Violent crimes on the rise in Minnesota with record murders
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Violent crime increased nearly 17% in Minnesota last year, including a record number of murders. The annual Uniform Crime Report of the Office of Criminal Apprehension covers a year marked by riots over the death of George Floyd, personnel and morale problems within the police department in Minnesota’s largest city, and the COVID-19 pandemic. , which caused an increase in unemployment and other stresses on society. Minnesota had 185 murders in 2020, up 58% from 117 in 2019. That broke the record of 183 set in 1995. Republicans have used the data to portray Democrats as weak on crime.
KILLING OF RED LAKE OFFICER
Authorities say a Red Lake Nation officer was shot and killed
RED LAKE, Minnesota. (AP) – Authorities say a Red Lake Nation tribal officer was shot and killed in the line of duty. The FBI’s Minneapolis office says on Twitter that the incident occurred Tuesday morning while police were responding to a call at a reservation home. The FBI post says authorities detained the shooter and that “the investigation is ongoing.” Red Lake Tribal Council President Darrell Seki ordered flags lowered to half mast and non-essential programs closed Tuesday “out of respect and honor” for the fallen officer. The Red Lake Preserve is located in northwestern Minnesota, about 160 miles from the Canadian border.
MUNICIPAL SECRETARY FRAUD JUDGMENT
Former city clerk sentenced to prison for fraud scheme
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Twin Cities woman was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in federal prison and ordered to return more than $ 650,000 she admitted to stealing from Vermillion Township in Dakota County while serving as an elected secretary. . Maryann Stoffel, 70, of Hastings, pleaded guilty in March to a felony wire fraud in connection with a scheme that spanned nearly eight years. Investigators say she forged some signatures and collected some signatures on blank checks while claiming that she was going to pay the municipality’s bills. Instead, he put the money in his personal bank account. Federal District Judge Patrick J. Schultz sentenced Stoffel Tuesday to 27 months in prison.
VIRUS OUTBREAK IN MINNESOTA
Minnesota Officials Investigating COVID-19 Outbreak At Campground
S T. PAUL, Minnesota. (AP) – Minnesota Department of Health officials say they are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a teen camp in the northwestern part of the state. Communications specialist Erin McHenry says state health officials are aware of “a cluster of cases” at Castaway Club’s Young Life Camp in Pelican Lake, about 45 miles east of Fargo, North Dakota. The facility typically houses teens from about 10 states. Camp manager Greg Johnson says he is aware of 10 coronavirus cases involving staff members in the past two weeks, with no new infections in the past week. KVRR-TV reports that the number of infected guests was not immediately known because cases may have been reported in other states.
HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED
North Dakota homicide suspect arrested in Minnesota
MOORHEAD, Minnesota. (AP) – Authorities say a man accused of shooting and killing a man in western North Dakota has been arrested. The 25-year-old suspect was found hiding in the stairwell of an apartment on the south side of Moorhead, Minnesota. He was taken into custody without incident. A pistol was recovered in the area. The man is wanted in a shooting Sunday in Killdeer, which is about 45 miles north of Dickinson. He is being held in the Clay County Jail pending extradition on charges in North Dakota.
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.