MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Chanhassen named one of the best small towns in the U.S.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. - A small Minnesota community of not quite 24,000 has again been named one of America's best small towns by CNN Money.
Chanhassen was ranked 4th by Money Magazine for cities with population under 50,000. The article pointed to the Twin Cities suburb's 34 parks, 90 miles of trails and robust job market. Apple Valley came in at No.17, and Savage was in 21st place.
Court documents show that a Clarkfield woman interviewed earlier this month in a murder investigation admitted to giving birth to two babies whose bodies were found last fall on a family member's property in eastern South Dakota. 34-year-old Kelly Anderson-Person has been held at a Willmar hospital since mid-August, after two South Dakota investigators say she pulled a gun out and pointed it at her head while holding her baby. She was disarmed in a struggle and no one was hurt. A petition for civil commitment filed by Yellow Medicine County outlines a statement by Anderson-Person -- in which she admits to being pregnant in 2009 and 2011 and that the dead infants found in South Dakota were her children. As of yet, no criminal charges against Anderson-Person have been filed in Minnesota or South Dakota.
Authorities say the three children of a Shorewood woman accused of killing her boyfriend have been found safe. 29-year-old Jetaun Wheeler is charged with beating 58-year-old Eddie Sole to death, then wrapping his body in plastic and duct tape and putting him in a freezer in their garage. According to officials, Wheeler's three children, ages seven, eight and 10, have been placed in protective custody in Hennepin County. It's not clear where the children were found. They'd been missing since the alleged murder took place earlier this month.
A Rochester teenager is recovering from an attack by another teen. Police say the two got into a fight, and a 15-year-old suffered a serious head injury when he was hit in the head with a baseball bat. He was hospitalized and is being treated for a fractured skull, but is expected to recover. No arrest has been made.
Police say a Bemidji woman was drinking Sunday before she fell asleep behind the wheel of her SUV, crossed the center line and killed a passenger on a motorcycle. 23-year-old Victoria Whitefeather is charged with several counts of criminal vehicular homicide, after hitting the bike driven by Robert Childs of Proctor. Childs remains hospitalized in critical condition and his passenger, 51-year-old Tracy Childs, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigators say not only did Whitefeather admit to drinking more than ten shots and eight mixed drinks the night before the Sunday morning crash, but an open container of alcohol was found in the center console of the SUV. A breathalyzer test at the police station about five hours after the crash registered point-oh-8, the legal threshold for DWI.
A joint committee of the Minnesota House and Senate committee meets tonight (wed) to begin work on a storm disaster aid package. A one-day special session is scheduled for Monday, September 9th, to approve disaster aid for 18 Minnesota counties affected by severe June storms and flash flooding. Governor Dayton also wants two additional counties included because of damage from last winter's ice storm. President Obama signed a disaster relief declaration in July, with federal funds covering 75-percent of road, bridge and public infrastructure costs. The state and/or local governments are responsible for the other 25 percent. The presidential declaration does *not* include disaster assistance for individuals.
The head of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota says the Obama administration must take strong action against Syria. Dean Eric Schultz says the U.S. can't sanction the use of chemical weapons by failing to respond. Schultz adds the U.S. needs to send a very narrow message on the chemical weapons issue to convince Syria's allies, Russia and China, that this is not about overthrowing the Syrian regime. Schwartz says he feels that, even without their support, the president would still move forward with the air strikes
Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the day Doctor Martin Luther King Junior gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. But did you know a Minnesota man was instrumental in organizing that event? Saint Cloud native Mathew Ahmann was one of 10 organizers for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Ahmann also gave a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, just minutes before King's address. Ahmann was a founder and director of the Chicago-based National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice. He graduated from St John's Prep, and then St. John's University in 1952. Ahmann will be awarded the Colman J. Barry Award from St. John's in October.