Forest Lake Teen With Life Threatening Injuries; Rosebear Found Guilty Of Child Neglect; MN Minors Social Media Proposal

>>Teen Struck By Vehicle In Forest Lake Fighting For Life   

(Forest Lake, MN) — A 15-year-old boy who lost his family home in a fire last fall is now battling life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 61 in Forest Lake.  Samuel Farinellla and Jase Blanchard were crossing the highway with a group of runners from the Forest Lake Track team when the incident occurred. The community has rallied around the families involved. As Farinella and Blanchard receive treatment at Regions Hospital, the State Patrol continues investigating the accident. While alcohol is not believed to be a factor, charges may be filed pending the completion of the investigating.

>>Grandmother Convicted Of Neglect Leading To A Seven Year Old’s Death On Red Lake Reservation

(Duluth, MN) — A federal jury in Duluth has found 63-year-old Sharon Marie Rosebear of Red Lake guilty of neglect that resulted in the death of her seven-year-old granddaughter on Christmas Day 2022. Jewel Sky Fineday died from malnutrition and a severe lice infection at the Indian Health Service emergency room. Her father, Julius Garrett Fineday, previously pleaded guilty to child neglect. Sentencing for Rosebear  and Fineday is pending, with no scheduled date.

>Becker County Probing Suspected Controlled Substances In Mitchell Arrest

(Detroit Lakes, MN)    The ongoing criminal investigation into state Senator Nicole Mitchell has taken a new turn.  Court documents filed Tuesday in Becker County indicate “suspected controlled substances” have been sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab for testing.  The court filing did not specify where the substances were found or how they are related to Mitchell’s arrest.  Mitchell was taken into custody on April 22nd at a relative’s home in Detroit Lakes and charged with burglary.  Mitchell has denied any wrongdoing and says she will not resign from the Senate.

>>A Few Details On Clearbrook Plane Crash

(Clearbrook) Some details are emerging regarding Monday morning’s plane crash near Clearbrook.  Clearbrook-Gonvick Police indicate First responders found the pilot and lone occupant of the single-engine Cessna 172 outside the plane when they arrived on the scene about 1:30 a.m. The pilot was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo. The pilot’s identify  and condition have not been released.

The Star Tribune reports the aircraft had departed Stanley about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and was bound for Bemidji, according to the flight tracking website Flightaware.com.

The plane was registered to Bemidji Aviation, and crashed under “unknown circumstances” near a road and a retaining wall, the FAA said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

>>MN House Passes Bill To Protect Kids In Social Media

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota House is advancing a bill that would protect children who create or are used in social media content.  The House voted 103-26 yesterday to pass the measure.  The bill would require parents who use their children in at least 30-percent of revenue-producing social media posts to set aside the profits for the child.  Children under 14 would be prohibited from creating paid social media content, while those between 14 and 18-years-old would be required to put their profits in a trust until they become adults.  A companion bill is still being considered in the state Senate.

>>Pro-Palestinian Protesters Set Up Camp In Duluth

(Duluth, MN)    Protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza are setting up camp in Duluth.  Several dozen protesters marched from the Duluth Public Library to City Hall yesterday afternoon.  The protesters reportedly planned to set up an encampment outside City Hall and in the city’s Rose Garden, where they plan to stay indefinitely.  The city issued a statement saying it was aware of the protest encampment and that there was no concern about public safety at this time.

>>University Of Minnesota Says It Reaches A Deal To End Pro-Palestinian Encampment

(Minneapolis, MN)    A deal is reached between University of Minnesota officials and students engaged in pro-Palestinian demonstrations on the Twin Cities campus.  Part of the agreement calls for taking down an encampment that has been set up for the last three days.  The deal was made after University President  Jeff Ettinger met with leaders of student groups.  Protests have been held on campus calling on the university to divest from companies with ties to Israel.  Ettinger told students and faculty the dozen buildings that had been closed will reopen this afternoon.  Student organizations also agreed that they will not organize disruptions at upcoming final exams and commencements.

>>Airbnb Offering Night In House Owned By Prince As Part Of Marketing Push

(Minneapolis, MN)    Airbnb is beginning a marketing campaign to let short-term renters stay at unique properties for much less than the normal price.  The company announced yesterday that 11 temporary listings designated as “icons” will be available over the next year.  Among the properties available is a Minneapolis house that was once owned by Prince and was featured in the movie “Purple Rain.”  The company will allow people to apply for the chosen locations, and those picked will pay less than 100-dollars a night for their stay.

(St. Paul, MN) — Starting May 21st, Amtrak will introduce a new route called the Amtrak Borealis, connecting St. Paul and Chicago via Milwaukee. The service, offering a second daily train between the cities, will depart from St. Paul at midday and from Chicago in late morning. Fares will begin at 41-dollars each way, with discounts available for various groups. The route will provide scenic views of the Mississippi River between St. Paul and La Crosse and make stops at the same stations as the Empire Builder route.

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