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i IRfletroRegion I Star Tribune Friday September 21994 i37 Please read and recycle ID Burnsville High comes to life, 4 months after fire News inside Man regrets i ruction A St. Paul man expresses his regret at not shooting Guy Harvey Baker. Page 3B. The columnists Doug Grow The Rev. Marty and son are fighting a bit of a holy war against big money in politics.

Small contributions, however, are welcomed. Page 3B. 2 The cf school through the eyes of a first-year teacher. Page 1A. interested in their new textbooks, free of scribbling, wear and tear.

"There's some excitement," said Sa-kura Sprecher, 15, who is beginning her first year at the school. "And we got new textbooks without any graffiti. They've talked to us about what the fire did." By Maureen M. Smith arid Lituiie Eutke Staff Writers Except for the smell of fresh paint and sounds of drilling, the first day back at Burnsville High was much likcany other day before the school was closed in the spring after an arson fire. In fact, some teachers were feeling more than the usual back-to-school enthusiasm about their almost refurbished school.

Students seemed most Flvwherc in Minnesota, school began Thursday for thousands of suburban children who found themselves behind desks before Labor Day for the first time in years. Districts this year were allowed to start classes as early as Sept. 1 or as late as Sept. 8 to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashana (Sept. 6).

Many districts in Hennepin, Anoka, Dakota and Washington counties reported smooth openings Thursday. Classes will begin next week at most districts in Ramsey, Scott and Carver counties. Students at Burnsville High were greeted with a drum band and teachers and staff members wearing T-shirts that read: "We can make it happen." Although parts of the building remained under construction, all classrooms were open. "There are still some things that need to be done, but we're in the building," said Principal Howard Hall. Burnsville continued on page 7B I i Supreme Court justice sworn in ampaogn 0 inance law weakened! Appeals Court says key parts are unconstitutional AW By Paul Gustafson Staff Writer Key sections of Minnesota's campaign finance law impair free speech and are unconstitutional, the Eighth U.S.

Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. It said the law has a "chilling effect" on the political speech of independent groups that contribute money censorship because independent groups are not willing to contribute money when, under the law, their contributions result in more state money going to the very candidates they oppose. "This 'self-censorship'. is no less a burden on speech that is susceptible to constitutional challenge than is direct government censorship," wrote Judge Pasco Bowman. The Appeals Court also invalidated portions of the state law that Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) said prevented it from making independent campaign contributions.

Ruling continued on page 4B to defeat one candidate or who finan cially support that candidate's oppo A nent. Under the 1993 law, candidates opposed by independent groups receive additional public funds, and the independent groups must report their contributions. That, the three-judge court panel said, results in self- Mental-illness defense Staff Photo by David Brewster Edward Stringer joined the Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday as an associate justice. He was sworn in by retiring Justice Rosalie Wahl, whom he is replacing. Stringer, 59, a former Pillsbury execu tive, served most recently as Gov.

Arne Carlson's chief of staff. successful in murder trial Judge Simonett in hospital after falling ill at her office By Margaret Zack StaffWriter A firmer tank commander in the Soutfi Vietnamese Army has claimed successfully that he was mentally ill wheri he killed a woman who robbed him of $5. Tuaij Van Ha, 39, is the first person in Hennepin County to be found not euiltV by reason of mental illness Security Hospital in St. Peter for evaluation and to determine future treatment. He could be committed for an indefinite time until doctors establish that he is no longer ill.

He will not have to serve any time in prison. The verdict was returned to Judge Isabel Gomez Saturday night after the jury deliberated about 14 hours. Four hours before reaching a verdict, jurors told Gomez that they were deadlocked. Anne Simonett, who became chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals in July, was admitted to St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center on Monday.

