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PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Four years ago, Karen Odens buried her precious 4-year-old daughter. Now, friends and family are mourning the death of Karen. Odens, 39, is being described as someone “with a gentle smile who could melt the hearts of those around her.” She died Saturday, July 14, her obituary said. Odens had been hospitalized 30 times in the last five years, and it all started when her 4-year old daughter Sophia contracted an aggressive form of E. coli bacteria and died one day after her birthday.
THABAZIMBI, South Africa - The owner of a South African wildlife park is lucky to be alive after he was dragged and mauled by a lion after entering the animal's enclosure. Mike Hodge, 67, was rushed to a local hospital with neck and jaw injuries as a result of the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, May 1, according to the Daily Mail.
WASECA, Minn.—Going into its section quarterfinal game against the Waseca Bluejays (24-4), the Marshall Tigers (18-9) girls basketball team deployed a unique strategy: keep the ball out of Jays hands as long as possible. In the end, their strategy yielded them only four points, and a 17-4 loss, ending their season. Trailing 9-0 with 12 seconds to go the first half, the Tigers would finally get their first basket of the night, and went into the locker room at half trailing the Jays 9-2.
SOUTH AFRICA - A recent incident in South Africa resulted in the hunter being the hunted. A suspected poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pride of lions near Kruger National Park in South Africa, according to police, adding that little was left of the victim's body.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The new year has only just begun, but is already off to an astronomically spectacular start. A Minnesota police officer's dash-cam footage is proof. In a video posted Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4, to the Bemidji Police Department's Facebook page, a meteor can be seen on the officer's dash-cam video plummeting towards the Earth's surface before quickly fizzling out. The video was taken the night of Jan. 3.
The National Weather Service released its annual weather outlook Thursday, Oct. 19, for the 2017-18 winter weather season, with unfavorable predictions for much of the northern region of the United States.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Newly released security camera footage from inside a Minnesota mosque where a bomb went off this summer has been made available to the public. Police in Bloomington were called shortly after 5 a.m. Aug. 5 about an explosion at the Dar Al Farooq mosque after a bomb was thrown through the window of the imam's office while worshipers were gathered for morning prayers. No one was injured in the bombing. No arrests have been made.