Teen recovering after frantic rescue from BWCA near border

A Rochester teenager says he went in and out of consciousness as rescuers worked to free him during a harrowing canoe accident on a waterfall in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the U.S.-Canadian border.

Sixteen-year-old Asher Bloom was on a church trip with two friends when their canoe got sucked into Upper Basswood Falls on ­Tuesday. Asher's foot was pinned against the rocks by their damaged canoe. It took about six hours for authorities to reach and free Asher in the remote wilderness area.

Asher and his friends said in television interviews Friday that they kept praying for a miracle.

He is now recovering at home in Rochester. His foot is swollen but expected to heal, and the teens say they plan to canoe the BWCA again.

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Man shot, killed after fight at North Side grocery market

A man was fatally shot Friday night in north Minneapolis after an altercation inside the North Side Food Market moved onto the sidewalk, a Minneapolis police spokesman said.

Officers responded to 911 reports of shots fired around 9:30 p.m. and found the man's body near where the shots were reportedly fired. The suspect fled before the officers arrived.

Police said the incident is believed to be between people who know each other and that no one has been arrested.

The Hennepin County medical examiner will release the identity of the deceased along with the nature and cause of death.

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grand rapids

$1 million reward offered in 'Oz' ruby slippers theft

An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to the pair of Judy Garland's sequined ruby red slippers stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown of Grand Rapids.

The late actress wore the slippers in "The Wizard of Oz." Three other pairs still exist, including one on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum, says the donor is from Arizona and is a huge fan of Garland and the 1939 movie. The reward offer requires the exact location of the slippers and the perpetrator's name.

The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August. The slippers were insured for $1 ­million. Kelsch said they could be worth $2 million to $3 million now.

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St. Cloud

Suspect jailed after fire set in ex-girlfriend's bedroom

A 25-year-old man broke into his ex-girlfriend's St. Cloud apartment and set fire to her bedroom as she slept in another room early Saturday morning, police said.

No one was injured in the blaze that was confined to the 21-year-old victim's bedroom.

Almiqdam Abdullatif Aldhuwayhi, also of St. Cloud, is being held at the Stearns County jail on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree arson, violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order, and several DWI-related offenses.

Fire officials estimated the fire caused about $30,000 of damage to the apartment. All tenants were allowed to move back in the building ­Saturday, except for the victim.

The St. Cloud Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit and the St. Cloud Fire Department are working together on the case.

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