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Published May 12, 2014, 12:45 PM

WDAY News - Noon Update

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By: Lane Zyvoloski, WDAY

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Good afternoon and thanks for tuning in.

Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson is jailed, following an altercation in Mankato that sent a former Minnesota State player to the hospital in critical condition. Officers came across 24-year-old Issac Kolstad while patrolling the entertainment district early Sunday. 20-year-old Nelson was arrested on scene. He faces assault charges. Police are looking for a second suspect and are checking security cameras. Kolstad was a member of the NDSU Football team in 2008 and 2009 before transferring to Mankato. He is listed in Critical condition.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he was set up to make racist comments in a taped recording that led the NBA to ban him for life from the sport. 80-year-old Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview that he is not a racist. He has apologized for the racist comments that got him into hot water, calling them a "terrible mistake." Sterling said years of good behavior as an owner should count toward his future. He is hoping his fellow NBA owners will give him a second chance. His estranged wife, Shelley says she would fight to keep her share of the Los Angeles Clippers, but the NBA says if Donald Sterling's ownership is terminated, Shelly's is, too. She says she plans to divorce him.

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has said he will release more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by his fighters last month - in exchange for prisoners. That's according to a video seen by Agence France-Presse today. Around 100 girls are shown in an undisclosed location in the 17-minute video. Militants fighting for an Islamist state stormed a secondary school in a northeastern village on April 14 and seized 276 girls.

The three victims of a hot-air balloon crash in Virginia are being mourned by family, friends and colleagues. University of Richmond associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were killed Friday along with veteran pilot, Daniel T. Kirk when the balloon hit a power line and burst into flames. All three bodies have been recovered.

One of America's most iconic landmarks re-opens to the public today. The Washington Monument has been closed since August of 2011 -- when an earthquake rocked the Capital area, sending panicked tourists running down the stairs. In the nearly three years since, crews have inspected 36-thousand stones and repaired more than 150 cracks. The monument usually gets 700,000 visitors a year.

Check out today's Forum: Learn about an ordinance that would require Fargo day care centers to provide physical activity, and tune in for the news tonight: Kevin Wallevand brings us the latest on the missing NDSCS student, Andrew Sadek.

Time now for our retweet of the day. It's from Gawker:

According to the article, monoamniotic twins - who share the same amniotic sac and placenta - make up only 1% of all twin pregnancies. The mother of twins Jenna and Jillian says her little girls are already best friends. The parents will have their hands full with their new little ladies and their one-year-old son.

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