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CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided to not press charges in the 2016 overdose death of pop icon Prince. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57 when found unresponsive in his estate in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016. An autopsy showed he died from an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug that has caused several deaths across the Upper Midwest in the past few years. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told the media Thursday, April 19, Prince's death was an accidental overdose.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their preseason opponents for the 2018 season. The opening week will feature a reunion of sorts, with the Vikings traveling to Denver to face quarterback Case Keenum and the Broncos, to be played sometime between Aug. 9 and 13. Minnesota follows up with home matchups against Jacksonville (Aug. 16-20) and Seattle (Aug. 23-26), finishing with a road date at Tennessee (Aug. 30) for their final tune-up game.
CHICAGO—Two passers throwing their first career touchdowns. A double reverse pitch to the quarterback for a two-point conversion. A fake punt pass. The Chicago Bears pulled out all the stops Monday night, Oct. 9, but it was the Minnesota Vikings walking away with an NFC North divisional victory, 20-17.
MINNEAPOLIS—The flashy yellow gloves of Adam Thielen helped vault him among the NFL's leaders in receiving yards this season, but they let him down late Sunday, Oct. 1, against the Detroit Lions. Down by seven in the fourth quarter, the fourth-year receiver hauled in the first play of Minnesota's final push to close the deficit. But as Thielen turned upfield, Detroit safety Glover Quin punched the ball out from behind. Tahir Whitehead fell on the ball for the Lions, and the Vikings fell to 2-2 on the season with a 14-7 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—A week after making a rocky season debut, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum set a career high in passing yardage en route to leading Minnesota to a 34-17 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, Sept. 24. Keenum connected for three touchdown passes for the Vikings (2-1), twice to Stefon Diggs and another to Jarius Wright, while throwing for 369 yards and no interceptions. Running back Dalvin Cook added 72 yards receiving to go along with 97 yards rushing.
MINNEAPOLIS — Come rain or shine, X Games Minneapolis will go on. That factor played a sizeable role in bringing the four-day sporting event to the Twin Cities. After three years just outside Austin, Texas, organizers were looking to change things up. Heavy rains and strong winds put a damper on X Games Austin 2016, forcing delays and rescheduling throughout the event. Tim Reed, vice president of X Games for ESPN, said it was time to make a move.
ST. PAUL — State health officials are concerned about the sharp rise in sexually transmitted diseases and drug-related infections. According to a Minnesota Department of Health's annual report, the state saw a steep increase in syphilis, gonorrhea and hepatitis C cases, each of which increased by at least 25 percent in 2016.
AYER, Mass. — Danny Heinrich, the killer of Jacob Wetterling, is expected to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at a federal prison outside Boston. Heinrich is an inmate at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., about 40 miles northwest of Boston. FMC Devens is a prison for male inmates who require specialized long-term care, according to the prison’s website. Heinrich, 53, is listed as inmate No. 18854-041, with a release date of March 28, 2033, on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons database.