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The Associated PressJuly 11, 2014 

Chiropractor had past allegations of impropriety

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Little Canada chiropractor charged with sexually assaulting a female patient had been allowed to keep practicing for decades after allegations of improper contact first surfaced, according to records from the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Allegations against Paul D. Thompson, 54, were investigated as far back as 1991, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/U7KKlRhttp://strib.mn/U7KKlR ). The board put him on probation at least twice, but did not suspend his license until after he was charged with sexually assaulting a patient.

Thompson, of Vadnais Heights, was in court Friday on charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He left without taking questions from reporters. A message left Saturday with his defense attorney, Mike Colich, was not immediately returned.

The board suspended his license last month while the criminal case advances. A trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 25.

Board documents could end up playing a key role, as prosecutors have said they plan to introduce them as evidence.

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Wisconsin woman charged in Minnesota crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman was driving drunk with her three young children when her minivan flipped onto its side, leaving her 8-year-old son with bloody facial injuries, according to charges filed in Minnesota.

Christal Jean Luellen, 34, was charged Friday in Ramsey County court with five criminal counts, including criminal vehicular operation, endangering a child and driving while impaired, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/1qTlWushttp://bit.ly/1qTlWus ). Online court records didn't list a defense attorney for Luellen on Saturday.

She was given a breath test at the scene that registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.176 percent, or twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, prosecutors said.

Luellen told investigators she'd had five alcoholic beverages at a St. Paul bar on Thursday night. She said she then drove to her aunt's house, but had an argument and left with her children — a 4-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 8 and 12.

A State Patrol trooper found the minivan on its side Friday about 2:30 a.m. The 8-year-old bleeding heavily from a facial injury. The other two kids weren't hurt.

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Man pulls person from flame-engulfed trailer home

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — Fire officials in Isanti County say at least two oxygen tanks exploded inside a Cambridge home, creating an inferno that could have killed the home's occupant if not for one man's quick actions.

A WCCO-TV report (http://cbsloc.al/1jn8IVShttp://cbsloc.al/1jn8IVS ) says fire crews were called to the blaze Saturday just before 9 a.m. They arrived to find the trailer home engulfed in flames.

The sole occupant had already been pulled out by a man identified as Tom Simon.

Corey Bustrom of the Cambridge Fire Department says fire officials, as well as the city, consider Tom a hero.

The person Simon saved was taken to a hospital. That person's condition wasn't immediately known.

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St. Paul DFL party to be led by 25-year-old

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The new chair of the St. Paul Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is a 25-year-old who won the position this week after running unopposed.

Libby Kantner of Frogtown was the only candidate Thursday for the DFL chairmanship, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/1jnbb2phttp://bit.ly/1jnbb2p ). Her role will involve vetting candidates for the mayor's office, city council and school board.

"I'm really excited about it," Kantner said. "I've been involved in St. Paul campaigns since 2008."

She replaces Darren Tobolt, who chose not to run again.

She'll also be responsible for making sure caucuses and conventions run smoothly, particularly in the wake of what happened in June 2011. That year, Chris Tolbert won the DFL endorsement for St. Paul City Council over John Mannillo.

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