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5 Mpls. Schools to Operate Independently from District

Five schools in Minneapolis have been given the green light to operate autonomously from the Minneapolis public school district.

Bancroft Elementary School, Folwell Performing Arts, Heritage Academy, Ramsey Middle School, and Nellie Stone Johnson Community School will be considered “community partnership schools” at the start of the next school year.

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Wild Defenseman Ryan Suter Suspended Two Games

Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) battles Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, right, for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. - Photo: AP/Ann Heisenfelt

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was suspended for two games by the NHL for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and based on his average annual salary, Suter will forfeit $81,058.72. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wild Acquire Goalie Devan Dubnyk from Arizona in Exchange for Draft Pick

Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), of Sweden, checks San Jose Sharks' Matt Nieto (83) to the ice in front of Coyotes goalie Devan Dubnyk, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday. - Photo: AP/Ross D. Franklin

The Wild have traded a third round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to Arizona for back-up goalie Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

In 19 games this year, he has a .916 save percentage. That's better than both Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper.

10 People Charged in Protest at Mall of America

Protesters at the Mall of American Dec. 20 - Photo: KSTP/file

The city of Bloomington has charged 10 people in the Dec. 20 Black Lives Matter Protest at the Mall of America.

The charges include unlawful assembly, public nuisance, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

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Minnesota in 2014 Had Second Fewest Traffic Deaths Since 1944

The number of traffic deaths in Minnesota last year was at the second lowest level since 1944, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

Pracna on Main Plans to Reopen this Spring

Pracna on Main, which closed Jan. 7, plans to reopen in the spring with a remodeled building and a new menu.

The restaurant in the St. Anthony Main complex in northeast Minneapolis plans to expand from 4,500 to 6,500 square feet and will have seating for 150, up from 40.

Salvation Army Raises $11.2M during Christmas Campaign

Minnesotans generously donated millions to the Salvation Army during its holiday fundraising campaign.

In all, $11.2 million was donated in just 92 days, according to the Salvation Army. Three million dollars came from Red Kettle donations. Still, the Salvation Army says it fell short of its goal by $300,000 for the 2014 Christmas Campaign.