>>Memorial Service For Burnsville First Responders Set

(Eden Prairie, MN)    A public memorial service for three Burnsville first responders has been set for next week.  The service will be held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.  Burnsville police officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge and paramedic Adam Finseth were shot and killed while answering a domestic violence call on Sunday.  The suspect in the shooting also died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (24/7 News Source)

>>Future Navy Ship To Be Named For White Earth Nation Citizen

(Washington, DC)    The U.S. Navy will name one of its future ships for a member of Minnesota’s White Earth Nation.  The Secretary of the Navy announced yesterday that a Navajo-class support ship will bear the name of Master Chief James D. Fairbanks.  Fairbanks became the first Native American to serve as Force Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest-ranking enlisted member of the Navy Seebees.  Fairbanks was 59-years-old when he died in 2011.(24/7 News Source)

>>MN Federal Judge Confirms $5M Award Against MyPillow CEO Lindell

(St. Paul, MN)    A U.S. District Court Judge in Minnesota says MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell must pay five-million dollars to a man who won an arbitration case against Lindell.   Lindell had sponsored a challenge offering the money to anyone who proved that data he was offering about the 2020 election wasn’t legitimate.  Robert Zeidman provided a 15-page report that showed that Lindell’s data wasn’t valid.  Arbitrators ruled that Zeidman had met the conditions of the contest.  Lindell plans to appeal the court ruling.(24/7 News Source)

>>Enrollment Up Across Minnesota State College System

(St. Paul, MN)    Enrollment at colleges that are part of the Minnesota State system is increasing.  Chancellor Scott Olson told state lawmakers on Tuesday that enrollment increased two-percent for the 2023-2024 school year, the first increase in over a decade.  Applications for this fall are also up 18-percent, according to Olson.  He attributed enrollment increases for the system’s 33 member institutions to increased financial support provided to students by the state.(24/7 News Source)

>>Duluth Man Dies While Walking Along Skyline Boulevard

DULUTH — A 70-year-old Duluth man died from his injuries after he was hit by a car while walking on West Skyline Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon.

Duluth police say Kenneth Bickel was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he later died. According to a report in the Star Tribune, the driver of the vehicle was traveling west, and showed no sign of impairment. The incident is under investigation. This scenic stretch of road, which curves along the city’s peak, is a popular one for pedestrians and bicyclists.(Star Tribune)

>>Community Blasts Decision To Close Fergus Falls Behavioral Health Facility

(St. Paul, MN)    Residents of Fergus Falls are letting state lawmakers know they’re upset over the upcoming closure of a behavioral health facility.  Lake Region Healthcare will close the inpatient unit on March 15th, citing higher costs and fewer patients as factors in the decision.  The organization will still provide outpatient services, but inpatient needs will be outsourced to other units in the region.  Members of the community blasted the healthcare company during a Minnesota Department of Health public hearing yesterday, saying they’ve had very little input into the decision.(24/7 News Source)

>>MN Man Charged With Murder Of L.A. Woman

(Los Angeles, CA)    A Minnesota man is facing charges in California for allegedly killing an aspiring model.  The Los Angeles Police Department announced the arrest of Magnus Humphrey of Hopkins, Minnesota yesterday.  Investigators believe Humphrey killed 31-year-old Maleesa Mooney, who was found dead inside the refrigerator of her Los Angeles apartment last September.  An autopsy found Mooney died from homicidal violence. Humphrey was already in custody on an unrelated federal warrant and will be extradited to California to face murder charges.(24/7 News Source)

(Bemidji,)  Marketplace Foods locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will be raising funds to benefit children and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. The annual MDA Shamrocks campaign funds raised go towards accelerating research, advancing care and advocating for the support of families. Marketplace Foods customers can add an iconic paper Shamrock  to their purchase at check out for just $1, $5 or a larger contribution. The fundraiser continues through March 26th.

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