VIRUS OUTBREAK IN MINNESOTA
Minnesota officials urge gunfire as delta variant rises
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials warn that the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for more than 75% of new COVID-19 cases in the state. And they say it’s a serious threat to unvaccinated people as case numbers in the state rise. Kris Ehresmann, the state’s director of infectious diseases, says the delta variant has gone from causing less than 1% of Minnesota cases to more than three-quarters in just a few weeks. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm called on Unvaccinated Minnesotans to get vaccinated. She says breakthrough cases “among vaccinated Minnesotans remain” very rare. ”
CLEAN CARS MINNESOTA
Walz says ‘clean car’ rules haven’t hurt 14 other states
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota. (AP) – Minnesota has become the first Midwestern state to adopt a plan to encourage the shift to electric vehicles. And the governor. Tim Walz predicts that one day people will wonder why there was such a fuss. He visited an Eden Prairie company that makes electric vehicle chargers to highlight the state’s rules on “clean cars,” which will take effect in 2024 for the 2025 model year. He says the rules will mean more choice for consumers, more air. clean and more jobs. Fourteen other states have already adopted similar standards. The rules are based on California’s, and that has been an important point for car dealerships.
FOUR DEAD MINNESOTA
4 dead and 4 injured in crash in south central Minnesota
LE CENTER, Minnesota. (AP) – Four people have died and four others were hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision in south central Minnesota. Sheriff’s deputies say seven California people were in a Ford Expedition that collided with a pickup truck in Le Sueur County around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say four people from the expedition were killed and three passengers in the van were injured, as was the driver of the van. The driver of the van, John St. John, 54, of Piedmont, California, and three passengers, Jill St. John, 56, a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, were killed in the crash. A 41-year-old woman and two children, ages 9 and 15, were injured, as was the 41-year-old driver of the truck.
GRAIN ELEVATOR FIRE
Multiple agencies fight major grain elevator fire in Clinton
CLINTON, Minnesota. (AP) – Firefighters from various agencies battled a large grain elevator fire in a small town in western Minnesota, where some residents were evacuated. According to Big Stone County Sheriff Mark Brown, crews were called shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday to the grain elevator, which was completely engulfed in towering flames. Clinton officials, with a population of about 500 near the South Dakota border, declared a civil emergency at noon. Residents were warned not to use water, roads were closed, and those living within three blocks were told to evacuate.
Announcer returns to Minnesota racetrack after racist spiel
FAIRMONT, Minnesota. (AP) – A racetrack announcer who was fired for an Iowa track after a racist tirade returned behind the microphone last weekend in southern Minnesota. Lon Oelke announced a race at Fairmont Raceway on Friday, but not to the standing ovation promised by track promoter Jon McCorkell. McCorkell said Oelke was uncomfortable with that idea. Still, McCorkell says Oelke has support in the area and will support him. Last week, Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, cut ties with Oelke after this month he launched a racist spiel against black fans and athletes who kneel during the national anthem. Oelke was not available to comment on the Star Tribune during Friday’s race.
DEAD WOMAN-CHILD KIDNAPPED
Milwaukee man sentenced to life in prison for killing daughter’s mother
MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man who was convicted of killing the mother of his 2-year-old daughter and is charged with killing the couple’s child has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Dariaz Higgins, 37, pleaded guilty in April to first degree murder in the March 2019 shooting death of Sierra Robinson, 24, and attempted first degree murder for shooting and wounding a child. 4 years. girl who was with Robinson. Authorities say Higgins shot the couple as they walked to an apartment where he told them they would find Robinson and Higgins’ 2-year-old daughter. That was several days after Higgins allegedly killed the boy, who was the subject of a nationwide search.
R. Kelly Lawyers: We Will Fight To Add Claims To The Trial
NEW YORK (AP) – R. Kelly’s attorneys say they will fight prosecutors’ attempt to inform jurors about the allegations beyond the actual charges in his upcoming federal sex trafficking trial. Kelly’s attorney, Nicole Blank Becker, said Monday that the government’s move is a veiled effort to shape public perception, ignoring that Kelly is presumed innocent, jury selection will begin Aug.9 in federal court in New York. for the Grammy Award-winning R&B star. . He is accused of leading what prosecutors call a criminal enterprise of managers, bodyguards and other employees who allegedly helped him recruit women and girls for sex. Kelly denies abusing anyone.
TRIPLE KILL WISCONSIN
Authorities identify victims in Wisconsin triple homicide
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have identified the victims of a triple homicide in far western Wisconsin. The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies of 24-year-old Peng Lor, 24-year-old Nemo Yang and 23-year-old Trevor Maloney were discovered shortly before 5 a.m. Friday by two Milestone Quarry workers. The quarry is located near West Salem, about 14 miles (23 kilometers) northeast of La Crosse, which is along the Minnesota border. La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf called the deaths a “directed act,” but has not said how they died. He believes all three victims died sometime on Thursday night or early Friday morning. Investigators want to see if any cameras recorded vehicles in the area at the time.