Woman Faces Charges After Abduction; New Candidate In District 7; White Earth Outlines Plans For Forest

>>Red Lake Woman Charged With Assault, Torture After Child Abduction

(Red Lake, MN)    A Red Lake woman is facing multiple charges after allegedly abducting a three-year-old boy in Todd County.  Jennifer Stately was charged yesterday with assault, child torture, child neglect and malicious punishment.  Stately was arrested Friday after an Amber Alert was issued for the child.  Doctors found multiple open sores and lesions on the child’s body and said the child was anemic and needed potassium.   Stately is being held at the Todd County Detention Center and could face up to 25 years in prison. (24/7 News Source)

>>Independent Candidate Enters Seventh Congressional District Race

(New York Mills, MN)    An independent candidate is hoping moderates will support her campaign to be elected to Congress in Minnesota’s Seventh District.  Teresa Muckala of New York Mills announced her candidacy on Sunday.  Muckala says Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach is a “hard right” Republican and that she wants to appeal to Minnesota’s “moderate middle.”  (24/7 News Source)

>>Governor Walz Announces 2024 Budget Plan

(St. Paul, MN)    Governor Tim Walz is unveiling his 2024 budget proposal.   Walz announced his plans for the 226-million-dollar spending plan.  They include funds for public safety and emergency services and modernizing the state’s child welfare and social services reporting system.  The budget also calls for spending on water quality and infrastructure for in-home water treatment and well replacement. (24/7 News Source)

>>MN Appeals Court Rules Denial Of Contraception Illegal Sex Discrimination

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Court of Appeals says a pharmacist violated the state’s human rights act when he refused to fill a woman’s order for an emergency contraceptive.  The court ruled yesterday that the Aitkin County pharmacist discriminated against Andrea Anderson when he declined to fill her prescription in 2019.  Anderson’s lawyer had argued that the pharmacist’s personal beliefs should not enable him to deny access to goods and services needed by his client.  The court says a lower court will have to conduct a trial to determine if the pharmacist is solely responsible for damages or if the pharmacy he worked for should also be liable.(24/7 News Source)

>>Death Of Moorhead Boy Called Suspicious

(Moorhead, MN)    Police in Moorhead are getting help from state investigators in their probe of a suspicious death.  Officers were called to an apartment building early yesterday to help in a medical assist involving a young boy.  The unidentified boy died after being taken to the hospital.  An autopsy has been ordered and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is aiding the investigation.(24/7 News Source)

>>Business Committee Releases Plan For White Earth Forest

(White Earth)— The White Earth Reservation Business Committee released a comprehensive plan outlining the Tribe’s vision for the responsible and sustainable usage of the White Earth State Forest Lands. This vision comes in anticipation of pending legislation that, if approved, would return land ownership to the Tribe. The plan outlines intent to expand recreational opportunities, increase tourism, support local business, and protect private landowners’ rights and access. Chair of the White Earth Business Committee Michael Fairbanks expressed great enthusiasm about the plan and its potential to address concerns while promoting healing.  The bill  to return the Forest to tribal ownership is currently on the table at the Minnesota Legislature.

>>Transgender Weightlifter’s Bias Case Heads Back To Minnesota Court

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Court of Appeals is sending a bias case filed by a transgender weightlifter to trial.   The ruling made yesterday has decided that a Ramsey County District Court needs to reconsider whether USA Powerlifting violated state law when it barred JayCee Cooper because she’s transgender.  The decision overturns a Ramsey County judge who ruled last year there was enough evidence to show discrimination without the case going to trial.  USA Powerlifting argues that it barred Cooper from competition because she went through puberty as a male and had a physiological advantage over other female competitors.(24/7 News Source)

>>FBI Returned “Oz” Ruby Slippers To Owner In Secret Ceremony Last Month

(Grand Rapids, MN)    The FBI has returned a pair of ruby slippers stolen from a Minnesota museum to their original owner.  The agency confirmed yesterday that it returned the slippers that were worn in “The Wizard of Oz” to owner Michael Shaw during a ceremony on February 1st at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids.  The FBI called the event a “restoration of justice,” though the ceremony was kept secret due to the ongoing investigation into the theft of the shoes.  (24/7 News Source)

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