MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A new state requirement for the home building industry has been published in Minnesota. It means a sprinkler system is required for new houses larger than 4,500 square feet beginning in January. Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen says houses nowadays are built with lighter materials, which burn like gas or petroleum when ignited.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A man who spotted smoke coming from a house a block away in St. Paul is credited with rescuing a mother and baby from the burning structure. Richard Johann says he ran toward the house after seeing the billowing smoke yesterday evening. Johann says the woman handed the 7-month-old baby to him through a window. Johann then pulled the woman out of the house.
MINNETONKA BEACH, Minn. (AP) - Orono police say a Minnetonka Beach man was drunk when he ran over his wife with his car. David Meder is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 57-year-old Diane Meder. The 57-year-old man told police he stopped his car when arriving home Thursday and didn't realize his wife had gotten out. Police say Meder's blood alcohol concentration was 0.155
WABASHA, Minn. (AP) - Mississippi River workers say roughly a dozen barges and their tugboats have been grounded by sandbars in Minnesota. At least nine tugboats are held up near Wabasha after heavy flooding last month washed soil into the river. One tugboat captain says he expects the barges will be stuck for about a week as the river is dredged.
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