Foley Man Injured By Shrapnel; Freighter Damaged By Underwater Obstacle In Lake Superior

>>Foley Man Seriously Injured In Rifle Incident

(Foley)A man was seriously injured when someone with a rifle  in a central Minnesota field shot a barrel covering a volatile explosive inside and sent shrapnel flying, with one piece striking a man a half a football field away.

Benton County officials say the incident occurred shortly after sunset Saturday roughly 7 miles east of Foley. 26-year-old Collin Louis Schumacher, of Oak Park, was hit in the abdomen and taken by air ambulance to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with what officials on Monday termed a serious injury.

The Star Tribune quotes the statement as saying the barrel hit by gunfire was placed over “a large quantity” of Tannerite, a brand of explosive used for firearms practice.

As the investigation continues into the specifics of the incident, no arrests or charges have been announced. The person who fired the shot has yet to be identified.

>>Freighter Damaged By Underwater Object In Superior

(Thunder Bay) The Star Tribune reports that A Canadian freighter carrying iron ore across Lake Superior was safely anchored Saturday evening in Thunder Bay after reportedly striking an underwater obstacle and taking on water.

The U.S Coast Guard said None of the 22 crew members was injured, and 11 were evacuated from the ship by the Coast Guard and a National Park Service boat from Isle Royale National Park.

Once moored in Thunder Bay, the damaged 689-foot Michipicoten will be inspected to learn what happened Saturday morning when the collision occurred and freighter began taking on water shortly before 7 a.m., about 35 miles southwest of Isle Royale in U.S. waters.

>>ND Legal Marijuana Petition Past Halfway To Signature Goal

(Bismarck, ND) —  A petition that would give North Dakotans a chance to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana now has more than half the signatures needed to make it on the ballot.  It needs 16-thousand signatures by July 8th before voters can have their say.  Proponents say legalization will bring both health and economic benefits to the state.  Attempts to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota in 2018 and 2022 failed.

>>Electric Vehicle Rebates Popular

(St. Paul) Nearly 6-thousand Minnesotans have applied for a rebate to help them buy electric vehicles.  The Minnesota Department of Commerce has received around 58-hundred applications since the program opened in February.  Over two-thousand rebate checks have been issued so far, and officials think most applicants who meet eligibility standards will eventually receive some money.  The program offers reimbursement of up to 25-hundred dollars for new EV purchases and 600 dollars for used EVs.

>>SPAM Gets Attention Of TSA

(Minneapolis) A now viral TikTok video is showing the reaction of TSA agents at MSP International airport when a man tried to carry ten cans of SPAM onto a plane. The video posted shows a Massachusetts man trying to board a flight at the airport.  When a TSA agent started pulling the cans from the carry-on, the the man told the agent that the cans came straight from the factory and included special flavors such as teriyaki.  The video has been viewed more than 500-thousand times.

(Brained) Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd has completed a major renovation  and expansion project under new ownership. The 60-acre, year round resort now features modern lodgings and an outdoor social area with heated pools and a sauna.  The new owners invested in upgrading the facilities to meet the needs of modern travelers.

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