not quite an adult.
Police say an 83-year-old woman was stabbed in the neck with a pencil several times at a bowling alley.
Lt. Rod Banyai says the woman went to the Police Department and was treated for puncture wounds by an ambulance crew that was called. The woman did not require further medical attention.
Authorities aren't sure what provoked the attack Thursday night. They believe it was done by a 29-year-old man who was traveling from Washington state to Minneapolis by bus. The bus stops at the bowling alley.
The man was not arrested. Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning says he's reviewing the incident and considering charges.
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