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Briefs — Mar. 25

■ Salvation Army to conduct disaster training classes

The Brainerd Salvation Army will be conducting free disaster training classes on April 5-6.

The purpose of this training is to equip the local chapter of the Salvation Army with trained emergency disaster response teams.

The classes will include Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services on April 5 and Disaster Food Service Handling and Delivery with ServeSafe on April 6.

Each training session will last approximately eight hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those who complete and pass the training will receive a certificate. You do not have to be a member of the Salvation Army to apply for this training.

For those interested in attending these classes, call Linda at the Brainerd Salvation Army office at 829-1120 or visit

■ Fundraiser for The Center planned at Pizza Ranch

There will be a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Pizza Ranch to benefit The Center, formerly the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. Pizza Ranch is located at 14643 Edgewood Drive, Baxter.

■ Job fair planned Thursday in Eagan

Job seekers may meet potential employers, learn job-search strategies and attend workshops during the annual Get Jobs Job Fair in Eagan on Thursday.

Employers will recruit for hundreds of jobs, from entry-level to professional positions at this annual event, one of the largest of its kind in the Twin Cities.

The job fair is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road. More than 100 exhibitors are expected to participate, including businesses and organizations with job openings and educational institutions that offer training programs.

“This annual event has been highly successful in connecting job seekers with contacts that lead to employment,” said Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “Last year, more than 1,700 people attended and learned about local employers and job opportunities.”

Participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with human resource professionals, practice their interviewing skills and network with other job seekers. Two free workshops will be offered:

• Get in Gear for the Job Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., led by Amy Lindgren, president of Prototype Career Service.

• Tell Your Story: Preparing Your Resume, noon to 1:30 p.m., led by Sean Fetterman of Twin Cities Public Television.

Companies will be exhibitors including Comcast, TCF Bank and UPS.

WorkForce Centers in Burnsville, Shakopee and West St. Paul will provide free shuttle buses. Sign language interpreters will be available.

Sponsors are the Dakota and Scott County WorkForce Centers, the Dakota/Scott County Workforce Investment Board and DEED.

The WorkForce Center in Burnsville is also helping job seekers prepare for the event by offering them sessions on job-hunting skills. For further details, including a list of exhibitors and pre-fair assistance, visit or contact Mike Lang at 952-895-7641,

■ Police investigate Brooklyn Park

shooting death

BROOKLYN PARK, (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a man found inside a Brooklyn Park home.

Officers were called to the home around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police have given few details except to say they don’t believe it was a random crime and that they’re continuing to investigate.

■ Minnesota man gets 30+ years in cab driver’s killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Robbinsdale man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a Roseville cab driver has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says 21-year-old Samuel Johosephat Taylor showed no remorse before Friday’s sentencing. Taylor said he did what he had to do and he has no regrets.

Taylor was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing 56-year-old William Harper last year. Taylor told the judge he felt his life was in danger because Harper wouldn’t let him out of the cab.

Hennepin County Judge Robert Small told the defendant the taxi dispatcher who sent Harper on the call “felt more guilt than you do.”

Taylor was sentenced to 30½ years in prison and ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution.

■ MN man dies in

fire caused by unattended cooking

ST. PAUL, (AP) — Authorities say a fatal fire in St. Paul was caused by unattended cooking.

Firefighters responded to smoke coming from a duplex just after 12:45 a.m. Sunday. They put out the fire quickly and found an unresponsive 31-year-old man in a back bedroom. He died at Regions Hospital.

A Fire Department statement says the food he was cooking caught fire and the blaze spread to the kitchen cabinets, producing large amounts of smoke and gutting the kitchen. The man was home alone at the time. His name has not been released.

■ Motorist dies in crash with Minneapolis

light-rail train

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A motorist was killed when his car collided with a Hiawatha light-rail train in south Minneapolis.

According to Metro Transit, the collision happened about 6:30 p.m. Friday at the East 26th Street crossing near Hiawatha Avenue.

The victim, identified as a 55-year-old man, died at the scene. He was the only person in the car.

Metro Transit says the motorist apparently was trying to drive under the lowered crossing arms.

A fire ignited after the collision, but no one aboard the train was hurt.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Friday evening light-rail service was disrupted after the collision.

■ Volunteers resume search for missing Minnesota wife

MAPLEWOOD, (AP) — Scores of volunteers have resumed the search for Kira Trevino, the missing St. Paul woman who was last seen alive four weeks ago and is presumed dead.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says about 100 people gathered Saturday morning to scour the area around Keller Lake in Maplewood. The region is less than two miles away from the rented house that the 30-year-old Trevino shared with her husband.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jeffery Trevino has been charged with his wife’s murder after large amounts of blood were found in their home. Kira Trevino is a native of central Wisconsin.

The efforts come one day after authorities announced that Kira Trevino’s DNA was on a bloody pillow found during a search last weekend.

The search is scheduled to continue Sunday.

■ Powerball run generates over $3M in prizes for Minnesota

ROSEVILLE, (AP) — The run-up to Saturday night’s Powerball drawing generated over $3 million in prizes for Minnesota players and earned the state more than $5.4 million.

A ticket sold in New Jersey is worth $338.3 million, but Minnesota State Lottery officials say the run that started Feb. 9 generated some big returns for Minnesota.

A ticket sold in Hennepin County for Saturday’s drawing has won $1 million. Another $1 million ticket was sold in McLeod County for the March 6 drawing. Six tickets sold during the run won $10,000, and thousands of tickets won smaller prices.

The state’s proceeds include $3 million for the general fund, $1.4 million for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and nearly $500,000 apiece for the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund.

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