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WATER MAIN BREAK-MINNEAPOLIS
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis officials say it's too early to estimate the cost of a massive water-main break that sent 14 million gallons of water gushing into downtown streets this week. Insurance is likely to cover some of the costs, which continue to rise as crews work around the clock on cleanup and repair.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — When Adalberto Villalobos was told he was losing his job with the company he'd worked at for nearly 16 years, he didn't get upset or angry. He smiled, packed up his belongings in a single cardboard box and walked out the door — into a new career that he says is the most fulfilling work he's ever done. Now, Villalobos spends much of his day at the hospital or area clinics, helping bridge the communication gap between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking health care providers. He's part of the field of medical interpreters that is seeing increased demand as the St. Cloud area becomes more diverse. By Kirsti Marohn, St. Cloud Times. AP Photos planned (http://on.sctimes.com/UnuOHF ).
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The last time anyone was buried in the Boerner family cemetery in Grant County was in 1892. For about 20 years before that, it was where early settlers laid at least 10 family members to rest. Then for more than 100 years, the western Minnesota pioneer cemetery remained mostly untouched, a small island in the middle of a farm field east of Herman. Until last month. That's when a descendant of those pioneers called Grant County Sheriff Dwight Walvatne to report something amiss. A small grove of trees at the cemetery was gone. When investigators got a search warrant they found evidence of what Minnesota's state archeologist says is a growing concern, the destruction after years of abandonment of one of the state's thousands of small cemeteries. By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio. AP Photos planned (http://bit.ly/Tn4i2b ).
— FOILED BURGLARY-PINK GUN — A man whose alleged burglary attempt of a St. Paul home was foiled by two women and a pink gun has been sentenced to almost 11 years in prison.
— DROUGHT-RIVER SHIPPING — Two federal lawmakers from Illinois will get a firsthand look at urgent efforts to clear some Mississippi River bedrock that's crimping shipping on the waterway.
— DELTA-RHINELANDER — Delta Air Lines has returned to the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport. The airline plans to operate two 50-passenger SkyWest flights a day with domestic and international connections through its hub in Minneapolis.
— UMINN-PHYSICS CIRCUS — Hurry, hurry. Step right up to the University of Minnesota's "Physics Circus." The Physics Force will present the Physics Circus, its largest show of the year, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Six days after losing to the Minnesota Vikings in the regular-season finale, the Green Bay Packers get a rematch in the NFC wild card Saturday night. The stakes are much, much higher this time, with the winner moving on to play the San Francisco 49ers and the loser going home for the year. Game begins at 7 p.m. CST. By Nancy Armour. With running and hometown lead by Dave Campbell. AP Photos.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves won't have guard Ricky Rubio or forward Kevin Love as they host Portland's dynamic rookie point guard Damian Lillard. Rubio has back spasms and Love is out with a sprained finger. Game starts at 7 p.m. Central time.
The growing influence of international players on the NBA is well known, with stars like Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili and Ricky Rubio coming ashore making their mark at basketball's highest level. It's not just a novelty anymore, and with more foreign players on NBA rosters than ever before, it begs the question: When is a team going to step outside the box and hire a coach whose biggest achievements have come overseas? By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. Eds: Moved in advance for weekend release.