Random Attack Suspect Arrested In Duluth; Cannabis Changes Official; Big Increase In Distracted Driving Tix

>Elderly Duluth Man Injured In random Attack

(Duluth, MN)    An elderly Duluth man is recovering from injuries he received during a random attack.  The e 81-year-old victim suffered broken bones including a skull fracture as well as multiple defensive wounds when 43-year-old Lance Tolbert allegedly attacked him with a hammer inside the restroom at  the Mount Royal Market.  When Tolbert was arrested, police say he also had a hatchet hanging from his belt, and a blood-covered hammer in his pocket. (24/7 News Source)

.>Loan To  MN Tribe To Proceed Despite Advisory Board Vote

(Eveleth, MN)    A state agency says it will proceed with a two-point-five-million dollar loan to a Minnesota tribe despite opposition from an advisory board.  The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa wants to build a cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility on tribal land west of Duluth.  The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation advisory board voted against a proposal to help fund the facility yesterday.  The commissioner of the IRRR announced late yesterday that the project will move forward, noting that it will support jobs and economic development in a rural area of St. Louis County.(24/7 News Source)

>>Changes Approved To Cannabis Law

(St. Paul)Minnesota will allow some commercial cultivators to start growing marijuana later this year to prepare for the launch of its retail market, and it will award cannabis business licenses through a vetted lottery instead of a merit-based application system that was previously in the law.

The Star Tribune reports Governor Tim Walz signed a cannabis policy bill which establishes a process for social equity applicants to be preapproved for cannabis business licenses this year.  Social equity applicants include people or family members of individuals who were previously convicted of marijuana offenses, military veterans, residents of high-poverty areas and “emerging farmers” who have provided the majority of labor and management for a small farm for at least three years. (Star Tribune)

>>April Distracted Driving Enforcement Efforts Leads To 5,400 Citations

(St. Paul, MN)    State officials are concerned about the number of citations issued during a crackdown on distracted driving last month.  The April campaign resulted in nearly 54-hundred tickets, about two-thousand more than last year.  The head of the Office of Traffic Safety called the number of citations disturbing and frustrating, saying distractions behind the wheel can quickly lead to serious injuries or death.  The Department of Public Safety says about 29 deaths a year were caused by distracted driving between 2019 and 2023.(24/7 News Source)

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