A memo from a Hennepin County district judge said that Simonett, 42, had had a seizure, but her family has asked that information on her condition not be released until next week. sincd 1978. intensive care. Simonett, 42, had been a Hennepin County judge for a year when she was sworn in July 1 as the first woman to lead the 16-judge Appeals Court. Her father, John Simonett, retired the same day after 14 years as a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Simonett is married to Henry Shea III, an assistant U.S. attorney, and has two children. Anne Simonett, chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, has been hospitalized at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center since Monday, when she became ill at her office. Court spokeswoman Rebecca Fanning said Simonett's family has asked that no medical information be released until tests have been concluded.

She said results should be available next week. Kevin Burke, chief judge of Hennepin County District Court, sent a memo to judges saying that Simonett had a seizure and is in He was to be referred to the mental health division of Hennepin County Distijict Court for further proceedings Thursday, but they were delayed until Tuesday. In the first phase of his trial, Ha was found guilty last week of first-degree murder for shooting Deborah Bour-quin, 20, on July 21, 1993. He will be sent to the Minnesota Jury continued on page SB 3-year-old rescued from burning house Another legislator hopes to find spot on county board Minneapolis firefighter crawled below toxic smoke to reach boy By Mark Brunswick StaffWriter Minneapolis firefighter Tom Wiley inched his way along the floor on his knees, deadly smoke just a few feet above his head and the heat from the fire next to him demanding his attention. He knew there was a boy somewhere in the room but his first move failed to find him.

He turned in another direction and found what he was looking for in the toxic darkness. "I got him and we just bailed," said Wiley as fellow firefighters completed their clean up of the fire at 1421 NE. 5th St. on Thursday. Wiley and a neighbor were credited with acting quickly as smoke and fire engulfed the second floor of the two-story home.

"What you're really; voting for is somebody's thought process. You should vote for them knowing you're not going to agree with them on: every issue." Jerry Knickerbocker. lions. He'd like to shift from crisis management to longer-range planning, from passing laws to figuring out how to make the programs they create work well. Here's how he describes his style: "You don't brag.

You don't talk about yourself. 1 don't have the ego needs some other people who run for office have. What you're really voting for is somebody's thought process. You should vote for them knowing you're not going to agree with them on every issue Campaign continued on page 2B By Steve Brandt SiafT Writer Is the Legislature becoming a finishing school for members of the Hennepin County Board? First John Keefe, then Tad Jude, Peter McLaughlin and Emily Anne Staples went to work at the Hennepin County Government Center after the Capitol. Now Kecfe, a political institution in his suburban district, is retiring.

He's supporting another longtime legislator, Jerry Knickerbocker, of Minnctonka, as his successor. Knickerbocker is the best known of four primary election contenders in a district encompassing Edi-na, Minnctonka, Hopkins and parts of four neighboring communities. One reason for the legislative migration is that working conditions are better at the county. Pay jumps from $27,979 to $66,840. pension benefits rise accordingly, offices are fancier and the hours are better.

But Knickerbocker, 50, lists other reasons for giving up his legislative seniority after nearly 24 years in the House. He's tiring of the five-minutcs-on-one-problem, fivc-minutcs-on-an-other pace of legislative dclibcra- Til-" A 3-ycar-old boy was being treated for smoke inhalation Thursday night at Hennepin County Medical Center, in Minneapolis. He was taken there around 2 p.m. The boy, whose name was not available, was listed in serious condition Thursday night. Mark Miskowiec.

the owner of the building, said he was cutting the grass behind the house when someone yelled to him that flames were coming out the second-floor window. "I ran up the back, and 1 could hear the screams," he said. "I tried to get in but the dc'or was locked. I had the A 3-year-old boy was rescued Thursday from a fire at this house at 1421 NE. 5th St In Minneapolis.

keys, but they weren't with me. I can't remember a thing about what went on. I just reacted." In front of the home, neighbor Ruben Vijarro, who was preparing to move, kept hearing high-pitched noise that, at first, he found annoying. Rescue continued On page 3B Staff Photos by Charles Bjorgen Ruben Vljarro helped a womiki flee a house fire north Minneapolis. AAA.

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