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Published June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM

MINNESOTA NEWS: Beef recall ... Cops shoot suspect ... Mankato vandals ... more

JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colo., is voluntarily expanding its beef recall to include about 380,000 pounds of products sold in Minnesota and other states because of possible E. coli contamination. A recall earlier past week involved about 41,000 pounds of products.

By: Associated Press,

Recall of beef product

JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colo., is voluntarily expanding its beef recall to include about 380,000 pounds of products sold in Minnesota and other states because of possible E. coli contamination.

A recall earlier past week involved about 41,000 pounds of products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Sunday that all the beef products in the expanded recall were produced April 21 and are in boxes bearing “EST. 969,” a package date of “042109” and a time stamp ranging from “0618” to “1130.”

The USDA says an investigation by its Food Safety and Inspection Service of 24 illnesses in multiple states prompted the company to re-examine its food safety system. The department says 18 of the illnesses appear to have the same cause, and the company is conducting the recall “out of an abundance of caution.”

The USDA didn’t immediately have an update Sunday of what states had reported illnesses or received beef products covered by the expanded recall. But the earlier recall covered products that were made April 21-22 and shipped to Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

Police shoot armed suspect

Police in Minneapolis said they’ve shot and wounded an armed suspect on the city’s South side.

Police were responding to a report of shots fired just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The officers tried to stop two suspects.

Police said one of the suspects surrendered immediately and was arrested. But the other suspect, who was armed, tried to flee. An officer chased him on foot.

Police said at least one officer fired a weapon during the pursuit, and the suspect was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. None of the officers was injured.

Police said they were unable to find a third suspect who had been in the area at the time of the incident.

Vandals strike in Mankato

Authorities in the Mankato area continue to investigate a string of vandalism that defaced a school, church and statue this past week.

Swear words and profane pictures were spray-painted onto Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato sometime late Thursday or early Friday. Priest Peter Nosbush said the church worked to quickly remove the graffiti before a wedding over the weekend.

Similar graffiti was also found on a memorial and bandstand in Wheeler Park and on Garfield Elementary School in North Mankato.

In Mankato, several locations were hit — including the buffalo statue at Reconciliation Park, a KFC and the Blue Earth County Library.

Mankato is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals.

Lake cleanup viewed

Wisconsin and Minnesota officials are pondering how to clean up Lake St. Croix.

The lake, the lower 25 miles of the St. Croix River, is polluted with excess phosphorus.

This week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold the last of a series of community meetings to gather input on how to improve the lake’s water quality.

Liens on Hecker property

The Internal Revenue Service said bankrupt auto tycoon Denny Hecker owes at least $2.6 million in income taxes.

The IRS has placed liens on property owned by Hecker and his wife, claiming they owe taxes for 2003 and 2005. The federal agency is among scores of creditors that are looking to recover cash from the auto dealer. Hecker filed for personal bankruptcy earlier this month, claiming he owes up to 1,000 creditors as much as $1 billion.

The Minnesota State Patrol raided Hecker’s St. Louis Park business, two dealerships and three homes last week seeking evidence that he failed to pay state sales taxes and transfer fees on many vehicles sold by his dealerships. Investigators said they also believe Hecker failed to process title transfers and failed to pay off the loans on customer trade-ins.

Broadcaster honored

The Society of Professional Journalists is honoring Hubbard Broadcasting and KSTP-TV.

The organizationFriday was to present its national Historic Site in Journalism Award to the family-owned St. Paul-based broadcast company founded in 1935. Since 1942, the annual award has been presented to news organizations, people or landmarks.

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