NEWS SUMMARY 3/29

Delta Planes Damaged On Runway; Garland Shoes Were Buried; Distracted Driving Focus Coming For April

>>Winter Storm Helps Reduce Drought In Minnesota

(Undated)    The recent storm that finally brought a bit of winter to Minnesota has helped reduce dry conditions in several areas of the state.  The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released yesterday shows that much of the state is now considered abnormally dry.  That’s a big change from last week, when three-quarters of the state was in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

>>Deadly Stabbing In Fargo

(Fargo, ND) —  A suspect is in custody following a deadly stabbing at a popular bar and restaurant in Fargo.  It happened shortly before 1:00 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Southtown Pourhouse and Duane’s House of Pizza, where first responders located the victim and transported him to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The investigation led to the arrest of Michael Diedrich, who allegedly got into an argument with the victim before the stabbing.  He faces a murder charge.

>>Low-Speed Runway Collision At MSP Airport

(St. Paul, MN) —  Two Delta Airlines jets had a low-speed collision while they were taxiing out to the runway for takeoff at M-S-P International Airport Thursday morning in Minnesota.  Delta says the two plane’s wings clipped, so the two jets returned to the terminal so passengers could deplane.  No one was hurt, though at least one of the planes suffered considerable damage to its wingtip.

>>Timberwolves No Longer For Sale

(Minneapolis, MN)    The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are no longer for sale.  Owner Glen Taylor says a deadline for the new buyers has passed and that an extension was not granted.  In 2021, Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez agreed to purchase the Timberwolves from Taylor, by slowly buying shares of the team until they were the eventual majority owners.  Details on why the deal was not closed are unknown.

DULUTH — A woman with ties to an organized retail theft ring has told federal investigators that Jerry Hal Saliterman, the second man accused of stealing ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” had the famous shoes buried in his backyard for at least seven years. According to the Star Tribune, the unnamed woman, who is described as a “cooperating defendant,” saw the slippers in a grocery bag, according to court documents. Instead of anonymously returning them — like she said she asked — they were put in a clear plastic container with a white lid and buried near a shed on the south side of Saliterman’s lawn in Crystal.

They were treated in an ultraviolet sanitizer cabinet, the woman told authorities, to remove traces of DNA.

The slippers were recovered in a sting operation in 2018.

>>MN AG Joins Other States In Asking Glock To Preserve Documents

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota is joining 13 other states in asking a major gun manufacturer to preserve documents relating to the conversion of handguns into automatic weapons.  Attorney General Keith Ellison and his counterparts sent a letter to the Glock company earlier this week.  The letter follows a lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago claiming Glock has failed to make modifications that would prevent its handguns from being turned into automatic weapons using inserts called switches.  The letter asks the company to preserve evidence related to handgun conversion, saying its failure to act may have violated laws in multiple states.

>>Man Arrested In Willmar After Drive-By Shooting, Crash

(Willmar, MN)    A man is facing charges in Kandiyohi County after a vehicle crashed into the front yard of a home in Willmar.  The county sheriff’s office says the crash was reported yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Willmar Avenue and 16th Street Southwest.  Investigators say the vehicle that crashed was involved in a drive-by shooting shortly before the crash.  One person was arrested and two other suspects are still being sought.

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>>MN DPS To Begin Distracted Driving Enforcement Effort

(St. Paul, MN)    State and local law enforcement will start a month-long effort to crack down on distracted driving on Monday.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is leading the effort, which is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Distracted driving is blamed for 730 serious injuries and nearly 150 deaths in Minnesota between 2019 and 2023.  The campaign will include extra personnel to help give citations and warnings to distracted drivers throughout the month of April.

>>Cheerio Challenge In Duluth Set To End Today

(Duluth, MN)    A challenge to collect cereal to stock food shelves in Duluth is set to end today.  The Cheerio Challenge began earlier this week in response to comments made by billionaire Kathy Cargill.  Cargill blasted Duluth officials and residents of the Park Point area in an article in the Wall Street Journal, saying at one point that Mayor Roger Reinert “peed in his Cheerios” by questioning her plans for the area.  The effort has resulted in dozens of donations, including a contribution of five-thousand dollars to each food shelf by Project Joy.  Donations will be taken at the Duluth Labor Temple until four o’clock this afternoon.



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