Minnesota News

NEWS SUMMARY 3/11

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LUTSEN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES; BIG FENTANYL BUST; SRO BILL REVISITED

>>State Investigators To Probe Lutsen Lodge Fire Scene Today

(Lutsen, MN)    State investigators will be on-site today as part of their probe into the cause of the fire at Lutsen Lodge.  Members of the State Fire Marshal’s office plan to begin digging through the debris of the lodge to try to determine where the fire started.  The lodge caught fire on February 6th and the fire site is still considered hazardous due to unstable debris.  The Fire Marshal’s Office has asked residents to stay away from the site to help preserve the integrity of the debris and give investigators space to do their work.

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>>Nearly 5K Fentanyl Pills Found During Search In St. Cloud

(St. Cloud, MN)    A man is facing narcotics charges in St. Cloud after nearly five-thousand pills containing fentanyl were discovered in his apartment.  Investigators asked for a search warrant after finding 176 pills during a booking search of suspect Luis Garcia on March 2nd.  The search by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force led to thousands of the fentanyl-laced pills in the home a few days later.  Garcia is facing multiple counts of sales and possession of a controlled substance.(24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Senate To Vote On School Resource Officer Bill

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Senate will consider a bill that lifts restrictions on the kinds of restraints school resource officers may use on students.   The floor vote is set for this morning.  The legislation would separate school resource officers from other campus employees when it comes to student restraint and discipline.  The Peace Officer Standards and Training Board would develop a training program for SROs and draft a model policy for school boards to adopt throughout the state.(24/7 News Source)

>>Townships Across Minnesota To Hold Annual Meetings Tomorrow

(St. Michael, MN)    Townships across Minnesota will be holding their annual meetings tomorrow.  The Minnesota Association of Townships calls tomorrow’s meetings grassroots democracy on display.  The organization says the meetings will help set local tax levies, elect township officers and provide a forum for discussing community issues.  The state has more than 17-hundred townships representing more than 900-thousand Minnesotans.(24/7 News Source)

>>Bracket Set For Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tourney At Target Center

(Minneapolis, MN)    The bracket is set for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Minneapolis. The Target Center is hosting the festivities, starting with two games on Wednesday. The hometown Minnesota Golden Gophers play Michigan State on Thursday at 11 am. The top four seeds, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, and Northwestern, will wait until Friday to play. It follows the sold-out women’s basketball tournament at the Target Center last weekend.(24/7 News Source)