NEWS SUMMARY 5/22

Severe Weather Hits Southern MN; New Amtrak Route Debuts; Possible Cougar Sighting In EGF

>>Tornado Reported In SE Minnesota

(Rollingstone, MN)    The National Weather Service says a tornado has been spotted in southeastern Minnesota for the second straight day.  The weather service office in La Crosse, Wisconsin confirmed the tornado sighting in Rollingstone, about nine miles west of Winona.  A tornado was spotted on Monday near Hayfield, a community about 25 miles southwest of Rochester.  Severe storms impacted the state’s electric grid south of the Twin Cities, with utilities reporting thousands of customers without power last night. (24/7 News Source)

>>Two Business Men Facing Fraud Charges Regarding Pandemic Aid Programs

(Minneapolis, MN) — Two Minneapolis business consultants have been indicted on charges of defrauding government pandemic aid programs.  Accused of submitting falsified documents to the Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs, and embezzling over a million dollars. One pleads not guilty while the other has yet to enter a plea. The indictment alleges that the consultants used their company, Futuristic Management Group, to fraudulently apply for PPP loans and other relief funds. (24/7 News Source)

>>Borealis Train Makes First Voyage to Chicago on Tuesday

(Minneapolis, MN) — Amtrak debuts new Borealis Line connecting Twin Cities to Chicago after forty years. The line makes stops in St. Paul, Red Wing, and Winona before heading to Illinois. Community members anticipate easier travel to the Twin Cities’. Officials hope new service is just the beginning of more public transportation options in Minnesota. Journey from St. Paul to Chicago takes seven hours and twenty minutes with over a dozen stops. (24/7 News Source)

>>Acting President Announces Departure From St. Cloud State

(St. Cloud, MN)    The man currently overseeing operations at St. Cloud State University is leaving the school to take another job.  Acting President Larry Lee announced yesterday that he has accepted an offer to become president at Blackburn College in Illinois.  Lee said he will remain with St. Cloud State through mid-July to help with its upcoming leadership transition.  Larry Dietz will become the university’s interim president on July 1st.

>>State To Use “Climate Roadmap” To Guide Future Investment

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota leaders will use the state’s investment fund to influence the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.  The State Board of Investment met yesterday in St. Paul, with Governor Walz leading the discussion of expanding Minnesota’s clean energy investments.  The board adopted a five-year plan that will direct about a billion dollars in state funding toward renewable energy and emission reduction.  The governor said the state must protect public employee retirement funds by taking a measured approach toward future investments.(24/7 News Source)

>>Big Cat Sighted In East Grand Forks

(East Grand Forks, MN) —  Authorities in East Grand Forks are asking locals to stay aware after a big cat was sighted in the area.  The animal was seen near Fifth Avenue Southeast in the Greenway, a large natural open space used for hiking, biking, and fishing.  Wildlife officials say it’s not clear if it was a bobcat or a mountain lion, but are asking you to use caution and keep your distance if you spot the animal. (24/7 News Source)



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