MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about this Friday, Dec. 16, not counting the impending winter weather blast set to hit Minnesota soon. They include a protest by the University of Minnesota Gophers football team, and a new restaurant chain making inroads in Minnesota.

‘U’ Football Team Walks Out

The Gopher football team is threatening to boycott its bowl game if their teammates aren’t reinstated. Without coaches present, the team stood in unity Thursday night, then staged a walkout. They say due process was not followed when 10 players were suspended earlier this week. The Gophers are scheduled to play in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego Dec. 27 against Washington State.

S.C. Church Shooter Convicted

A federal jury will reconvene next month to decide whether Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof gets life or death. The 22-year-old was found guilty yesterday of murdering nine black parishioners attending a bible study session at their church last year. Roof is once again asking to act as his own attorney.

Clock’s Ticking To Send Holiday Gifts

Beginning Friday, you will have to pay a little bit more to get your holiday packages shipped through the United States Postal Service. To ensure your packages make it to their intended destination on time for Christmas Day, the Postal Service recommends you start shipping first class or priority mail. If you are shipping through Fed-Ex, you have until the end of Friday to use standard ground service.

Chicagoland Restaurant Chain Coming To Minnesota

A Chicago restaurant chain is coming to Minnesota. Portillo’s announced they plan to open in July in Woodbury. The company is also looking at opening in Maple Grove, Eagan, Rochester and St. Cloud, along with one in Hudson, Wisconsin. Portillo’s is a fast-casual concept known for its Chicago-style dogs, Italian beef, char-grilled burgers and chocolate cake. It plans to open in Woodbury next summer off Interstate 94 by Cabella’s.

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