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(DULUTH ) Details released regarding the January 8th double homicide at the Cloquet Super 8 suggest more questions than answers.  According to the Star Tribune, the shooter seemed to be actively recording the incident from his truck in the parking lot.  32—year-old Nicholas Elliot Lenius was a first-floor guest at the hotel.  Evidence from search warrants in Carlton County suggest he messaged his work supervisor, and the two subsequently had a phone conversation, but the context of the conversation has not been revealed. The Cloquet Police Department still has not publicly offered a motive, or whether Lenius knew either victim. 22-year-old Shelby Marie Trettle, who was working the front desk of the hotel, was fatally shot, as was 35-year-old Patrick Jeffrey Roers off Deer River. Relatives said Roers  had gone out to

his vehicle in the parking lot to listen to music. The shooter graduated from Anoka High School in 2009. His former football coach Jeff Buerkle described Lenius as nice, quiet and well-liked by his teammates. Cloquet Mayor Roger Maki  said the investigation is ongoing and includes a lot of evidence. (Star Tribune)

(HUBBARD COUNTY) A man has been found guilty of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in Hubbard County. A release from the Hubbard County Attorneys office states that a jury found 38-year-old Kyle Edward Tysver of Akeley guilty in Hubbard County District Court. The case involved the 2017 rape of a young child. The 12 member jury also found aggravating facts supporting an upward departure for sentencing, and Tysver faces up to 30 years in prison. Assisting the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office with the prosecution was the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Hubbard County Human Services, and the First Witness Child Advocacy Center.

(Brainerd)  The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza set for Saturday, February 3rd will have an adjusted format due to Gull Lake Ice Conditions.  Listen for the Paul Bunyan Country Outdoors podcast with Kev Jackson for more specifics, but the event will now be a hybrid event using the Fish Donkey App, more available lakes, and extended hours.

>>Craig Introduces Bill To End Federal Taxes On Social Security Benefits

(Washington, DC)    A Minnesota lawmaker is asking Congress to stop pulling federal taxes from Social Security benefits.  Congresswoman Angie Craig filed the You Earned It, You Keep It Act yesterday.  The bill would not only stop federal taxes on Social Security benefits, it would raise the cap on the program’s payroll tax.  Craig says higher-earing taxpayers will then contribute more to the program, making sure Social Security is fully funded through 2054.  The DFL lawmaker says the bill equates to a tax cut for seniors and a way to make sure Americans can depend on the program in the future. (24/7 News Source)

>>M State To Offer Cannabis Certificate Program

(Moorhead, MN)    Minnesota State Community and Technical College is planning to offer online courses to train people for careers in the cannabis industry.  The school announced this week that it has teamed with Green Flower to offer three certificate programs.  M State officials say the cannabis industry is growing quickly and that the college is reacting to the need for more training and education.  The nine-week program includes courses on cultivation, launching a cannabis business and manufacturing different cannabis products.(24/7 News Source)

>>Legislative Auditor Ends Probe Into Cannabis Boss Hire Process

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota’s legislative auditor has ended her probe into the process that led to the hire and quick resignation of the state’s first director of cannabis management.  Erin DuPree was appointed to the position in September, but left the post after reports that she sold products that exceeded state THC limits at a store in Apple Valley.  Auditor Judy Randall announced yesterday that there were some missteps in the process, including some problems with background checks and record searches.  But, Randall doesn’t feel the problems are extensive enough to warrant a deeper probe.(24/7 News Source)

>>Low Risk Of Major Flooding In Grand Forks This Spring

(Grand Forks, ND) — The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says the risk of a major local flood is low this spring. The current outlook indicates below-average flood conditions for the Red River and Devils Lake basins. Meteorologists say a combination of low soil moisture, a dryer-than-average summer and fall, and below-average snowfall this winter all contribute to a lower flood risk. Still, some minor flooding and isolated spots of moderate flooding will be possible. (24/7 News Source)

>>Princeton Fire Chief Retires After Firefighters Threaten To Quit

(Princeton, MN)    The city of Princeton is looking for a new fire chief.  The Princeton City Council accepted a retirement notice from Chief Ron Lawrence during a meeting last night.  Firefighters in Princeton recently asked the city council to fire Lawrence or face the possibility that two-thirds of the fire department would quit their jobs.  The firefighters said they’d lost confidence in the chief’s leadership due to several problems, including broken safety equipment that was putting lives at risk.  Lawrence’s retirement will take effect on March 1st.(24/7 News Source)

>>Bill To Allow Medical Aid In Dying Being Discussed By Minnesota Legislatures

(St. Paul, MN)    A bill, if passed, will allow doctors to help terminally ill patients die.  Medical aid in dying has been discussed by the Minnesota legislature for the past eight years.  So far, ten states allow it.  The bill, known as the End-of-Life Options Bill, has several qualifications, such as the patient has to be 18 years or older with a terminal illness that will kill them in six months.  The bill was passed yesterday by the health committee.    (24/7 News Source)

>>”Wonka” Star Timothee Chalamet Visits Hibbing High School

(Hibbing, MI)    Students at Hibbing High School got a surprise visit from a Hollywood star yesterday.  “Wonka” star Timothee Chalamet came to a rehearsal in the school’s drama department yesterday, taking pictures with students and watching them perform.  Chalamet is set to play Minnesota native Bob Dylan in an upcoming movie called “A Complete Unknown.”  Dylan attended Hibbing High School before enrolling at the University of Minnesota.(24/7 News Source)