NEWS SUMMARY 5/3

Mitchell Case Involves NO Controlled Substances; North Central MN Still In Severe Drought; Beltrami Electric Garage Sale Benefits The United Way

(Becker County)The Becker County Attorney’s Office erroneously stated in a court filing this week that suspected controlled substances were being tested as part of the felony burglary case against Democratic state Sen. Nicole Mitchell.

In an interview Thursday morning, Becker County Attorney Brian McDonald told the Star Tribune he mistakenly included boilerplate language about controlled substances in the court filing. McDonald said he’s since filed an amended court document without the erroneous language, apologizing for the confusion he created. (Star Tribune)

>More Areas Of MN Drought-Free After Another Rainy Week

(St. Paul, MN)    More areas of Minnesota are now drought-free after another week of rainy weather.  The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that just over 40-percent of the state is clear of drought, up from about 26-percent last week.  Severe drought still affects about ten-percent of the state, with a larger area of moderate drought in northern and southeastern Minnesota. Portions of Cass, Hubbard, Beltrami, and Itasca counties are still considered to be in severe drought in the report released yesterday. (24/7 News Source)

(Bemidji): The Bemidji Public Library will be celebrating Star Wars Day all day long Saturday at the library. Star Wars-themed craftmaking, games, and costume contests , as well as special appearance between 12 PM – 2 PM by the 501st Legion cosplayers. The 501st Legion is an international costuming organization dedicated to celebrating Star Wars posing for pictures, showing off costumes, and answering questions.

(Bemidji) Beltrami Electric is holding their annual Indoor Garage Sale to Benefit the United Way tomorrow from 8 to 2:30.  More than 90 booths with new and used merchandise will be operating.  Kids 12 and under get in free, others pay a dollar. Concessions including items from Raphael’s Bakery and Cafe will be available. All proceeds benefit the Bemiidji Area United Way.

>>Man Dies In ATV Crash In Morrison County

(Bellevue Township, MN)    A man has died after an ATV crash in Morrison County.  The sheriff’s office says 21-year-old John Poppen was driving the ATV on the Soo Line Trail near Bellevue Township when the crash happened Wednesday evening.  Investigators say he lost control, left the trail and struck a tree.  He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

(24/7 News Source)

>>Police Release More Information About Deadly Crash In Chisago County

(Wyoming, MN)    Investigators say a deadly crash last week in Chisago County happened because a man fell asleep while driving.  The head-on crash happened last Friday in the city of Wyoming.  Police say the 63-year-old crossed the center line after falling asleep and crashed into a Dodge Caravan.  A 76-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman died in the crash.  Police are still investigating and no charges have been placed.

(24/7 News Source)

>>Alexandria Police Search For Suspect In Armed Bank Robbery   

(Alexandria, MN) — Alexandria police officers are currently searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 4:25 p.m. yesterday. The incident occurred at Bremer Bank, 720 Broadway Street in Alexandria. The suspect reportedly displayed a handgun to the teller and demanded money, resulting in an undisclosed amount of cash being stolen. Following the robbery, the suspect fled eastbound from the bank. Despite efforts by law enforcement, including setting up a perimeter and deploying a police dog, the suspect has not been located.

(24/7 News Source)

>>Northern MN Highway To Be Renamed To Honor Former State Senator

(St. Paul, MN)    A portion of a northern Minnesota highway will be renamed to honor a former state senator.  Governor Walz signed a bill yesterday to rename a 40-mile stretch of Highway 169 the Senator David J. Tomassoni Memorial Cross Range Expressway.  The new designation will begin at County Road 69 in Marble and run to Highway Seven in Mountain Iron.  Tomassoni was a state lawmaker for more than 30 years before he passed away from ALS in 2022.

(24/7 News Source)

>>St. Cloud State President To Step Down Early

(St. Cloud, MN)    The outgoing president of St. Cloud State University is stepping down about two months ahead of schedule.  Robbyn Wacker was scheduled to leave her position on June 30th, but will instead be replaced by acting president Larry Lee this Sunday.  The university is dealing with potential budget cuts and Wacker has reportedly said those decisions should be made by administrators who will be on campus after she leaves.  Larry Dietz will take over as interim president of the university on July 1st.

(24/7 News Source)

>>U Of M Encampment Dispersed Following Agreement Between School And Protestors   

(Minneapolis, MN) — The encampment at the University of Minnesota has been taken down after an agreement was reached between university leadership and pro-Palestine student groups. The agreement, announced Thursday, commits the school to greater transparency while protestors agree to disperse following four days of demonstrations. The U of M interim president, Jeff Ettinger, outlined the terms of the agreement, including reopening closed buildings and commitments from both sides to avoid disruptions during final exams and commencements.

(24/7 News Source)

>>Prince-Inspired Airbnb To Open In Minneapolis This Summer

(Minneapolis, MN) — An exciting new offering is coming to Minneapolis this summer for Prince fans and enthusiasts alike. Airbnb will be introducing a Prince-themed accommodation, providing guests with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the legacy of the iconic musician. The featured property is a home formerly owned by Prince, prominently featured in his semi-biopic film Purple Rain. Guests will have the chance to experience an intimate tour of the residence, listen to rare Prince songs, and even sleep in The Kid’s bedroom, creating an unforgettable experience for fans of the legendary artist. This initiative is part of Airbnb’s “Icon Experience” packages, which aim to offer extraordinary experiences hosted by notable figures from music, film, TV, art, and sports.

(24/7 News Source)



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