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Eight cited, out of 50 high school students tested, for underage drinking at Albert Lea football game

Posted by: Karen Lundegaard Updated: September 25, 2012 - 11:50 AM

Police in Albert Lea tested 50 teenagers for underage drinking at the Friday night football game there against Rochester’s John Marshall high school. A mother reportedly told police of teens in a car playing loud music and passing around a visible bottle of alcohol. 

 
Police cited eight John Marshall students for underage drinking and a ninth for possession of tobacco, the Albert Lea Tribune reports. In some good news for the Rochester high school though, John Marshall won the game 48-18.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth for inadequate shelter for its farm animals at a routine inspection Aug. 28.
 
Peter Pruett, director of zoo operations, told the Duluth News Tribune that most of the protection for the animals is out of the zoo’s hands as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources works to improve the drainage of Kingsbury Creek, which flows through the zoo property at Grand Avenue and 72nd Avenue West. The zoo was flooded in June, killing more than a dozen animals, including six sheep and four goats.
 
A USDA spokesman told the paper the citation was addressed and corrected. 
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As the state was already sounding the warning for increasing motorcycle deaths this year, another biker was killed near Mankato Monday. Jeni J. Johnson, 35, of Vernon Center, Minn. Became the ninth motorcycle fatality in the state in September. 
 
So far this year 48 motorcyclists have died on Minnesota roads, surpassing the 42 killed in all of 2011. Here’s the story.
 
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